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What’s the legacy of SW for you IRL?

Discussion in 'General Movie Discussion' started by Lazarus Dei, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. Lazarus Dei

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    I’m lucky enough that my enjoyment for all things in a GFFA has lasted for a majority of my time on this rock and that in recent years I’ve been able to begin to share this more and more – first with my daughters and more recently with my nephew too.

    My introduction to the saga came when my Dad (bless him) decided that I was old enough to sit through a non-Disney cartoon at the cinema for the first time – taking me to see TESB the weekend it was released. According to my parents, I came home with eyes as big as saucers, talking about seeing mechanical elephants stamping on people in the snow and a big black robot-man with a laser sword. It completely redefined my interests as a kid, filling my room with posters, toys and books and eventually led me to film school for my degree. Popular opinion suggests I have pretty much never stopped talking about the Lucas-verse in one way or another ever since.

    I swing by the Cantina on a daily basis to chew the cud with you folks and irrespective of people’s opinions on the various movies, books, toys and other content out there now, it still feels (largely) like a shared experience, which I get a genuine enjoyment from.

    My initial shared experiences go back to early school days drawing ‘X’s and ‘H’s with dotted lines to show laser fire between them, witnessing playground arguments about who was Luke and who was Han (I was typically Chewie due to my height). Wet Bank Holiday weekends spent on OT VHS marathons with mates. Short term nostalgia driving me to spend a huge chunk of my student finances on new figures and ships when the OT Special Editions arrived and now the kids are into it…

    My daughter started with watching the Tartakovsky Clone Wars when she was about 3yrs old, seguing from there to the Clone Wars TV series and first six movies. This was eventually bolstered by Lego Star Wars – The Complete Saga game on the Xbox and latterly Rebels, the Battlefront games and SW Monopoly. Through her own reading, watching, dressing up and visits to both SWCE and the Identities exhibition in London, she’s getting almost as well versed in the universe as me and gets excited at pretty much every new trailer, movie and related toy release. It’s great to have something that is just about the two of us, (since she spends a larger proportion of her time living with her mum) but also interesting to see how much more easily she assimilates it all than I do with the decades of baggage that I bring to it - e.g. leaving the theatre in December, I was riddled with questions while her unabridged TLJ assessment was “OMG Dad, that was awesome! Can we see it again?”

    My nephew’s intro to it all came by accident when he ended up playing Disney Infinity SW with my daughter and then watching one of the SW Lego short films. It was at least another year or so before he was introduced to the movies… his ‘canon’ is that everything that happens via any medium is in the story, so much so that he’s still not sure why Yoda didn’t know Artoo in TESB when he’d been on Lego adventures with him and 3PO and why Kylo killed his Dad when they were perfectly happy blowing up troopers together on Endor in Infinity! Inevitably, birthdays and Christmas for him have now become ridiculously easy – if the brand is on it, he just loves it. Every time he has a question on any of it, he gets his Dad to text me for an answer!

    So, while I still enjoy all of it, I’m definitely at a point where it no longer feels like SW is mine any more – I get as much of a kick out of the kids enjoying it as I do myself. It’s clearly something that will only increase with time too, since only this morning my 3yr old was running around the house with toilet roll tubes on her forearms declaring that she couldn't stop because she was “a stormtrooper”.

    All this, somewhat circuitously, brings me to my question – appreciating that there will be folks here at all different stages of their life and who have come to the franchise at different times and by ever varying means – I’m interested in how you have shared or what you have shared from a GFFA with others?

    For example, I see members like @Lock_S_Foils and how he’s clearly imparted his love for the SW universe to @Bloo Leeder and wonder if any of you have done the same… or even been on the receiving end? Have you passed or hope to pass on what you have learned/enjoyed? Is it something you enjoy within a limited circle or even just for yourself?
     
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  2. Lock_S_Foils

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    Wow @Lazarus Dei what a post! Alternatively tears in my eyes reading this along with a huge laugh at your 3 yr old stormtrooper! Let me get my thoughts together and will respond from the house tonite
    --- Double Post Merged, Apr 19, 2018, Original Post Date: Apr 19, 2018 ---
    Wow @Lazarus Dei what a post! Alternatively tears in my eyes reading this along with a huge laugh at your 3 yr old stormtrooper! Let me get my thoughts together and will respond from the house tonite
     
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  3. srg

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    Great entry point!

    I helped getting my younger sister into Star Wars. It started with TFA for her and now she's a hardcore fan. Prior to that we didn't really have a common language (10-year difference), but now it's very cool to share a passion.
     
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  4. Lazarus Dei

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    That's awesome - I think you've hit on something there with the common language bit. I was worried about how my girl and I were going to get on when we spent time together on our own after my divorce, but finding that shared space was undoubtedly the breakthrough and helped reassure me we'd be fine.
     
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    @Lazarus Dei Tremendous idea for a thread....not sure where to start.

    You are much more eloquent than I.....suffice it to say that I think my 3 boys have all gained a tremendous love of SW probably through their constant questioning of what it was like to see the original in the theater in 1977 (I don't think I will ever be able to adequately describe this, in this age of the internet, social media, video games, and what, like 10 MOVIES now? (with SOLO). Also through seeing the gamut of emotions I display while watching SW, from laughter to awe, and yes, even shedding a tear or two. From seeing me listen to soundtracks, and gaining their own appreciation of the music of SW. We get into SPIRITED discussions now, as you well know, teen boys are beginning to discover the "art" of debate, and SW is no exception in our house. But through it all is the common theme of them becoming true SW fans, through and through.

    My youngest is the SW Lego fanatic, loves all things Lego especially minifigs and SW ships and vehicles. You all know my middle son, @Bloo Leeder, he has quite the knowledge across the SW universe and gets as excited as I as movies approach. My oldest is 15 and he too loves SW in his own way, more of an OT fan.....he is pumped for SOLO!

    Agree with you @Lazarus Dei , SW was more of a personal thing for me in my younger days, but with my boys now it is much more fun being a fan in a family of fans.
     
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    I'm gettin' IN on this Here ! ...
    ... lemme collect my thoughts ....
     
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    ...WoW ! @Lazarus Dei ... ya done a great job really layin' out a Lot and ya inspire me ... I'll try to not be too long-winded about it ...

    My introduction came when I was 10 years old. I'm the oldest of three.
    I was a quiet introverted naive kid (scared from parents divorce).
    My family lived few miles outside out little town where the few neighbors were hundreds of yards apart.
    Matchbox cars and old Lincoln Log sets were among my staples to play with.
    Anyways, two teen sisters across the way were lookin' after my Lil' brother and I and had sat us a few times when my mother needed, well, they asked if they could take us ( my brother and I) to the movies.
    Now, Ya know what we got took to see.
    I had no idea what the hell I saw ... I Did know that I Loved it.
    Fer a few weeks I had no idea what Darth Vader's name was.

    Fast-forward to 1998, my oldest daughter is born.
    I'm now a 'hard-core' American Civil War Re-renactor.
    The Sp. Editions were out.
    I'm watchin' them over and over with my daughter on my lap.
    Strt collectin' action figures and Don Post masks and helmets, and watchin' her play with All of it.
    Hearin' 'Darth Vader' or 'Princess Leia' said in Two-Year old speak is Delightful.

    Fast-forward again, five years..
    Second marrage, Second daughter.
    I'm a proud member of Garrison Carida, 501st Legion.
    Same again. Daughter playin' with my blasters and her collection of 'Galactic Heroes' ... and my figures ... and my helmets.
    Hearin' 'Stormtroopers' in Two-Year old speak is Delightful.

    Five years later, Third daughter.
    No more Legion, but same Deja-Vu.

    Now.
    The past four years, My oldest is wasn't much a fan anymore ... well, meybe in her own way.
    My middle and youngest are enraptured about music and are very fine middle and high school musicians.
    Ya can imagine how much Star Wars music I get to hear played when we're together ...
    They can hold down a serious SW trivia match.
    And they're constant cosplayers at local Cons, youngest is Always 'Rey'.

    They're first time seein' Star Wars in a theater was in 2015 when I took 'em to see TFA.
    And We've eagerly gone multiple times to each next film since.

    My Legacy.
     
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    I was 7 years old when I got my first Star Wars toy that introduced me into the wonderful universe, it was a Snowspeeder with two separate rebel pilots, the tow cable even fired.

    My Uncle Dave was a huge Star Wars fan when I was kid, so I was always spoiled with the newest toy or video game that was released. I remember getting the special edition Darth Vader VHS tapes as well of the original trilogy, I watched them so much that now I can practically quote the movies without them being on.

    As I've grown older, Star Wars has become a lost interest in my family, I seem to be the only person still obsessed with it now.

    I remember seeing the entire prequel trilogy in theaters growing up, I have good memories of that.

    I've kept most of my collection of action figures and other toys from when I was a kid, not just for nostalgia but in case I ever have a family of my own, maybe I can pass on the love that I have for the franchise to them.
     
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  9. Lazarus Dei

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    I did exactly the same... my nephew was allowed to 'discover' my OT 1970s/80s Kenner collection on a recent visit and his eyes almost jumped out of his head - it was great :D
     
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