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Full Details on Times Square Toys "R" Us' DESTINATION: STAR WARS - THE EXPERIENCE (Photos)

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As revealed earlier today, Toys "R" Us has announced a massive, Global initiative surrounding the September 4 #ForceFriday launch of toys from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Part of that initiative includes “Destination: Star Wars – The Experience” - a special exhibition running Wednesday, August 26 – Monday, September 7 at the flagship Times Square Toys "R" Us in New York City. It will feature a special exhibition featuring prototypes, originals and early editions of some of the best-known STAR WARS toys in the world, curated by Rancho Obi-Wan, Inc., a non-profit museum that houses the Guinness World Record-certified largest collection of STAR WARS memorabilia. Presented prominently throughout the store, “Destination: Star Wars – The Experience,” will showcase dozens of notable collectibles based on all six feature films from the STAR WARS Saga. The folks at TRU hit THE ROCK FATHER Magazine with photos and an extensive list of the products that will be featured. Check out the full list below, then head over to my Facebook Page for a full photo gallery of this Vintage STAR WARS Goodness!

15 Early Bird Certificate P

1970s & 1980s
  • Star Wars Early Bird Certificate Package (Kenner Products, fall 1977)
  • Star Wars Mail-Away Action Figure Pack with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Chewbacca and R2-D2 (Kenner Products, February 1978)
  • Star Wars Artoo-Deetoo/See-Three Pio, 140 pieces (Kenner Products, 1977)
  • Star Wars Han Solo and Chewbacca, 140 pieces (Kenner Products, 1977)
  • Star Wars Luke Skywalker, 500 pieces (Kenner Products, 1977)
  • Star Wars Aboard the Millennium Falcon, 1000 pieces (Kenner Products, 1977)
  • Star Wars Millennium Falcon in Hyperspace, 1500 pieces (Kenner Products, 1977)
  • Star Wars Charm bracelets: Chewbacca/R2-D2/C-3PO; Chewbacca/X-Wing/ Stormtrooper; C-3PO/R2-D2/Darth Vader (Weingeroff Enterprises,1977)
  • Star Wars Barrette: Darth Vader (Weingeroff Enterprises,1977)
  • Star Wars 5-Piece Pin Set, (Weingeroff Enterprises1977)
  • Star Wars R2-D2/C-3PO/Chewbacca ring set (Weingeroff Enterprises,1977)
  • Star Wars Necklaces (large and small): Chewbacca/Stormtrooper/R2-D2/C-3PO (Weingeroff Enterprises,1977)
  • Star Wars X-Wing Fighter necklace (large) (Weingeroff Enterprises,1977)
  • Star Wars Darth Vader necklace (large) (Weingeroff Enterprises,1977)
  • Star Wars Princess Leia with “Star Puffs” hairdo, comb and brush (Kenner Products, 1978)
  • Star Wars Luke Skywalker with lightsaber and grappling hook (Kenner Products, 1978)
  • Star Wars Han Solo with laser rifle and Battle of Yavin ceremonial medal (Kenner Products, 1979)
  • Star Wars Chewbacca with crossbow “laser rifle” and removable ammunition cartridges (Kenner Products, 1978 in prototype 1980 box)
  • Star Wars Villain Set: Sand People, Boba Fett, Snaggle Tooth (Kenner Products, 1979)
  • Star Wars Hero Set: Luke X-Wing Pilot, Ben Kenobi, Han Solo (Kenner Products, 1979)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Hoth Rebels Set: Han Solo (Hoth), Rebel Soldier, FX-7 (Kenner Products, 1980)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Bespin Set: See-Threepio (C-3PO) with Removable Limbs, Ugnaught, Cloud Car Pilot (Kenner Products, 1982)
  • Star Wars Millennium Falcon Spaceship (Kenner Products, 1978)
  • Star Wars Duel at Death Star Racing Set (Fundimensions (Lionel), 1978)
  • Star Wars Artoo-Detoo, Luke Skywalker Darth Vader snap-together van kits (MPC, 1978)
  • Star Wars and The Empire Strikes gum cards (Topps Co., 1977-1983)
  • Star Wars sugarless gum (test market), (Topps Co., 1977)
  • Return of the Jedi candy heads (Topps Co., 1983)
  • Star Wars Die Cast Land Speeder, Imperial TIE Fighter, X-Wing Fighter (Kenner Products, 1978)
  • Star Wars Die Cast Darth Vader TIE Fighter (Kenner Products, 1979)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Die Cast TIE Bomber (Kenner Products, 1980)
  • Star Wars Dip Dots Painting Design Book (Kenner Products, 1977)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Sun Catcher Kits: Tauntaun, X-Wing Fighter (Lee Wards Creative Crafts,1980)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Color ’n’ Clean Machine (Craft Master,1980)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Battle on Hoth Acrylic Paint by Number (Craft Master,1980)
  • Wicket and Friends Sew ‘N Show Cards (Craft Master,1983)
  • Star Wars Patrol Dewback (Kenner Products, 1979)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Tauntaun (Kenner Products, 1980)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Hoth Wampa (Kenner Products, 1981)
  • Return of the Jedi Jabba the Hutt Action Playset (Kenner Products, 1983)
  • Return of the Jedi Rancor Monster (Kenner Products, 1983)
  • Star Wars Luke Skywalker (Ben Cooper, 1977)
  • Star Wars Chewbacca (Ben Cooper, 1977)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Boba Fett (Ben Cooper, 1980)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Yoda (Ben Cooper, 1980)
  • Return of the Jedi Gamorrean Guard (Ben Cooper, 1983 )
  • Star Wars Movie Viewer (Kenner Products, 1978)
  • Star Wars Movie Cassettes: Assault on Death Star, Danger at the Cantina, Destroy Death Star (Kenner Products, 1978)
  • Star Wars Radio Controlled R2-D2 (Kenner Products, 1978)
  • Star Wars Electronic Battle Command Game (Kenner Products, 1979)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Bespin Control Room Action Playset (Kenner Products Micro Collection, 1982)
  • Star Wars Death Star Compactor Action Playset (Kenner Products Micro Collection, 1982)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Hoth World Action Playsets (Kenner Products Micro Collection, 1982)
  • Assorted figures, (Kenner Products Micro Collection 1982)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Yoda vinyl figurine acrylic paint set and fan-painted figures (Craft Master, 1980)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Yoda Hand Puppet (Kenner Products, 1980)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Yoda the Jedi Master Game (Kenner Products, 1981)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Yoda the Jedi Master “Magic 8 Ball” fortune teller (Kenner Products, 1981)
  • The Ewok Family salesman’s sample (Kenner Products, 1984)
  • Ewok Music Box Radio Preschool Toy (Kenner Products, 1984)
  • Ewok Teaching Clock Preschool Toy (Kenner Products, 1984)
  • Return of the Jedi Wicket the Ewok Food-Gathering Adventure Game (Parker Brothers,1983)
  • Return of the Jedi Ewoks Save the Trees Game (Parker Brothers,1984)
  • Return of the Jedi Ewok Card Games: Favorite Five, Paw Pals, Say “Cheese!” (Parker Brothers,1984)
  • Star Wars R2-D2 (Artoo-Detoo) Stuffed Toy with Sound (Kenner Products, 1977)
  • Star Wars Chewbacca Stuffed Toy with bandolier (Kenner Products, 1978)
  • Return of the Jedi Princess Kneesaa Stuffed Figure (Kenner Products, 1983)
  • Return of the Jedi Mookiee the Ewok Stuffed Figure (Kenner Products, 1983)
  • Return of the Jedi Nippet the Ewok Stuffed Figure (Kenner Products, 1983)
  • Return of the Jedi Wiley the Ewok Stuffed Figure (Kenner Products, 1983)
  • Return of the Jedi Gwig the Ewok Stuffed Figure (Kenner Products, 1984)
  • Return of the Jedi Malani the Ewok Stuffed Figure (Kenner Products, 1984)
  • Star Wars Mini-Action Figure Collector’s Case (Kenner Products, 1979)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Action Figure Collector’s Case (Kenner Products, 1982)
  • Return of the Jedi See-Threepio (C-3PO) Collector’s Case (Kenner Products, 1983)
  • Droids A-Wing Fighter Vehicle (Kenner Products, 1985)
  • Droids Battery Operated Lightsaber Accessory (Kenner Products, 1985)

LEGO Cloud City #10123

1990s & 2000s
  • The Empire Strikes Back Cloud City #10123 (698 pieces), (LEGO, 2003)
  • Star Wars R2-D2 prebuilt in-store promotion (LEGO, 2000)
  • Star Wars Luke Skywalker with Grappling-Hook Blaster and Lightsaber (Hasbro The Power of the Force 2 line, 1995)
  • Star Wars Princess Leia Organa with “Laser” Pistol and Assault Rifle (Hasbro The Power of the Force 2 line, 1995)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Lando Calrissian with Heavy Rifle and Blaster Pistol (Hasbro The Power of the Force 2 line, 1995)
  • Star Wars Han Solo with Heavy Assault Rifle and Blaster (Hasbro The Power of the Force 2 line, 1995)
  • Star Wars Chewbacca with Bowcaster and Heavy Blaster Rifle (Hasbro The Power of the Force 2 line, 1995)
  • Star Wars Darth Vader with Lightsaber and Removable Cape (Hasbro The Power of the Force 2 line, 1995)
  • Star Wars C-3PO with Realistic Metalized Body (Hasbro The Power of the Force 2 line, 1995)
  • The Empire Strikes Back Boba Fett with Sawed-Off Blaster Rifle and Jet Pack (Hasbro The Power of the Force 2 line, 1995)
  • Episode I CommTech Reader in-store demonstration display (Hasbro, 1999)
  • Episode I R2-B1 Astromech Droid with Power Harness (Hasbro, 2000)
  • Episode I Queen Amidala (Battle) with Ascension Gun (Hasbro, 2000)
  • Episode I Darth Maul (Sith Lord) with Lightsaber with Removable Blade (Hasbro, 1999)
  • Episode I Nute Gunray (Hasbro, 1999)
  • Episode I TC-14 Protocol Droid with Serving Tray (Hasbro, 2000)
  • Episode I Jar Jar Binks with Gungan Battle Staff (Hasbro, 1999)
  • Episode I Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine) with Backpack and Grease Gun (Hasbro, 1999)
  • Episode I Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Duel) with Lightsaber (Hasbro, 1999)
  • Episode I Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Duel) with Lightsaber (Hasbro, 1999)
  • Episode II Zam Wesell with Clawdite face (Hasbro, 2002)
  • Episode II Jango Fett with missile-launching backpack (Hasbro, 2002)
  • Episode II Mace Windu with lightsaber (Hasbro, 2002)
  • Episode III BARC Speeder with BARC Trooper and Bonus Wookiee Warrior (Hasbro, 2005)
  • Episode III Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter with Bonus Obi-Wan Figure (Hasbro, 2005)
  • Episode III AT-RT with AT-RT Driver and “Real Walking Action” (Hasbro, 2005)

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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