|Death Star Space Station|
The Death Star has always been popular with collectors. However, piecing together a loose example can be quite a challenge, as several of its parts are small and easily lost. The plastic "rope," which hung over the gap spanned by the bridge, is particularly hard to locate. The set also came with blocks of foam, which kids were supposed to cut up into mock "trash" for the compactor, as well as two flimsy cardboard inserts, intended to represent either the inner walls of the space station or its detailed exterior, depending on which of their sides you looked at.
In unused, packaged condition, the toy is downright rare, and the values of examples in this state can extend into the area of four figures. Although the Death Star was a popular toy in 1978 and '79, it unfortunately was not issued as part of the later ESB line. However, a slight packaging variation does exist: whereas the '78 issue features the "LP" logo (short for "Long Play") on its front, the '79 issue does not.
Due to the expensive nature of its manufacture, most countries chose not to sell this large plastic Death Star toy. Instead, many, including France, Australia and Great Britian, issued a nifty, graphically-intense version of the space station that was constructed of heavy chipboard. Unfortunatately, this toy never saw the light of day in the States. Canada, however, was lucky enough to see the release of both cardboard and plastic Death Stars, it being the only country aside from the U.S.A. in which the latter toy was released.
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 / Playsets|