It’s been a few weeks since I sat down and got all OCD combing through a DVD looking for an awesome 80s bedroom. Last night I popped my special edition of E.T. the Extra Terrestrial into the computer and spent a couple hours staring at Elliot’s room looking for some fun stuff to talk about. At first I was a little disappointed because so many of the scenes were in silhouette, but with a quick finger on the pause button I managed to find some nice shots with a lot of fun junk lying around, in particular I realized that Elliot has a favorite comic book hero that I never noticed before!
So, with any Spielberg flick from this period there is always going to nods to Star Wars, and E.T. is no exception, but there are a lot of other interesting things lying around Elliot’s room…
1). Star Worlds Planetarium playset
2). Coors Beer baseball cap (because you know, drunk E.T. and Coors is totally the official beer of earnest sci-fi flicks…)
3). Viewmaster Theater projector by GAF
4). Star Wars Hoth Turret and Imperial Probe Droid playset
5). Han Solo’s Blaster
One of the things I love about Elliot’s room is all of the little items that represent space travel, be it the plethora of Star Wars toys, the space shuttle hanging from his ceiling (in a later screen shot) or his planetarium playset. It’s subtle for sure, but still welcome for a movie about meeting an alien.
6). Star Wars Greedo action figure
7). Captain America Pez dispenser
8). Frozen Moments fake spilled can of Coke
9). “Jaws” shark pincher/grabber wand
10). Star Wars 2-1B Medic Droid (in the football helmet)
So, I have to assume that the shark pincher wand was an in-joke/reference to Jaws right? There are a lot of Star Wars figures scattered around on Elliot’s desk, but these are the only two we get to see clearly and not just in silhouette. Also, the Pez dispenser was a bitch to identify. Even though Elliot holds it up to E.T. to show him how to fill and eat the candy there’s only a split second or two where there’s enough light to identify it. Also, this is not the favorite super hero I alluded to before. That’s still to come…
11). Star Wars X-Wing Fighter
12). Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter
13). Incredible Hulk Poster
So, as I started to pay closer attention to the set dressing in E.T. I started to notice a lot of Incredible Hulk items hanging around. Granted, this was smack in the middle of the character’s popularity thanks to the Bixby/Ferrigno TV show, but I like to image Elliot being a huge fan of the Hulk because he was a middle child and always seemed like he was being put down by his brother and all his friends. Like maybe he identified with that inner rage or something. Anyway, there are a couple of other toys in the above screenshot, the aforementioned space shuttle and another toy hanging from the ceiling at the top right of the frame that I can’t identify…
14). Elvis Costello poster (so Elliot has good taste in music)
15). Weird dart board cabinet.
16). Mighty Marvel Incredible Hulk Glowplate light switch cover
17). Star Wars Tie Fighter
Alright, the dart board cabinet. The main reason I pointed to this is that I’d love to find out what that weird Jack the Ripper-looking design is on the cabinet. Also, there’s an weird amount of dart boards in Elliot’s room! Not only does he have this cabinet on the wall but there’s an additional dart board to the left. Also, that other dart board? It changes through out the film. There’s another design that’s strictly black and white that’s hanging in other scenes (which you can see in the screenshot with items 6-10 above.)
18). Star Wars Hammerhead Action figure (as well as Snaggletooth, Walrusman, Lando Calrissian, and Boba Fett.)
I didn’t want to clutter this will all of the screenshots detailing the various Star Wars figures Elliot shows E.T. in silhouette, but they’re all listed above.
19). Star Wars Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer Playset
20). Stratego and Chutes & Ladders board games (as well as a Lego set to the right of those)
In the screenshot above there is a weird looking clown/egg head toy that I can’t identify. The nose lights up and there’s a tuft of hair that pops up and down as well, but I’ve never seen it before and couldn’t figure it out from google. Anyone know what this freakish thing is? Also, there’s one additional Star Wars item, a Tauntaun up high on a shelf with some wooden dinosaur puzzle toys…
Okay, one last cool item that’s not technically in Elliot’s room, but goes to proving his love for the Incredible Hulk…
21). Incredible Hulk Sleeping Bag
I think part of the reason that discovering all of this Hulk merchandise in Elliot’s room made me so happy is that I was a pretty big fan of the character at the time too. That TV show had a huge impact on me and I remember begging my mom for the Ben Cooper costume for Halloween around this time as well as having my own Hulk Sleeping bag and Hulk plush toy (that had velcro hands so you could make him hug your arm…)
While I’m talking about E.T. and stuff I noticed in the background, there’s another little thing that I noticed during the opening scenes with all the kids in the house playing Dungeons & Dragons. It’s just a little thing but I noticed that C. Thomas Howell is smoking while they’re playing, but it’s only in a quick shot and the cigarette and ashtray disappear pretty quickly…
I wonder if that was a mistake, like Spielberg didn’t intent for it to end up in the film, or was it placed to show the kids being a little rebellious?
So, anything I missed?