23 February 2006

Livin' La Vida Lobot

There's fandom, and then there's...this. "Gus" and "Pam" are two Seattle-based "Star Wars" enthusiasts who are founding members of the web-based "Star Wars Collectors Archive", which, according to its manifesto, was created "with the goal of bridging the geographical gaps between collectors in a way that is fun, educational and easily accessible"--blah blah blah. It also provides some handy "perspective" for those of us whose enthusiasm for such ephemera is a tad more..."modest"...but still a constant source off derision from those around us who just can't/won't/or don't get this stuff at all.

G&P aren't content to merely amass the ultimate collection of Lucasfilm-based merchandise--Sebulba knows such fanatics are as common as mynocks on a space slug. But how many have remodelled their home from top to bottom into "The Bobacabana"? Complete with its own "Cereal Room" (just what is the shelf life for a box of "C-3PO"s)? And prominently displayed William Hootkins-as-Porkins autograph? That lifesized Anakin statue is a little too "A.I"-creepy for my taste. As for the high school yearbooks of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill--aren't there laws against this sort of thing?

In the meantime, I guess I'll just keep taking the heat for that stormtrooper helmet in my office...with a bit more humility...