Kenner’s The Empire Strikes Back Toys: Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer Action Playset (1980)

ESB SD 1980-1

ESB SD 1980-2

ESB SD 1980-3

ESB SD 1980-4

ESB SD 1980-5

See the set in the wild, and on Christmas morning, here.

5 Responses to “Kenner’s <em>The Empire Strikes Back</em> Toys: Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer Action Playset (1980)”


  1. 1 Ed September 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    “See the set in the wild on Christmas morning” ?

    No need, I lived it!
    🙂

  2. 2 narvo September 12, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Ditto. I just remembered now that the characteristic black and white side and rear panels were stark enough in contrast, that if a present was wrapped in thinner/lighter wrapping paper, I would press it against the panels to reveal if it was a Star Wars toy. It worked several times.

  3. 4 narvo September 14, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    lol, wait. I didn’t fully realize until now that this was being sold as an actual Star Destroyer. I had a closer look at that one side panel showing the kid holding a grip beneath the playset, which I suppose allowed one to simulate flight through inner space…umm yeah, that’s a stretch.

    Then again, obviously the sheer enormity of a Star Destroyer would’ve been impossible to render as a toy, right? lol.


  1. 1 Christmas Morning, 1980: Star Wars, Star Snoopy, and Mr. Mouth | 2 Warps to Neptune Trackback on December 12, 2014 at 4:14 pm

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