The Star Rider was an amazing imagination enhancement toy. A simulated control panel for a star fighter that made noises and allowed the lucky kids who owned it to take play time up to Warp Speed. This was an item I asked to get for at least two Christmases, but alas it never showed up. I would learn from my Mother much later on that she passed up a lot of toys that I would ask for because she thought that I would outgrow them quickly. Oh, little did she know just how long I would stay a child (I still want the Star Rider).
As you can see from the photo, this kid not only looks happy, but super cool as he jets across the pretend universe in his open air Star Rider. Clad in his sweater and dungarees, he is ready to B-BROOM, WARP and ZAP the evil alien forces that would threaten our planet and his fellow Star Rider Cadets. For under $60 bucks, that seems likes a bargain to me.
We are wrapping up our look at the amazing amount of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi merchandise that was being offered in the 1983 Sears Wish Book…and even so…there is still more items than I’ve covered these last three days.
As you can see up top a kid back in 1983 could have requested to either carry into the mock battle of their youth the E-11 Blaster Rifle widely used by Imperial Stormtroopers or swagger down the street with their DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol. For myself, I in fact requested the Battle at Sarlacc’s Pit for that Christmas…and never got it. Sigh.
On the other hand I was lucky enough to get the adorable Wicket the Ewok plush and I can say that I still have it in my collection.
I’m not positive but judging by the product description for the Return of the Jedi movie storybook…I think that Sears at that time was secretly affiliated with the Empire. How about that Admiral Ackbar vinyl collectible? They even included glow-in-the-dark paints?!
Last but certainly not least were the Return of the Jedi models. Jabba’s Palace looks nice and all but I think I would have gone for the B-Wing myself!
While I admit that these neat looking Smurf pajamas that were offered in the 1985 Sears Wishbook are just Smurfy…it’s those hats the kids are wearing that make me want to Smurf back in time and snatch them off their heads for my own!
But it wasn’t just Smurf pajamas that were up for grabs from the 1985 Wish Book, not by a long shot, you also had My Little Pony and the Cabbage Patch Kids!
Or you could go with the correct choice and choose these awesome Optimus Prime and Megatron blanket Pajamas.
The Holidays are upon once again, whether we are ready for it or not. That is why I’m thankful I can take a moment from the frantic department store shopping for loved ones to peruse the collection of Sears Wish Books at the Arkadia Retrocade.
In particular when the catalog displays an awesome assortment of Masters of the Universe toys, ranging from individual figures to vehicles and other forms of transportation across Eternia to the likes of Castle Grayskull, Snake Mountain, and the Fright Zone!