In 1979, the post-Star Wars, Glen Larson version of Buck Rogers took the sci-fi world by storm. I was nine year old at the time, and both the feature film and the follow-up TV series on NBC were right up my alley.
But once I actually got the star fighter for the Christmas of 1980, I could enjoy the Laserscope fighter as a kind of “alternate” ship for the intrepid Buck. The fighter sort of fit with the universe of the TV series, because Buck often ended up going undercover for the Earth Directorate, flying ships of various designs. So it was kind of cool to be able to play out that scenario with a ship other than an “official” one.