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24 February 2007 @ 08:49 pm
Star Wars Exhibit, now with added science!  
Our local science center recently began a Star Wars and Technology Exhibit run. It borrowed quite a lot of props, maquettes, and costumes on display. (some pics in my gallery). Now, I've seen most of the same costumes in the Dressing the Galaxy exhibit, but the maquettes and models were interesting. And I've never seen the Wampa costume before. The museum then combined the displays with some "and this is what we can do now" in terms of hovercraft (landspeeder), spaceflight (the "lenennium falcon" according to the rugrat-- I'm so proud!), robots, and prosthetics (with the Vader suit, heh). There were also some hands-on things for the bigger kids, using magnets and little robots. The science was a bit pasted-on, but hopefully it might help get some kid interested in real science.

Ironically, but not surprisingly, the rugrat liked the short video on mag-lev trains the best.

And there was the biggest frakkin display of Star Wars merchandise I've seen in a LONG time. I'm serious, only a dedicated Star Wars convention would have more stuff. It was not, IOW, just a few t-shirts and cups, but racks of books and the comics, the expensive Sideshow statues and figures, a massive collection of the figures and bust-ups, etc. HUGE. But the exhibit was free, so that's where they're hoping to make their money I suppose.

Also, there were a whole bunch of volunteers wandering around in costume. Rugrat was terrified of the stormtrooper, poor guy. The most interesting costume I saw was a woman dressed as Pregnant!Padme in her plain gray outfit, fake tummy and all.

But if you like Star Wars and you're in the SoCal area, you should go. It's cool.