May the 4th Be With You, Friends. What better way to celebrate than watching 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back in Give-A-Show form? An abbreviated version of course of the events of the second and darker film of the original trilogy. Kenner’s Give-A-Show projector is something that I’ve longed for in fact for quite a while.
[Via] Toy Tales
Kenner began the Give-A-Show toy line back around 1960. And while it certainly amounts to a flashlight when all is said and done. I would however counter and remind you that it lasted until 1980. As I have been fond of pointing out before on The Retroist I was always interested in film. Or anything as a matter of fact that could simulate the act of presenting a movie or cartoon. Case in point the desire to get my hands on the first Star Wars Give-A-Show projector from 1977.
Read:36 Years Later…I Still Want The Star Wars Projector!
Although with this in mind, I do have to admit to not knowing about the 1980 version. By and large Kenner must have found success with their 1977 fare. As once again they licensed the rights to the 1980 sequel. With this in mind I am saddened to say that there wasn’t a set for 1983’s Return of the Jedi.
While I did mention that the Give-A-Show offering for The Empire Strikes Back was abbreviated. It certainly manages to share some of the more exciting moments of the film as well as fan favorite characters. Case in point 2-1B, the surgical droid who helps heal Luke from his ordeals on the icy planet of Hoth.
As well as providing him a new cybernetic hand after the confrontation on Bespin.
Surely you do not think that Kenner would miss showcasing the Imperial All Terrain Armored Transports? Or as I’ve always called them, AT-AT’s, obviously.
Moreover as you have already seen at the top of this post. Boba Fett makes an appearance in the film strips as well. While I may not have known about this set much less owned it. I think we should thank Vintage Sentimental Enthusiast on YouTube for taking the time to upload it for our viewing pleasure. To say nothing of adding the soundtrack cues from the film itself.
All things considered I think Kenner did a pretty good job of briefly telling the story of The Empire Strikes Back. But for those of you that just can’t take the slideshow projector approach, there is always the Super 8 home movie version!
Now that you’ve seen the wonder of the Give-A-Show slide projector. Check out the Easy Show projector with real film!
Flickr user scad92 posted two photos on his Flickr account that revolve around his meeting of Darth Vader and Boba Fett at the Local Mall back in 1980. I remember hearing second-hand about these type of experience, but never in my young life did I have the opportunity to meet the Dark Lord of the Sith and the greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy. If I had heard about this type of appearance, I would have bugged everyone and their grandmother to get them to take me. Especially around the time of Empire Strikes Back, which blew me away.
scad92 was a lucky kid. Here is a the photo from the event plus the goods he scored there.
and here is the merchandise…
Would you do nearly anything for the right price?
Are you fiercely independent and enjoy the solitude of working alone?
Do you hate most people, especially smugglers?
Would you like to attain unparalleled infamy for your lethal deeds?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you may want to portray Boba Fett this Halloween. Check out these adventure-seeking retro costumers…
Yes, Boba Fett is perhaps the most infamous bounty hunter in the galaxy, but did you know that he is also an active member of the Black Panther Party?
Photo by mdintenfass
The best bounty hunters are very well armed and know the tricks of ambush and assault. This Boba is stalking his prey that hides in the banana plant behind the garden hose. There is surely no escape for his quarry.
Photo by MikeFett
Infamous and anonymous at the same time, Boba Fett is one of the most effective mercenaries for hire. His secret weapon? Rain boots. Star Wars weather forecast: Rainy with a chance of death by Lightsaber. Looks like this Boba will be prepared.
Photo by Plaidstallions
Boba Fett’s path lies along the edge—the stakes are always high—and the road only leads two places, to a life with unlimited Halloween candy…or to a disgraceful demise. You’d better believe that this Boba is going to get his candy.
Photo by Nyghtbourne
Earning a death mark from the Empire means a life spent in dread, constantly looking over one’s shoulder. Having been hunted down by not one, but two Boba Fetts, it looks like Cookie Monster’s time is up.
Photo by life exposed
Let me take a moment and thank our friends over at Mimoco.Com for allowing us to have this fantastic giveaway, and for allowing us to have a second Boba Fett themed USB Flash Drive to award to two of our lucky readers.
Please join me in congratulating Katt Jones and Gazbot as our winners! Katt sided with the Empire while Gazbot threw in with the Rebel Alliance. Katt and Gazbot, be on the lookout for an e-mail from me for shipping information.
Thanks to everyone again who entered, it was quite a turnout to be honest. Now make sure to follow that link to the Mimobot website because there are some incredibly awesome themed USB Flash Drives waiting for you to purchase, everything from Batman, Star Wars, and the Transformers. Generation One Autobot and Decepticon USB versions of Optimus Prime and Megatron.
I can only hope that Mimobot will somehow get involved with HBO’s Game of Thrones series!
We’ve posted items of Steampunk interest once or twice before on this site. I for one find the genre incredibly fascinating and imaginative…but it gets even better when you throw in a dash of Star Wars!
A big thanks to not only Bjorn Hurris for sharing his wonderful artwork but to ForeverGeek for giving us the heads up on it in the first place!