Quick, off the top of your head, name the rarest Star Wars item produced by Kenner for sale to the public.
Here's a picture of Rian Johnson to antagonize you while you think over your answer. I'll wait.
What did you choose?
All solid guesses, none of them provably wrong.
But I'm curious: How many of you chose the Star Wars Message Center?
How many of you were even aware of the Star Wars Message Center?
A Message From Stawarco
The Star Wars Message Center was available in late '77 and early '78 in a quantity unlikely to exceed 1,000 (more on that later). And it was available only in the Cincinnati area. So not only was it scarce, it was highly regional -- much more so than any of Kenner's regularly marketed products.
I can almost see the savvier among you leaping at the screens of your computing devices in a rush to correct me and probably report me to Snopes.
"But that wasn't a Kenner product," you're saying. "Fact check false!"
Okay, okay, Kenner didn't "produce" the Message Center; they sponsored it.
But still, Kenner had a hand in producing it. And let's agree to not split hairs. Without Kenner's involvement, the Message Center would never have been made -- which to my mind makes it more or less a Kenner product.
The Message Center emerged from Kenner's involvement in the Junior Achievement program.
During the school year, the advisors help these enthusiastic students develop a project, do the sourcing and costing... set up the manufacturing process, supervise and run the line, and market and distribute their finished product. To complete their year, they liquidate their assets, issue an annual report and pay dividends to their stockholders.
|It's nice to see some rad Kenner signage in the inset photo|
Obviously, 1978-79 and 1983-84 constitute gaps in my timeline. Kenner may have made JA products in those years, but if they did, I am ignorant of them.