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Star Wars References in ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ (1977)
Star Wars was released on May 25, 1977
Close Encounters of the Third Kind was released on November 16, 1977 and was the first movie to reference Star Wars.
As you can see in the pic the model shop crew decided to put an upside down R2-D2 on the mothership.
2015 Hallmark Christmas Ornament
1. Star Wars: A New Hope C-3PO and R2-D2 $17.95
2. Star Wars: A New Hope Y-Wing Fighter with sounds and dialogue $29.95
3. Admiral Ackbar Limited Edition $14.95
4. Holiday Darth Vader $19.95
5. U-3PO and R5-D4 NYCC Exclusive
6. Star Wars Rebels Zeb Orrelios $14.95
7. Ralph McQuarrie Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader Star Wars Celebration Exclusive
8. The Empire Strikes Back There Is No Try Yoda and Luke Skywalker with sounds and dialogue $32.95
Kenner Radio Controlled Jawa Sandcrawler
The mysterious Jawas ride this combination tank and scrapyard across the Tatooine desert, selling (and kidnapping) used droids. Radio-controlled, 2-channel unit operates from up to 20 ft. away– moves crawler in almost any direction. Roof hatch opens, and side panels become a step ramp. Scaled for figures  to  sold on opposite page. Figures shown not included. Plastic. 16 1/2×5 1/4×8 in . high. Uses two “D” and two 9-volt batteries. For ages 5 and up.
Kenner Imperial Troop Transport
carries up to nine of figures  – –not included, sold above. Button activates six electronic sounds, including engine, laser battle, Storm Trooper and C-3PO voices. R2-D2 beeps. Laser gun dome and radar dish rotate. Front and rear hatches open. On the sides are six cell units to hold prisoners–2 immobilization hoods fit over their heads to “brainwash” them. Plastic. 5x5x13 in. long. Uses one “C” battery–not included, sold on page 502. Figures shown not included. For ages 4 and up.
Both boxed versions below with Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back logos
This toy came with a story of this vehicle since it was not in the movies. Images below
Kenner Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer action playset
This is where Lord Vader communicates with the Dark Side of the Force. Activate the Force Light in the meditation chamber and Darth strenghtens his dark powers. Chamber opens and closes. He commands from a swiveling command podium. There’s a movable laser cannon, a simulated hologram unit to communicate with the Grand Emperor. Push-button escape hatch. Detention pegs to hang any captured rebels upside down, a control room, an assembly area for Bounty Hunters. Plastic. 9x14x12 in. high. Uses 2 “C” batteries. Figures shown not included–see (12) to (16) on opposite page. For ages 4 years and up.
Released in 1980 in “Empire” packaging and not released again after that. Images of all sides of the box.
Kenner Droid Factory playset
Help the Jawas build R2-D2 and hundreds of other droids! 33 interchangeable droid parts build up to 5 robots at one time, including an R2-D2 with 3 legs or a 4-wheeled robot that rolls. Movable crane snaps onto platform and carries parts from “supply” to the “assembly line”; specially designed ramp allows the Jawa action figures to “roll out the droids”! Figures not included. Ages 5 and up.
Popular playset with 31 droid parts to build multiple droids to play with. Released briefly in The Empire Strikes Back logo box.