Box Back and Sides (click to enlarge)
STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI
Now there are two great new vehicles in the MINI-RIGS collection. Now, new DESERT SAIL SKIFF, a unique flying craft similar to the one used by JABBA's henchmen to carry LUKE SKYWALKER to the SARLACC PIT. It features a rotating cockpit that holds one STAR WARS figure, rear movable fins, rotatable laser cannon and an adjustable seat for smooth riding. There is even a manually operated gang plank so any Action Figure can be fed to the ferocious SARLACC.
Image Source: 1985 European POTF Catalog
Description Source: 1984 Kenner Toy Fair Catalog
The Desert Sail Skiff has to be my favorite mini-rig. It had a working gang plank, neat looking fins and a sail; it's box even depicted Boba Fett as piloting the vehicle! All in all, it was sort of like a miniature Tatooine Skiff, and that makes for a pretty cool toy.
Released in 1984, the Desert Sail Skiff was part of the second wave of Return of the Jedi mini-rigs. The only other new mini-rig released that year was the Endor Forest Ranger. Since it wasn't on the market for too long, it's a bit tougher to find than some of the older mini-rigs, which remained on store shelves for several years.
First Issued: 1984 (ROTJ packaging)