Who wouldn’t want a Darth Vader lava lamp? As it turns out, George Lucas. How about Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader salt and pepper shakers? He didn’t want those either, according to a post by Jason Geyer on Action Figure Insider blog. Geyer and his co-workers were behind the product concepts for the launch of “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” released in 1999. They didn’t work for Lucasfilms so they needed to come up with the product ideas without knowing the storyline for the Phantom Menace. If the Star Wars people liked the idea, they would let Geyer and his colleagues see some of the movie’s storyline and artwork to make it better.
The Star Wars franchise has made revenue in excess of $1.6 billion in video game sales and another $9 billion in action figures and other toys, according to Visualizing Economics and another $20 billion in licensing fees, according to 24/7 Wall Street.
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