If you were blessed enough to have Star Wars in your life as a kid, it was an incredible time. Each movie brought forth tons of new figures; each with just a hint of who they actually were. As a kid, your Bossk figure took center stage when he arrived. After the movie was released, we saw how much screen time he actually got. This pushed Bossk back to the supporting characters but for a time, anything in your imagination was possible. The end of Empire Strikes Back to the beginning of Return of the Jedi was a strange time. The soon to be trilogy was open-ended. Was Han going to live? Who was this Jabba the Hutt Darth Vader spoke of? Was Luke going to move in on Leia since Han was out of the picture? The following is AFJ’s "5 Toy Dilemmas from Empire to Jedi" we faced as kids. #AFJ4LIFE
5. Han Solo is a Frozen Pop
With Han Solo taken off to who knows where the older brother of your group was suddenly faced without a character to be. Did he resort to being just Chewbacca now? Did he even bother to be Lando? No Han Solo meant your adventures were now pretty lame. Even in The Shadows of the Empire, they had to create Dash Rendar to make things interesting. We took to freezing Han in a plastic container, he kept thawing out though.
4. Luke had No Lightsaber
Of course, we know that he eventually constructed a new one. In our minds for that three-year time gap, Luke was without that thing that made him special. There were no other Jedi left so how was he going to get one? My friends and I always had Luke head back to Bespin, and get his lightsaber back. Oddly enough, Timothy Zahn sent characters back for Luke’s hand. That, however, is another story. Our toy lightsabers got put away unless you were Darth Vader.
3. Jabba the What?
Vader tells Fett that he can take Solo to Jabba the Hutt. Greedo wanted to take Han to Jabba as well. All right, so who is Jabba the Hutt? Was he a Rodian like Greedo? Perhaps he is some big dude with sweet honnies dancing for his pleasure. The point is: we didn’t know. This created a huge dilemma as there was no one to rescue Han from.
2. Who the "F" is Admiral Ackbar?
One of the first figures to come out via a mail offer for “Revenge of the Jedi” was Ackbar. He couldn’t hold and blaster and came with some weird probe device. The Emperor was another mail-away figure, but he was pretty self-explanatory. Who was this fish dude and what were we going to do with him?
1. Luke Mackin on Leia
Come on, admit it. Before we knew the honest to Obi-Wan truth, we had Luke and Leia hooking up. Which is probably why the collective moan at the special editions re-release was so loud. It was our collective shame emoting for the first time. So if you had a love story, intermixed with your action figure adventures, in hindsight, it got icky.