Star Wars board game, Escape from Death Star
This game comes from a group of twelve items donated by Michael Henry. It is well-provenanced, having been received as a birthday or Christmas present and used by Michael Henry (born 1973), his brother Jason and sister Karen.
The game includes its original packaging. It can be used to illustrate themes relating to children, domestic life and the family. It is also relevant the marketing of products to children, and the merchandising of licensed 'spin-off' products from films.
The game is an item of original merchandise from the time of the first 'Star Wars' film (now known as 'Episode Four: A New Hope'), written and directed by George Lucas, and released in 1977. 'Star Wars' was a simple morality tale of good against evil told across a fantastic landscape of exotic planets and strange creatures. Displaying sophisticated visual effects, it became an international success and won eight Academy Awards. Its success allowed Lucas to remain independent and continue making more 'Star Wars' movies and other productions such as the Indiana Jones films. His company Lucasfilm includes Lucas Licensing, which earned huge revenue by expanding the Star Wars and Indiana Jones brands into novels, toys and merchandise. This board game is an example of such licensed merchandise.