Fond Farewells – Dave Prowse AKA Darth Vader and Green Cross Man

Archvillain Darth Vader, cover of TIME Magazine, May 19, 1980. Artwork by M. Arisman.

Another Star Wars legend passes on and joins that great gallery of personas who delighted us as kids in a galaxy far, far away.

I learned earlier today that actor David ‘Dave’ Prowse has passed away aged 85. Dave was famous for his role as Darth Vader in the original trilogy Star Wars films. As a boy I had a poster of Vader on my wall which I cherished, along with my Kenner action figure of him. But it wasn’t just Dave’s role as the Dark Lord Sith which captured my imagination as a kid, it was his role as the Green Cross Man in the British run of TV and print adverts which drummed into my head the importance of road safety. I will say that each time I crossed the road as a youngling I thought of Green Cross Man’s advice (and still do today).

Perhaps a mark of a great actor is to be able to play both the villain and hero. For me, and I’m sure for countless other fans and admirers, Dave Prowse accomplished this role splendidly.

Below is a small tribute to one of my all-time best childhood heroes, represented in print adverts and toys from the TVTA collection.

I Am Your Father. Dave Prowse documentary. Chirashi poster. Japan . 2015.

Green Cross Code. UK. 1979.

Star Wars Miro Meccano prizes. France. 1980.

Star Wars Pin-Up Special. 1978. UK.

Star Wars bubble bath. UK. 1978.

Green Cross Code. UK. 1978.

The Empire Strikes Back. 1980. UK.

Forbidden Planet welcomes Dave Prowse and Anthony Daniels. UK. 1980.

Waddington Design a spaceship competition. UK. 1984.

Kenner Darth Vader action figure. Hong Kong COO with letter A hilt. 1977. From the collection of TVTA.

1978 Die Cast Darth Vader figure, made by the Takara company, Japan. From the collection of TVTA.

1978 Die Cast Darth Vader figure, made by the Takara company, Japan. From the collection of TVTA.

Dave Prowse in 2013. Image: Wikipedia


RIP David Prowse. 1935 – 2020.


 

Freshly scanned – my latest Star Wars ads for film, toys and merchandise

Star Wars S.H.Figuarts catalogue. C 2017. Japan.

Today’s post brings a formidable fleet of Star Wars goodies in print form. Featuring Japanese catalogues, adverts, newsletters, and chirashi movie posters… this post is certain to draw attention from both Imperial and Rebel forces across the galaxy!

Enjoy 🙂


S.H.Figuarts action figures and models catalogue. Japan. 2017

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May The Fourth Be With You – making a pandemic run in less than 12 parsecs

Happy Star Wars Day!

I’m dedicating this year’s May The 4th Be With You to our dear Covid 19 and the evil pandemic empire… Grrr!

We haven’t missed a May The 4th in a long time at TVTA, and no frightening us with sorcerer’s ways and sad devotion to ancient religions is gonna stop us now (cough, cough – sorry Lord Vader).

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Walkers Star Wars Tazo Collector’s Force Pack, 1996

Smash! Another collection completed! It’s only taken me since 1996… well, better late than never, and there is something sweet about finishing a target after a long wait.

Walkers Star Wars Tazo Collector’s Force Pack was a free ring binder book you could send off for in 1996 to celebrate the release of The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition.

To complete the pack you needed to collect ‘Tazos’ (sometimes known as ‘Pogs’) which could be found sealed inside packs of Walkers Crisps, French Fries, Monster Munch, Quavers, and Doritos. Each Tazo was a circular, cardboard disc, and came printed with images from the original trilogy Star Wars films.

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Cinecom Jr. magazine – Japanese Star Wars special

Cinecom Jr. Star Wars. Cover featuring BB-8. 2017. Japan.

Aimed at Japanese kids, this issue of Cinecom Jr. is an eight page special published in 2017 to conicide with the Star Wars film The Last Jedi. Japan has always had a love affair with the droids from the Star Wars universe, so it’s no surprise to see the skittish and adorable astromech droid BB-8 gracing the cover. Contents include features on the Star Wars film trilogies, plus a super fun-looking board game!

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Thanks for looking, stay well, healthy, and MTFBWY 😎

International Star Wars toy and merchandise images 1977 – 1997

TVTA is proud to present a gallery of some of the best vintage Star Wars print images you will see this side of the galaxy!

From the vaults of TVTA we share more than 250 images showing international adverts and catalogue pages for the Star Wars Original Trilogy films, toys, merchandise, and promotional offers.

Covering the period between 1977 and 1997… this incredible post shows exactly how the Star Wars brand was sold around the world!

Thanks for looking, and MTFBWY!


Star Wars as seen in the US

Star Wars Jedi Arena video game. US.,1983.

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The Rise of Skywalker – cinema swag and promotions

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Pathé Gaumont Les Mag. France. 2019.

Last night I went to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. This post is not a review, it’s more a showpiece for some of the advertising and promotions concerning the movie. I will say, however, that I thoroughly enjoyed this final instalment of a film franchise that’s been there with me since I was a child. In many ways TROS serves as a fine tribute to the ‘best of Star Wars’. It’s been quite a journey!

So, onto the few promotions I’ve gathered for the film here in France. Besides print adverts, there is the Premiere film magazine cover, a Nestlé cereal competition, cinema exclusive plastic soda cups and a cool metal popcorn bucket, Actimel yoghurt pots, and I’ve included my Japanese chirashi posters.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Cover of Premiere. Dec 2019. France.

The Rise of Skywalker. Japanese chirashi.

The Rise of Skywalker. Japanese chirashi.

The Rise of Skywalker. Double page ad. Premiere. Dec 2019. France.

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May The Fourth Be With You Peter Mayhew

Palitoy Chewbacca Bandolier offer. Return of the Jedi N°28, 1984. UK.

Happy Star Wars Day!

I’m dedicating this year’s May The 4th Be With You post to actor Peter Mayhew, who passed away on the 30th April 2019, aged 74. Peter Mayhew was famous for playing the role of fearless Wookiee, Chewbacca, in the original Star Wars trilogy films. Mayhew also appeared in the Holiday Special, Revenge of the Sith, and The Force Awakens. In later films, due to declining health, he acted as a consultant for the character.

Peter Mayhew. Image: Lucasfilm.

For me, Chewbacca is one of the standout heroes from the Star Wars universe; physical, imposing, frightening, yet with a deep sense of loyalty to his friends and the rebel fight. I’ll never get over the impact upon hearing Chewie cry out in pain at the death of his dear friend, Han Solo, in The Force Awakens. Powerful stuff.

As for Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca, I’ve only ever heard the very best sentiments of his warmth, friendliness and humanity over the years, from both his fellow actors and the fans who adored him and were lucky enough to meet him. Mayhew wrote two books aimed at young readers: Growing Up Giant, about how being different is a strength rather than a weakness, and an anti-bullying book for children My Favorite Giant.

Rest in peace Peter Mayhew, thanks for all your good work, and we’ll always let the Wookiee win!


UK. Starburst. 1980.

What Can You Get A Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb?). 7inch vinyl record. 1980. RSO records.

Planet of the Hoojibs. 7 inch vinyl record. Buena Vista Records. 1983.

The Star Wars Book of Masks. Random House. 1983. Mask #2. Chewbacca.


In other Star Wars Day news…

Here’s a new ad I picked up recently, for the Droids and Ewoks cartoon series on VHS.

Star Wars Ewoks and Droids on VHS. 1988. UK.

More Ewoks?

Star Comics. 1985. US.

Just a few more Ewoks?

Ewok Village Play Set. France. 1985.

One last Ewok…

Logray, Medicine Man action figure. 1983. From the collection of TVTA.

And finally, a TVTA May the 4th tradition…

Will this post be sushi-free?

Not on your nelly!

May The Sushi also Be With You!

Admiral Ackbar sushi set. Image eBay.

Happy Star Wars Day!

Post updated with two Chewbacca records.