A few months ago I uncovered my Star Wars action figures from when I was a kid. The Return of the Jedi figures were mostly in really good shape as I was a “big kid” by then. Unfortunately for Luke Skywalker: X-Wing Pilot, the very same might not be said for the year 1978 when Kenner launched him and I apparently beheaded him when I was just three years old! He is by far in the roughest condition of any one of my Star Wars figures, however a couple of others were not a whole lot much better. The good news is, by the time Kenner launched the figures from Empire Strikes Back, I discovered the constraints of an action figures neck and none of them experienced accidental decapitation.
I went on the internet so I could match some loosened weapons with the correct action figure and I was rather confused. See, I assumed every person understood the very first line of action figures, cars, and play collections released by Kenner in 1978 was simply called Star Wars. So visualize my shock when these individuals describing it incorrectly as the “Vintage” line! “Just how ridiculous,” I believed to myself in my head at the quite principle that my youth playthings were now considered vintage. “I mean certainly they are a little older, however in order to be classic they would need to be at the very least …” And that is when I did the math and the realization hit me that it was greater than three decades ago given that the initial Star Wars figures hit the road. A wave of nostalgia bewildered me for a moment. After I drank it off, I continued to unpack and also match devices with figures, albeit with a touch more care. They are “vintage” nevertheless.