In 1978, Kenner released the Star Wars Death Star Space Station, the first and one of the most coveted by collectors of playsets for the company’s iconic line of 3 ¾-inch action figures tied into the movie franchise.
Standing approximately 20-inches tall, the space station allowed children to re-create movie scenes over four floors accessible via a manual elevator.
The top floor contained a swivelling laser canon that exploded when “hit.” The third floor offered a manually operated light bridge with an escape rope. The control area was situated on the second floor, complete with an escape hatch to the trash compactor below. The trash compactor on the ground floor came with removable foam garbage and the fearsome Dianoga, a creature that lived amongst the trash.