Our Twitter friend, Rachel, bears an incredible resemblance to a certain Princess from Alderaan, don’t you think?! You can catch up with her @twitter.com/onwardintolight.
It must’ve been Christmas ’77 or ’78, when my brother and I awoke to find dual remote-controlled R2-D2’s underneath the tree. Initially, Kenner and the rest of the toy manufacturers had greatly under-estimated the demand for all things Star Wars, so the toys connected to the movie weren’t easy to come by. Somehow, though, there they were!
R2 looked just like the real thing, only in miniature. I remember quite clearly that this was my favorite gift that Christmas. I also remember thinking, “How in the world did Santa get this for me?” I only knew of one other kid in the neighborhood that had a Star Wars toy, so I was really thrilled.
Amazingly, our Mom had plenty of the correct batteries on hand. I don’t know how she always managed that. Maybe Santa had some way of contacting parents, to let them know the battery requirements of what he was bringing ahead of time. However it was worked out, I was one happy kid that Christmas!
Jabba The Hutt was born on this day in 1977, and spent most of his life as an underworld crime boss. In an ironic twist of fate, Jabba was murdered by a slave girl, with the very chain that he had used to restrain her. Awkward.