As my Transforming Expectations book continues to come together I find myself collecting pieces — and snapping photos — for a completely unplanned and unexpected book dedicated to Kenner’s vintage Star Wars Mini-Rigs. This project came about, and instantly jumped ahead of anything else I was making notes on, as I looked at the Mini-Rigs in my collection and realized that all of the various toy guides I own don’t give these small toys enough room to really wow readers.
Shown here are two page mockups (spread shown above) I put together while thinking through the book design and deciding how I want to collect the material. All of the images were shot (or scanned) by me, and my initial idea had been to assemble this book in secret and not even announce until it was completely finished. Unfortunately, while I do have access to all of the Star Wars Mini-Rigs and Body-Rigs, what I don’t have are prototypes, mockups, packaging concepts, and any similar oddities that would look incredible in a book devoted to Mini-Rigs.
And in my secret efforts to try and locate/request such information I ran into a few obstacles. So rather than push ahead using only what is in my own collection, I decided to make the project public and ask for assistance. If you have any special or unusual items relating to Kenner’s 1981 to 1985 Mini-Rigs and Body-Rigs please contact me.
What counts as “special” or “unusual” for purposes of this book? Foreign packaging, any trade catalogs or sales materials, cromalins for Mini-Rigs and Body-Rigs (see swspaceclub.com), or even advertisements featuring Mini-Rigs (newspaper ads, magazine ads, catalogs, anything).
All accepted contributions will be credited, of course, and substantial contributions will earn the contributor a copy of the finished book. And, as with Transforming Expectations and Transforming Collections*, the Inspired: The Unauthorized Guide to Kenner Star Wars Mini-Rigs book will be an 8″ x 8″ hardcover full-color work. Exact page count will depend on what gets contributed, but my current rough outline places the book at a minimum of 64-pages.
So please, if you have anything that would assist this book project please contact me. I would love this book to be as packed with material as possible, if only so that in the future I have a single reference to turn to when I’m wanting to enjoy Kenner’s Mini-Rigs.
- Spotted Online – Star Wars Mini-Rig Pages from “The Saga Museum” (battlegrip.com)
- Star Wars MLC-3 Mini-Rig Patent Drawings (battlegrip.com)
- Kenner’s 1981 Star Wars Sales Video (battlegrip.com)