Mama and Papa Fuji took me to the theaters when the movie came out in 1977. And I immediately joined millions of kids around the world who became obsessed with their trading cards and action figures.
These days... I don't quite have the same passion for Star Wars trading cards and action figures like I did back in the day. I briefly went through a Funko Pop phase, but that sort of ran its course after a few months.
I did recently pick up a Star Wars action figure that I've been wanting to add to my collection for awhile. It's of Ello Asty... a Resistance pilot who was shot down during the attack on Starkiller Base in Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
I'm sure most of you have heard by now that director J.J. Abrams is a huge fan of the Beastie Boys and Asty's name pays tribute to their 1998 album, Hello Nasty.
A closer look at Asty's helmet reveals another nod to my favorite hip hop group of all-time:
At first glance, this writing on the Asty's helmet might just seem like mumbo jumbo.
But upon closer inspection, it actually says "born to ill", which refers to the Beastie Boys' first major album: Licensed to Ill.
Simply put... this figure is pure awesomeness. Not because it's rare and valuable. I picked it up on Amazon for less than $6 and routinely see these sitting on pegs at my local Target. It's not because Ello Asty is cool looking. Let's keep it real... he's no Boba Fett or Darth Maul.
It's because this figure represents two of my favorite things outside of collecting baseball cards: Star Wars and the Beastie Boys. Now that's something I never thought I'd see.
What about you...
Are you a fan of Star Wars? The Beastie Boys? Both?
What's your favorite Star Wars movie? Beastie Boys song?
Happy Star Wars Day and sayonara!