As a movie fan, I’ve received tons of film-related gifts for Christmas. Just to cover my own booty if any of my relatives are reading this, I have loved and appreciated them all. Thank you for them. Unfortunately, the assignment I was given is to pick the Best Movie-Related Gift I’ve Ever Received . So I have to narrow everything I’ve ever been given down to one item. What a daunting task I’ve been given.
My all-time favorite movie-related gift I’ve ever received would have to be my original Millennium Falcon that I received for Christmas in 1979. My parents bought it for me and I remember playing with that thing for years after that. It was the height of success for the first “Star Wars” movie and because the sequel had been announced to be coming in 1980, there was still electricity in the air that hadn’t been felt like that before. This space saga that hit screens in the spring of 1977 had captured the imagination of kids my age everywhere. I already had the “Star Wars” action figures so all I needed was a ship for Han Solo and his faithful companion Chewbacca to fly Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, C-3P0, and R2-D2 around in. Unknowingly, wrapped in a big old box under the tree that first Christmas in Texas was what I was looking for.
I loved that Millennium Falcon toy. It had all these cool stickers to put on it to make it look real. When you pulled the top panel off of it you could put the figures in the bay where C-3P0 and Chewbacca could play space chess and Luke could practice his lightsaber just like in the real “Star Wars” movie. There was also a little panel in the floor that you could pull out and hide figures in that was like the storage bays the characters went into when the stormtroopers searched the ship on the Death Star. I could even open up the cockpit of the ship and put Han and Chewbacca in there so they could fly the ship. What a great present.
So what happened to that Millennium Falcon toy you ask? I’ll bet you think that I have it stashed in a collector’s case somewhere hidden away and well protected. I wish I did. My childhood home burned down in the mid-80s and if I remember correctly the Falcon went with it. Pretty much every “Star Wars” toy and everything else I had went up in flames in that inferno.
I actually had déjà vu about a year ago. My wife came home from a garage sale and my two boys had purchased a used version of the very same Millennium Falcon I had when I was a child. It was cool to see it again and reminisce. That old “Star Wars” toy I got in 1979 meant a whole lot to me and gave me some good memories. Thanks Mom and Dad.