Fake retro-Japanese ad sells ‘Star Wars’ toy


Lovers of old commercials will enjoy this brand-new yet impressively retro-Japanese-style spot for the 2-foot-tall collectible Star Wars figure Stormtrooper Super Shogun. Resplendent with laser blasts, sparkler effects and distortion lines that scream This was recorded on a crappy VHS!, it's further proof of our collective love of childhood commercials that everyone thought would permanently screw up Generations X and Y. Need more evidence that we love throwback ads? Check out Toy Story 3's Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear. But Super7, maker of the Stormtrooper Super Shogun, has another reason for making a retro-licious Japanese ad: The toy itself was made using the same techniques employed by Japanese toy makers in the '70s. Isn't it great how, if you wait long enough, pop culture gets elevated to art? Via Wired.