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Ten years ago, George Lucas asked me to do something. And I didn’t do it. I didn’t not do it to be a jerk. I didn’t try and wait to give myself time to grow a better beard than him. (I couldn’t do it anyway. That dude knows how to rock a beard, especially as I can barely keep my 90’s goatee in line.) No, there were a bunch of reasons. Life reasons. Work reasons. Fear. Laziness. Parenthood. But in the end, I did what he asked and now I really hope he’s cool with it.
As a member of the 501st Legion’s Florida Garrison since 1999, I’ve been fortunate enough to take part in dozens of trooping events throughout the Sunshine State. And out of all of those memorable dates, none has stood out so much in my mind as Star Wars Celebration V two years ago. When I found out that Celebration would be returning to Orlando in 2012, my mind immediately shifted into overdrive as I began to think of what the 501st could possibly do to top the biggest Star Wars fan gathering of 2010.
“Many Star Wars fans will come to Celebration VI? … Personally?? … THEN we will DOUBLE our efforts!!!” For us, It doesn’t take an emperor visiting his Death Star construction site as motivation, we just do our very best for all the fans!
Today I’ll take you with me, to the very heart of our team… the prop workshop. Dusty hangars which many of the crew have almost called ‘home’ for the last couple of months…
It sounds like a cliché, but when it comes to The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, preparations for the next Star Wars Celebration pretty much begin on the flight home from the last one.
Despite having exhibited at all seven prior Star Wars Celebrations, Celebration V was a particularly challenging undertaking for us. For the first time ever, we curated a gallery exhibit with more than 100 pieces of Ralph’s original Star Wars art — the majority of which had never been seen before.
I could talk for days about Boba Fett, his popularity in modern culture, his mystique and his infamy, but my true passion for Boba Fett, as with so many things in Star Wars, is not so much the character of Boba Fett (after all, he was little more than a minor background figure with only seconds of screen time) but the care, attention and detail put into his design. In the entire original Star Wars trilogy, there is no other costume that is as detailed and complicated as Boba Fett. His helmet alone is a masterpiece, merging the aesthetic of ancient Corinthian hoplites with futuristic technology. The design provides an inspiring canvas and we were fortunate to have twenty amazing artists step up to take on the world’s most famous bounty hunter!
It’s no secret that I have a crush on Jabba the Hutt. What can I say? I find his laugh irresistible. So what better way to show my love for the coolest gangster in the galaxy than by wearing him on my feet!
Recently crafters have been hand-painting TOMS shoes with their favorite Star Wars characters. There have been shoes inspired by R2-D2, C-3PO, and even Boba Fett. For my Jabba-inspired footwear, I snagged an olive green pair and set out to make my sluggy slip-ons!
Fumiaki Kawahata’s amazing Origami Yoda is a very busy paper Jedi.
There is usually a pretty steady stream of people discovering him and then tweeting their friends: “Someone make me one of these!” Or “Hard to fold this looks!” And every once in a while the stream turns into a flood, as happened a few weeks ago when George Takei posted a photo of one of @yoyoferro’s versions of the Kawahata Yoda.