Women’s Day Magazine, 1978. By today’s market value, this is $2500 worth of vinyl caped Jawas.
Ceratopsian Nativity, or What I Did On Tuesday
There’s happy. And then there’s Star Wars happy. (Kenner, 1980)
You young people and your “Pokemon.”
BATTLEBEASTS! The deer was always my favorite, because he was so clearly unfuckwithable. Not only does he have awesome goggles and a shoulder cannon, but his left hand is a giant drill. I was pretty sure he could have taken out both Boba Fett and Snake Eyes.
I want to rock with you. All night. (Kenner, 1978. via flickr.com)
Kenner, 1984. (via finalfrontiertoys.com)
I had this (still do, in fact). It was every bit as rad as the packaging makes it look.
The Rock Bottom Gang. (Vintage Ree-Yees, Vintage Amanaman, Vintage Squid Head) // by ratherchildish
Essentially a man-sized leech featuring flaccid skin and absurdly-long atrophied arms, the Amanaman creature from Return of the Jedi is a double dog dare in the grotesque. Did I mention his knobby staff decorated with the skulls of his hapless victims? Yeah, well there’s that too. As you can see the vintage action figure in Amanaman’s name adds a nice touch, finishing the weirdness off with a devilish grin.
If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you already know that the Ree-Yees and Squid Head action figures are perennial favorites. As far as the vintage line of Star Wars toys goes, these two beauties came along at the high-water mark period. Demand was still peaking for Star Wars goodies at this point in 1983 and Kenner clearly sought to keep their end of the bargain, designing toys that offered greater detail and newer features than their predecessors.
But sadly nothing good lasts forever. The Kenner line of Star Wars action figures would be dead (or at least relegated to the 59-cent bin) within 18 months.
AMANAMAN HAS A POSSE