The Imperial Troop Transport stormed Christmas lists everywhere when it debuted in 1979. Although never featured in the original film, the vehicle’s companion literature explained that it was a re-creation of the same model used by the forces of Darth Vader in pursuit of R2-D2 and C-3PO on Tatooine. Fans will keep in mind that Princess Leia had jettisoned the two heroic droids to protect the stolen Death Star plans in the face of Lord Vader’s imminent boarding and her catch that is inevitable.

While the arrival of the Kenner Transport on The Mandalorian does, in fact, represent the initial live-action appearance of the vehicle, prior Star Wars jobs in other media have already beaten Favreau into the punch. The Kenner Transport made an appearance in the panels of the old Dark Horse comics (prior to the Marvel repatriation), and on several episodes of Disney’s two popular animated series, The Clone Wars and Rebels.

The Kenner toy contained a exceptional sound module that played six different audio clips, a major innovation at the time (via Starwars.com). It was constructed available on the current market, a major impetus for cross-functionality using the stormtrooper action figures contemporaneously to buy an entire battalion. Successor company Hasbro currently sells an updated model of this toy, but they sell for around $80 out of the box on eBay if you would like the model, and upwards of $350 with the packaging intact. 

All eight episodes of The Mandalorian season 1 are currently streaming on Disney+, as if you didn’t already know. Do not float during episode 7, otherwise you may miss the Kenner Transport in all its glory.

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