As a kid, Santa didn't bring me vehicles or even a lot of action figures from Star Wars. So I made my own vehicles...out of cardboard. I remember crafting together a Millenium Falcon based on the picture I saw on a trading card. The X-wing was a challenge because it had to have working wings. The TIE was cool but getting the vertical wings to stay glued on the body was tough.
Those are all long gone, but they were more than adequate for an eight-year old boy to play with.
It's not a remarkable story, but what makes it come to mind is that I continually run into other guys around my age who did the exact same thing. Some of the creations were far more elaborate than I remember mine being and some weren't. The common thread though is that we all felt compelled to recreate pieces of a movie in any way that we could, before we even knew that real toys would be available. I was a huge fan of Space 1999 and Battlestar Galactica later on, but I never had the desire to make my own versions of things from those shows.
There was just something about Star Wars that inspired some of us to bring it home in any way we could.