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D Tide
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Was the original Star Wars trilogy advertised in the 90's
Being a kid in the late 90's I remember me and my cousin having a lot of new action figures, lightsabre, and VHS set of the original trilogy and being really into it a year or two before episode 1 came out. How did they get kids into a 20 year old series? My parents were never into it


Tarpon08
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re: Was the original Star Wars trilogy advertised in the 90's
Re released the trilogy in theaters. Was pretty bad ass!


OMLandshark
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My parents were into it. I will never forget watching The Empire Strikes Back at a lake house cabin in Canada for the first time, and I loved it immediately.


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They told us that one day all things in the Original Trilogy would soon be pointless because of Disney so buy while it lasts!


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Brosef Stalin
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Kids today don't realize it wasn't until the special edition theatrical releases that people started losing their minds over Star Wars. Growing up in the 80s it was all about GI Joe, He-Man, Thundercats, TMNT, and maybe Mario. Star Wars just wasn't as big of a deal back then.


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Growing up in the 80s it was all about GI Joe, He-Man, Thundercats, TMNT, and maybe Mario.
As a child of the 80’s I love all those things.


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The Quiet One
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re: Was the original Star Wars trilogy advertised in the 90's
Need a fact check, but I don’t recall Star Wars movies available on VHS for years after Return of the Jedi.

EDIT: Checked for myslef. Most VHS releases occurred after 4 or 5 years after theatrical release. Plus, not many owned VCRs. Just a different time.
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D Tide
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re: Was the original Star Wars trilogy advertised in the 90's
As a side note watching episode 1 as a child I thought it was the best thing ever. I think it gets forgotten that kids really liked phantom


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Kids today don't realize it wasn't until the special edition theatrical releases that people started losing their minds over Star Wars. Growing up in the 80s it was all about GI Joe, He-Man, Thundercats, TMNT, and maybe Mario. Star Wars just wasn't as big of a deal back then.
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In 1994-95 there was a VHS re-release of the films. They were the VHS editions where film critic Leonard Maltin would sit down with Lucas and discuss each film before the movie played.

VHS Re-Release Trailer

This was the re-release where *I* finally saw Star Wars.

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Brosef Stalin
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TMNT was a million times more popular than Star Wars in the 80s. No kids were talking about Star Wars. Everyone was talking about TMNT. They were everywhere in pop culture back then.


TheTideMustRoll
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Star Wars wasn’t as big of a deal in the 80’s? What? Star Wars was the deal in the 80’s, especially for kids. Sure, there was other stuff going on too, but Star Wars was right there with Nintendo at the top of the heap.


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bbrownso
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How did they get kids into a 20 year old series?

Here you go.
20 Years Ago, 'Star Wars: Special Edition' Made 'Star Wars' Special Again
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[Feb 1, 2017]
I was a bit sick yesterday, so I am a day late on this, but yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of the "special editions" of the Star Wars trilogy. Released into theaters at the beginning of the year with great fanfare, these remastered (and, yes, somewhat altered) versions of the Star Wars trilogy absolutely dominated the box office for nearly two months. For an entire generation raised on cropped VHS copies, this 20th Century Fox reissue was the first chance to see these films in an actual movie theater. And it came at a time when the Star Wars universe was not necessarily dominating pop culture, with the reissue arguably acting as a kick-off to the marketing campaign for the new Star Wars prequels.


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Feral
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I’m pretty sure they re-released the OT in theaters starting around 1997 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of ANH. I remember seeing Star Wars in a movie theater around that time as a kid and really enjoying it, and seeing a corresponding rebirth of toy sales as well.

I can’t remember if they ran ESB and ROTJ in theaters in 1997, though.

EDIT — see above.
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Brosef Stalin
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I can’t remember if they ran ESB and ROTJ in theaters in 1997, though.

They were all released theatrically a few months apart. A New Hope was at the beginning of May. I think ROTJ might have been in early 1998.


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You must be late 80s, most of what you mention was big then. Early 80s I had all the action figures, some play sets, an Empire Strikes Back lunch box, and one of those books with a 45 record accompanied.

Every time you hear the chime, turn the page, haha!



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bbrownso
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A New Hope was at the beginning of May. I think ROTJ might have been in early 1998.


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To wit, Star Wars: Special Edition opened on Jan. 31, 1997 and scored an obscene $35 million debut weekend. That was the biggest January debut of all time, and it still ranks No. 9 on the and second when adjusted for inflation behind American Sniper.

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It topped the box office for its first three weeks, only to be displaced by The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition which arrived on Feb. 21.

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Return of the Jedi would top its opening weekend in mid-March with $16.2m and would earn $45m in theaters to put that film's domestic total over the $300m mark with $309m.


I remember seeing them all in 1997 and I also thought they were more spread out.


Brosef Stalin
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re: Was the original Star Wars trilogy advertised in the 90's
That's weird. I distinctly remember seeing it at the end of my senior year, late April or early May. I remember ESB around September and it was cold outside for ROTJ. Damn I'm getting old.


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Scoob
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re: Was the original Star Wars trilogy advertised in the 90's
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Kids today don't realize it wasn't until the special edition theatrical releases that people started losing their minds over Star Wars. Growing up in the 80s it was all about GI Joe, He-Man, Thundercats, TMNT, and maybe Mario. Star Wars just wasn't as big of a deal back then.

...right.

You might be a little younger than me, if that's the case. I can tell you there was DEFINITELY a huge Star Wars following, and that included toys. I wish I had kept them (all my toys got shot with BB guns etc ), I had about a zillion 4" action figures, and these definitely included Boba Fett and the Snow Troopers so that's in the 80's. Also had the 12" action figures, Han, Boba, Darth, Chewie etc.
Had the toy ships these figures fit into, X wings, Ties, Tie interceptors (again that's Empire), big ole Millennium Falcon. Had the large size Star Destroyer, too.

Had the smaller diecast spaceships (these are the ones I really wish I still had , they'd sit on my desk now); X wing, Y wing, Tie, Tie interceptor, Vader's Tie, Falcon, Star Destroyer, etc.

Also had the original landspeeder in diecast, for 4" AND for 12" figures.

oh yeah, also had the snow speeders.

In short, I'm sure I had several hundred bucks worth of toys then, in that-time value (can only imagine what it would be worth now).

edit- when I say diecast, I mean the old larger ones, not the later tiny ones.

Hmmm, you said Mario... that indicates a gap in age. My gen was more Pac Man and Atari; and GI Joe was still the fuzzy bearded guy with the kung fu grip. Coleco football, too.
Sounds like you came in afterwards, maybe Star Wars was dying down then. I was chasing tail by then.
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biglego
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re: Was the original Star Wars trilogy advertised in the 90's
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Kids today don't realize it wasn't until the special edition theatrical releases that people started losing their minds over Star Wars. Growing up in the 80s it was all about GI Joe, He-Man, Thundercats, TMNT, and maybe Mario. Star Wars just wasn't as big of a deal back then.

Star Wars was huge dude. But t was early 80s. He-Man, GI Joe and thundercats were also big but I think a couple years later. I was big into HeMan around 1985-1986. Transformers too around that same time. TMNT didn’t get real big til around 1988-1989. So yeah by then Star Wars wasn’t that active.


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