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‘Star Wars’ toys reached new heights

The AT-AT was one of the largest toys made early in the “Star Wars” line.
The AT-AT was one of the largest toys made early in the “Star Wars” line. Rick Bentley

The first toys produced for the now endless “Star Wars” merchandising line was a set of action figures that were just a shade under four-inches tall. The problems with those early toys is the subject of a future blog.

These action figure toys - much taller than the Army Men that were so popular - need larger than normal vehicles. One of the biggest toys to be made early in production was the AT-AT: All Terrain Armord Transport released in connection with “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.”

The toy was so big, action figures could be placed in the driver’s area. You could also hoist a Luke Skywlaker action figure - in Hoth gear - into the belly of the plastic beast.

Not only did the toy stand 22 inches tall, it was 17 inches long. That’s a lot of plastic to make a toy.

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