Zach Tann had spent years collecting Star Wars memorabilia. And in February 2017 the fan received a message that seemingly brought with it the potential to take his hobby to the next level. But the $20,000 figurine on offer apparently had dubious origins. In fact, it seemed that the piece had been stolen as part of a $200,000 heist – one that sent shockwaves through the franchise’s toy-collecting community.
Decades before Tann made that fateful connection, however, filmmaker George Lucas put into motion the plans for a movie that would eventually become Star Wars. The director managed to make a foothold in Hollywood, too, after his 1973 film, American Graffiti, earned five Oscar nominations – including one for Best Picture.