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    Jan 7, 2008, 1:46 PM - Why we do what we do #1

    I think this photo, which was taken this past weekend at the "Where Science meets Imagination" exhibit in Chicago, captures why many of us love this hobby. If you've experienced "the look" before, then you know what I mean.
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    Jan 7, 2008, 1:48 PM - Re: Why we do what we do #2

    yup, i've seen it

    when you get that kid that just KNOWS that you really ARE the character, and is in awe of meeting you. it's the strangest feeling, and really sticks with you!
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    Jan 7, 2008, 2:01 PM - Re: Why we do what we do #3

    Most of the time I get the "Wow, he's Boba Fett... I need to get away, now.", I love that...
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    Jan 7, 2008, 2:17 PM - Re: Why we do what we do #4

    =)
    Awesome.
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    Jan 7, 2008, 2:44 PM - Re: Why we do what we do #5

    There's no better feeling!
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    Jan 7, 2008, 3:12 PM - Re: Why we do what we do #6

    I can't wait for that day.... ( I half to wait 2 years before i can continue the rest of my suit)
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    Jan 7, 2008, 3:45 PM - Re: Why we do what we do #7

    even better when adults the grew up with SW give you the look...
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    Jan 7, 2008, 7:45 PM - Re: Why we do what we do #8

    I REALLY think it's a priceless moment during a time like Halloween or a convention where a kid is dressed up in the same costume I am wearing and approaches me.
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    Jan 7, 2008, 8:40 PM - Re: Why we do what we do #9

    The look make all the time and money spent worth it.

    So how did you handle the troop with out your blaster. I was Fett the previous weekend and felt naked the whole time. I even went as far as to carry the sonic beam weapon to make up for the loss... didn't help though.
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    Jan 7, 2008, 8:44 PM - Re: Why we do what we do #10

    Sweet!!!!!! I'm hoping for the same thing next month when that tour makes it up here to MN. Hey, does they by chance have the Fett suit in that exhibit??? Again, kewl pic!!!!
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    Jan 7, 2008, 8:47 PM - Re: Why we do what we do #11

    Very Cool! I have experienced that myself! Awesome feeling!
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    Jan 7, 2008, 9:43 PM - Re: Why we do what we do #12

    I saw this one somewhere and saved it. This kid obviously has a very serious question for this trooper. I love this picture.

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    Jan 8, 2008, 12:21 AM - Re: Why we do what we do #13

    Quote BLUERAM said: View Post
    The look make all the time and money spent worth it.

    So how did you handle the troop with out your blaster. I was Fett the previous weekend and felt naked the whole time. I even went as far as to carry the sonic beam weapon to make up for the loss... didn't help though.

    aw, your museum doesn't allow blasters? ours was all about shooting the kids
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    Jan 8, 2008, 12:35 AM - Re: Why we do what we do #14

    To answer a couple of questions, neither Fett is included in this exhibit, only Boba's miss-labeled ROTJ blaster.

    When we came out for public events, the museum did not allow us to carry blasters and kept us on a very short leash. Curiously, during the earlier private events, blasters seemed to be fine and they treated us much better, providing food and beverage. Anyway, I was OK with not carrying my blaster. I just posed with my gauntlets...Boba is never without weapons.
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    Jan 8, 2008, 9:51 AM - Re: Why we do what we do #15

    I know exactly what you mean Bill. Gotta love that feeling when a kid sees you and wants to tell you that you're his favorite character in the movie!

    I miss having that exhibit in Boston...
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    Jan 8, 2008, 10:47 AM - Re: Why we do what we do #16

    well said. I look forward to seeing all the looks on the little kiddies faces at these shows. my son stares at me when i'm suited up ( i just wonder what he's thinking) it truly is...why we do what we do. great post

    -Ben
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    Jan 8, 2008, 11:45 AM - Re: Why we do what we do #17

    I've only ever trooped once and that was in my Stormy gear for the Episode III premiere. Seeing all of the kids eyes light up was amazing!! To see them hesitantly approach like you were the real deal made the whole experience really rewarding. It was worth putting up with all the obnoxious teenagers who would push and heckle you just to see the excitement in the children.
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    Jan 8, 2008, 12:39 PM - Re: Why we do what we do #18

    Having only been a "handler" at two small events,I have not yet put a outfit together,it was great to see the youth and the adults get excited to take pictures and ask questions of the "Troopers" I helped.
    I remember one dad who drove almost 2 hours because he heard we might be there.He brought his daughter who was just getting into the films.It was neat to watch her light up in her fathers arms as a Biker Scout and a Sandperson came from out of no where to visit her.
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    Jan 9, 2008, 5:14 PM - Re: Why we do what we do #19

    The Carolina Garrison of the 501st was at a Toys for Tots event in our neck of the woods. My girls, ages 6 and 4, saw Darth Vader, some Stormtroopers, a Clone trooper, a Tusken Raider and several Jawas.

    My oldest absolutely lit up when the wind caught Vader's cape. She shouted "That's awesome!" The little one was more wary about everything, though. Keep up the good work everyone! For every punk teenager, there are A LOT more admirers. You never know who you'll inspire.
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    Jan 9, 2008, 5:22 PM - Re: Why we do what we do #20

    This is a great thread... I really can't wait till I get suited up and show all of my efforts to my little girl for the first time?
    She sees me prepping and painting stuff... and asks when are you gonna look like Boba Fett dad! I really can't wait for that day and the troops with KOTE to come.. :o
    The feeling you guys must have...
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    Jan 10, 2008, 12:11 AM - Re: Why we do what we do #21

    Here's another great shot from the same event. It almost looks like the same boy from the original pic, but it's not. I think I'm trying to get him to turn towards his mother so she can take a picture.
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    Jan 10, 2008, 8:27 AM - Re: Why we do what we do #22

    That feeling is priceless and is one of the biggest buzzes i get

    one a different note this picture has to be worth a caption competition

    Mine would be

    "I promise I don't know anything about any droids sir"

    or

    "5 times I have been for pee pee's and you haven't been once. Where does it go?"
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  23. Jan 10, 2008, 12:29 PM - one reason #23


    Dennis the Menace confronts DURGE for the first--and last--tyme.

    I adore children. Some of the reactions of the sweeter ones really lend a sense of satisfaction to my costuming efforts.

    But I do not do costume for children. All kidding aside, I costume for myself. I feel as if I answer a calling from beyond. It is a biological and emotional imperative for me.

    I respect that we all have different reasons for what we do and am elated to see these differences bringing us together.

    Be well,
    Thomas
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  24. Sep 17, 2009, 7:16 PM - Re: Why we do what we do #24

    If you can put a smile on people’s faces then you have cracked it. Putting a smile on a face is the most in portent thing in life.