I’ve written about this before but the Early Bird set was AMAZING.
Seriously. Do any of you know / remember what was available for Star Wars by Christmas 1977? The novel (with some photos). The board game. The soundtrack. Maybe some t-shirts / pajamas? Oh, and the Marvel comics.
If the early bird box was ALL you got for Christmas, um, yeah it wasn’t much. But it was a lovely piece of artwork. It was a promise. It was fun. (It taught me how to draw Artoo Detoo.) AND when the figures shipped (way earlier than potentially promised) you got you figures weeks before anyone else did.
The only downside to the box was that when you got the figures in their little white plastic box you wouldn’t have the figure cards that your friends had (and like you did for Han which was OBVIOUSLY the first figure you bought).
I might be a special kind of nerd, I guess. I loved getting new Star Wars toys for the little Kenner catalog that came with them.