STAR WARS

MEM­O­RIES

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Star Wars The Force Awakens - KEVIN SMITH WRITER, DI­REC­TOR, GEEK KING

My first mem­ory of Star Wars was with my friend John. We were in the sec­ond grade in 1977. He got the first ac­tion fig­ures. Right be­fore the movie came out they ad­ver­tised: “Or­der th­ese Star Wars early bird ac­tion fig­ures!” It was like a pack that had Darth Vader, R2-D2, Luke Sky­walker and Ben Kenobi and maybe Princess Leia. He brought the fig­ures to school and it cap­tured my imag­i­na­tion. I hadn’t seen the movie yet, but I went home and im­me­di­ately ev­ery­body was like, “Did you see this Star Wars movie?” And then we went that night and, my god, I fell in love. That’s when it be­came my re­li­gion. Up un­til that point I was a seven-day Catholic kid. I was an al­tar boy. But af­ter I saw Star Wars I was a Darth Vader acolyte for the rest of my life. That was where I wanted to live. So if you want to talk about trans­form­ing fig­ures, at age seven, holy cow.

Sally Browne

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