The scene in The Last Jedi where Finn and Rose

Steal First Order uniforms

Opens with a steam iron descending down from the sky as if it was a spaceship.

Is this an homage to Hardware Wars which opens with a steam iron being chased through space by a toaster?

Image from Hardware Wars:

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Image take by me from random Hardware Wars video on Youtube

Image from Star Wars:

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    Thank you so much for reminding me of this and asking if it was intentional. One of several delightful moments in the movie. Commented Dec 31, 2017 at 5:16
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    I never knew of Hardware Wars but found that scene amusing anyway. For a moment i thought that space ship looks like a steam iron and then realized that the scene was in fact not depicting a space ship.
    – kasperd
    Commented Jan 1, 2018 at 1:44
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    I was thinking Space Balls myself, but you're correct, Hardware Wars. Thanks for the connection!
    – Brettski
    Commented Jan 1, 2018 at 21:05

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Yes. Johnson’s openly stated so in an interview:

Literally the first question I asked Johnson in an interview on Friday was, “That had to be a Hardware Wars reference in The Last Jedi, right?” Johnson let out a bellowing laugh and said, “I’m so happy you saw that.” After explaining that I haven’t found too many people yet who have gotten the reference, Johnson said, “I know. Patton Oswalt, after he saw it, he DMed me just, ‘Hardware Wars!’ I was like, ‘Yes!’ It’s people of a certain age who will get that, I think.”

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    I saw the connection immediately .. but didn't know if it was deliberate or not.
    – Peter M
    Commented Dec 30, 2017 at 20:47
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    Very fun. I'll have to check out Hardware Wars. I thought it was a play on Mega Maid from Spaceballs when I saw The Last Jedi.
    – Erik
    Commented Dec 31, 2017 at 21:20

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