January 5, 2008
Story and Photos Chris Spice (Darth Spice)


It is the final weekend of the exhibit Star Wars: Where Science meets Imagination at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL. The exhibit started back on October 5, 2007 and has been quite successful throughout the holiday season. Even though the team at Sandtroopers.com has only made one previous mission, ticket sales overall were "super" I was told during the past two months. I also have to commend the 501st Legion for having several members on hand throughout the weekends, the final touch better than a cherry on a sundae. It would be very exciting to make it out one last time before the exhibit moves to Minnesota on the next stop.

There were several awesome costumes on hand from the Midwest Garrison members. Darth Vader would be accompanied by a couple of Stormtroopers, Boba Fett and an Imperial Officer. There would also be a great balance of Rebels on hand as C-3PO had several fleet troopers, Princess Leia and Obi-Wan Kenobi to keep the fight even. Even though the exhibit was sold out, those who couldn’t seem to be satisfied with the presence of the Legion members. During my lunch break I was able to penetrate the tough security and make my way through the exhibit, as I’d never seen it before. While I have seen much of it at Celebration III, IV and in pictures from other Dewback Patrols, it was nice to finally see some of it in person. Overall it was breath taking as even though the price tag was a little steep, I’d have to say the experience was well worth it. If you haven’t been able to attend, set your course to the land of a thousand lakes in the near future. Until then United We Find!

To see the various photo galleries click on the links below.