Warwick Davis revealed at Star Wars Celebration on Thursday a sweet letter he wrote to George Lucas after being in Return of the Jedi, asking for toys. Davis, 47, was only 11 years old when he suited up to play Wicket the Ewok in Episode VI of the Star Wars saga. And while Davis went on to land roles in films like Willow, multiple chapters of the Harry Potter saga, The Phantom Menace, The Force Awakens and Rogue One in his career, right after Return of the Jedi he simply went back to being a kid.
While hosting the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration panel (which included Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford, as well as a tribute to Carrie Fisher), Davis not only thanked Lucas for allowing him to be in the movie, he revealed a letter he wrote to the Star Wars creator asking for something any 11-old-kid would be interested in: action figures.
Here’s a transcript of the letter:
“Dear Mr. Lucas,
My name is Warwick. I hope you remember me? I helped you make the new Star Wars film last year. I hear that the film is being released in this country on June the 2nd and that a few of the toy shops in London have some of the new figures. I hope this is not too rude of me to ask you, but would it be possible for you to send me the very latest figures and walkers – I was hoping very much that there may be an Ewok or Jabba the Hutt. I did enjoy myself with you and the members of the film unit and keep remembering what a terrific experience it was. Hoping to see you again soon.
To top the story off, Davis also revealed a picture from his youth where he’s posing with some Star Wars action figures, along with a Darth Vader collector’s case and an action figure-scale version of the Millennium Falcon.
Action figures, of course, became a staple for Star Wars films and revolutionized the movie marketing industry after A New Hope came out in 1977. Each Star Wars chapter got its own action figure line, and lucky for Davis, Wicket the Ewok from Return of the Jedi was eventually among them.
Davis’ story is a wonderful reminder how the Star Wars film series – even if you actually starred in it – inspired a sense of wonder in kids, bringing that galaxy far, far away right to their homes in the form of plastic characters who brought the saga to life.