One of the horror genre's "most widely read critics" (Rue Morgue # 68), "an accomplished film journalist" (Comic Buyer's Guide #1535), and the award-winning author of Horror Films of the 1980s (2007), The Rock and Roll Film Encyclopedia (2007) and Horror Films of the 1970s (2002), John Kenneth Muir, presents his blog on film, television and nostalgia, named one of the Top 100 Film Studies Blog on the Net.
a kid growing up the 1970s and 1980s, the worst toy I could possibly receive as
a gift was a carrying case.
there was a universe of action figures out there to collect, play with, and
enjoy, and I would end up with…luggage?
don’t know if others felt the same way that I did about them. But getting a
carrying case as a gift was more like a hint from your mother that you needed
to clean your room and organize your toys than it like getting an actual toy.
Kenner did its part with the Star Wars line, to make the carrying
cases as attractive and cool as possible. Notice
Wars carrying cases are termed “Collector’s Cases.” That description classes the whole thing up a
Wars collector cases came in four cool varieties.
was forged in the shape of Darth Vader’s head, and was released in conjunction
Empire Strikes Back (1980).
next three were all released when Return of the Jedi (1983) premiered.
was See-Threepio’s head, and it was infinitely less desirable than the similar
Laser Rifle collector’s case was cool too, but it didn’t much resemble a
blaster from the Star Wars films.
the plus side, it could double as a pretend gun in laser battles with your best
finally, there was the most impractical collector’s case of the bunch: