No, not that Richard Pryor movie. I mean, the toy that was officially The Best Toy Ever when you were a kid. The one that you got for a Christmas, or a birthday, or a Hannukah or a Bar Mitzvah or just a one-time surprise that you never got tired of and that always seems, in memory, to be tinged with a special glow of nostalgia. Does anyone else have one of those?
For me, it was the Death Star Play Station. I got it when I was four, and when fully assembled, it stood almost as tall as I did. It had pretty much everything you needed to recreate the entire Star Wars movie (which I had pretty much memorized by then)…a trash compactor with foam “trash” and a dianoga, which finally gave me a good look at the monster; a bridge that Luke and Leia could swing across; a laser cannon…and the best part, it could all be taken apart and you could play with it piece by piece. You could run around with the laser cannon like it was a toy gun, use the elevator shaft like a bazooka, and everything else a four-year-old’s imagination could come up with. I think it was probably a good four or five years before everything was lost or broken to the point where it wasn’t worth playing with anymore.
Does anyone else have a toy like this? Did anyone else have this specific toy? Feel free to share a piece of your childhood in the comments!