The Empire Strikes Back Tauntaun (1981)

http://www.thelogbook.com/toy/tauntaun/The Empire Strikes Back Tauntaun - photos copyright 2006 Earl Green / theLogBook.com; special thanks to Andrew WesterI can almost guarantee you that there wasn’t another toy released in 1981 whose box carried the description “Contents: one mammal.” Very much like the dewback creature from Star Wars, the smelly and none-too-smart steeds of the Rebels in The Empire Strikes Back were designed to be “ridden” by the Kenner figures.

http://www.thelogbook.com/toy/tauntaun/The Empire Strikes Back Tauntaun - photos copyright 2006 Earl Green / theLogBook.com; special thanks to Andrew Wester

http://www.thelogbook.com/toy/tauntaun/The Empire Strikes Back Tauntaun - photos copyright 2006 Earl Green / theLogBook.com; special thanks to Andrew Wester

(A bridle and reins were included with the tauntaun, but are not seen in these photos.)

http://www.thelogbook.com/toy/tauntaun/The Empire Strikes Back Tauntaun - photos copyright 2006 Earl Green / theLogBook.com; special thanks to Andrew Wester

http://www.thelogbook.com/toy/tauntaun/The Empire Strikes Back Tauntaun - photos copyright 2006 Earl Green / theLogBook.com; special thanks to Andrew Wester

Just like the dewback, the tauntaun’s back contained a “trap door” into which a figure’s legs could be inserted; the positioning of the saddle gave the illusion that the figure’s legs were now astride the tauntaun.

http://www.thelogbook.com/toy/tauntaun/The Empire Strikes Back Tauntaun - photos copyright 2006 Earl Green / theLogBook.com; special thanks to Andrew Wester

http://www.thelogbook.com/toy/tauntaun/The Empire Strikes Back Tauntaun - photos copyright 2006 Earl Green / theLogBook.com; special thanks to Andrew Wester

After the tauntaun had been on the market for a while, Kenner reissued a new version with a rubber belly that could be “sliced” open so a figure could be placed inside. Let’s see someone market a figure like that today!

http://www.thelogbook.com/toy/tauntaun/The Empire Strikes Back Tauntaun - photos copyright 2006 Earl Green / theLogBook.com; special thanks to Andrew Wester http://www.thelogbook.com/toy/tauntaun/The Empire Strikes Back Tauntaun - photos copyright 2006 Earl Green / theLogBook.com; special thanks to Andrew Wester
http://www.thelogbook.com/toy/tauntaun/The Empire Strikes Back Tauntaun - photos copyright 2006 Earl Green / theLogBook.com; special thanks to Andrew Wester
http://www.thelogbook.com/toy/tauntaun/The Empire Strikes Back Tauntaun - photos copyright 2006 Earl Green / theLogBook.com; special thanks to Andrew Wester
Very special thanks to Andrew Wester and Dave Thomer for making this article possible.

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