The Star Wars SSP vans encompass two distinctly 70s fads, the custom van and zip-cord toy car. Well, make that three with Star Wars itself. I had one of these, along with a fantastic Evel Knievel stunt set. Both got a lot of play in the kitchen back in the day. These things didn’t perform too well on shag carpeting.
The print catalogs once distributed at Toy Fair and to retailers are fantastic relics and often provide a peek at conceptual or prototype designs of the toys we know. I’m just glad to get nice clear shots of them, thanks to the wonders of the internet.
As much as I dig the concept and the van side graphics, I’m a much bigger fan of the MPC model kits that incorporated custom sunroof type Star Wars themed windows. Brilliantly kitschy stuff that I think is sorely missing nowadays. The closest we get with new product are the Hot Wheels character cars and carships.
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