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.

Happy Star Wars Day

May The Fourth Be With You!

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

This year TVTA encourages you to fill those blank spaces on your 1970s bedroom wall by cutting out your free pin-ups – courtesy of those nice Marvel artists at British publication Star Wars Weekly (time machine, bedroom wall, pocket money and newsagents required).

Star Wars Weekly was a UK Marvel comic run which covered the original trilogy films during the late 70s and early 80s. The comics featured Star Wars and non-Star Wars stories, competitions, articles, and in some issues a pin-up poster known as an Action Pin-up, Collector’s Pin-up, or Pin-Up Special.

The following are scans of the pin-ups I found in my pile. Happy Star Wars Day 🙂

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


The Empire Strikes Back Editions

While I don’t have a complete collection of Star Wars Weekly, the pin-ups featured in early copies of the series all seem to be drawings. By the time The Empire Strikes Back made it to publication the art pin-ups look to have been replaced by photographs.     

Star Wars Weekly. The Empire Strikes Back. 1980.


The Return of the Jedi Editions

I don’t have many of the Return of the Jedi series yet so can’t comment if art or photos were used during that run. Edit September 2018: I recently acquired some ROTJ Weekly issues and found three of what appear to be photo pin-ups – though these differ from the ESB ones as there is no mention of ‘pin-up’ on the images.

Droids. ROTJ N°41. 1984.


And this just in… a superb colour art print of Obi Wan found in ROTJ N°83! Like the photo examples above, there is no ‘pin-up’ in the wording.

Obi Wan. ROTJ N°83. 1985.


That’s all for this year. I’ll add more pin-ups here as and when I find them. Thank you for covering over hideous 70s bedroom wallpaper patterns with us 🙂


This post is a sushi-free post.

Hee hee, actually it’s not. May The Sushi also Be With You!

Photo and creation by the talented Mr Oki


Post updated September 2018 with new images.

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