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STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI
ACTION FIGURE ACCESSORIES
Made for realistic battle action play! Starting with The VEHICLE MAINTENANCE ENERGIZER, used to repair ships hard hit by enemy fire! Comes with 8 hydrospanners, 2 energizer hoses with suction cups and readout cylinder. The TRIPOD LASER CANNON comes with "energizer" unit and hose, has movable tripods, and a cannon that makes machine gun sounds when turned. The RADAR LASER CANNON swivels, turns, clicks, and even "blows apart" into 4 pieces. Each toy sold separately. Action Figures sold separately. Ages 4 and up.
Source: 1983 Kenner Toy Fair Catalog
I don't care what anyone says, there isn't a person alive who can explain what the Vehicle Maintenance Energizer was supposed to do. It had the most unweildy title in Kenner's Star Wars line, as well as the most vague purpose. It looked basically like an over-sized cuisinart. Worse still, it came with these weird rubber hoses and 8 "tools." What these "tools" were supposed to do, I cannot even begin to fathom.
Still, it looked reasonably at home within the Star Wars universe, and it's small size meant that it had a pretty low price point. Having debuted in 1982 along with the Tri-Pod and Radar Laser Cannons, it survived into the Return of the Jedi line.
First Issued: 1982 (ESB packaging)
Re-issues: 1983 (ROTJ packaging, with 3 accessories on back)