'Rogue One' Composer Inspired by Vintage 'Star Wars' Toys

The classic Kenner 'Star Wars' action figures watched over the creation of new music.

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If Star Wars fans were worried about the legitimacy of Michael Giacchino’s new score for Rogue One, they shouldn’t be: The composer is a hardcore fan with a pretty impressive action figure collection.

After Alexandre Desplat quit composing the score, Giacchino had to create the music for the film in just four and a half weeks, but it looks like he had help from his childhood. As featured in Time on Wednesday, a line-up of plastic versions of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi and others helped Giacchino power through his daunting task.

Notably, this particular line-up of action figures looks like it comes from 1978. When Star Wars actually came out in 1977, there weren’t zero action figures available at first. But toy producer Kenner invented a cunning work-around: they encouraged fans to purchase an empty “Early Bird” box which was essentially a display for unreleased action figures. Giacchino’s toys seem to be standing in front of art from that “Early Bird” promotion.

Michael Giacchino's action figures hanging out on a mixing console during the recording of 'Rogue One' score.

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Giacchino told Time Magazine that his process of creating new Star Wars music was made easier because “using stuff we all knew in our hearts and heads added a humanity and a soul.” Fans won’t have long to see if he was right. Rogue One is out in wide release on Friday, December 16.

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