Unlicensed Star Wars Motion Lamp
As Duncan wrote in his original Archive entry for this item: "Perhaps some aging hippies were responsible for this psychedelic item. Turn it on, put on your headphones, and blast your Meco Galactic Funk."

But Hippies aren't the only folks who enjoy wacky stuff like this: Star Wars collectors go nuts for it too. A motion lamp such as this one consists of a pair of translucent plastic cylinders, which sit perched atop a needle. The needle acts like a pivot; when the bulb from the lamp heats up the air inside the cylinder, it causes the cylinder to rotate around on the needle. Then you can sit back, groove to the Jefferson Airplane, and watch images of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker dance across your bedroom walls. Groovy.

Here are Luke and Leia. Leia is stealing something from Luke's pocket.

The droids are pretty awkward looking.

The image of Vader and his stormtroopers is probably the best thing on the lamp. Vader appears to be playing air guitar along to that Meco Galactic Funk that Duncan mentions.

Actually, I think the artist originally drew Vader holding a rifle, as his arms are posed in the same manner as the rifle-wielding trooper behind him. That's my theory, anyway.

Finally, we have a pretty rudimentary looking X-Wing, which is engaged in a dogfight with a TIE Fighter on another portion of the lamp.

By the way, this item was first mentioned on the Archive in Pete Vilmur's article on Star Wars Kitsch. It's a fun read and worth checking out if you like your collectibles tacky and visually unappealing.

Description by: Duncan Jenkins, Ron Salvatore
Photo: Ron Salvatore
From the collection of: Ron Salvatore
Country:United States
Film:A New Hope


Checklist by Duncan Jenkins, Gus Lopez, and the Star Wars collecting community
Software by Chris Nichols

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