The classic Star Wars toy you never noticed on The Mandalorian
The Imperial Troop Transport stormed Christmas lists everywhere as it debuted in 1979. Although never featured in the original film, the automobile’s companion literature explained that it was a re-creation of the version used by Darth Vader’s forces in pursuit of R2-D2 and C-3PO on Tatooine. Fans will remember that both droids that are heroic had been jettisoned to the desert planet by Princess Leia to protect the stolen Death Star plans in the face of Lord Vader boarding and her inevitable capture.
All eight episodes of The Mandalorian season 1 are now streaming on Disney+, as if you didn’t already know. Do not float during episode 7, otherwise you might miss the Kenner Transport in all of its glory.
While the coming of the Kenner Transportation on The Mandalorian does, in fact, represent the first live-action look of the car, prior Star Wars projects in different media have already beaten Favreau to the punch. The Kenner Transport made an appearance in the panels of the old Dark Horse comics (prior to the Marvel repatriation), and on many episodes of Disney’s two popular animated series, The Clone Wars and Rebels.
The Kenner toy comprised a exceptional sound module which played six different audio clips, a major innovation in the time (through Starwars.com). It was also built for cross-functionality using the stormtrooper action figures contemporaneously a major impetus, on the market to buy an entire battalion. Successor company Hasbro presently sells an updated version of the toy, but if you would like the vintage model, they sell for around $80 out of the box on eBay, and upwards of $350 with the packaging intact.