|Ewok Battle Wagon|
As the above catalog description states, the thing came with a bunch of neat features, not the least of which was the aforementioned giant skull, which the Ewoks seem to have employed as a hood ornament. It's often referred to as a Bantha skull, but Banthas have horns not huge tusks, so I don't buy that. At any rate, it's hella neat; it makes the entire toy, really. The Battle Wagon also came with a battering ram and had a pretty neat cage suspended from its rear. Remember that Ewoks TV special that starred Wilford Brimley? Well, this is where the Ewoks put Wilford when he tried to make them eat oatmeal.
Unfortunately, as cool as it is, the Ewok Battle Wagon is pretty darn rare; it's at least as scarce as its contemporary, the Tatooine Skiff. Kenner planned to release the toy as part of its Ewoks line, based on the Saturday morning cartoon series of the same name. They never got around to it, probably because the toy sold poorly enough in its original incarnation to make the idea of re-releasing it a fruitless notion. However, all Ewok Battle Wagon instruction booklets I've seen bear the Ewoks not the POTF logo. As the box front states, the Battle Wagon also came with a "planetary map," a sort of catalog cum poster with attractive graphics.
In the early '90s, Kenner used the tooling developed for this toy to produce their Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Battle Wagon. Collectors need to be wary of this later release when shopping for loose Ewok Battle Wagons as the two toys look quite similar. The Robin Hood wagon is identified by a bronze battering ram cap, "metal" straps on its wheels, and an early '90s copyright date. It also lacks the skull. (For more information on Star Wars toys that were re-issued as parts of other lines, click here.)
First Issued: 1985 (POTF Packaging)
|Description by:||Ron Salvatore|
|From the collection of:||Ron Salvatore|
|Film:||Power of the Force|
|Category:||Toys / Action Figure Related / Vehicles|