|The Star Wars: Escape From Death Star board game, |
from Kenner in the US and Palitoy in the UK
Collecting original Star Wars merchandising is the ideal pastime for the wealthy or the crazy. The rest of us may struggle to keep up.
You might imagine that, since I have the effrontery to blog about Star Wars in the 1970s, I would have some kind of merchandising collection worth telling my home insurance company about. But that's not the case.
The thing about Star Wars merchandising is that it became extremely valuable as long as you hadn’t removed it from its packaging and used it for its intended purpose. My records were played endlessly, my books and comics read several times, my posters Blu-Tacked to walls. How were any of us to know that you weren’t supposed to actually enjoy these things?
|The Story of Star Wars LP|
|The very cool Han |
Solo pencil case
* What was your favourite piece of Star Wars merchandising? Was there something that you coveted but never managed to own? And was there a piece of merchandising that you wore out through constant use, but which you now wish you'd kept in pristine condition? I'd love to read about it. Please leave a comment below.