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I was instantly hooked as soon as I saw Star Wars hit the big screen. The space-opera had everything that a young boy wanted: a cute princess, an evil villain, a wise mentor, a space cowboy, lighted swords, laser guns and robots. I don't like to admit that this 2-hour science-fiction movie was such an enormous infleunce my childhood, but it obviously was. As I left the theater, I pleaded for my parents to purchase some action figures (not dolls) that I would use to recreate movie scenes from my memory, swapped movie trading cards with friends, wildly swung a flashlight like a lightsaber, and would often shoot my sister using my laser finger (I always shot first).

As an adult, I still enjoy watching Star Wars movies. I don't consider myself a die-hard fan any longer, but I still find it a whole lot of fun to have shared my enjoyment of these Star Wars movies and characters with my children. They enjoyed the movies too and, as a family, we continue to watch every prequel, sequel and spin-off in the every-expanding Mickey Mouse-driven unvierse.

To feed my inner-child's desire to live on planet Tattooine, I decided a few years ago to build my own robot: R2-D2.

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My Ranking of the Star Wars movies (best to worst): Star Wars (New Hope) Empire Strikes Back Return of the Jedi Rogue One Last Jedi Force Awakens Solo Phantom Menace Attack of the Clones Revenge of the Sith

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