have books or comics reflected kenner/hasbro eu?
have any of the books used characters, situations, corny features that came from hasbro or kenner?
i can guess there's no warhead hiding inside r5-d4--but is there a model of jedi starfighter with hidden cannons in anything other than hasbro's collective imagination?
does han have a smuggler pack stashed in the falcon?
did luke leave behind his sport skiff when he left for alderaan?
do cruisemissile troopers or crowd control stormtroopers ever show up?
and what of the kenner mini-rigs?
i know the answer is probably no, but thought it might be worth asking
and, if the answer's no, would you want to see any of these (or other) toy creations pop up?
Early EU sneaks into early SW comics!
I was rather surprised that no one beat me to the punch on this one! One of the earliest (if not THE earliest) EU vehicles (that actually predated the term "Expanded Universe") was the Imperial Troop Transport from Kenner. You know, the big armored speeder like thing with slots to hold six Stormtroopers in such a way that enemy forces on either side of the road could simply pick them off for target practice.
That seemingly useless vehicle actually appeared in the Marvel Comics Star Wars series! I do not recall the specific issue (it was after the first twenty some-odd), but I do vividly recall buying the book when it came out. Imagine my surprise to find something that Kenner essentially made up appearing in an official Star Wars "expanded universe" publication! The best part was that the artist made no attempt to improve on the design. A brace of Stormtroopers (three on each side) stood rigidly in their assigned slots, arms to their sides, just like they would with the toy! And better still, the sound effects buttons that ring the laser cannon on top were dutifully rendered as well! I guess the Imperials were meant to depress one of the buttons, confusing Rebel soldiers with the sound of laser cannon fire, or the voice of C-3PO chiming out from their transport!
You have to go waaaaaaaaaay back to find this one, but thanks to Dark Horse Comics, soon you can find this and other quirky aspects of the entire Marvel Comics series!