If you are unfamiliar with the classic line “These aren’t the Droids you’re looking for” that Ben “Obi-Wan” Kenobi spoke in the original Star Wars movie, you can just skip this post altogether and if you are unaware that a new Star Wars movie The Force Awakens opens today you must have been living under a rock on the planet of tatooine. Star Wars is a classic story of good verse evil and as a seven-year old boy watching it for the very first time I was hooked at the very first moment.
History with Star Wars
Like I said I was seven years old when the first Star Wars movie came out. I have seen every one of the movies with my dad. Unfortunately he will not be around for number seven, but I have my children to pass along the tradition. I have found memories seeing the movies with him. We saw the Empire Strikes Back in an early evening show after work one night. I recall the buzz while standing in line, everyone talking about the rumor of Darth Vader being Luke’s father.
As a child I had two major toy phases. I was into super heroes, spider-man, batman, etc. until Star Wars came along. Then all of my super hero toys were replaced by Star Wars toys, kind of reminds me of the Toy Story concept. I so wish I saved these toys. I lost all of my super hero toys (mego) in a fire. No one was hurt, just a bunch of stuff destroyed. I saved my Star Wars toys until I was in college and when I needed the cash sold the lot for about one hundred dollars. So wish I didn’t do that.
My wife recalls a similar experience watching the Star Wars movies with her dad growing up. We introduced our three Children to them when they were old enough and like us they were hooked too. During black Friday we had a Star Wars marathon in prep for the new movie, a lazy family day of eating leftovers and catching up on the Star Wars movies. So for us, Star Wars is a family affair.
Star Wars and the Holiday
Do you recall the Star Wars Christmas special that aired on television back in 1978? Well if you do not. I dug up a copy on YouTube.
Now we are big Star Wars fans, but we have never gone to over board on Star Wars merchandise. We did buy my oldest son a Star Wars ugly sweater this year, and I have to admit the BB-8 app enabled droid looks pretty cool, but is not in my budget. Here are some Star Wars inspired swag that will keep any fan happy.
Check out Think Geek for other gift ideas.
Are you a fan of Star Wars? If so what are you memories of the franchise as a kid? Are you planning on seeing the new movie? If you have please no spoilers in the comments, because I will hunt you down and pull you arms out of their sockets.