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The Ultimate Guide To Vintage Star Wars Action Figures, 1977-1985

A Galaxy...of Epic Toys!When Star Wars landed in movie theaters in 1977, it became a popular cultural phenomenon and introduced the world to heroes like Luke Skywalker, super villain Darth Vader, Wookies, Stormtroopers, robots, Jedi Knights, space vehicles and lightsabers. The adventures continued with a toy line that soon followed, starting a hobby that still leaves collectors fascinated almost 40 years later."The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures 1977-1985" is the definitive reference to vintage action figures, accessories, creatures, playsets and vehicles. Written by nationally renowned toy expert Mark Bellomo, the book features current values on the secondary market and 600+ beautiful color photographs.

Paperback: 272 pages

Publisher: Krause Publications (December 17, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1440240590

ISBN-13: 978-1440240591

Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches

Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

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OK, my two cents on the new Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars from Mark Bellomo.... -To begin one must realize just HOW MANY different lines and eras of toys do in fact exist. Within each specific line of toys exists literally an entire universe to explore, both in the fiction behind the toys, as well as in the personal history for each of us from our childhoods. Mark has done a wonderful job in covering both a hands down EXPANSIVE list of the Star Wars toys from the original Trilogy as well as illuminating the individual back stories for each character and set that made childhood playtime so great. -The photography and layout are a nice step up in layout and imagination from previous guides, as well as a useful index to speed your journey should you need a quick lookup as well... OR, should you feel like sitting down for a good read one can lose several hours going page by page. -Mr Bellomo went above and beyond in this edition by running down the multitude of variants in existence for many of these toys (very helpful for those who find sport in hunting those individual lines). He has even gone so far as pointing out parts of the toys and sets that after 30+ years may or usually WILL deteriorate, then offering some common and or by default acceptable fixes or replacement parts. Stock or restore? The lines have indeed blurred.... -A note about the author and his various volumes; this edition, like many others has involved years of planning, prep, hunting, writing and more hunting and writing. Mr Bellomo has a personal rule: Nothing goes into his collector editions than he does not own. This means no stock photos, no hearsay, rumor, myth or legends.

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