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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The Power of Packaging: Luke Skywalker (1995)

Kenner's original Star Wars packaging is arguably one of the most influential and imitated styles in action figure marketing. The combination of a strong header design along with a large photo reference of the character became the de facto layout for many an 80s toy line. I'd argue that the success of Hasbro's reborn GI …

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Ric Olie Mountain Dew Can (1999)

You just can't overstate how saturated the market was with Episode I product back in 1999. PepsiCo, with its snack and fast food empire of Frito Lay and Kentucky Fried Pizza Bell, was flush with Star Wars tie-ins. As crazy as some of the fast food premiums were, I don't think they hold a candle …

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Obi-Wan Kenobi (2007 Comic Pack)

The keyword for this Obi-Wan figure is unique. Based on his appearance in issue 55 of the Republic comic series, Kenobi is also useful as an Episode II representation. He's rocking the Attack of the Clones era mullet, to be sure. Most of the AOTC figures from the initial 2002 series depicted him sans cloak, …

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Captivating Cover: The White Witch – A Droid Adventure

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 …

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Expanded Universe Airspeeder (1997)

I'm amazed that the 90s Star Wars series started dipping into pre-production sources for inspiration so early in its life. The Airspeeder is based on designs by Ralph McQuarrie, and the toy is a bear-perfect representation of its two-dimensional counterpart. The lines and deco are pure McQuarrie, and one can spot the future Snowspeeder throughout …

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