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The BBC have gone on the quest to discover how many Stormtrooper toys have been made since 1977.
In the Star Wars universe, Stormtroopers are the armour-clad foot soldiers of the Empire – hundreds (perhaps thousands) can be seen in the films, gamely battling the Rebellion. But how many Stormtrooper toys exist in our world? Are they the biggest secret army on Earth?
This question is more difficult to answer than you might think. I had a bad feeling about the chances of success, but as Yoda would put it: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
The toys based on the original films were made under licence by the US firm, Kenner, between 1978 and 1985. Kenner was absorbed into Hasbro in the 1990s. Now the toys are made by Disney. But none of these companies could give me sales figures for the number of Star Wars toys sold.
So, as Star Wars figures are popular with collectors, I asked several online communities if they had any idea how many there were. No-one had a number, but everyone agreed it was probably very big. One enthusiast claimed to have more than 200 Stormtroopers in his personal collection.
For the full fun read, check out the BBC Magazine at the link below.