|1978 Toltoys Product Catalog|
|The first Australian catalog covering Star Wars items. Some items shown are concept prototypes that varied from the production toys.
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Of particular interest here are the Double Telescoping (DT) lightsabers exhibited by Ben Kenobi, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Ben's cape is also a very dark brown color and the arm holes appear to be cut much wider than the final version.
It is very obvious that the Death Squad Commander is in a very early mock up stage and is likely a Fisher Price person that has been heavily resculpted. The Tusken Raider figure is in a similar stage of advancement and looks nothing like the final figure. It is also noteworthy that he is referred to in this 1978 catalog as the Tusken Raider yet his card back refers to him as Sand People until the change to the Return of the Jedi card. Lastly, though it is almost impossible to identify, the Jawa is another early stage prototype. At this stage the figure should have been sporting the infamous vinyl cape but is instead clothed in a dark brown robe similar to what it would be clothed in later down the track. The shadow on the ground seems to indicate that the blaster is likely a cut down version of Chewbacca's bowcaster.
The three Die Cast vehicles shown are all in the very early prototype stages and the differences are obvious.
The X-Wing Fighter and TIE Fighter both are in the very early stages of development and differ significantly from the final product.
|Description by:||Dax Riley|
|From the collection of:||Dax Riley|
|Film:||A New Hope|
|Category:||Catalogs / Retailer|