As Game Master for our May the Fourth be with You Parties, I set up and come up with games for us to play. Here are two games from last year’s festivities that are perfect for any Star Wars Party: “Star Wars Limbo” is a variation of the standard limbo game for kids and adults, and the “Star Wars Limb-OH!” is my own invention, and meant for pretty serious fans only.
Today, we are doing a simpler version of the Lightsaber Hilt Napkin Rings. This easier version requires less time, less mess, and less sharp tools… but is just as much fun to make…maybe even more so. ‘Cuz who doesn’t enjoy doing crafts with paper towel rolls and Duct tape 🙂
I have mentioned before that my mom (“M4P Mom”), regularly calls with ideas for the blog. Unfortunately, she has more ideas than we have time. What we really need are some Minions to keep up. (Where are Bob, Kevin, and Stewart when we need them?)
So we have to prioritize – and doing these Lightsaber Hilt Napkin Rings were a no-brainer. I think this is one of the coolest things we have done in a long time, here at May the Fourth Central.
Brash, handsome, sullen and a total know-it-all. Anakin is devastatingly charming when he wants to be, but seems to have a big chip on his shoulder the rest of the time.
There is a lot of Anakin bashing regarding the prequels, but I think most of it is unfair. If you think about it, Anakin behaves pretty much like any normal teenagers (he was about 19 in Attack of the Clones). He struggles with insecurity, while at the same time he acts like he is infallible and invincible. He knows he has this amazing ability, but like most kids, does not have a clue how to appropriately use his talent.
Kids grow so fast! We quickly realized that if we (the parents) wanted maximize our (never mind the kids’) amusement at Halloween we had to plan ahead. We needed to do all the short characters while the objects of our amusement were still small. Yoda, at about 2 feet, is the size of a pretty young child, so Yoda was our very first. R2D2, check. We still need to tackle Ewoks and Jawas. Then there is young Anakin, another shorty! So a couple of years ago, our little guy got recruited as a podracer pilot.
Anakin was only 9 when he won the Boonta Eve Classic. Plucky, smart, precocious, and already VERY confident. He is the only character we get to watch grow up on screen in the series, and doing so (knowing how his fate), is the single best part of the Prequel trilogy. Especially watching the movies again, while seeing my own kids growing up, Anakin’s arc takes on a very different emotion – bitter-sweet and terrifying all at once.