Duel at Death Star Racing Set
Duel at the Death Star was one of the cooler oddball toy items produced in the years immediately following the release of Star Wars. It was produced by Fundimensions, which was part of the General Mills Fun Group along with Kenner. The toy itself is fairly lame, consisting of vehicles looking vaguely similar to an X-Wing Fighter and Darth Vader's TIE Fighter. I guess the idea was that the vehicles zooming around the plastic racetrack could be imagined to be dogfighting, as the spaceships did in the culminating scenes of the movie.

But the best thing about the toy was its box. Its imagery is among the most colorful and dynamic of the vintage era.

Less visually arresting, but perhaps more interesting from a collecting standpoint, is the line-art version of the box, which was used for catalog orders through outlets like Sears and JC Penney.

As you tell by looking at the label affixed to the box front, this example derives from JC Penney.

Description by: Gus Lopez, Ron Salvatore
Photo: Gus Lopez, Ron Salvatore
From the collection of: Gus Lopez, Ron Salvatore
Country:United States
Film:A New Hope
Licensee:Fundimensions
Year:1977
Category:Toys / Miscellaneous


  


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