Star Wars May The Force Be With You Button
Vintage "May the Force be with You" button, 2.5" pin back badge with no copyright or manufacturer info. This is most likely a giveaway promotional item. One source that said this button was handed out to fans at movie theatres, which if true would make it one of the earliest bits of merchandising for Star Wars. It is strange that there's no copyright info on it. Another source claims that this was also manufactured by Factors. Whatever the truth, it is a rare and early piece.
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Seen in Sacramento, CA - "Padme Yoga Center." Admit it, for a second you just got visions of Natalie Portman doing the downward dog, didn't you?
There is actually such a thing as Star Wars Yoga, as seen on the humor blog You Will Not Believe, feature such poses as "Collapsed AT-AT" and "X-Wing Extended." It's the perfect crossover of Star Wars nerds and Yoga geeks.
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C-3PO sterile strips by Curad, 1995.
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From 1986 to 1995, there wasn't much new Star Wars stuff coming out during the slow time between Return of the Jedi and the announcement of the prequels which would debut in 1999 with Star Wars The Phantom Menace.
In 1995 merchandising for Star Wars kicked into high gear, beginning with Hasbro's Power of the Force line. Many other licensed products started appearing, including a line of bandages from Curad shown here, featuring C-3PO.
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