Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tatooine Skiff Vehicle (POTF 1985)

Happy Halloween! Hope you dressed as your favorite Star Wars character!

If you have one of these, congratulations! If you have one unopened in the box, in pristine condition, congratulations – you can now buy a small used car with it! As I’ve said before on this blog, anything in the POTF line was naturally rarer, since the line was petering out at that point. A larger vehicle from this line is definitely rarer, and the Tatooine Skiff (not to be confused with the mini Desert Sail Skiff or the even smaller Sand Skimmer) is arguably the rarest vehicle in the original Kenner line.

This thing has everything you could want from the movie. It’s got the steering “wheel.” Movable steering vanes. Retractable landing gear. Levers you can move. And, of course, the gangplank to send the prisoners into the Sarlacc! There are also some cupholders. Okay, maybe they aren’t cupholders, but those six little holes in the middle look like it damnit!

Why should you get this vehicle? Five reasons:

1. What looks cooler in a sandbox: this or a Tonka truck? You be the judge.

2. C’mon – you’ve got to make your figures walk the plank!

3. A nice piece to display your Klaatu, Barada, and Nikto on.

4. And your Weequay.

5. And your Klaatu in Skiff Guard outfit.

Backstory:

The Bantha-II cargo skiff repulsorcraft was built by Ubrikkian Industries as a standard cargo transporter (up to 100 tons), but could be adapted to carry passengers as well. It had the ability to hover up to 50 meters off the ground, and travel up to 250 km/hr. They were very cheap and affordable to even the most backward planets.

Want more? Its Wookieepedia article

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