There is at least one major issue with the credibility factor here – the Millennium Falcon toy was not released until Christmas of 1979. That isn’t really the point, though (there’s no way the kid could have edited in those movie sound effects smoothly, either), as the “twist” ending will demonstrate, but nor is said ending, exactly. The joy here is the way it recaptures just how those first 3.75 action figures were avatars of the imagination – and how in an era before the giant playset became de rigeur, we would make our own. Now that they are prohibitively expensive, I assume and hope kids make their own again.
I’m old enough to have had these toys on the first run. If you can say the same, this will bring back memories. If you can’t, know that this is pretty much what it was like, minus the movie camera.
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist