The toys are known around the world. Now, get to know the people who created them.


In 1977, the introduction of the Star Wars Early Bird Certificate Package during the holiday season introduced the world to what would become one of the most popular toy lines of all time. Many unique and talented men and women helped Cincinnati’s Kenner Products develop this iconic toy line, and Engineering An Empire explores the lives of some of these incredible individuals.  With over four hundred pages, this volume features not only stories of the Kenner team behind the Star Wars action figure line, but previously unpublished personal photographs, images of prototype toys, and never-before-seen documents which help tell the story of the most popular and enduring toy license of all time.

Explore personal stories of the people behind your favorite childhood toys.


Profiles of Kenner employees who created the renowned toy line are filled with personal photographs, rare documents, and images of prototypes used in the development of the Star Wars action figures and more are shown in full color, bringing a scrapbook of a one-of-a-kind time to life.

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