In the 100 days leading up to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, I am counting down my 100 favorite things about Star Wars. Here is today’s entry:
#33: Meeting Darth Vader at Mervyns
It was the late 70’s at Mervyns in West Covina, California. The air was electric. The Dark Lord of the Sith was near. I was 7 or 8 years old and couldn’t wait to meet Darth Vader. Back in the day, there were costumed characters at shopping malls, Toys R Us and different department stores drumming up excitement (and sales). At the time, I didn’t know that it wasn’t the REAL Darth Vader. And honestly it didn’t matter. A part of Star Wars was right there in front of me, walking by in all his glory. I don’t think I ever got a picture with him (and believe me, I have made up for it 10 fold since), but I will always remember the time I saw him by the escalator of Mervyns.
I found these images online of other store visits by Vader, Chewbacca and others. Enjoy the nostalgia.