are toys that are designed to move the action figures around. I have
split up the Palitoy catalogue definition of a vehicle to also include
spaceships for vehicles designed to leave a planet's atmosphere, and
creatures for the larger alien and monster toys seen in the movies. For
the Star Wars line, Palitoy produced 2 vehicles according to this
definition, the Land Speeder and the Imperial Troop Transporter.
Land Speeder was one of the first vehicles you would often get as kid.
The box features the Land Speeder with Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker
action figures sitting inside with R2-D2 in front, and a Stormtrooper
behind holding up his weapon. The Palitoy logo is in the bottom right
hand corner of the box. The back of the box is the same as the front.
the box, the Land Speeder came with a cardboard insert that folded
round the vehicle. Almost all boxed toys came with these inserts, which
kept the integrity and shape of the box and protected the toy inside.
These are often missing with boxed toys that are for sale, so it is
worth checking if they are included. Vintage replacements are expensive
and reproduction inserts are made to fill this market so it is worth
checking that your inserts are original also!
produced this vehicle using a mould that was acquired from Kenner. You
can see on the base of the vehicle that it says '(c) Kenner Products
Inc, Cincinnati Ohio, USA'. Although Palitoy produced the vast majority
of vehicles for the UK market, very few of them have a Country of Origin
(COO) stamp that originates from the UK. They almost all have the
Kenner COO that came on the moulds that were acquired.
cut production costs, Palitoy simplified these Kenner moulds and often
left out the electronics that were available on the Kenner versions of
the vehicle. The 12A cardback was reprinted as the 12B cardback to
remove references to these electronics. In the case of the Land Speeder,
the bonnet which opened on the Kenner version by pressing a button on
the front of the Land Speeder was missing on the Palitoy version which
did not open. Stickers for this vehicle were pre applied which was
normally not the case as most vehicles came with a separate sticker
sheet that had to be applied. The Star Wars branding for the Land
Speeder was not updated for the later films, so this is the only
variation of the Land Speeder that was available from Palitoy.
Imperial Troop Transporter was the other vehicle produced for the Star
Wars range, and was unusual as it was not a vehicle that featured in the
fim. The vast majority of toys produced were featured in the original 3
movies. The box features the transporter carrying five Stormtroopers
and Princess Leia in a head restraint, with R2-D2 and C3-PO at the back
and 2 more Stormtroopers standing at the front of the vehicle. The
Palitoy logo is in the bottom right hand corner of the box. A white box
to the left of the transporter features text in French which shows that
this was intended for sale in the European market as well as the UK. The
back of the box is the same as the front of the box.
vehicle comes with 2 doors that open at the front and an opening rear
'DROID prisoner' compartment which meant the vehicle could hold up to 11
action figures. The 6 side compartments (3 on each side) came
unattached inside a clear plastic bag. Another clear plastic bag
contained the radar dish that kind of looks like a small seat that clips
on top of the vehicle behind the laser turret and 2 prisoner
immobilisation units, one of which can be seen on the box cover on top
of Princess Leia.
were no loose cardboard inserts that came with this vehicle, unusually
the inserts are attached to the inside of the box! So if you see one for
sale that says the inserts are missing, then you know why. Only the
Kenner version came with separate cardboard inserts. There is a
detachable battery cover at the year of the vehicle and the compartment
at the rear opens up to reveal an on/off switch. One of the big selling
points for this vehicle is that it had talking sound, which was quite a
feat for toys made in the '70s. The top of the vehicle has 6 push
buttons in a circle in front of the laser turret which activate 6
different sound clips taken from the film. They are R2-D2 beeping, the
transporter's engine sound, a blaster firing in stun mode, a blaster
firing a couple of rounds, a Stormtrooper saying 'There's one. Set for
stun!' and C3-PO saying 'R2-D2, where are you?'.
often than not, the sound does not work on these for an easily fixable
reason. If you remove the 3 screws on the base of the vehicle, the
bottom can be unclipped from the front revealing the inner workings of
the toy. There is a white box with a loudspeaker in it that has another 3
screws in it. Once unscrewed, the white box splits in half revealing a
little mini record player! There is a red elastic band that goes round
the disc of the record player that needs to loop over the motorised
metal spindle on the opposite half of the box. This band falls off with
time or gets stretchy over time so the sounds emitted sound longer and
slower. Reattaching this rubber band will normally fix the problem!
things that came with the vehicle were the 2 prisoner immobilisation
units already mentioned. If missing, these can often be found stored
inside the rear compartment for droids. There is a separate sticker
sheet which will normally have been applied unless the vehicle is mint
in box. Also often missing is a little Kenner branded slip that went
over the top of the buttons for the movie clip sounds explaining what
are Palitoy printed instructions which fold out and are double side
giving 4 pages of instructions for the vehicle in all. These detail how
to assemble the vehicle, the features of the vehicle and the all
important movie sounds and what they are.
is also a Kenner branded mini comic book included with 7 pages
featuring a storyline not seen in the film that features the use of the
Imperial Troop Transporter and it's attack on a Jawa Sand Crawler. I
guess they were trying to justify the fact that the vehicle did not
appear in the film!
is a vehicle variation where the battery compartment cover is grey
rather than red. The grey version is much less common than the red one.
grey battery cover version has the Kenner COO to the side of the 2 rear
wheels underneath the vehicle with a catalogue number of 9335. The red
battery cover version has the Kenner COO between the 2 rear wheels with a
catalogue number of 39290, the catalogue number listed in catalogues of
is a box variation for this vehicle too. The Star Wars branding was
kept for the Empire Strikes Back, and 6 Boba Fett symbols for an unused
Bounty Hunter promotion were added to the left of the top of the box. A
Bounty Hunter capture log was also included with the ESB version of the
box. Some of these ESB boxes also included a folded ESB catalogue which
is much rarer than the more common later version. When folded, the
catalogue features only the ESB logo. The ESB box version is rarer than
the SW box version and has the red battery cover version of the vehicle
inside. This indicates that the grey battery cover version of the
vehicle came first and was produced in small numbers before being
superseded by the red battery cover version.