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"The galaxy explodes! The Rebels return! You can relive it all with with Kenner's Star Wars: Return of the Jedi collection!"
―Kenner toy commercial[src]

Kenner's Star Wars: Return of the Jedi vintage toy line ran from 1983 to 1984 and featured various characters and vehicles from the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. The toy line was succeeded by Kenner's The Power of the Force line in 1985.

Development[]

The Return of the Jedi line re-released many toys previously available through Kenner's Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back toy lines but with the new film's logo on the packaging.

Continuity[]

As with Kenner's initial Star Wars toy line, many action figures based on background characters from Return of the Jedi did not have proper names, leading Kenner to use nicknames used during the film's production. Many of them would later receive proper names in the works of the Expanded Universe. These characters included Pruneface, Squid Head, and Rancor Keeper. Two similar looking characters were both identified as Klaatu wearing different outfits, but later sources confirmed one of the two was a separate character named Wooof. It was also later revealed that the names of action figures "Nikto" and "Weequay" were actually the species names of the characters Lathe and Pagetti Rook.[4]

Though most of the line featured toys based on the film, a few original items were produced. To avoid the high cost of creating large vehicles for the line, small Mini-Rig vehicles that did not originate in the films were created (starting with the toys from The Empire Strikes Back). Many of these went on to appear in the fiction of both the Legends and later canon continuities.[5]

The baton that then-Captain Ackbar holds in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes "Water War" and "Prisoners" is an homage to the 1983 action figure that came with such an accessory. Though it was not originally intended to be a weapon, the episode director Danny Keller vividly remembered pretending it was a blaster, so it was worked into the show.[6]

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