Sarah K (tears_of_nienna) wrote in little_details,
Sarah K

Vintage Star Wars action figures--points of articulation

I'm looking for information on the ways that vintage Star Wars action figures would have been articulated.

Scenario: Somewhere around 1980/1981, in the UK if that matters. Someone is posing a small-head Han Solo and a Bespin Luke figure in various...suggestive ways. I need to know how I could plausibly bend them.

I can tell from the various images I've found that the figures have both hip and shoulder joints, which is good for my purposes. Obviously there aren't any knee or elbow joints, since those would show in the pictures.

Questions I still have: Are there wrist joints? Do the figures swivel at the waist? It looks like the heads move, but do they just swivel left and right, or is it possible for them to be tilted up and down?

I've Googled and Google-Imaged various combinations of "star wars," "action figure," and "articulation" but haven't been able to figure it out definitively. I did find a picture of one of the rare figures my dad sold in the 90s, though. :) I also poked at the only vintage figure I own--an Imperial Guard, who does not have wrist or waist or even head articulation (due to the funky-shaped mask). However, some of the articles I found indicated that Imperial figures generally had fewer points of articulation than their Rebel counterparts, so the questions remain.

I would pose the question to my dad, since he once worked at Kenner and tested these very toys, but calling him up and saying "Hey, how difficult would it be to pose two classic action figures having gay sex?" is just a little awkward...
Tags: ~games, ~technology (misc)

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