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Hi, my name is Dan Flarida and I collect plastic and cardboard. My path to collecting Kenner related items began in the Summer of 1990 when I picked up a carded Return of the Jedi Darth Vader figure at a local flea market. At the time it was just a nostalgic reminder of my childhood, and it was tucked away in a drawer without too much thought.
A few years later I found the carded Darth Vader figure still safely tucked away and I began searching out other Star Wars toys from my childhood. This was the early days of the Internet so the majority of my searching took place at flea markets, antique shows, and magazine ads. I stumbled across Steve Sansweet’s book Star Wars: From Concept to Screen to Collectible in 1994 and the deep-seated need to collect became a permanent part of my life.
It was also around this time that I found the Star Wars Collector’s Archive online and discovered there was a lot more out there than just the toys. I was immediately drawn to the pre-production items, internal employee items, store displays, and other rarities that were in the hands of fellow collectors. My focus shifted from just the Star Wars toys to prototypes, art, and other internal only items.
After collecting Star Wars items exclusively for a few years, I started realizing that a lot of the other toys I played with as a kid were also made by Kenner. I began picking up other Kenner toy lines here and there like MASK, Silverhawks, and Super Powers. This diversion into other Kenner lines quickly turned into my main collecting focus.
I currently collect anything and everything related to Kenner. My goal is to have at least one production toy and one pre-production item from every toy line Kenner made. Some of my favorite items are the prototypes, employee items, and other things that were never meant to be outside Kenner’s walls.
Hello! My name is John Wooten and I’m a collector of vintage Star Wars toys and Kenner memorabilia. I became interested in Kenner memorabilia through my interest in vintage Star Wars prototypes. I was fortunate enough to meet some Kenner employees along the way and their passion and creativity was inspiring. As I met these folks and listened to their stories, I became not only interested in just Star Wars prototypes, but all things Kenner, from softball hats to internal awards. I have a deep regard for the way Kenner toys were developed and the folks involved in all phases of the process. I always look forward to a chance to talk to someone who worked there, because I don’t think it’s always obvious to them how special their creations were to millions of children over several decades.
I currently collect Kenner employee memorabilia and internal items like awards, giveaways, paperwork…pretty much anything that has to do with the process of developing, manufacturing and selling a Kenner toy. I look forward to sharing some of the things I have and for any opportunity to find something to add to my collection.