Yoda Wallet

As a young Padawan I carried a wallet, though my first came a few years later. Rather than a shiny plastic affair, it was nylon, emblazoned with 80s era graffiti art, and fastened with Velcro. There was nothing cooler than to hit the 7-11 to pay for a sandwich and some comics and hear that …

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Captivating Cover: Marvel Issue #42

From the Empire Strikes Back adaptation comes a funktastic four color interpretation of three of the baddest bounty hunters. Now, this group isn't exactly my top three, but it's close. The only substitution I would make is IG-88 for Dengar. But hey, you can't have everything. Iggy would have thrown off the composition anyway, since …

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Captivating Cover: Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu

Now that's a mouthful! All of the Lando novels had wonderfully pulpy titles, and covers illustrations to match. I recall being enthralled by them the first time I spotted the books at the local TG&Y back in 1983. I didn't buy and read them until my teenage years, and I did enjoy the further adventures …

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Darth Vader Collector Glass (1980 Burger King)

If I didn't know better, I'd call this Darth Vader glass the Boba Fett glass. The infamous bounty hunter seems to loom as large as the dark lord himself in the foreground of this Burger King collector glass. Fett is mentioned in the copy on the reverse side, along with some basic plot points from …

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The Power of Packaging: 1980 Dixie Fun Cups

This product embodies what I love about the period between Star Wars and Empire, when licensees were left to their own devices and the result was a Wild West of design aesthetics. Lucasfilm didn't seem to have a strict style guide, and so there are a myriad of different interpretations of our favorite characters, vehicles …

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