|Imperial Troop Transporter|
Released in 1979, the Imperial Troop Transporter was a bold stroke on Kenner's part. Not only was it the first of several vehicles that Kenner designed entirely on their own (rather than basing them on objects seen in the film), they had the forsight to fit the vehicle into an event alluded to but not seen in the first Star Wars film, namely the destruction of the Sandcrawler. Therefore, the Imperial Troop Transporter was brought to life in kids' minds, almost as though it had been filmed and then cut from the movie.
The toy must have sold pretty well because, these days, they're fairly easy to find loose. However, the talking mechanism on loose examples is usually no longer operable and the "immobilization hoods" are often missing. In 1980, the toy was released for a brief time in Empire Strikes Back packaging before being pulled from circulation entirely. Starting in 1981, Sears sold a modified version of the Imperial Troop Transporter. The title of this later toy was changed to Imperial Cruiser, its electronics were removed (the Imperial Cruiser couldn't "talk"),and several small modifications were made to the deco scheme.
First Issued: 1979 (SW packaging)
|Description by:||Ron Salvatore|
|From the collection of:||Ron Salvatore|
|Film:||A New Hope|
|Category:||Toys / Action Figure Related / Vehicles|