So what's the deal with boys and Star Wars?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

When I was a kid, my cousins would visit us every summer. For at least two of those summers, my cousin, Marc, was totally into Star Wars. He constantly walked around with a light saber in hand, ready to do batttle with the forces of evil. I didn't really understand Marc. What was the attraction that seemed at times to escalate to almost a fever pitch?
Even as an adult, I still don't completely understand the Star Wars facination among young boys. But, I do know that if there is a boy between the ages of 7 and 12 around, there is almost a guarantee that he will immediately be drawn to Luke, Darth, Yoda and the like.
At our house, it started out with two enormous bins of legos, given to us by a friend whose three boys were now in high school and college. There were some incredible Star Wars sets in those bins, and Adam and Jadon spent hours trying to piece them together. Eventually, we discovered that you could get directions on the computer, and they were able to build pod racers, a droid tank, a snow speeder and more!

Eventually, the boys got a few more sets and figures for Christmas and birthdays.

When they take it all out to play, they have quite the collection!

We've basically stopped giving Jadon anything but Star Wars legos, because really if he's got some free time and is inside, that's what he wants to do.

Adam is 11 and isn't quite as into Star Wars as he used to be (you know...leaving childish things behind and all that). But, he still does like to play Star Wars legos with his brother and his friend Josh.

Sometimes, even the big boy in our house gets into the action.

He had a Star Wars birthday party for his 7th birthday....maybe he'd like one for his 40th, too...?

Girls just don't like Star Wars as much as boys. Yana will play for a little while, but as you can see, she just doesn't take it quite as seriously as the boys do. Grace and Lily? They'd rather dance in the other room.
I recently saw a picture of my cousin Marc's son. He didn't have a light saber in hand...but I bet he's got one hidden away at home.

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Anonymous said...

So does this mean that Jadon has Star Wars legos on his birthday wish list? I do frequently read your blog because we don't get much chance for phone conversations and that way I get to keep up with what's happening in theBandimere household. Love, Mom

Gwen said...

Yes, Star Wars is big around our house, too.. as you can imagine. The thing that amazes me most about Star Wars is its "staying power". Seriously, it came out in like 1978?? And here we are, 30 years later, still crazy about Star Wars!
P.S. Those light sabers are periodically banned in our house due to violent battles. :)

Wife of the Pres. said...

I could have written this post, except instead of my DH being into Legos when we were children … it was ME! Yes, I loved them and still do, though our boys are so much more talented with them than me!

I do think there is not a better toy than lego bricks … as for Star Wars, it is timeless isn't it? I admit we have the movies on DVD.

Naomi said...

How funny!!! I could have written this post too!! I find star wars men hanging on my plants and dried flowers, waiting for action! Little bits turn up everywhere!! The other night they all ended up in the bath turn and looked like they had been washed up on a beach as they lay around the side of the tub after my son had gotten out!!

Difference2This1 said...

Oh my!!! We have a bin JUST like that filled with MY old legos, a few I picked up at a garage sale, and some outgrown by a friend's child! Boy themed, girl themed, doesn't matter..everyone loves them!

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