Kenner used two independent photo studios to shoot all the images used in-house, on product packages, and promotional material for their Star Wars toy line. Photographer Jack Wehmeier, who's work isn't featured on this page, is credited for shooting the original twelve mini-figure images that were most recognizably used on the 20 through 41 back cards. Beyond his contribution, the lion's share of photography was shot by Roy Frankenfield and Kim David McNeill Simmons.

From 1977 until 1981, Frankenfield shot all but the above mentioned packaging images. He was joined in early 1981 by Simmons. Later that year Simmons took over as the line's key photographer, with Frankenfield coming in from time to time to help on some of the more ambitious galleries. Once he took the lead, Simmons pushed the boundaries and created images that captivated and inspired the original star Wars generation.

Simmons purchased Frankenfield's studio in 1988 and continued to be hired by Kenner to shoot many toy lines including the The Power Of The Force, Shadows Of The Empire, and Episode I lines.

These galleries linked below were created with Kim's permission, and we claim no ownership to them. They are hosted here for your reference. If you are interested in purchasing a print of any of them, head on over to TheManWhoShotLukeSkywalker.com.

MINI-FIGURES
Photography by Roy Frankenfield and Kim David McNeill Simmons - 1977-1985


LARGE SIZE ACTION FIGURES
Photography by Roy Frankenfield and Kim David McNeill Simmons - 1978-1980


STAR WARS VEHICLES & PLAYSETS
Photography by Roy Frankenfield and Kim David McNeill Simmons - 1978-1980


THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK VEHICLES & PLAYSETS
Photography by Kim David McNeill Simmons - 1979-1982


RETURN OF THE JEDI VEHICLES & PLAYSETS
Photography by Kim David McNeill Simmons - 1982-1984


THE POWER OF THE FORCE VEHICLES & PLAYSETS
Photography by Kim David McNeill Simmons - 1984-1985


DROIDS MINI-FIGURES, VEHICLES, & PLAYSETS
Photography by Kim David McNeill Simmons - 1984-1985


EWOKS MINI-FIGURES, VEHICLES, & PLAYSETS
Photography by Kim David McNeill Simmons - 1984-1985


MICRO COLLECTION VEHICLES & PLAYSETS
Photography by Kim David McNeill Simmons - 1981-1982


All images linked on this page are 2016 Kim David McNeill Simmons - used with permission.
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