Sunday, April 01, 2007

A Comlink to the Past.

I recently had several boxes' worth of my past sent to me, courtesy of brother Artie, sister Jackie and cousin Jerry. They had the unenviable task of going through mom's stuff and divvying it up appropriately. Thus I got two boxes containing hundreds of posters (many of which I heisted from the Old Country Twin after it closed down around 1987), and two enormous boxes of comic books and Star Wars memorabilia. Well, now it's memorabilia--a long time ago, in a house far, far away, it used to be my life.

Like a lot of the boys I knew back then, I was infatuated with Star Wars from the day it came out. My room quickly became a shrine to it. I had the sheets, curtains (which mom made from extra sheets), lunch boxes, calendars, posters, you name it. Most of all, there were the toys, elaborately arranged around the room.

Here we see the Land of the Jawas playset (minus escape pod) and the Hoth Ice Planet playset (minus laser cannon). Notice their identical molding, and that I cleaned the Sandcrawler base but not the AT-AT base. (Click on the pics for a closer look.) Also three Hoth mini-rigs (an MLC-3 and two MTV-7's), the Droid Maker set (missing one leg, one tank tread, the hydraulic wire, the two metal axles and all but two of the little rubber connectors), a Dewback, a Taun-Taun, the Yoda hand puppet, the Land Speeder, and the Cantina playset (less the doors and the backdrop, which I remember floating around for years in the oddest places). To the right is the original base for the first twelve figures, also without its backdrop.

The awesome (and I don't throw that word around) Millennium Falcon. It's missing the piece that holds the cannon in place, and the lower hatch is busted. Other than that, I think it's all there--the lightsaber training ball on string, the false floor, the chess table, the landing struts, the dish laser...

(4/2 add: I am pleased to report that I found a great website with all the original Kenner assembly instructions online, and realized that a mystery piece which I had assigned to the leftover bin is in fact the gunner seat, which is what holds the cannon in place. I just now snapped them together, and, in the words of fellow nostophile Jean Shepherd, all is right with the world.)

The X-Wing is minus canopy and the wings won't stay open. The TIE Fighter, Darth's TIE Fighter, and Snow Speeder are all intact, I believe, except the Snow Speeder is missing the harpoon and string. I don't think any of the sounds work anymore, but most of the lights do. The Snow Speeder has the best lights and sound and they work (and yes, I flew it through the living room and attacked the cat with it). Most stickers are in decent shape except for Darth's TIE Fighter, with lots of buckling and peeling corners. I had the Troop Transport with the sound effects, but, alas, that one has not surfaced.

I don't even remember this crummy cardboard Cloud City playset, so I don't know if it came with anything. There's the Yoda statue I painted myself, a metal C3PO pendant (which Donna is determined to wear), and miniature die-casts of the X-Wing (no canopy) and TIE Fighter (tiny pilot intact). That digital watch came with a bunch of different stickers you could put above and below the readout, but I lost those. I don't know if the watch still works, but if it does, I may have to break my policy of never wearing one of the damned things. (Donna and I will make quite the pair, out and about in our Star Wars-themed finery...)

I once had all the figures released through '82 or so (I drew the line around the time Zuckuss came out--I mean, Zuckuss? Who the hell was Zuckuss?), but these are all I have left. (Note the horribly mangled Greedo at the top right, hands nailed to a Lincoln Log and liberally spattered with red nail polish, and you'll get an idea of the others' fate.) Yoda is missing his cloak and staff but amazingly enough not his snake. The stormtroopers (you could never have too many) range in condition from looks-nearly-new to yellowed to demolished. That's the original Artoo from my once-cherished Early Bird set. I just realized I neglected to put him alongside Threepio. I guess it's obvious I'm no longer a fan.

Here are the accessories I have left. Two Leia guns survived, but sadly, no Tuskan Raider gaderffii sticks. Is that white thing the Ugnaught's purse?

I know I had the large figures of Luke and Leia, but all that remains as evidence are his saber and her shoe. Chewbacca has his gun but I think a little piece is broken off, as is the tip of Boba Fett's antenna-thingy. Boba's missing his Wookiee scalps, and the thing in his backpack isn't attached anymore. Han is missing his medal, and Darth, like his tiny counterpart, has only the hilt of his saber left. Artoo still has his Death Star plans inside but his legs fall off easily and when you turn his head it goes boing! boing! boing! instead of click-click-click.

Last (and least, in the sense of missing the most parts) is the Death Star playset. It took me friggin' forever to put this thing together. I know I had the cannon that's supposed to go on the top level--what the hell happened to it? The upper posts are missing too (that's Luke's lightsaber propping up the grid), as are the rope swing, the foam garbage, and one other post. There's the Dianoga, that little minx, popping out of the trash compactor to pose. (5/4/12 add: I've decided to attempt completing my Death Star, and so I've recently gotten the cannon and two struts to finish the top level. I tried to get the box, but missed the winning bid by ten bucks. I see there are counterfeit rope swings on eBay--what has this world come to? And I suspect it'll be a sweltering day on Hoth when I find that foam trash at any price, reasonable or otherwise...)

That's about it for the toys... I'll get to the other SW stuff another time--the trading cards, photos, lobby cards, posters, comics, calendars, fan club newsletters, activity books, Presto Magix (Magices?), magazines, (including your various Mads, Crackeds, and even the occasional Crazy), etc. etc....

2/13/15 add: Holy shit! I finally wrote it!


Blogger JGerardi said...

Not only do I remember all of those toys, I LITERALLY remember your specific toys pictured there, as you and I spent many the day playing with them. I have told you about my recent obsession with Star Wars memorabilia, although I have refrained from buying much of anything that is old/vintage like what youhave pictured there. I think most of that stems from the fact that I had almost as much stuff as you have displayed in this post and it all WAS THROW AWAY BY MY MOM AND IT GIVES ME A MIGRAINE TO THINK ABOUT REBUYING THAT CRAP!
Oh, that cardboard Bespin set, I BELIEVE, was an advance 4 action figure set that came out one christams, like the preview cardboard backdrop that they released the first wave of figures with. Want to say it came with an ugnaught, Bespin Han Solo, bespin guard and maybe Lando but not positive. Now what I am really excited to see is if you still have that Han Solo wanted poster that I still covet to this day. And I am sure you still have the "Zombie" movie poster as well.

Mon Apr 02, 03:41:00 PM 2007  
Blogger psaur said...

Unfortunately, I haven't come across the Han Solo wanted poster, unless it's tucked into one of these calendars or other posters (but I doubt I'd have missed it). Yeah, that one was cool as hell. I think my brother sent me that from Seattle, just cos I seem to recall thinking Seattle had better stuff than Long Island. The SW lobby cards I have came from the Batcave on Old Country Road.

Now I do remember that Bespin set. I wish I still had my early bird set--I think I got it around my ninth birthday (which means I've had that Artoo for 29 years) and kept the mailer for ages.

I don't remember having a poster for Zombie, though I did draw one for my 1984 film "We Are Going to Eat You," that title taken from Zombie's tagline. I'm sure I'll write the story of my movie posters here soon, as I am going through them--gradually--and will probably put up lots on eBay. (Donna is not on board with the idea of plastering the walls of our home with them, but c'mon, "Warlords of Atlantis" would look awesome in the bathroom!

As for your stuff being thrown away, I feel for you. Going through all these artifacts was a real rush, I hadn't realized I'd saved so much. If mom had chosen to chuck it, I wouldn't have missed 95% of it. I'm glad she didn't...

Mon Apr 02, 09:16:00 PM 2007  
Blogger psaur said...

Hey Jeff, just found this... turns out the Cloud City set came with Han, Ugnaught, Dengar and Lobot...

Mon Apr 02, 11:23:00 PM 2007  
Blogger JGerardi said...

Ah seeing that now i totally remember it especially the little white pegs and Dengar. Man that's funny.
I would SWEAR you had a movie poster for Zombie, the one that was just a big picture of a zombie's face with worms carwling in the eye socket and all that jazz and I believe the line "we are going to eat you" on it. here is the picture...

Tue Apr 03, 09:25:00 AM 2007  
Blogger JGerardi said...

And one other thing, I don't know if you remember but both you and I mailed away for an accessory pack which it looks like you have the contents of there, that's where those little clear plastic breathing masks and white backpacks came from. I think you mailed in "X" amount of proofs of purchase and got that little accessory pack in the mail.

Tue Apr 03, 11:20:00 AM 2007  
Blogger MO'SH said...

Speaking of the "occasional Crazy..."

Tue Apr 03, 04:25:00 PM 2007  
Blogger MO'SH said...

It's a real "Unearthing of the Grail"!

Tue Apr 03, 07:17:00 PM 2007  
Blogger psaur said...

I was wondering about those breathing masks and the other stuff--I couldn't remember who they went to.

And I just remembered my brother had the CED (Select-a-disc?) of Zombie. Those discs are bigger than LPs, so it may have been prominently displayed... maybe you recall seeing that.

Tue Apr 03, 08:48:00 PM 2007  
Blogger the feeb said...

star wars? that movie was so fake.

Thu Apr 05, 08:39:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks. Great memories.

Sun Sep 06, 10:41:00 PM 2015  

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