Concept Artwork for Unproduced SRV-1 Vehicle
The SRV-1 is one of the most interesting unproduced toys from the vintage Kenner line. It represents a vehicle that was not featured in the films but was instead invented by Kenner to serve as a mid-priced action figure toy. In that sense, it's best seen as a sort of large-scale mini-rig, or even as the successor of the Imperial Troop Transporter.

The drawing is rendered in pencil and ink on a very thin paper stock. As you might be able to tell, it appears to be unfinished, with some details--such as the cockpit canopy and one gun--remaining nothing more than pencil outlines.

As you can tell from the date that's been written on the drawing, initial work on this toy dates from March of 1980, which probably means it was planned for a 1981 release.

Development progressed at least as far as the creation of a conceptual model. This model, seen here, looks nearly identical to the vehicle seen in this drawing.

Of course, the SRV ended up not being released. But it was resurrected in 1985 as part of Kenner's proposal for a post-Power of the Force Star Wars line. But by that point it seems Kenner had abandoned the idea of tank treads in favor of something more novel.

Description by: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Ron Salvatore
From the collection of: Ron Salvatore
Country:United States
Film:Empire Strikes Back
Category:Prototypes / Product Concepts


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