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Strange Star Wars Stories

Strange Star Wars Stories

4/27/2015

To say that the internet went crazy when the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released is a massive understatement. People posted comments about having goosebumps, and even crying after seeing the trailer. Love it or hate it, Star Wars is a phenomenon that shows absolutely no sign of fading.

As with anything this popular in culture, there are bound to be some incredible stories related to this FORCE (pun intended) of nature.


1. The Star Wars fan who has a collection of more than 300,000 items

Incredibly, toys and merchandise from the Star Wars franchise are just as popular as ever with each passing generation. As of 2012, since Star Wars was last released, $20 billion (and counting) worth of licensed goods has been sold, on top of the $4.4 billion in tickets and $3.8 billion in home entertainment products. Today, Star Wars is consistently among the top five licensed toy brands.

In the 1970's, 20th Century Fox let George Lucas pass up an additional $500,000 directing fee for the first Star Wars. Instead, he was allowed to keep the licensing and merchandising rights for himself a decision that would make the director rich beyond his wildest dreams and cost the studio billions.

Steve Sansweet is the world's biggest collector of Star Wars memorabilia. The journalist and author created Rancho Obi-Wan, a museum in Petaluma, California that houses his collection of an estimated 300,000 unique Star Wars items.

Sansweet's collection contains everything including lunch boxes, action figures, vending machines and even pieces of the actual Death Star used in the original film. This ultimate collector also has more than 3,000 posters, books from 37 countries in 34 languages, 30,000 trading cards, stickers, postcards, playing cards, and other items that George Lucas doesn't even own.

To make it official, Sansweet made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for his collection.


2. The fan who wanted to be laid to rest by Stoomtroopers


The next person on our list proves that once you're a Star Wars fan, you're one for life. Heck, he even showed that he was a fan of the films even in death.

In February 2015, Gordon Deacon had his last wishes come true when he had two of his favorite loves combined at his funeral. The man, who hailed from Cardiff, Wales, had his coffin flanked by a group of Stormtroopers while loved ones wore their Liverpool FC shirts in tribute to him.

The Stormtroopers, along with bounty hunter Boba Fett, led the horse-drawn carriage funeral procession to St Margaret's Church. Anyone who wanted to wear a Darth Vader outfit, though, was out of luck. Nobody was allowed to wear black at the service.

A Stormtrooper floral wreath was also arranged for the ceremony, along with a Liverpool FC shirt made of flowers.

3. The fan who made his own Millennium Falcon

Sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands. The Star Wars super fan known only as Olivier decided to make his own working Millennium Falcon out of a drone!

The drone looks exactly like Han Solo and Chewbacca's ship, except that it has a few holes in the frame for the quadcopter's propellers.

The French fan doesn't want to stop with the Falcon. Word is that he's currently working on a TIE Fighter.

4.The lost Star Wars Holiday Special that George Lucas wishes you never saw

By 1978, a year after Star Wars hit movie screens, the film was a pop culture phenomenon. The sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, had yet to be completed. And there was a Star Wars TV special that aired only once, on November 17, 1978.

If you expected more of the same kind of space swashbuckling that the first Star Wars movie offered, you came to the wrong place. The program starred all of the main actors from the first Star Wars film Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford. Even Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker reprised their roles as C3PO and R2-D2. The show's loose plot has Han Solo visiting Chewbacca's planet and Wookie family, including his son, Lumpy, to celebrate Life Day. But sadly, the show is interspersed with by a series of musical numbers, celebrity appearances, and other variety-show acts, including songs and comedy routines by such 1970s celebrities as Jefferson Starship, Diahann Carroll, Art Carney, Harvey Korman, and Bea Arthur. Yes, that Bea Arthur, who does a musical number.

Add Carrie Fisher singing the Star Wars theme and you have a giant, galactic turd. What did George Lucas think of the special? The only time he talked about it publicly, he is quoted as saying, "If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it.

Oh well, at least the show introduced the Boba Fett character to the Star Wars lexicon.
 






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