Kenner Empire Strikes Back – 1980 Consumer’s Distributing Catalog

Kenner Empire Strikes Back – 1980 Consumer’s Distributing Catalog

Kenner Empire Strikes Back page from Consumer's Distributing Catalog 1980

1980 Consumer’s Distributing Catalog

1980 Consumer’s Distributing Catalog

Hello and welcome to Consumer’s Distributing week on PlaidStallions. I recently picked up a grail catalogue in the form of the 1980/81 Consumer’s Distributing catalogue. For those not in the know, Consumer’s was a popular Canadian chain of catalogue showroom shops that ran from the 1950s until about 1995. At their peak, they had over 400 stores in Canada and many Northern US states.

It was not uncommon to see a Consumer’s Distributing catalogue in a Canadian home, especially in my grandmother’s place because she never threw them away. I seriously found the final CD catalogue in her house in 2013.

So, I often correlate this catalogue to spending Sunday afternoons at my grandparent’s house, burning holes into the many toy pages. So, all this week I’ll add scans of my favourites to the blog.

Kenner Empire Strikes Back page from Consumer's Distributing Catalog 1980

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The release of Empire Strikes Back really renewed my at the time, somewhat languishing interest in all things Star Wars.  There was something of a slump for a lot of us by 1979.

It’s funny that by 1980, the Star Wars toy page was mainly Kenner items with very few “Space Imitators” being involved save for Kusan’s Sonic Fazer and that laser gun that was everywhere.

Now, the figures in this catalogue would come in sets and usually, they came in brown cardboard boxes. I never went this route as a kid, one because I couldn’t afford it and 2 because it was fun to look at those card backs. However, I don’t want to think of what collectors would pay for those cardboard boxes these days. Oi vey.

I got the Falcon for Christmas this year and loved it very much. 


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1 Comment

  • Daniel Barida on December 18, 2022

    Would you mind uploading the entire toy section and electronic section of the Consumers Distributing Catalog? This would really be great!

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