It inspired a good samaritan: In 2014, in North Tonawanda, NY, Joe Lavey heard that a fellow Christmas Story buff, Gary Brennan, had a replica Leg Lamp stolen from his liquor store’s display window. Lavey and an anonymous donor flew in Ian Petrella, who played little Randy Parker, to present a replacement as the entire town council looked on.
It has a line of action figures: By NECA. You can’t consider yourself a pop culture phenomenon if you don’t have action figures.
It had a 25th anniversary box set: Who doesn’t need a 48-page recipe book, themed cookie cutters, a Red Ryder history pamphlet, and a “making of” documentary along with their DVD copy of something they’ve already seen on TV 27,000 times?
It was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry: Films afforded this honor are selected based on a more important factor than mere quality -- they reflect “who we are as a people and as a nation.” A movie doesn’t need to hold together as long as it holds us all together.