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Bendybadger Bonusball Bonanza (ECMO47 Substitute Edition) (05-27-2017)

ecmo47ecmo47 Member Posts: 2,101
edited May 2017 in Everything else LEGO
Howdy, fellow Bricksetters, I have volunteered to host the Bonusball Extravaganza!  

As most of you know, the first fifty nine (59) unique posts get a number for Saturday's UK Lottery Draw.  I'm sure someone can post the winning number on Saturday, as I still haven't been able to figure out which one is the correct one. (Maybe that's the reason why I can't seem to win it, either!)

The winner will receive something out of my much too extensive Lego stash: poly bag, CMF etc.  The drawing winner needs to PM me their shipping address so I can get it to you.  

This weeks question has already been posted so I'm expecting great stories but if you missed it, here it is again:

"What is your favorite Star Wars memory?"

I don't want some reddit story or meme.  I don't want to know what your favorite Star Wars scene is or how you despise a certain character from Episode 1.  I'd like know how this cultural phenomenon has affected your life (besides emptying your wallet)!
As an added bonus this week, the winner of the best story will receive a separate prize which is a Miro78 R2-D2 that I have an extra of. Here is how that will work.
 1. Cut off for best story will be noon Eastern Standard Time so you can miss the first 59 for the draw but still be eligible.
 2. After story submission has closed, vote by sending me a PM of your favorite story with the following rules:
      a. One vote per person
      b. Must have at least 20 posts on Brickset so no ballet box stuffing!
      c. Voting cut-off is midnight EST, 28 May with the winner announced sometime Monday,  29 May. 

I'll post all voting results. Have fun!!



  • Russell844Russell844 Member Posts: 2,421

    I'll go first. My most recent favorite memory is being on the winning team for the 2016 Battle of the Bricks.

  • redarmyredarmy Member Posts: 741
    Princess Leia...Slave outfit...made me the man i am today...thankfully only my true friends know who that man is...
  • masterX244masterX244 Member Posts: 534
    edited May 2017
    First time seeing one of the movies on big scresn....
  • Toc13Toc13 Member Posts: 1,144
    edited May 2017
    I have many (vague) memories of watching the films in the cinema on first release, getting the Kenner Millennium Falcon for a birthday, possibly being in hospital at the time...
    But my favourite memories now are the ones I'm creating with my young daughters (4&2). If they're Ill or just can't sleep, they allowed to come downstairs ( typically 2 in the morning) & we'll stick one of the films on. 20 minutes or so later, they're settled enough to sleep. I've done the films in the machete order so the whole story makes most sense. 
    One particular highlight was my elder's reaction to Vader turning on the Emperor. Her jaw dropped & she just goggled at the screen for a whole minute before she recovered enough to speak.
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 3,169
    edited May 2017
    Going to see ROTJ at the cinema in 1983 with my mate and his dad (I was 7), then ducking down at the end of the showing and watching it again 20 mins later.

    ^Toc13 - I had a similar reaction at Vader turning on the Emperor, only when I saw the latest Bluray release with "no....NoooOOOO!".
  • jmeninnojmeninno Member Posts: 1,176
    My parents had the VHS set of the original trilogy.  We watched those growing up and doing so made it even more special when we all went out to see Episode 1 in theaters.  Now that I have kids of my own, my three year old loves "Yo-ah" and "RD2" (although I may not have that interpretation correct) and "CPO".  Santa brought him the robotic Yoda toy that was a Black Friday week special at TRU and he loves it.  He loves saying "The Dark Side" and "The Force" and subsets of the full phrases you're actually supposed to say for the voice recognition to kick in and animate Yoda.
  • mmozzanommozzano Member Posts: 417
    Getting the Return of the Jedi out from the video shop (on VHS) and watching it for the first time. Amazing, never forget how awestruck I was watching the Imperial Shuttle land in the Death Star. 
  • toftof Member Posts: 147
    Went to see Empire Strike Back in a small building next to the town hall. Event was organised by the school. It was amazing :) Then saw the Return of Jedi at the cinema and went to buy coloring books right after :)
  • Coolguy5000Coolguy5000 Member Posts: 1,585
    My favourite memory was realising there was Lego star wars. I used to have a few star wars action figures but I remember discovering the lego sets and that's what started my lego journey!
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie Member Posts: 1,818
    My favorite LEGO Star Wars memory is finding #10188 in late 2014 in a thrift store for $56 ($80 less a 30% discount), ending a Dark Age that started in 1987. 
  • boshoodaboshooda Member Posts: 75
    As a 7 year old youngest brother , Being given "sound effects duty only" when my older brothers and friend made a full audio recording of A New Hope. I happily accepted as it was the only reason they would let me in the bedroom
  • bandit778bandit778 Member Posts: 2,380
    Being a fan of Star Wars for such a long time I have had the chance to amass so many fond memories of my favourite franchise, but one of my all time favourites has to be being strangled by Darth Vader in a very recognisable corridor aboard the Tantive IV courtesy of Celebration Europe in 2007. 
  • BumblepantsBumblepants Member Posts: 7,634
    Showing episode IV to my son the first time and watching him enjoy it. A great day that was.
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Member Posts: 2,696
    Standing outside the movie theater being excited to see it, sometime in 1977.
  • LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,827
    My favourite?  Oh my.

    There was this lady who lived down the bottom end of our road where we used to live.  She was known as Star Wars Sue to is because she worked in the press office promoting Star Wars.  Once a week she would stop off at our house on the way home to off-load a ton of surplus toys.  You can imagine what there was.  Everything.  We had everything and didn't pay a penny for it.  Where it all went I have no idea but is obviously something I occasionally think about given today's values.  I suspect if our back garden was to ever be dug up they'd find a few figures.

    My treasured memory is my dad taking me and a friend into Leicester Square to view an exclusive preview of ESB for the cast and staff the day before it premiered.  What I wouldn't give for a more detailed memory of it though but understand everybody was there.  I was 4.
  • TheFewTheFew Member Posts: 1,781
    Not a great story, but until i was about 30 i thought that the favoured weapon of the jedi was the "light saver". Presumably these use led technology to reduce the jedi's bills.
  • Bricklover18Bricklover18 Member Posts: 722
    Watching the original movies when I was a kid. 
  • mak0137mak0137 Member Posts: 288
    Episode lll: ' you were the chosen one'
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton Member Posts: 2,967
    The thing I remember most was the awesome sight of the AT-AT walkers coming from the distance. Had no idea what they were called until several years later, or even what the film was called, funnily enough!
  • eggsheneggshen Member Posts: 600
    Going to the drive in to watch ROTJ with my mom and dad. I fell asleep but my parents woke me up to see the Battle of Endor.
  • DawnDawn Member Posts: 237
    At the time, ROTJ, Ewoks on the Speeder Bike made the movie for me
  • sukhsukh Member Posts: 142
    The first Star Wars film, episode IV was the first film I ever saw in a cinema and I can still recall being in awe at the size of the screen and the sound. It was an old style UK cimema rather than the current metal boxes and gave me a love of cinema for many years
  • historymanhistoryman Member Posts: 377
    First time I saw episode 7
  • jimmyp1982jimmyp1982 Member Posts: 62
    Taking my 6 year old son to see Rogue One at the cinema, a third generation Star Wars fan 
  • ShibShib Member Posts: 5,469
    Light sabre fights with friends at school
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Member Posts: 2,117
    In 1997 my mum took me down to our local library to borrow a book. It is still there, despite the conservatives best attempts to get rid of it. Whilst, looking around the shelves a book. I came across a copy of A New Hope Special Edition VHS. I had no idea what it was about but the picture on the rear had a amazing looking space ship (it was an x-wing). So I badgered my mum to let me rent it. Fortunately, my mum had £1 for the rental for the three days. So we took home. That day I watched it twice and once more each day. When my mum had to return it was one of the most upsetting days of my life. From then I was hooked and desperate to find out what happened to Darth Vader. I created all sorts of play stories to further their adventurers. Luckily, my friend had the whole trilogy on video so it wasn't to soon before I found out. 

    Still makes me smile when I think of how much it swept me up. It is still a big part of my life but in a very different way. 
  • devilheaddevilhead Member Posts: 286
    The original Star Wars movie was the first movie I saw in a theater... as far as I can remember anyway.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,229
    edited May 2017
    My son saying: 'Why do Wookies sound like quacking carpet?' midway through Episode III.  He hadn't yet seen Episode IV.

    And then followed it up with: 'They're less annoying than Jar Jar.'

    And these...
  • MextenMexten Member Posts: 73
    14 years old, went to see ROTJ and it blew my mind. No one else from my school had seen it, and it wasnt untill my early twenties I got a chance to discuss this huge experience with another fan. It had been like a dark age, but I got to relive all the details again.
  • flordflord Member Posts: 797
    Being 8 back in 1983 and being super excited for a movie. ROTJ was the first movie I went to where the lineup to get in went around the block. I knew from the lineup that it was going to be good. Was also the first movie I saw twice in the theatre.
  • alldarkeralldarker Member Posts: 224
    Back in 1999, the Chewbacca figure in the then available AT-ST got me interested in both Star Wars AND got me out of my Lego Dark Ages. After I bought that AT-ST, I also wanted the Millennium Falcon... and that started the ball rolling again. And before that time, I'd seen ESB, but never had great interest in the Star Wars movies or 'universe'...
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,078
    My favourite memory about SW is watching ep IV with my son and husband for the first time. He really really enjoyed it and was smiling  and excited the whole time. We ended up watching the whole trilogy that we day (ate a quick dinner on our laps, all stuff we don't normally do :) it was a lot of fun though and the next morning he wanted to watch it again (starting with the one with the ewoks).

    Love it when you can share your passion with your kids and they enjoy it too.

    Thanks for hosting!
  • SeijiAmasawaSeijiAmasawa Member Posts: 265
    I was working at Borders when The Phantom Menace came out so I got a discount on one of the light sabers. I think I got it for $60 instead of $100. Also scored the Masterpiece Edition action figures of C3PO and Anakin for dirt cheap.
    While cleaning house not too long ago, I found a Quigon Jinn minifig. Good thing I looked through that bag of crap! 
  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 Member Posts: 1,829
    My mom taking me to see ESB in the theater when I was 5. She also bought me the first lego set I can remember, so I can thank her for two of my favorite things.
  • cmrt1014cmrt1014 Member Posts: 396
    Going to see Ep 3 while in college with what turned out to be a good friend.  Haven't seen him in many years, but still remember going to the movie with him.
  • blade_guyblade_guy Member Posts: 220
    Being taken my Gran to the cinema to watch it assuming that because I was a boy I would like it. I got bored, fell asleep and missed the whole damn thing, she on the other hand loved it.
  • caterham7caterham7 Member Posts: 409
    Great memory of my dad taking me to see ESB at the cinema.

    Then my friend had ROTJ on pirate video, so we all piled round his place to watch it.  My parents made me take my little sister as she was upset she wasn't seeing it, and tell them that they'd gone out so I had to babysit her.
  • FodderFodder Member Posts: 356
    Took me a long time to watch the movies, so I don't have fond childhood memories of Star Wars. My favourite memory probably comes from the Simpsons after Homer is walking out of the cinema past a long line for the next session and says something like 'I can't believe that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father'

  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan Member Posts: 353
    Watching the OT on the USA tv network, first time I really "watched" them.
  • khmellymelkhmellymel Member Posts: 1,313
    In 1999, my friends and I were super excited to see the Phantom Menace, as we'd be old enough to experience Star Wars in the cinema.  My friends and my boyfriend at the time were seniors (I was a junior) and planned to skip the whole day of school and buy tickets in the morning for the midnight showing and save our places in line (queue). My mom was super strict and wouldn't let me go see the movie at all (at the time she didn't even know my dad had let me watch the OT, but he's a fan), so at 2:40 PM (end of my last class) my boyfriend was going to come back up to school and grab me.  I had told my mom... something.  Probably that I had student council or something and was going to stay late at a friend's to make banners after homework.  

    Anyway.  The day before our plan got a little switched around - my friends all had a suprise test in chem (or maybe physics.... so not the point) so it turned out *I* had to be the one to skip all my classes and save our place in line!  It was a fun day because the whole line was really into it - someone had toy light sabers and challenged me to a duel, people played the soundtrack on their speakers, some people were dressed up, that sorta thing - but because the cinema had no room to house us for like a whole day, we had to queue outside.  I spent the whole school day worried my mom would drive by and spot me.  >.<

    Kids!  Don't do this at home.  Even if it is for Star Wars!

  • MugenPowerMugenPower Member Posts: 633
    Buying the original trilogy on VHS in a numbered box set.
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,779
    Holiday Special.
  • legobodlegobod Member Posts: 332
    Seeing them for the first time the same day as getting something awesome from a cereal box
  • dspigeldspigel Member Posts: 478
    I fell in love with RotJ. I have a read along book that came with a record. It had all the sound effects you would imagine happening while reading along. I later got the cassette versions of all 3 movies for one of my birthdays. I really miss that book.
  • SirBenSirBen Member Posts: 592
    Hanging out in line before the midnight premiere of Episode 1. 

    Then the movie started...
  • BoomDiggityBoomDiggity Member Posts: 107
    edited May 2017
    I will always have some fond memories of the VHS tapes.  They were the unedited version and I would just stare at their beautiful covers.  I mean I was also so excited as a kid to see the re-releases in theaters, but even at a young age I hated the added CGI.  Did appreciate some more Boba though...
  • dannyrwwdannyrww Member Posts: 1,394
    My favorite memories are the midnight releases of the toys. Went to all of them for episode I-III and VII.....there is something magical about being out there and going into the toy store at Midnight to pick up some Star Wars goodies.
  • norm103norm103 Member Posts: 301
    Favorite would be over the may the 4 weekend my son and I were in the hospital for his  chemotherapy and a whole crowd of Star Wars character came buy his room to say hi. To bad he was scared of them and didn't want a photo taken. But it was so nice for them to do that. 
  • samiam391samiam391 Member Posts: 4,492
    My favorite Star Wars memory somehow still involves LEGO. It was 2002/2003 and I wasn't really into LEGO at all, but was (of course) a very big fan of Star Wars. Attack of the Clones had just recently been released.

    I was at a mall and randomly decided to go into a KB Toys. On one of the shelves they had a #7153 Jango Fett's Slave 1 set. Normally, I wouldn't have looked twice at it, but it was 50% off and I thought Jango Fett was beyond cool. It was close to my birthday, so I figured why not and purchased it.

    15 years and many thousands of LEGO sets/figures/later, #7153's original Jango Fett is still my all time favorite minifigure.
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