Tommy and Yehuda write:
Welcome to the latest issue of Star Wars Community Digest, your place to get summaries about what's going on in the Star Wars collecting community across all of the forums and Facebook groups. We will present the news and current events each week, so that you don't miss anything. Please be aware that many of these are closed Facebook groups though, which means you will need to join them in order to read the conversations. But don't worry, it's free and almost instantaneous.
Participating Groups and forums:
Star Wars Displays and Advertising
Star Wars Records and Tapes
Star Wars 12 Backs and Early Vintage Collectors Group (A New Hope 1977-79)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Vintage Collecting Group 1980-1982
Star Wars: Return of The Jedi Vintage Collecting Group 1983 - 1985
Star Wars: POTF (Last 17) Vintage Collecting Group 1985
Star Wars: The "Dark Times" Collecting Group (1985-95, Droids & Ewoks, etc)
Jabba's Court - Vintage Star Wars Collectors Group 1977 - 1988
The Imperial Commissary - 1977-1985 Vintage Star Wars Toys, Buy Sell Trade
Power Of The Force Coins
Star Wars bootleg and knockoff collectors
Star Wars Micro Machines and Action Fleet Collecting Group
vintage star wars action figures
The RebelScum vintage forum
Jawa's Outpost (UK and EIRE Star Wars trading group)
Echo Base Vintage Star Wars Trade/Sell/Buy
If you are an administrator or moderator and would like your community to be a part of this feature, please let us know. We are always happy to include additional groups/forums in our summaries, but be aware that not every group can be featured every week.
In any case, lets get right down to it and get everyone caught up to date on what they may have missed last week...
The King of Burger King Displays
Burger King had some of the most colorful and interesting displays during the vintage era. And they sold enough Star Wars glasses to fill up every collector's eBay and Craig's List searches forever. Surprisingly though, never before seen store displays from the restaurant are still showing up. In this thread from the Star Wars Displays and Advertising Group, a recent auction of BK displays is discussed, including a translite which collectors have never seen!
The full thread can be found here:
Burger King Displays Thread
Further Reading on the Archive:
Burger King Promotional Material in the Archive Database
The RocketFett Mailer
While technically a thread from 2016, it was bumped last week because of the recent RocketFett auction results. And since it's a relatively slow news week, we will count it as a current event (especially since it's awesome!).
The thread does a good job of explaining what it's about, but to put it simply: a member of the community found a vintage RocketFett in an original mailer box. Exactly how it would have been shipped to kids, had the mechanism not been removed. If that doesn't make you want to read about it, I don't know what will.
The full thread can be found here:
Rocketfett in a Mailer Box
Further reading on the Archive:
Pawn Stars: Rare Boba Fett Action Figure Prototype
Tommy Garvey and John Alvarez Firing a Vintage Prototype RocketFett
Rocket Firing Boba Fett (L-Slot Version) First Shot
Boba Fett and Battlestar Galactica - The Firing Missile Crisis
Our Star Wars Community Digest Time Capsule Thread for this Issue:
The Continuing Saga of People in the 80s Trying Desperately to Explain Luke and Vader's Relationship. In this week's episode: Vader is Luke's Mom!
|Darth Padme. She hates sand too, but mainly the emo guys who keep whining about it all the time.|
The 1980s came up on people fast. They were just finally getting used to it being the 70s, and then all of a sudden that effort was wasted. The surprise details of Luke's parentage were just the start of what would undoubtedly be a decade of baffling mysteries for the public.
As the geeks, soldiers, future millionaires, and university professors who made up the then fledgling ARPANET sat around and looked for something to talk about on their futuristic electronic gizmo (it's like HAM radio! But for written things!) the fact that Vader was Luke's father was one of their absolute favorite topics to dwell on. As we've seen in past issues of the Community Digest Time Capsule, anyone who had a theory, access to computer equipment then worth tens of thousands of dollars, and had five minutes to kill, would launch into detailed explanations as to why Vader couldn't be Luke's father. (Because why not? What else are the country's greatest minds going to talk about using the most astonishing technological leap in humankind since the printing press? Nuclear disarmament? Heck no! That's not what the internet is for! The internet is for venting about plot twists in movies you don't like, making obscure Tolkien references, and rating the attractiveness of TV stars.) Most of the arguments as to why Vader wasn't Luke's father hinged on actual lines of dialogue from the films, and the conclusion would be kind of reasonable... if Lucas cared at all about that. But in a space opera, everything is merely transitory, always in motion until something better comes along.
But in 1982, before the release of Return of the Jedi settled the matter forever (no one argues with Yoda, that puppet can solve paternity questions faster than Maury Povich), fans could still log onto the net-sf.lovers newsgroup and dream. Let their imaginations run wild, trying desperately to explain how it could all make sense, no matter your point of view. Among the most interesting theories you'll see presented in that proto-internet community: Darth Vader is Luke's mother!
Case closed! The evidence is all there, people! Get your heads out of the sand (it's course, irritating, and it gets everywhere)!
Here are some sample threads:
luke - vader relationship
Darth Vader and Luke