TIL In the original Star Wars due to budget, someone scoured old antique shops looking for props and came across an old flash camera. The flash handle became the iconic lightsaber.

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Like Dr. McCoy on TOS used medical scanners which were really salt shakers.


They carried on in the prequels. Qui-Gon Jinn’s communicator is a Gillette razor. As soon as I saw it in the prop book I knew exactly what it was.


Using random antiques, car parts, and electronics has become part of Star Wars, they still do it to this day. There’s whole websites dedicated to identifying what the props started life as.


Sci-Fi prop re-use is rampant, too. The oscillation overthruster from Buckaroo Banzai, and the PKI meter from Ghostbusters both show up in a whole bunch of other films.


I also recognized a prop when I first saw Star Wars: The cup that Luke uses to drink the blue milk is a piece of old Tupperware. My parents had one.