Monday, July 16, 2007

Star Wars geek

Took the family over to my dad's this weekend to chill out for lunch. It was fun--he's a really good Grandpa. Only a great dad would pack up his kid's Star Wars toys, in their original boxes, and store them in the attic for years. And only an amazing grandpa would go up into the scorching hot attic in the middle of a Washington summer to bring them down for his grandson to play with.

AB was wide-eyed. He loves the toys, and I was probably the most excited to see them. We now have this set up in the living room. Less than 2 months before AB can watch A New Hope...

12 Comments:

Blogger Rev Dr Mom said...

Oh, how I wish I had saved Elder Son's Star Wars toys!

12:09 AM, July 17, 2007  
Anonymous nutso-ranter said...

Awesome.

I felt so nostalgic watching that commercial. Even the commercials now are all different and high tech.

sigh.

I long for a return of those simple days,... when action figures were people, and the secret compartment in the floor of my Millennium Falcon was the perfect place to hide any small treasure from my evil sister.

10:48 AM, July 17, 2007  
Blogger KLee said...

My husband still has all of his Star Wars toys from his childhood. He does not have the Hoth set, but he DOES have a playset with the garbage crusher on the Death Star. It's not the full Death Star set, but he even still has all the original foam rubber "garbage" that went into the crusher. He also has the original 1970s Darth Vader action figure carrying case. And it's filled with all his orignal figures, including one that was a factory mess-up. (I think it's Greedo -- he was the wrong color.)

1:26 PM, July 17, 2007  
Blogger Tom Bozzo said...

My mother did a good job of saving all that stuff -- I'd located the die-cast Star Destroyer (but not the tiny plastic Tantive IV that came with it) on a recent trip home.

Thanks to my Lego habit, John (4-3/4) and Julia (2-3/4) live among plenty of Star Wars paraphernalia -- John has the ROTJ Death Star on his dresser -- though we haven't yet told him that the Thing Emanating from the Eye is a superlaser blast about to reduce some Rebel cruiser to atoms... which leads to the question, what are your criteria for when AB is ready for ANH?

4:00 PM, July 17, 2007  
Blogger Tom Bozzo said...

I should add, missing parts aren't my mother's fault -- my brother and I didn't engage in much toy destruction as tweenagers, but we did assault some Star Wars and BSG stuff that I'd now wish we'd preserved.

4:02 PM, July 17, 2007  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

KLee, tell JF that I have that playset, too... and the foam "garbage" and the monster who lived in the trash compactor. They were among the toys my dad pulled out of the attic. I don't have the box for that, but I did have the box for the Hoth Turret and Probot as well as the Dagobah System.

Tom, I figured AB can watch ANH when he was 4 because that's how old I was when I first started becoming obsessed with it. Also, I distinctly remember seeing TESB in the theaters a few months shy of my fifth birthday. I didn't get much of it, but by that time I'd already seen ANH several times (on our Betamax).

7:15 PM, July 17, 2007  
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7:15 PM, July 17, 2007  
Anonymous KathyR said...

Thanks, Grandpa! So sweet!

12:18 AM, July 18, 2007  
Anonymous WhyMommy said...

Oh, awesome. Star Wars was my first-ever movie in a theater, at just barely age 5, and it is still one of my faves. How awesome that you're now getting to share it (movie, action figures, Grandpa, the whole thing) with AB!

8:37 AM, July 18, 2007  
Blogger Quinn said...

Add me to the club of folks who saw ANH as their first theater movie. I was 4... and it wasn't 1977 because we were living abroad and had to wait for it to get there.

10:19 AM, July 18, 2007  
Blogger liz said...

Coolness!!!

10:42 PM, July 19, 2007  
Blogger DaniGirl said...

My boys are hugely into Star Wars now too, and Beloved and I often lament the loss of our gigantic collections of original Star Wars toys. I also had a full set of original Empire Strikes Back gum cards that I could have sold in the mid 90s to finance our first house... and instead I think they mostly got eaten up by the spokes of my bike. The horror...

(I've let the boys watch the first trilogy, but can't bring myself to show them the newer trilogy. Not sure if this is because of the greater level of violence - my public story - or because I believe in my heart they should have quit while they were ahead!)

1:15 PM, July 20, 2007  

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