Original X-Wing Fighter in ESB Box: The Battle-Damaged version of Kenner's X-Wing toy was not included among their initial offerings in the Empire Strikes Back line. Rather, the first X-Wing toy released in ESB packaging was the standard vehicle produced for the original Star Wars line. Here you see one of those first-issue ESB X-Wings. As you can see, the box is an exact reproduction of the Star Wars box, complete with the striking red background and silver "race track" motif, but now the silver Star Wars logo has been replaced by the red ESB logo.

These early ESB X-Wings are tough to find, and it's a real treat to see one in nice condition. The original TIE Fighter vehicle was also released in such transitional packaging.

Description: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Ron Salvatore
From the collection of Ron Salvatore