Vintage Star Wars Toys We Wish We Had But Were Never Produced
Lets take a look back to the late 70s and early 80s and ponder what would have been if these unproduced Kenner Star Wars toys would have made it onto store shelves.
Hoth Prototype Vehicle
This Hoth prototype vehicle was created in the late 70s or early 80s for The Empire Strikes Back line. What's pictured is a toy that was engineered as a vehicle the Rebels could use on the snow planet Hoth, evident from the tank-like treads. The vehicle also had a tow truck crank that could be used to tow a damaged Snowspeeder or other vehicles.
Rebel Blockade Runner
The Rebel Blockade Runner is one of the most famous of the unreleased prototypes that would have been part of the Return of the Jedi toy line. It would have come with an opening cockpit, manually operated front laser cannons, escape pod jettisons that accommodated R2-D2 and C-3PO, a movable radar dish that also accommodated an action figure and battery-operated rear cannons and engine lights.
All Terrain Ion Cannon (AT-IC)
The All Terrain Ion Cannon (AT-IC) was originally one of several vehicles planned for Kenner's 1986 "The Epic Continues" toy line. The Kenner design team developed a number of vehicle prototypes through kitbashing, a process that takes existing toys and re-engineering them to create an entirely new toy. The designers took a full-size AT-AT toy and replaced a large portion of the back with a rear-mounted ion cannon.
Rebel Armored Sandspeeder
The Rebel Armored Sandspeeder was to be released in "The Epic Continues" toy line as well, but the idea was ultimately rejected. The vehicle was intended to be the Tatooine equivalent to the Snowspeeders we see on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.
Millennium Falcon Cargo Handler - Mini-Rig
In 1981, Kenner started producing "Mini-Rigs" that were a low-cost alternative to the company's large scale vehicles. Although none of the vehicles were ever seen on film, they were designed to look as though they could have been. The Millennium Falcon Cargo Handler unfortunately was never produced. It was pretty interesting because it was designed to fit between the Millennium Falcon's forward mandibles, bringing new life to an existing vehicle.
Which unproduced toy would you have wanted the most back in the day? Let us know in the comments section.