A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… we first discovered Star Wars. In an unspoken agreement between my son and myself, he’s the Star Wars fanatic, and I’m the Star Trek nut. But the borders are friendly, the Neutral Zone is passport-free, and we don’t really mind sharing. So when Star Trek: Into Darkness came out recently, I encouraged him and my daughter-in-law to go watch it. Likewise, he enjoys seeing me get a kick out of Star Wars memorabilia.
I don’t know if John remembers this, but years ago, when “The Empire Strikes Back” came out, we took him to go see it. That line ran out the theater door, to the side of the building, and as far down the back lot as I could see. We waited our turn forever. Hours. Bought our tickets, and were walking in, the ushers let two more people in, then said… “Sorry, no more. All sold out.!”
That was awesome… last of the line for the first public showing. Talk about a historical moment! Could you imagine the disappointment for those still outside? Waiting for hours, no end in sight, and turned away at the door. Ouch. That was almost us.
What sparked this moment of history? Well, Monique got her hands on a small collection of original Star Wars figures. Not the little ones, these are all at least 12 inches tall, some (like Darth Vader and Chewbacca) are 15″ tall. Then there’s Boba Fett, who stands in the middle with 14″ height.
Taken all together, we have Darth, Chewie, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and C3PO. All from 1978, and Boba Fett, from 1979. These are in pretty decent cosmetic shape, though Darth and Chewie both needed minor shoulder surgery. Kind of like a bad rotator cuff. The band that holds their arms on had broken. Arms just sitting loose in the box. Chewie and Darth should not go around un-armed. It’s just not right.
With some rubber-bands, paper clips, and needle-nosed pliers I channeled my inner McGuyver and did a simple repair job. Both of them can now pose naturally, though I can’t vouch for how much ‘play’ they could handle. They’d certainly display nicely!
Just for a bonus, we have a Star Wars R2D2 Puzz3d Jigsaw Puzzle. It’s pretty cool. Still sealed in original box, comes with 708 pieces, and has electronic sounds. Man, where were all these toys when I was a kid? A jigsaw puzzle in 3D? With R2D2 sound effects? When I was little George Lucas hadn’t even written the script to Star Wars yet!
Now there’s all kind of cool toys. For the kids… or for the young at heart. Pardon me while I go make sure they’re all stored safely… :^)