I have to say it: I’m Droids obsessed. My interest in this most ignored bit of Star Wars entertainment began way back in 1985. At the time, my interest in Star Wars toys was waning, replaced by the surging GI Joe: A Real American Hero line. In my mind, Snake Eyes and Cobra Commander were replacing Luke and Darth as go-to action figures. However, the fall of ’85 brought Star Wars to TV, and I was ready to check it out. Before the show premiered, I had found the figures at Sam’s Bargain Town, a local department store. Being back-to-school time, I was able to convince my parents to let me get a toy. I was able to snag C-3PO, Thall Joben and Jord Dusat. For a time, the show and figures rekindled the Star Wars vibe for me. I still find it a fun, if weird, sideline in the saga.
The first episode of the show shared the title with this book, and was the first in the premiere story arc of the series. To me, it definitely had a Star Wars feel, with speeders, a desert planet, and strange aliens. And you gotta love the hairstyles of our protagonists. Very 80s post-modern.