I have a passion for collecting vintage Star Wars merchandise from the late 70's. Action figures, comics, trading cards etc - anything related to the first Star Wars movie. But why only until 1980? It's not that I don't love The Empire Strikes Back and beyond (I really do), but there is something about that first wave of Star Wars mania that really grips me, back when it was all fresh and exciting...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kenner Toy Commercials

Well, It's been a while since my last post. Things have been busy. I'm currently going through some comics and working on a new Marvel Star Wars post, but for the meantime, I thought I'd feature some vintage commercials dredged up from Youtube. You've probably seen all these before, but personally, I can't get enough of these.

This first one was the one that started it all. The 'Early Bird Certificate Package'. I can't imagine how exciting it must have been for the young Star Wars fan to see this on the TV screen for the first time.



This one (starring Anthony Daniels himself) was aired during the 1978 Holiday Special if I'm not mistaken. Funny how commercials back in the day were aimed at parents rather than the kids themselves. 'May the Force Be With You... And Your Children!'





Me too! Eee Eee Eee!













5 comments:

C.K. Dexter Haven said...

"Wow, what a weird place!"

Yeah, like Han Solo's never been in a cantina before! ;)

It's always fun to see these old ads, which would capture my attention just like everything Star Wars-related did back then.

Will Errickson said...

Amazing. I believe there's even a vintage SW toys commercial with a very young Christian Slater...

C.K. Dexter Haven said...
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C.K. Dexter Haven said...

Oops! Anyway, the ad with a young Rick Schroeder is the second clip from the bottom of this very post.

Joseph Hogan Wilks said...

Who could forget all of these great commercials when the Star Wars figures were first coming out. I never realized how much they made you want to buy them all. Even now just watching these it makes me want to suit up with my lightsaber and take down some Storm Troopers!