In 1988, no Star Wars movie was released in theaters. This year was devoid of any new Star Wars movies, but it wasn’t without excitement for fans of the franchise. Let’s take a closer look at what happened in the world of Star Wars during this year.
The State of Star Wars in 1988
After the release of Return of the Jedi in 1983, there was a lull in new Star Wars content. The franchise went on hiatus until 1991 when Timothy Zahn’s book “Heir to the Empire” was published and became a best-seller.
The term “Expanded Universe” refers to all the stories set in the Star Wars universe that are not part of the main movie series. These include books, comics, video games, and more. In 1988, there were already several Expanded Universe releases out there for fans to enjoy.
One such release was Marvel’s “Star Wars” comic book series. This series had been ongoing since 1977 and continued until 1986 with issue #107 being the final issue.
However, in 1988 Marvel released a six-issue limited series called “Star Wars: Droids.” This series focused on C-3PO and R2-D2’s adventures before they met Luke Skywalker.
While there were no new movies or TV shows to promote, there was still plenty of merchandise available for fans to collect. Kenner had been producing Star Wars action figures since 1978 and continued releasing new figures throughout the ’80s.
In addition to action figures, there were also books, posters, trading cards, and more available for fans to purchase.
Although no new Star Wars movie came out in 1988, it was still an exciting time for fans of the franchise. With Expanded Universe releases and merchandise available, there was plenty to enjoy while waiting for the next movie to come out.