Chris Thomas of Remlap is an avid Star Wars fan and has been a collector par excellence, for years. He has once again generously provided a portion of his collection to the museum for display. Museum space permits only about 12% of his total collection to be shown.
Chris says that "I was a 70s kid who grew up in the 80s. Star Wars was a huge deal back then. My collection is all just items I was able to collect over the years, since I was a child. His collection includes a rare and almost complete set of action figures in their original packaging. He received the large AT-AT walker (pictured above) at a Jefferson County church auction. A 4-feet-tall R2D2 is full of"goodies" for children under the age of 12 who visit the exhibit.
Chris is member of the 501st Legion, a non–profit organization that promotes interest in Star Wars by bringing fans together; facilitates the use of costumes; and contribute to the community by fund–raising, volunteering and charitable works. Members must build their own costumes have have them approved by the Legion's Board.
The 501st Legion raised $2,000 for the Autism Society of Alabama at a World of Wheels event last February. This event featured a family favorite game of "Blast–a–Trooper". According to Chris, "Adults seem to enjoy shooting Storm Troopers with a Nef gun even more than the kids do."
Chris will appear in multiple roles in a short film, Star Wars: Battle of Rocket City. The film will premier at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville this coming Fall.
— Story by Jamishae Woodard provided courtesy of The Blount Countian