|Tauntaun (with open belly rescue feature)
It's kind of a strange idea for a toy when you think about it-- and it's a shame Kenner didn't install mock TaunTaun guts inside of the thing, in order to give it that extra bit of realism. But, by 1982, the TaunTaun toy was getting old, and Kenner surely wanted to freshen it a bit. The "open belly rescue feature" provided a simple means to accomplishing this.
The other modification made to the toy concerned its rubber saddle. The "open belly" version came with a saddle that had a much thicker strap. Kenner probaby made this modification in order to prevent the strap from splitting, something the original TaunTaun saddle was prone to doing.
The box of the open belly TaunTaun was totally different than that of its solid belly counterpart. It can be found with or without a printed rebate offer.
First Issued: 1982 (ESB packaging, no rebate offer)
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