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LusiferSam
05-14-2004, 12:41 AM
This maybe a terrible thread, but I'm going to go for it any way. As a kid I remember hearing rumors left and right about SW toys. Here are a couple of the better ones.

Han the Imperial Guard: My best friend tried to convince me that the Imperial Guard's head was really a helmet. It was glued on (for some reason) and that if you took it off the head underneath was Han's. I don't know if it was because I was the only one in my group to have the Imperial Guard or if it was something my friend heard have someone else. In either case I told him to break his own toys.

Solid Belly Tauntaun: Now obviously this one is true, but as kid I knew it as a rumor. Some kids at schools said that they knew of a cousin or friend of a friend that had a Tauntaun with a solid belly. The only one I had ever seen in stores was the spilt belly version and the only one any of my friends had were spilt bellies. All of us dismissed as a rumor.

Lumat and Warok, one and the same: You wouldn't believe how many people told me Lumat and Warok were the same figure. One of the last figures I got as a kid was Warok and that was at a time when most of my friends were getting in to G.I. Joes and MOTU. But every once in a while we'd play with SW. At some point my friends would call Warok Lumat and I'd have to correct them. But no one would believe me. The card which was my best piece of evidence went MIA and the coin people thought was a gag.

Any way do you guys have any rumors or the like from way back when?

Kidhuman
05-14-2004, 08:34 AM
The whole Revenge of the Jedi thing.

mabudonicus
05-14-2004, 08:53 AM
Not necessarily toy related, but I remember when ESB was just a rumour, and this kid told me a long, elaborate story about how either Darth Vader or Han Solo (can't recall) having some kind of rash (I know, I know) was going to figure prominently in the next film...


I also recall seeing blue snaggletooth and thinking he was a fake :beard:

And a buddy of mine had that wind-up R2D2, I couldn't understand that for the life of me....


Ohhh, just recalled... when the ads started running for the mail-away Boba Fett, there was one spot that featured some stop motion animation, and somehow it totally convinced me that you could wind up fett's head and he would walk, unassisted.... I was so disappointed when I finally got him.... one of my buddies actually brought his into school and we took turns throwing it at a wall til he came apart, he hated it that much

jjreason
05-14-2004, 09:02 AM
Well, I can dispell the solid belly Tauntaun myth, that's the only one I ever had or saw anywhere. The split belly one came out later, and my brother and I didn't duplicate anything in our Star Wars collection back then.

I spent a great deal of time looking for a "secret" figure - the white Hoth protocol droid - when ESB came out. My friend painted up a C3PO (actually must have been a big brother, as it was pretty well done if I remember correctly) and told me he had gotten it at the local Consumers. Never could find it, and it never showed up on any packages. As a completist (even back then) that had me stressed out like crazy! :D

Bel-Cam Jos
05-15-2004, 10:26 AM
Not necessarily a rumor as much as a debate, but I recall the "holster" strap on Hoth Han, where you could attach his gun. However, it only fit properly if the gun was backwards (handle towardds front, barrel at back), and we wondered if we'd stumbled onto a little trick by Kenner, if they goofed, or if we just tried something they didn't intend.

I believe there was an urban legend that if you mailed in for the Survival Kit with backpacks, gas masks, guns, etc., that you could ask them for specific accessories; not true.

I also recall the blacked-out catalogs and card backs where Ewoks would have been; it just made me want to know more about these mysterious creatures.

I don't really remember any other "rumors," as I was just so happy to find a new figure back then!

Kidhuman
05-15-2004, 11:43 AM
I also recall the blacked-out catalogs and card backs where Ewoks would have been; it just made me want to know more about these mysterious creatures.


That irked the hell out of me. Made me wonder as well.

Deoxyribonucleic
05-15-2004, 12:05 PM
what about the "rocket-firing" boba fett?? I remember getting my first one from mail-away and me and my friend couldn't believe the thing didn't come out! I'm not sure if somewhere it was said that it would and then they changed it or that it just really looked like it should come out so we just assumed that it should have? lol

about the movie, my stupid friend's mother (she was a *****y mary kay sales woman :rolleyes: ) told me han solo got frozen at the end of the movie...thank god I thought like a kid back then ;) because I imagined him frozen in this huge block of ice lol lol

by the time I saw the movie, I'd forgotten about what that horrible lady had said. And I'm not sure how she even knew becuase I went and saw it as soon as it came out? I guess there were rumor mills back then too :silly:

this is a good thread, really made me think of things I was doing back then, which I love to do! :D

LusiferSam
05-15-2004, 02:03 PM
Here's a few more old rumors I remember.

Tatoonine Skiff was never made: Be honest, did you know anyone that had this vehicle? My general experience is that most never saw in stores or knew any body that had. With that said there were obviously people that bought them, but only a minority. So some of my friends thought it never was made.

TIE Bomber was made for figures: I'll attempt to starting this one. As a real little kid I was unaware of the difference between the die-cast toys and the larger 3 3/4" scale toys. So when I saw the die-cast TIE Bomber in a Kenner catalog I assumed it was for the 3 3/4" figures.

Rocket firing Fett: The mail away for Boba Fett happened before I got into SW toys (I was 3 or less at the time). So I don't remember any of the unhappiness caused by the non firing version. but a couple of years later my best friend told me the that the red missile was meant to come out. He said nothing about it firing, but that it was meant to be loose.

Rocketboy
05-18-2004, 09:23 AM
Well, I can dispell the solid belly Tauntaun myth, that's the only one I ever had or saw anywhere.I'm in the same boat. My friend and I only knew/saw the solid belly version. We both thought it was dumb that it didn't open up. And it wasn't until years later we found out they did have one with an open belly.

bigbarada
06-07-2004, 02:33 AM
I had always thought that the Cantina Band were made as a mail-away set, it wasn't until the early 1990s that I realized they never existed.

Another rumor I remember was of more ewok figures, including Wicket, Teebo and Logray in ceremonial garb along with an ewok mother and woklings. I also thought there was some kind of animal-drawn cart made. This was all told to me by one of my next-door neighbors, and now I'm thinking that he might have seen some pictures of the Playschool style ewok toys and mistook them for new action figures.

jedi-cpa
06-08-2004, 12:19 PM
Evizan was a rumor. A friend was from Canada and insisted that he had seen the fig...sure enough just a rumor.

JabbaGlob
06-08-2004, 06:08 PM
I have a memory of a Slave Leia sitting on Jabba's Throne in one of the many catalogs of the time(JCPenney, Montgomery Wards, etc.). I remember at the time I scoured the action figure aisles looking for Slave Leia only to come up empty handed. I convinced all my friends that she existed but could never prove it.

Now as an adult I know that such a figure doesn't exist but every now and then I cruise the net hoping to find a long-lost picture of a Slave Leia in that darn catalog. After all, I must have seen that photo; why would I put so much time and energy into the hunt if I wasn't positive it existed, right?

Bel-Cam Jos
06-08-2004, 07:59 PM
I have a memory of a Slave Leia sitting on Jabba's Throne in one of the many catalogs of the time(JCPenney, Montgomery Wards, etc.). I remember at the time I scoured the action figure aisles looking for Slave Leia only to come up empty handed. I convinced all my friends that she existed but could never prove it.

Now as an adult I know that such a figure doesn't exist but every now and then I cruise the net hoping to find a long-lost picture of a Slave Leia in that darn catalog. After all, I must have seen that photo; why would I put so much time and energy into the hunt if I wasn't positive it existed, right?
I seem to recall that the Bespin Leia was used in some photos, before Boushh was made. I think. Maybe the red/pink costume looked like skin?

Another rumor I remember was of more ewok figures, including Wicket, Teebo and Logray in ceremonial garb along with an ewok mother and woklings. I also thought there was some kind of animal-drawn cart made. This was all told to me by one of my next-door neighbors, and now I'm thinking that he might have seen some pictures of the Playschool style ewok toys and mistook them for new action figures.
Well, there was a POTF Ewok Battle Wagon made, so maybe that was the animal drawn cart.

LusiferSam
06-09-2004, 12:50 PM
Well, there was a POTF Ewok Battle Wagon made, so maybe that was the animal drawn cart.
No bigbarada is talking about the Kenner Preschool stuff. It was a line that was real similar to Hasbro's Play Skool. They were a bit less cartoonish then the Ewoks line, but not action figures, more like Fisher-Price little people. There was Swiss family Robbinson looking tree hut, a horse drawn cart (with one goofy looking horse), and a set of figures.
I remember seeing these as a kid and not thinking much of them. I kind have forgot about them until I started collecting vintage toys. A quick glance and it could mistake for ROTJ Ewok (I want to say this stuff was out in '84). But any close look and its hard to mistake it for anything other any what it is.

vader121
06-15-2004, 01:10 PM
I remember the whole rumor about why they scrapped the rocket-firing Fett due to a kid getting hit in the eye by another toy (could have been a Battlestar Galatica ship that fired red missiles). Also remember wondering why the Fett that I got didn't look like the one on the back the card. The one on the card was more cartoonish.

I remember that I thought that the survival kit came with likelike guns of the weapons that I could play with. Like the Han and Stormtrooper guns. I was just stupid to think this I guess. :crazed:

stillakid
06-15-2004, 02:58 PM
There was Swiss family Robbinson looking tree hut, a horse drawn cart (with one goofy looking horse), and a set of figures.
I remember seeing these as a kid and not thinking much of them. I kind have forgot about them until I started collecting vintage toys. A quick glance and it could mistake for ROTJ Ewok (I want to say this stuff was out in '84). But any close look and its hard to mistake it for anything other any what it is.

I saw one of these for sale at an antique shop maybe 8 years ago. Still kicking myself for not biting the bullet and buying it. Anyway, it looked suspiciously like the Winnie the Pooh treehouse only with Star Wars figures.

El Chuxter
06-15-2004, 03:05 PM
I remember the one about the Emperor's Guard's head, only I always heard it was a robot head underneath.

My friends all believed Stormtroopers were robots also, because their backpacks clearly said "OIL."

One guy in my class at school tried to convince everyone that Boushh's helmet was created to be an eraser so you could take her to school.

And I swear I remember seeing a very long (maybe 2-3 minutes) commercial in or around late 1983, hosted by C-3PO (though it could've been stock footage with a voice-over) talking about all the upcoming toys.

I also recall a commercial of some sort with a very large (3 feet or so) Wampa kicking over Luke and his Tauntaun, though as an adult I can't figure out what I'm remembering incorrectly to come up with that.

Kidhuman
06-15-2004, 08:48 PM
It was because of the angle of the Wampa on the commercial.The kid swung the Wampas hand at the Taun Taun and knocked it over.

LusiferSam
06-16-2004, 01:07 AM
My friends all believed Stormtroopers were robots also, because their backpacks clearly said "OIL."
My friends and I were also victims of the robot Stormtrooper theory for the same reason. When I changed my mind about that (because why would Luke and Han be wearing robots parts?) I lost a few friends over it. Kids making mountains out of mole hills :rolleyes: .

Bel-Cam Jos
06-16-2004, 05:23 PM
My friends all believed Stormtroopers were robots also, because their backpacks clearly said "OIL."
Ah, that takes me back. I believe that it would be "OIl," with a lower case "L." We used to think that the cylinder on their belts was where they were refueled.

I also recall a commercial of some sort with a very large (3 feet or so) Wampa kicking over Luke and his Tauntaun, though as an adult I can't figure out what I'm remembering incorrectly to come up with that.
"Wampa, wampa, wampa..."
Or "Surprise, surprise! I'm Lando in disguise!"
Or the 'carbon freezing chamber' as a clear drinking glass.

Commercials. sigh...

Deoxyribonucleic
06-16-2004, 05:56 PM
I saw one of these for sale at an antique shop maybe 8 years ago. Still kicking myself for not biting the bullet and buying it. Anyway, it looked suspiciously like the Winnie the Pooh treehouse only with Star Wars figures.

which was also used for a weeble wabble playset I had, with pooh and tiger and piglet weebles lol. They rehashed this piece of tree over and over again. :crazed:

Rocketboy
06-16-2004, 11:14 PM
"Surprise, surprise! I'm Lando in disguise!"Thank You! I thought I was the only one who remembered that!

Deoxyribonucleic
06-17-2004, 03:49 AM
"Wampa, wampa, wampa..."
Or "Surprise, surprise! I'm Lando in disguise!"
Or the 'carbon freezing chamber' as a clear drinking glass.

Commercials. sigh...

I love those old commercials. For awhile you could download them from ARTOO.com (it's gone now I guess) and I remember reading that Keeanu Reeves did at least one of those commercials when he was a kid...funny that.

I wish I was a kid! :(

Bel-Cam Jos
06-17-2004, 11:05 AM
I wish I was a kid! :(
I think that stillakid might be able to help you with that! ;)

which was also used for a weeble wabble playset I had, with pooh and tiger and piglet weebles
Weeble Wobbles... this has been a great trip on Nostalgia Avenue. :rolleyes:

Deoxyribonucleic
06-17-2004, 02:24 PM
I think that stillakid might be able to help you with that! ;)

Weeble Wobbles... this has been a great trip on Nostalgia Avenue. :rolleyes:

Since you started the "commercial song singing" here's one for ya I'm sure you'll love...

"Weeble Wobbles and they don't fall down"

Bahhahahha! :evil:

El Chuxter
06-17-2004, 02:33 PM
I love those old commercials. For awhile you could download them from ARTOO.com (it's gone now I guess) and I remember reading that Keeanu Reeves did at least one of those commercials when he was a kid...funny that.

"Surprise, surprise! I'm Lando in disguise, dude!"

Kidhuman
06-17-2004, 02:33 PM
Tose old commercials rocked. Correct me if I am wrong, but arent they going to be on the DVD sets?

Deoxyribonucleic
06-17-2004, 02:41 PM
Tose old commercials rocked. Correct me if I am wrong, but arent they going to be on the DVD sets?

OHHHHHHHHHHHHH I HOPE I HOPE I HOPE!

you better not be getting my hopes up for nothing buster, or there'll be hell to pay! :dead:


lol

seriously though, that would be great...screw the movies, lets watch the commercials :cool:

Kidhuman
06-17-2004, 02:47 PM
I watched the trailer and think I rememebr seeing them on there. If I get your hopes up,dont blame me. Its your own fault.

LusiferSam
06-17-2004, 11:29 PM
The only commercials I remember are the ROTJ ones (I do remember an ESB one that used a lot of movie footage but not what it was selling). I'd love see them again. My two favorite were the a Death Star like trench set up with playing cards selling the X-Wing and Y-Wing. And a some kids in a sand box (Tatoonie) playing with Jabba's cronies and a big clear marble.

jedi-cpa
06-28-2004, 03:35 PM
or my favorite, the crushing power of the AT AT that could crush paper cupcake cups.