Aug 3, 2011

Star Wars Wednesday - Bantha Tracks

For those that may not know, Bantha Tracks was originally the name of the official Star Wars Fan Club publication which ran from 1978-1987. Today it is a column in the Star Wars Insider featuring content sent in by fans.

This post is going to take a look back at a few things from the early days of the Bantha Tracks newsletter. If you've been around the blog, you'll know I always enjoy taking a look back at Star Wars through the years. It's also to showcase these things for the younger fans as pieces of Star Wars history.

First up, a clipping from Bantha Tracks #1. As part of your Fan Club Membership, you got a full color sticker of the below image, as well as an explanation as to the origins of the artwork.

This next one is from Bantha Tracks #2, 1978 and it asks a question that many of us have asked over the years. This was the first "official" answer ever given. And it seems like it ties in the Star Wars Holiday Special as part of the answer.

The final one for this week is from Bantha Tracks #5, Summer 1979 and features a sneak peak at the galaxy's most notorious bounty hunter: Boba Fett. Interestingly, the Rocket Pack Controls (2) are not called out in the image. And what is Camel View & Finder (4)? It might have supposed to have been camera & viewfinder, maybe?

It was the piecemeal info like this that made Boba such a man of mystery. Of course, his story's been told now; a couple times! The idea of him being some kind of uber trooper was pretty interesting back then. We could never have imagined what stories were to come but no movie would ever be as cool as what we made up when we played with our toys.

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