From 1978 to 1985, Kenner sold over 300 million Star Wars related toys. This series of toys is known among fans as the vintage line. In The Vintage Vault, we take a closer look at some of the most iconic original Star Wars toys that have delighted fans across the globe.
Kenner’s Millennium Falcon was one of the spaceships that was designed early for the 3.75”-line of action figures. The Star Wars Collectors Archive website mentions that Kenner employees had to work pretty hard to finish the wooden patterns that were used to create the steel production molds so that the ship could be sold on time at Christmas, 1979. Then again, employees had to destroy thousands of new Falcons in 1984 when interest in Star Wars had waned.
Since the ship could almost be regarded as a character and continued to play an important role in the sequels, almost every kid wanted this toy. It measured about 53 centimeters long, and compared to a figure of Han Solo (about 10 centimeters tall) was almost four times too small. If Kenner had built the Falcon on a 1:1 scale with the figures, it would have been about 190 centimeters long. Hasbro almost achieved this with their “big” edition of the Falcon in 2008 which measured about 182 centimeters. Of course the cost of such a behemoth would have been unthinkable in the late ’70s, and despite her smaller size Kenner’s toy turned out to be a superb rendition of the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.
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