The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures, 1977-1985 by Mark BellomoA Galaxy...of Epic Toys!
When Star Wars landed in movie theaters in 1977, it became a popular cultural phenomenon and introduced the world to heroes like Luke Skywalker, super villain Darth Vader, Wookies, Stormtroopers, robots, Jedi Knights, space vehicles and lightsabers. The adventures continued with a toy line that soon followed, starting a hobby that still leaves collectors fascinated almost 40 years later.
The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures 1977-1985 is the definitive reference to vintage action figures, accessories, creatures, playsets and vehicles. Written by nationally renowned toy expert Mark Bellomo, the book features current values on the secondary market and 600+ beautiful color photographs.
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The Star Wars The Vintage Collection Archive Edition book is a comprehensive historical manuscript and detailed visual archive of one of Hasbro's most popular lines of 3. Whether you're new to Hasbro's The Vintage Collection or a long-time collector, you'll find the book's easy to use layout an invaluable resource. With approximately pages covering The Vintage Collection action figures, creatures, vehicles and playsets, entries include a detailed record of each item with crisp, high-resolution photos printed on premium-quality paper.
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The generous photos and abundant details take you right back to your bedroom floor. The book spans my childhood sweet spot, , and the golden age of Kenner Star Wars toys. My brother and I were enamored by the early Star Wars movies and like Jabba himself, our attention quickly shifted into how we could get a Han Solo of our very own. I still remember ripping the figures free from their bubble and using the cards to line the inside of my toy box. More than 30 years later, two new generations of collectors are now paying large sums for those first cards, not to mention the figures themselves. To think we spent hours burying these toys in mud traps and lashing them to saplings with fern fronds to create elaborate, pint-sized war zones! Bellomo understands how we played with these toys, and his appreciation of their history and what they mean to Generation X comes through in every page.
Although the book focuses on the action figures, it also looks at the figure-related items, Kenner's marketing material to dealers and merchants, and even in-store displays that helped advertise and showcase the action figures in the stores. This page book contains a wealth of factual details and is supported with over color photos of the actual toys. Many one-of-a-kind items are showcased including early drawings and mock-up packaging designs thus providing some insight to the preproduction process. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
The Kenner toy company produced a line of Star Wars action figures based on characters in the original Star Wars movie trilogy. Over unique action figures were produced and sold from to , during which time over million Star Wars action figures were sold. The license for Star Wars action figures was offered in to the Mego Corporation , which was the leading company in action figures in the s. Mego refused the offer and the license was subsequently picked up by Kenner , a subsidiary of General Mills. Star Wars: A New Hope was the first film to successfully market toys based on the movie.
Martin Myatt. Check out the press release below, and a few images after the jump. Each item in the collection will feature a write-up informed by inside knowledge from the design and marketing team, and will be accompanied by crisp, high-resolution photos. The volume will be printed on premium-quality paper, bound in a deluxe hardcover. Joining DePriest are co-authors D. Martin Myatt and Rich Alot. In addition to the backer rewards, the campaign has stretch goals to unlock more content and chapters.