Category Archives: May the 4th Be With You

Never Mind The Adverts… May The Fourth Be With You!

In this special 8th edition of the series Never Mind The Adverts… TVTA celebrates the annual ‘May The Fourth Be With You’ celebration of all things Star Wars!

We’ll be taking a look at Kenner’s vintage Star Wars Action Display Stand, a vintage Japanese bootleg model kit of the X-Wing Fighter, plus Greedo and White Armor Boba Fett from the modern Black Series line.

Happy Star Wars day!


Kenner Star Wars Action Display Stand for the first 12 figures

Just about as iconic as you can get regarding the first wave of vintage Star Wars toys, this 1979 display stand was designed for the first twelve action figures. The figures are attached to pegs on a revolving disc that can be turned manually to move the characters back and forth. The stand was available as a US mail away and special offer from some of the larger stores.





Bootleg model kit, Star Warrior X Space Fighter. Crown, Japan. Circa 1980

The Star Warrior X Space Fighter is an unlicensed X-Wing Fighter model kit made by the Japanese Crown company. The box artwork employs several images based on recognisable Star Wars properties such as the Death Star, a TIE Fighter and the X-Wing Fighter. The box side panels suggest other Crown kits available in the range like an R2-D2-type character and two ships resembling the Millenium Falcon.

Like other vintage Star Wars bootleg toys from back in the day, this item somehow managed to slip the radar of George Lucas and his legal team!



Black Series 6″ Greedo and White Armor Prototype Boba Fett figures

I’m not a collector of modern Star Wars toys, but the 6 inch Black Series figures have become a bit addictive …





That’s all, folks – until next May 4, thanks for looking, happy Star Wars day, and May The Fourth Be With You!


 

May The Fourth Be With You! (sushi-free)

I’ve just reviewed last year’s May The 4th Be With You celebration post May the food be with you This year’s celebration post is completely sushi-free and features vintage Star Wars comic art courtesy of some 2012 French re-prints from Atlas publishing. Happy Star Wars day, and May the 4th be with you all!

Bill Sienkiewicz.

Bill Sienkiewicz.

Al Williamson.

Al Williamson.

Rik Bryant.

Rik Bryant.

Al Williamson.

Al Williamson.

Rick Bryant.

Rick Bryant.

Al Williamson.

Al Williamson.

Rick Bryant.

Rick Bryant.

Rick Bryant.

Rick Bryant.

Rick Bryant.

Rick Bryant.

Did I say this post would be sushi-free?

Oops. May the sushi be with you!

Sushi art by Oki.

Sushi art by Oki.

Photo courtesy of Oki. Check out his cool blog: My Sushi World

May The Fourth Be With You and why George Lucas has a love-hate relationship with sushi

May the fourth be with you! Advert from Pif Gadget 737. 1983. France.

Luke: “You mean this is not a light saber after all, but a giant chopstick?” Ackbar: “Ahar, that be true alright, now quit ye whining and have at that sushi!” Advert from Pif Gadget 737. 1983. France.


Yes, another Star Wars post based on the 4th / force pun shooting its way across the webniverse to celebrate all things Star Wars!

So, Happy Star Wars day, May the fourth be with you, Jar-Jar-Rasputin, SW4eva, Go 4th and multiply, etc etc! And… did you know that George Lucas hates sushi?

Star Wars Myths #23

“Waiter, there’s a bear in my sushi”

George Lucas hates sushi. During the development stages for Return of the Jedi, George was taken to a sushi bar by Harrison Ford, who many people will be surprised to learn is an avid connoiseur of sushi and author of the bestselling books The sushi run in less than 12 parsecs, and I love sushi… I know, and co-owner of several sushi bars around the galaxy!

Anyway, at the table, George soon became bored to tears with Harrison’s endless tales of sushi presentation styles and more raw fishy tales than you could shake a light saber at. Practically losing the will to live, George began aimlessly toying with the food on his plate. After a while, George noted that his sushi was beginning to resemble violent, primitive, hunter-gatherer, bear-like creatures. And so the idea for the Ewoks was born! Lucas, overjoyed at this Ewok discovery on his plate thanks to Ford’s insistance on a sushi lunch date that day, decided to reward Ford by choosing him to play the part of the character spit-roasted by the Ewoks in ROTJ.

Ayun! Yub nub! Caravan of sushi! Photo by LydMc.

Ayun! Yub nub! Caravan of sushi! Photo by LydMc.

Ewok Sushi photo by LydMc

Happy Star Wars day!