Give Me Those Star Wars #28 – Kenner Toys

Just in time for Christmas, Rob and David “Ace” Gutierrez take over GIVE ME THOSE STAR WARS to reminisce about the original line of Star Wars action figures and playsets from Kenner! And you don’t have to send in any proofs of purchase to enjoy!

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10 responses to “Give Me Those Star Wars #28 – Kenner Toys

  1. Fun show guys. I still feel like I missed out on a major phenomenon with Star Wars, even if I did have a few figures. I had friends who had more, so I did play with them, but I was far too into super heroes, then He-Man, G.I. Joe, Transformers, M.A.S.K. and of course Super Powers to get too bummed about it. It just wasn’t a priority for me at all then. So odd to think of it that way now.

    I did love that opening, “I’m you host Ryan Daly…NO, BETTER…Rob Kelly”. NIce zinger, Kelly!

    Chris

  2. All of the arguments against a Tarkin figure are also just as good arguments against a Greedo figure. Just saying. And there is absolutely no excuse for them to have not done a Mon Mothma figure in the Return of the Jedi wave.

    That said, I was always a ‘continuing adventures’ person with my action figures. Which was why I had no real interest in the Death Star set. I mean, the thing blew up real good, and who would be so creatively bankrupt as to do a Star Wars story in which another one had to be destroyed?

    Programming question: how is it that nobody has managed to take over this ‘cast to talk Solo yet?

    1. Good point about Greedo, Jeff R. I suppose the same would apply to Walrus Man, the Emperor, and Vader to a point. I never thought about it, because I never wanted a Tarkin figure.

      A SOLO show would be great! I just hope it’s hosted by someone who pronounces his name correctly.

  3. Great discussion, gentlemen. I’m in a similar boat to David, having been born in 1975 as well. My mom took me to see Star Wars during one of the re-releases prior to Empire. I don’t have any specific memories of seeing it in the theater, but I know I must have, because, when I got my first Star Wars figures (the Death Star Droid, R5-D4, and the Death Star Commander), I knew who they were.

    Fortunately, I still have most of my Star Wars figures, though several of them have screws holding their heads on. I pull them out from time to time to play with them with my daughter.

  4. I’ve still got my original 1977 figures in the big Darth Vader head carrying case. I’ve only kept those & my full set of Super Powers figures all these years. Looking forward to this episode on my drive tomorrow.

  5. No one wants to hear any more of my Star Wars toys stories (like how I pretended that the carpet in my room was an ocean and the Falcon & Luke’s X-Wing were floating on it and docked together, with the X-Wing’s nose fitting into the space between the Falcon’s front mandibles).

    I would like to say that I, like David, also saw Star Wars in the theater even though I was born in 1975. I know that I didn’t see it first run, but I have a vivid memory of seeing it with my mother in the Ocean County Mall’s 2 screen theater. We were either alone or there were only a few other people there. I don’t remember my sister being there, so it must have been on a shopping trip while my grandmother watched her, which places it before Empire’s release.

  6. I only ever had one Star Wars toy (pre-parents divorce, so I was no more than 6, and thus before I ever saw the film, I read the novelization at age 10). It was the Droid Factory, which had R2-D2, some of his parts made of rubber, and the capacity to combine different droids from spare parts and rubbery bolts. Anyone else have memories of that?

    As for your Texas Origins fanfic, I was there summers only from to 1983 to 1988 (ages 12-17), in a small town between Abilene and San Angelo, though I visited all around the state. Furthest west was Lake LBJ though. The fanfic may include my dad accidentally buying land locally known as “Rattlesnake Hill”, my enrollment in a Baptist Bible Camp despite my technically being Catholic (“to meet people my own age”), and my ramping a jet ski off my dad’s head. The less said about the bonus Christmas in 1994 the better.

  7. Absolutely loved this episode because it brought back so many memories. I was born in 73 and do not actually remember seeing the first Star Wars film in the theaters even though I know I did. But I do remember the toys…in fact my earliest childhood memory is waking up on a birthday morning and finding that my mom had set up the Death Star playset to be there waiting for me to see. And of course being the little brat that I was, my first thought after getting over my excitement was that the cantina aliens she had put in it did not belong on the Death Star. I still have about 2/3 of my toys from childhood although sadly not my Millenium Falcon. At some point it must have gotten wet in storage because there was mold on it and it had to be thrown away. Fortunately, I still have that Death Star!

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