|Stripped Vintage Imperial Troop Transporter. Photo: Batcave Toy Room|
Do you hear what I hear? The unmistakable sounds from the vintage Kenner Imperial Troop Transporter.
For me, probably one of my favorite Star Wars toys simply because it played sounds and dialogue from the movie. Six sounds in all, which included:
- "R2-D2, where are you?"
- "There's one. Set for stun!"
- R2-D2 beeping
- The sound of the transporter itself.
- A blaster firing a couple of rounds.
- A blaster firing in stun mode.
|Restoring a vintage Star Wars Imperial Troop Transporter. Photo: Batcave Toy Room|
I didn't need to do much to it. Just a clean up and sticker replacement. I used the same Oxi-Clean/Soap solution I've mentioned before.
The sound works, however, it tends to play slow. The toy did have a feature that slowed the sound down, but that's not the problem. It is slow whether I use the feature or not.
Usually, the sound on these stops working because the rubber band that surrounds and causes the record to spin comes off its track. You have to open the toy and get the band back in place, but I think the bands have the tendency to stretch as they get old and it's just not tight enough to play the record at its proper speed. Causing the sound effects to drag.
Not sure if I can fix it. If I could replace the band maybe it would work properly.
|Fully restored Kenner Imperial Troop Transporter. Photo: Batcave Toy Room|
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.