Kenner’s Easy Show Movie Projector (1966) and Star Wars Movie Viewer (1978)

Before YouTube and streaming. Before Blu-ray, DVD, and VHS. Before taping shows off TV with a VCR. Kids were at the mercy of whatever happened to be on TV at the time. Or playing in a theater, assuming parents would take them. Feel like watching cartoons? Better not sleep in on Saturday morning. Feel like … Continue reading Kenner’s Easy Show Movie Projector (1966) and Star Wars Movie Viewer (1978)

Star Wars 3.75-Inch Figures Part 4 (1995-1996)

In the mid 90s, an all-new line of STAR WARS toys reached dizzying heights of popularity. And yet, just a few years earlier, the franchise was all but dead. 1986 thru 1994. Nine consecutive years without the release of any new STAR WARS 3.75-inch figures. Except for one. According to Stephen Sansweet's excellent guidebook, Vlix … Continue reading Star Wars 3.75-Inch Figures Part 4 (1995-1996)

Star Wars 3.75-Inch Figures Part 1 (1977-1979)

Kenner revolutionized the toy industry with the introduction of their 3.75-inch STAR WARS "mini-figures." Before then, most action figures were much larger.  With STAR WARS having so many spaceships, vehicles, and locations, Kenner saw the potential of making toy versions of these vehicles and locations that would be compatible with action figures.  It wasn't practical … Continue reading Star Wars 3.75-Inch Figures Part 1 (1977-1979)