There are 12 characters to collect in the Kenner series including Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Ben Kenobi, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Jawa, Boba Fett, and IG-88. I'm just missing Boba Fett and the Jawa, but I'll post photos of the rest of them here eventually...
Star Wars, 12 inch dolls by Kenner, 1978 - 1980
Here is the blaster for Kenner's large size Jawa figure. It looks black in this photo but it's actually dark grey. I found this at a second hand store and didn't know that it was a Star Wars weapon, but it has that look to it so I brought it home. Since then I've learned that this is the weapon for the Kenner Jawa figure, which is awesome! What are the odds of that happening??? Now I just need a Jawa to go with it!
Original Kenner 12 inch doll series compaired to the Hasbro 12 inch doll series:
Here is Kenner's Ben Kenobi doll from 1979 (missing his brown robe) next to the Hasbro doll from 1996.
Here is the original Kenner R2-D2 large size figure from 1978 next to Hasbro's R2-D2 from 1997.
Here's an awesome website showing all of the large size Star Wars figures from the 1970s and their accessories: http://theswca.com/images-toys/12inch/index.html
Chewbacca 22 inch plush toy by Regal Toy Limited, early 1970's
Finding these dolls with the original hangtag is also difficult. The hangtag for the US version is a large circle with full colour graphics on it, while the harder to find Canadian version had a much smaller tag printed with white text on a blue background. Regal also made a rare plush toy of a Jawa and a very scarce hand puppet (mouth puppet) of Chewbacca using the same brown furry fabric with the plastic eyes and nose. Kenner produced a plush toy of R2-D2 in 1977 that was available at the same time as these plush toys. This is a link to a site showing the Chewbacca puppet: http://theswca.com/index.php?action=disp_item&item_id=39750
Yoda Puppet, by Kenner, 1981
Here is the original Kenner Yoda puppet next to the 12 inch Luke doll for size comparison. The Hasbro Yoda doll from 1997, which is scaled to the 12 inch dolls, is also shown for size comparison. As Kenner didn't make a large sized Yoda figure back in the early 1980s this Yoda puppet had to do! The puppet originaly had white curly doll hair but it was often cut off, as is the case with this one. I found this puppet second hand at a yard sale and played with it a lot when I was a kid. That being said, I'm realy glad to finally have a 12 inch scaled Yoda doll! Below are some additional photos of the puppet.
Text and Photos © Mike Artelle 2011, 2013