The Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker – New Kim D.M. Simmons Book

Kim Simmons will be releasing a new book entitled The Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker (Kenner Star Wars Photography 1977-79), read on for the press release.

The Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker
(Kenner Star Wars Images 1977-79)

Kim DM Simmons with Benjamin Sheehan

Kenner’s iconic 1977 Star Wars toy line had at its coronary heart a images and a design model, that carefully echoed notes from George Lucas’ blockbuster house opera. Photographer Kim Simmons’ new espresso desk e-book The Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker is a visible historical past of the world’s first most recognizable motion determine line, that offers an perception into the people accountable for the 70s aesthetic that helped outline each the toys and period. His e-book additionally breaks new floor with by no means earlier than seen photographs of unreleased ideas, and large-size, excessive decision unique images that brings new scope and scale to extra acquainted materials.

“I needed to come back out with this primary e-book, to share these photographs with everybody,” says Simmons, a former vendor for Kenner and Hasbro; who shot the unique and later Star Wars toy traces within the 1980s and 90s. Simmons rescued the unique movie and negatives featured in his e-book from the trash in 1982, earlier than finally shopping for the studio that owned them in 1988.

The e-book’s written content material provides readers unique insights into the processes and the individuals behind the long-lasting Star Wars packaging, in addition to behind the scenes insights into the prototype toys featured on it, and in cross-sell images. This contains beforehand unreleased details about Kenner’s notorious Rocket Firing Boba Fett, together with full web page photographs of the package bashed prototype featured in advertising imagery. The pairing of Kenner worker views, and the unique images is the sum of many years of labor by Simmons as a photographer and curator of the photographs, and years of Kenner Star Wars motion determine associated analysis by Sheehan.

“I’ve interviewed former staff for therefore lengthy, that after I take a look at these toys, I now see the individuals behind them” says Sheehan, a collector of practically 30 years, who can also be a author and editor from Australia.

Like Star Wars the toy line itself, The Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker was created in Cincinnati Ohio. The unique photographs have been taken by Roy Frankenfield at his studio through the earliest levels of Kenner’s 1977 line, and compiled by Simmons with help from Sheehan in Could of 2019. The e-book was additionally printed in Cincinnati, and co-produced by Corky Steiner, whose household based Kenner in 1946. Many different former Kenner staff and distributors immediately accountable for the classic Star Wars line equipped data and path for content material, and on this respect the e-book will be thought-about one thing of a staff effort.

Simmons says that he expects the e-book to be the primary installment in a collection of images books that may chronicle toys based mostly on later Star Wars films.

You can order the book and read more at the official web site.