The idea behind the toy was to condense two ESB action sequences into one play environment. Thus, the encounter that Han Solo and Chewbacca have with the probe droid was combined with a gun turret, styled after those seen during the Rebels' confrontation with Imperial walkers later in the film. Unfortunately, the turret was vastly out of scale. Still, it was kind of neat, and, personally, I think the playset was quite a success despite its weird combination. For a kid, getting a probe droid and gun turret in one toy was reason enough for infatuation.
A variation exists with respect to the title text featured on the box. The earliest editions employed the slightly awkward title of "Turret/Probot Playset," but this seems to have been changed to "Turret & Probot" rather quickly. (Kenner's 1981 Toy Fair catalog, issued in February of that year, already shows the toy's box as bearing the amended title.) It should also be noted that a version of the set issued by Sears Canada for the 1980 Christmas season bore the title "Gun Turret and Probot." This version was offered through other Canadian retailers the following year.
First Issued: 1981 (ESB packaging, "Turret/Probot")
|Ron Salvatore, Scott Bradley
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|Empire Strikes Back
|Toys / Action Figure Related / Playsets