The Imperial Gunner was somehow passed over in the production line until 1984 or 1985 when Kenner finally released him post-Return of the Jedi. Considering the masked gunner’s abundant (and awesome) screen time in the original 1977 Star Wars film, it’s hard to believe they didn’t package him sooner.
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Yeah, I had a hell of a time finding these two figures when they came out. I wound up getting the Imperial Gunner at a Pay Less Drugs store for like $4 ( which was outrageous at the time), and then got lucky with the red guards at K-Mart one day. For some unknown reason, my mom seemed to understand I needed two of them. haha.