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Vintage Kiddo Flashback // The Force is Strong With This One

You may not know this about me. But I love Star Wars. The original 1977 film is one of my all time favorite movies and while many may quibble about the special effects not being up to parr and the acting a tad stilted I say, “When 900 years you reach, look as good, you will not!”

So I thought it would be great to take a little trip down memory lane at the cultural phenomenon that was Star Wars. I don’t care WHO you were, if you grew up in the 70s your life was touched by Star Wars. If you weren’t obsessed with it, then your brother or best friend was. It was a pretty magical time, my friends. Let us begin.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…….

…..there were movie theaters that only showed ONE film. Popcorn, coke and a box of milkduds cost less then $10 and movies often only played at two times. Scandal!

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Every self respecting kiddo of the 70s had a Star Wars tee and wore it with PRIDE!

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This next little feller was heading off to his first day of kindergarten. Big Apple Name Tag, nap time mat, Super Friends Lunch Box…..and his best Star Wars Tee. I love this photo so much, it reminds me of my brother Karl—a die hard Star Wars fan. I can still see him playing with all his Star Wars characters. He even had that Super Friends lunch box!

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One of the best things about Star Wars toys is that there are soo many photos of a little boy just BUSTIN’ with pride over his latest score:

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Oooh this boy had THEE ULTIMATE. The coveted Boba Fett. Boba Fett wasn’t even really in the first movie, but if you collected enough UPC codes from the Star Wars action figures you could send away to the Kenner toy company to receive your FREE Boba Fett Bounty Hunter action figure! No one really knew who the hell he was at that time, but we HAD TO HAVE HIM!! I remember Karl and I clipping the codes out and mailing them in, and being so excited when he finally arrived. This is the biggun, the 12 incher….not the freebie. You can see how psyched this little guy is:

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Please note the Incredible Hulk Latch Hook Rug dealie resting casually on the back of the couch of this next one. Grrrrrr!

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It was CLEARLY an excellent holiday at this kid’s house. He got the AT-AT walker from Empire Strikes Back, and his sister scored the Barbie Townhouse. I sooo had that as a little girl—that damn thing wobbled like crazy but how sweet is the elevator?

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Speaking of kid sisters, they always wanted to get in on the fun too:

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How cute is little Leia?? I guess that makes a great segue to COSTUMES. Star Wars costumes became extremely popular—many of them homemade.

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“Aren’t you a little short for a storm trooper??” hyuck hyuck.  I really love the Mod Lord Vader jumpsuit.

Awwww no wonder Patches is so sad. His buddies got Star Wars coolness while his parents dress him up as a psychotic clown. {sad trombone} Although to be fair the little ewok looks like the love child of  Kenny Rogers and Big Foot…

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STYLIN’!!!!! (and you *know* I’m not talking about that sassy little storm trooper…..hold up. Does Gladys have a SPINNING WHEEL in the left corner over there??? Oh Mah Gawd…..)

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The art of Star Wars (as seen through the eyes of a kiddo) was also amazing:

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Now you *know* that awesome Old Spice guy modelled himself after Lando. “Well hello ladies….!”

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While most fans were little boys, little girls definitely got in on the Star Wars action too:


“Walk softly and carry a big laser blaster….”

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(yeah, the bike is rad. And don’t you fret….a banana seat bike post is totally in the hopper for Vintage Kiddo….)

I think it goes without saying that anybody who was anybody had a Star Wars themed birthday party.

We begin with the awesome Steven. I love that his parents made this sign! Although I gotta say, that little clown on the left is sort of ruinin’ Steven’s jedi mojo.

image: Sam Howzit His mom made extra rad R2D2 name tag for all the kids too. See ’em here.

Mmmmm. Chocolate Vader. Made with Extra Dark Side chocolate….

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Alas, I think Dan’s mom needs a few lessons from the lady up above. She gets an “A” for “artful fork display” and bonus points for two boxes of Pop Rocks!

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Aaron has the best vintage Star Wars pictures on this Flickr Stream. This was apparently at McDonalds (note the soft serve sundaes). Boba Fett cake? Rockin’…..

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Look how cute and happy this little guy is. And that cake looks might tasty too….

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Not sure what’s more impressive….the sculptural R2D2 or those snazzy Mork from Ork suspenders??

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This next one takes the, er, cake. Or rather his mom took the cake….to the damn photostudio. What the what?? Amazing.

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And finally, the ultimate: having a tricked out Star Wars Bedroom. Many a child lulled themselves to sleep murmuring, “These are not the droids you are looking for…..” cuddled up under these amazing sheets:

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This photo had the best caption. “Darth Vader’s light saber in my eye….but E.T. warming my heart.”

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Sweet dreams little Jedi….

P.S. There is a really amazing Flickr group called Growing Up Star Wars: 1977-1985. You really should check it out—and add your own photos if you have any!

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  1. Theresa G. says

    Love love love this post! I just wish that modern Star Wars bedding in the vintage style wasn’t so damned expensive!

    • Alix says

      I know! I saw it at Pottery Barn Kids a while back and was shocked!

  2. Eartha Kitsch says

    Awesome post! I am completely impressed that the one kid got to take his birthday cake to a photo studio.

    • Alix says

      I know, right??? How cool was that kid?

  3. Brigitte says

    you forgot to mention: that your wedding cake topper was “Princess Leiah and Han Solo”, that your ‘Day-After Wedding Dress” was handcrafted by you from Star Wars sheet!! And did you say just your little brother was a die-hard Star Wars fan?? This coming from the member of the neighborhood Star Wars Fan Club, founded by neighbor young Georgie who made you Vice-President to his Presidency!!!!!!

  4. 3 ring circus • heather says

    so happy that my boys have the love of star wars like i do!

    • Alix says

      Your boys are the coolest, Heather!

  5. Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves says

    This post made me so happy. Joy joy!

    • Alix says

      So glad!! Made me happy too. 😉

  6. Melinda says

    Love it! Those little cuties snuggled up in their Empire Stirikes Back sheets nearly beat out the rad Dynomite-sticker decorated banana seat.

    We were the luckiest kids in 77. Our dad moonlighted at a Movie Theater, so we never had to pay for Star Wars. We saw it over and over.

    • Alix says

      Aw no way!!!! How awesome!

  7. Donna Q says

    What a brilliant post – thanks for brining back so many memories, my mum has all my brothers star wars toys kept safe and sound for the grand kids under the house – and I must dig out the photo of my best friend and I dressed up as Ewoks for a party – our favourite costume ever!!!

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