Kim DM Simmons used to be the official photographer for the likes of Kenner and Hasbro back in the day and has since created volumes of photo books featuring images of the Star Wars collection of Kenner toys from each decade of release.
These deluxe photo books have garnered a mass following and support from collector communities, and each book has been funded through Kickstarter successfully with the latest upcoming project launching on February 2, 2023.
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Known as "The Man Who Shot Luke Skywalker", Kim Simmons' career as a toy photographer for these two major companies lasted from 1981-2000, and his vintage images adorned the majority of Star Wars toy packaging, as well as promotional and branding campaigns.
The latest upcoming Kickstarter project launching in February aims to raise funds to release a deluxe hard copy edition of what Simmons refers to as the book that started it all.
The Kenner Star Wars Photography Vol 1 1977-1979 Deluxe Edition (opens in new tab) is an updated edition of the original copy of the book released in 2019, which has now been updated with exclusive never before printed photos, plus 30 additional pages of content.
This new release is said to be very limited with only a select number of copies that will be made available to Kickstarter backers with exclusive rewards available to those who fund and support the campaign.
This is the first time that the 1977-1979 volume will be made available in a deluxe hardcover binding format, and we can assume it won't be cheap either. Simmons' other books in the series can be purchased from his online store (opens in new tab) and the average price for a standard copy retails for $200 (approximately £162 / AU$285).
Simmons' image collection features not only images of vintage Star Wars toys and action figures, but also shots that reveal the process of image creation and high quality test shots that led to the final air-brushed printed shots that made it onto the figure packaging.
Expect to see early examples of Kenner Star Wars vehicles such as the famous X-wing and tie-fighters, plus toys with rocket-firing mechanisms.
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