Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace was released in 1999, over 15 years after the release of the franchise's last film. Star Wars was created by George Lucas in the late 1970s and was responsible for a huge shift in mainstream cinema. It made sci fi action blockbusters legitimate. The movies were massive successes, due not only for their amazing and groundbreaking special features but for its impressive, nearly classical, storytelling. And so the three original moves became more and more popular after their initial run, and Lucas decided to finally give the fans what they wanted: more movies. Episode I was the first Star Wars movie of the modern era, a prequel explaining the origins of Darth Vader, Obi-Wan, The Emperor, and the general state of the universe depicted in the earlier films while also introducing new characters like Jar Jar Binks and Padmé Amidala. The movie made over $1 billion at the box office. This original Star Wars: Episode 1 shirt, deadstock in excellent condition, features an epic still from the big fight.