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Saturday, May 25, 2013

The First Vintage Rebel Transport Is Away

Vintage Kenner Rebel Transport in need of a cleaning from the Batcave Toy Room
My vintage Kenner Rebel Transport is filthy as a Bantha.

Vintage Rebel Transport Conning Tower full of dust from the Batcave Toy Room
Vintage Rebel Transport rear deck in need of a dusting from the Batcave Toy Room
Day 22 of my 31 Days to a Better Toy Collection Challenge finds me working on a restoration project. I am not sure how this toy became so dusty. Especially, since it's been in a plastic bin for a long while. Maybe I just put it in there that way, but it's not likely for me to keep toys in this condition.

The weapons of a vintage toy collector...dish soap, warm water, and Oxi Clean in the Batcave Toy Room
Warm water, dish soap, and Oxi Clean solution...you're soaking in it
Giving the Rebel Transport the Q-Tip treatment.
However, it isn't something a little soap and warm water can't handle.You can also see a similar process over at Jordan Hembrough's Toy Tips and Tricks at the Travel Channel. I basically have made the same concoction, but added a little Oxi Clean for good measure.

Vinatge Rebel Transport upper engines with missing decals from the Batcave Toy Room
The transport is complete and in really good shape. However, I am missing two decals that represent the upper engines on the rear hatch. I'll probably opt on picking up some reproduction decals to replace them.

You can generally find reproduction decals on eBay and I was hoping to be able to pick some up from Beggar's Canyon Toys, but it doesn't look like they carry replacement stickers for the Rebel Transport. They are well known for their quality repro products and I knew I wouldn't be disappointed, but it's looks like I will have to go elsewhere to get what I need.

Vintage Kenner Rebel Transport loose on display at the Batcave Toy Room
I have had this spot reserved for just this toy for quite some time and I am happy to finally have it in its rightful place.

About the author: John Sholtz is an avid toy collector and the interim editor of the Batcave Toy Room due to the abrupt death of Bruce Wayne. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter at, Facebook, Google+ and Linkedin.

6 comments :

  1. I never had this. I am ashamed to say that I was out of Star Wars by the time this came out.

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    1. There is always time to get back in Hobby.

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  2. Looks fantastic John! And can you use that Oxi Clean on other toys too like action figures?

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    1. Thanks JBoy. Yes, you can. I have a liquid version as well as the granular type of Oxi Clean. If you use the granular type, I would make sure it is fully disolved before I used it on anything painted. The granules may stratch the paint otherwise.

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  3. I always wanted this as a kid. I liked that it was a big ship, and the adventures for these crafts were not really spelled out in the movies. My buddy and I used to try to fill in the gaps between the movies when we played.

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    1. The adventures were endless. Sometimes I wonder what happens to ones imagination as we become adults. Thanks for stopping by.

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