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.