It’s hard to believe that we’re just over a DAY away from the release of The Force Awakens. It wasn’t that long ago that we saw the first trailer, but in some ways it seemed the movie release would never get here.
It’s also hard to believe we’re almost 40 years removed from the original release of Episode IV. I saw it in the theater – MANY times, as I did the second and third installments of the original trilogy. I had the original line of action figures, a Star Wars lunch box, and who knows how many t-shirts. And of course, I had a lightsaber, and a Han Solo blaster. Too bad all that stuff got torn up from actually playing with it – no telling what that stuff would be worth.
In a way though, who could’ve known how huge the films and all the associated merchandise would be? Certainly not a kid who was 6 when Episode IV was released. Funny how this parallels the Disney saga – who could’ve known Walt Disney’s imagination would’ve launched so many cartoons, movies, and later parks and resorts, that would cross multiple generations?
While I’d love to see The Force Awakens the first day it’s out, I think I’m going to let the crowds thin out a bit before I go see it. And this time should be pretty neat, because I’ll be a dad taking the kids to see it, but at the same time, I’m sure I’ll recall how I felt as a kid seeing the first three movies on the big screen.
And if you’re among those camping out to be one of the first to see it, send us your movie experience recap!