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VINTAGE Star Wars!
2018-40 YEARS OF CHRISTMAS & Star Wars FIGURES
The 40th Anniversary of Star Wars may have been in 2017 but the 40th anniversary of finding Star Wars action figures from Kenner under our Christmas trees is 2018 (Kenner was unable to get the toys out in time for December 1977). In honour of this momentous occasion we thought we would present a mashup of Kenner action figures along with images from the Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Click on the image below for the entire series.
FANTASTIC FILMS MAGAZINE: "Star Wars COMES
TO NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO"
A single issue of a pop culture magazine from the 70's and 80's can be such a time capsule for a particular period. Case in point, "Collector's Edition #24" of "Fantastic Films." In this issue alone there are articles about Omen III, Ringo Starr's Caveman, Mole Men, an interview with David Cronenberg about Scanners and a feature on Excalibur. We're featuring it here because of the cover story which deals with the first Star Wars radio drama that was released on NPR back in 1981. If you've never listened to the radio dramas, you really should. They add so much to the story of the original Star Wars including Admiral Motti's attempts at having Tarkin overthrow the emperor with the Death Star, the Anchorhead scenes with Luke's friends and Luke sitting in a flight simulator on Yavin 4 as Biggs tests Luke to see if he's fit to fly. Tons of great (sometimes cheesy) dialogue, sound effects from Ben Burtt and music from John Williams make the Star Wars Radio Dramas a must. We talked about this magazine on Episode #53.
"MAY THE FORCE BEAM BE WITH YOU"??
Star Wars comic book ads. One of the biggest joys of growing up in the 1970's and 80's. Even when the ad is clearly for a knockoff product. Who wouldn't want to "be a Starwalker on your own planet"? We found this UK ad on the I Grew Up Star Wars Facebook Group page.
VINTAGE MARVEL COMIC HOMAGE!
We would like to thank our good friend, Chris Hamilton, for sending us this awesome One Year Anniversary gift! It really captures our love of vintage Star Wars and specifically, the original Marvel Comic series! We can't wait to make this into a couple of posters! Listen to this week's show for the story!
NETFLIX'S "THE TOYS THAT MADE US!"
The Sandcrawler is proud and very excited to show our support for the upcoming Netflix documentary, The Toys That Made Us! This documentary series is dedicated to the beloved toy lines of the 1980’s. Star Wars toys will obviously be a huge part of this series, but look for other toy lines like G.I. Joe, Barbie, Transformers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We have a feeling that those are just a few of these glorious plastic items that mean so much to us and others!
The air date has been yet to be announced, so stay tuned for further updates. Until then, head over to all of their social media outlets, subscribe, like and follow! The social media accounts are constantly showing off collections and items that were used for shoots! Show your support and let them know how excited you are to see this.
The Toys That Made Us on Netflix!
Star Wars FILMSTRIP
Remember filmstrips in grade school? The teacher would turn the lights out and one kid would beg to be in charge of controlling the projector? Remember seeing STAR WARS in your classroom?????? This originally appeared on the old Star Wars Hyperspace subscription website. The site had each slide as images and a separate audio track. We've combined them here so you can relive what it was like sitting in your desk in school!
This filmstrip was released by Pendulum Press.
HEY KIDS, BEFORE THE INTERNET, BEFORE IPADS AND IPHONES AND TABLETS THERE WERE THESE THINGS CALLED "BOOKS." ARMED WITH A SIMPLE TOOL KNOWN AS A "PENCIL," CHILDREN BACK IN THE LATE SEVENTIES WOULD FIND ENTERTAINMENT BY PLAYING GAMES SIMILAR TO WHAT WE'VE FOUND IN THIS GEM FROM 1979.
Star Wars: Luke Skywalker Activity Book
If you grew up around the period of the original Star Wars you might be familiar with this book and a whole series of books that were made available to schools through the Scholastic book program. This one was released in 1979 and we've highlighted a few ahem, Sandcrawler related activities. So grab your best #2, fire up the printer and get ready for some puzzling fun!
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