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Never mind the adverts Pt10 – Takara Die Cast Darth Vader

Welcome to another Never Mind The Adverts… Here Are The Toys! This time we take a look at the 1978 Die Cast Darth Vader figure made by the Takara company, Japan.

Japanese toy company Takara has never been shy of infusing its love of the quirky into the toys and merchandise it was licensed to produce and distribute for the first Star Wars film. The transforming X Wing Fighter and missile launching R2-D2 are just two examples. It’s no great surprise to see their die cast Darth Vader receiving similar treatment with a ‘robot-look’ makeover, and the issue of not just his trusty lightsaber but a full-on missile-firing crossbow!

Features: This cool die cast Darth Vader measures in at around 7 inches tall (17.78 cm) has articulated legs and arms, and can turn his head to the left and right via a lever located on his back.

Accessories: lightsaber, crossbow, two shots, removable vinyl cape, stand.

Packaging: the partially bilingual box comes with the typical Takara graphics and includes the ST logo belonging to the company responsible for checking the safety standards of the toy. Line drawings on the back of the box indicate the action features. The bottom right insert picture on the back appears to show the C-3PO die cast figure that was released along with Vader.





If you want to discover other cool Japanese vintage Star Wars collectables check out my guide over on The Imperial Gunnery Forum

That’s all for now. Thanks for looking, and join us again soon for another Never Mind The Adverts!


 

1980s sci-fi and fantasy merchandise

Back in the eighties if you wanted to get your hands on some cool sci-fi and fantasy merchandise you went to your local comic shop or you sent off for mail order via adverts found in comic books and magazines. The following are a selection of adverts found in US Starlog and UK Starburst publications.

Stores and mail order

US. Starlog. 1984.

UK. Starburst. 1982.

UK. Starburst. 1982.

UK. Starburst. 1982.

US. Starlog. 1980.

UK. Starburst. 1989.

US. Starlog. 1980.

Books and publications

UK. Starburst. 1989.

UK. Starburst. 1989.

US. Starlog. 1983.

US. Starlog. 1980.

UK. Starburst. 1989.

Role Playing

US. Starlog. 1985.

US. Starlog. 1985.

Film and video

UK. Starburst. 1989.

UK. Starburst. 1982.

UK. Starburst. 1988.

Chirashi 2017 movies: Blade Runner 2, The Last Jedi, Wonder Woman, Justice League

Latest additions to the Japanese chirashi run.

Blade Runner 2

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Wonder Woman

Justice League

Latest vintage Star Wars ads

Representing merchandise as advertised in Italy, France, Germany, UK and the US.

Radio Control R2-D2. Italy.

Italy. 1979. Radio controlled R2-D2. In Italy this droid was called C1P8.

Star Wars toys. France.

France. Castors Juniors. 1979. Featuring models and action figures from both the small and large size lines. Plus… how often do you see a vinyl and cloth cape Jawa pictured together?

Star Wars Palitoy catalogue page from Hamleys. UK.

UK. Hamleys. 1983. Featuring vehicles for the 3.75 inch action figure line.

Star Wars model kits. Germany.

This 1979 Kenner Germany ad reads “Hello model fans”. It features Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter, the X-Wing Fighter, and our two favourite droids. The photo of the X-Wing vehicle appears to be the electronic toy meant for the 3.75 inch action figures and not the model kit version. It is not uncommon to see vintage Star Wars toy ads substituting certain products with others. My idea is that sometimes the foreign (to US) license holder had to make do with whatever images or products were sent over by parent company Kenner from the US. In other cases we may also catch sight of prototype versions, which were the only images available at the time prior to a toy’s actual release.

In the case of French license holder Miro-Meccano, which in 1981 ran a spectacular “saynettes” ad series, a mixture of toys were used to create perspective. Here we see a small scale die cast X-Wing in the background, with the bigger 3.75 inch action figure Landspeeder in the foreground.

Star Wars Denys Fisher model kits competition. UK.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978. This UK competition offered the chance to win one of 40 prizes for Denys Fisher licensed Star Wars models.

Return of the Jedi SnapFix models. Airfix. UK.

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983.

Boots stores model kit products. Airfix. UK.

UK. Eagle. 1983. I remember Star Wars toys being on sale in UK toys shops and newsagents but not in Boots – which is a high street chemist that still exists today. This ad from 1983 shows that Boots did indeed stock some toys, and gives mention to Star Wars.

School stationery prize competition, Helix. UK.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978. The Star Wars Helix brand has always been popular in the UK collecting world, and items can command high prices. One of the most popular and perhaps rarest of Helix items is the Death Star Pencil Sharpener – which is mentioned here as a lowly “runners up prize”.  If only we knew back then how desirable those little pencil sharpeners would one day become!

Eagle comics Return of the Jedi sticker album offer. UK.

Eagle comics. UK. 1983.

Eagle comics Return of the Jedi free stickers. UK.

Eagle comics. UK. 1983.

Atari Return of the Jedi Death Star Battle. Parker Brothers. US.

US. Alpha Flight. 1983.

Intellivision and Atari cartridges by Parker Brothers. UK.

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983.

That’s all for now. Please check out our Star Wars section beneath the banner for the best international Star Wars vintage advertising this side of the galaxy! Thanks for looking!


RIP Carrie Fisher

So sad to hear that Carrie just passed away. I know she did plenty of other great work but she’ll always remain in my heart for her role as Princess Leia. Whenever I saw her interviewed on TV she was always funny and seemed a likeable person. My thoughts go out to her family and loved ones.


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The princess and the droid – an edited kiss, from 1983’s Charlie Mensuel. Plus 2000 AD Palitoy prizes

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Charlie Mensuel. Issue 19. 1983. France. Charlie Mensuel was a French adult comic book published between 1969 and 1986 with links to its current relative Charlie Hebdo and editor-in-chief the late Georges Wolinski. Issue 19 is packed with 18 pages of Return of the Jedi features, and contains the above artwork of Princess Leia kissing C-3PO! The text loosely translated is: “Lionel Bret (the artist) dreams up for you an episode edited out from Star Wars.”

The cover of issue 19, Charlie Mensuel, and some sample pages:

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2000 AD. Prog 320. 1983. UK. 2000 AD is a UK comic first published in 1977. Prog 320 devoted its cover and two inside pages to a competition to win Return of the Jedi prizes.

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Advert from Prog 319 announcing Prog 320.

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.


And lastly, an advert from Eagle comics, September 3, 1983. Return of the Jedi free gift stickers.

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Never mind the adverts… here are the toys (Pt3)

Welcome to part 3 of TVTA’s regular series Never Mind The Adverts.

In this edition we focus on vintage and modern Star Wars toys.


Biker Scout and Speederbike (Kenner)

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Princess Leia (Kenner)

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Boba Fett (Kenner)

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Luke Skywalker Farmboy (Kenner)

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Tusken Raider (Kenner)

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IG-88 (Kenner)

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Landspeeder (Palitoy)

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The Black Series

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R2-D2

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Kylo Ren

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Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot

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Star Wars Transformers – Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot (Hasbro)

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Jigsaw, Star Wars black box (Kenner)

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Lando Calrissian (Kenner)

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Ree-Yees (Kenner)

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Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot (Trilogo)

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ROTJ two-pack, Admiral Ackbar and Princess Leia (Kenner)

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Thanks for looking. Join us again soon for another Never Mind The Adverts! 🙂

Japanese Chirashi movie posters – Star Wars original trilogy

Japanese Chirashi are small double-sided movie posters handed out at theatres to advertise upcoming movies. The following is a near-complete set of the Star Wars original trilogy set. To date, and as far as I’m aware, there are two ROTJ teaser variations I need along with a ROTJ theater variation. The variations are fairly minor and involve certain text colour changes and theatre information. If I can get these final three I’ll add them here. For now, here are the eight I own. Images are shown featuring the front and reverse side by side. Click to make bigger and feel the force!


Star Wars. 1977. Theatre Release version 1

Star Wars. 1977. Theatre Release version 1.


Star Wars. 1977. Theatre Release version 2.

Star Wars. 1977. Theatre Release version 2.


Star Wars. 1982. Japanese dubbed re-release.

Star Wars. 1982. Japanese dubbed re-release.


TESB. 1980. Theatre Release version 1.

TESB. 1980. Theatre Release version 1.


TESB. 1980. Theatre Release version 2.

TESB. 1980. Theatre Release version 2.


ROTJ. 1982. Teaser.

ROTJ. 1982. Teaser.


ROTJ. 1983. Theatre Release.

ROTJ. 1983. Theatre Release.


ESB / ROTJ 1986. Double-feature Theatre Release.

ESB / ROTJ 1986. Double-feature Theatre Release.


ESB / ROTJ 1986. Double-feature Theatre Release. Reverse side.

ESB / ROTJ 1986. Double-feature Theatre Release. Reverse side.