Having been one of the first three vehicles Kenner brought to market, the Landspeeder was available throughout 1978, 1979 and part of 1980. In '78, Kenner offered their larger clients a "Special Offer" version of the toy. It included free R2-D2 and C-3PO figures, as well as a yellow box sticker advertising this bonus. Then, in 1979, the "LP" logo (short for "long play"), which had appeared on all of Kenner's 1978 products, was removed from the package.
In 1984, Kenner brought the item back to market, as part of their "Collectors Series" of older Star Wars toys. Although this version of the Landspeeder was unmodified, the box underwent slight revisions, the most noticeable of which was the addition of a red-and-yellow "Collectors Series" starburst to the upper right corner. In addition, the Star Wars toy licensees of several other countries--among them Australia and the U.K.--issued a slightly altered version of the Landspeeder. Most notably, the "hoods" of these foreign versions, which could be opened on the U.S. toy, were immovable. In 1995, Hasbro re-used the molds for the Kenner Landspeeder for their updated version of the vehicle. However, the revisions made to the molds, as well as the toy's more sophisticated paint job, make the '90s Landspeeder easily distinguishable from its vintage counterpart.
First Issued: 1978 (SW packaging, with "LP" logo)
|Description by:||Ron Salvatore|
|From the collection of:||Ron Salvatore|
|Film:||A New Hope|
|Category:||Toys / Action Figure Related / Vehicles|