Wednesday, December 13, 2006

These are the droids you're looking for.

"What seemed to be just another pile of desert rocks, gradually, as we approached, took the shape of the rockets, satellites and spheres of the 1976 "Star Wars'" production, the real-life science fiction amid the ancient desert.
Breathless and with my heart pounding, I wandered around the abandoned set, looking at the inscriptions "Mike and Lucy were here, 1987" or "Luke, I love you! Jessie, 2001."

As I peered inside one of the impeccably built constructions, I noticed a mattress and a small teapot on the sand floor. In a mere moment, the "owner" of the house was there: an elder Arab man dressed in a typical desert fashion.

Surprisingly, his French was perfect and he explained to me that since he had neither family nor money, he came to live in the movie set. He looks after the place, the real roof of the fake house protects him from the sandstorms, and if a tourist throws him a small coin every once in a while, he can buy some more tea and some food. And he is hardly the only one living in the Lucas-built wonderland in the middle of the Sahara. “

I think that might be one of the coolest road trips ever. Star Wars is still wildly popular. It may be in part due to the Star Wars Lego videogame or just the Lego sets. My nephews were asking for the Star Wars models for X-mas. I was shocked and amazed at the variety and cost. I would have killed for these guys when I was little. This is the part where I confess that one of the best things about having a boy is reliving your childhood.

Take a look at these primo sets:

At $100, Vader’s tie fighter:

and the awesomeness of the gulp $300 Imperial Cruiser!!!


gayborhood gringo said...

I can't get over how expensive those are. Then again, I'm sure I'd feel differently if I were a Star Wars fan.

Dan said...

I've seen a clip on YouTube of some guys building the limited edition Death Star. My goodness, it was like you needed a diploma in engineering to put that sucker together!!

Red7Eric said...

Funny -- I wasn't much into Star Wars as a kid; it was only as an adult that I rediscovered them -- and then, it was the epic story of a son trying to right the wrongs of his father that tugged at me; the floating hardware left me sorta cold (sorry).

But ... I totally get the 'reliving your childhood' vibe. Altho' that usually happens to me during the annual viewing of The Sound of Music, because I'm, like ... super-gay.

RIC said...

... YOU, Brian, are looking for, not me, at least... Being a proud daddy, what else can you do?... Oh and that «chair» is absolutely marvellous!
(Sorry for the outage, but I just couldn't comment anymore. I had to change to beta version. Now it's okay.)
«Bye-bye, Daddy!» (Lol!)

The Brian said...

GG, they are expensive. Toys in general seem to be more pricey than what I remember as a kid. Of course we were pretty poor so maybe it just wasn't an option.

Dan, I saw that Death Star and it looks pretty ugly too. Lot of work and $$ for a big lego ball.

Eric, you and Gwen Stefani! : )

Ric welcome back!

Kapitano said...

I remember when my age was still in single figures, and Star Wars was something children loved and adults went along with, and no one expected it to be around 20 years later. All this was far too long ago.

The point of Lego was that you made your own toys. You invented them, from out of your own head. And it was fairly cheap.

Now, it's expensive and actually discourages creativeness. But the same might be said about Star Wars now.

BTW, what's French for "Bye bye Daddy"? ;-)

Dan said...

"Au revoir papa" maybe :)