After quietly mocking the droves of Lord of the Rings fans who turned out for the Boston Museum of Science's exhibit last year, this Star Wars fan is ready to sit down for a force-feeding of crow by any number of furry-footed, pointy-eared Middle-Earthlings who care to deride me for my own geekery. Feel free to taunt me with names like "scruffy-looking nerf-herder", "mange-ridden womprat" or "rut of a butt of a Hutt", but I just spent an entire evening dorking-out at the museum's brand-new Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit, and I had a great time.
"Making science fun" is the name of the game of this exhaustive and fully interactive installation. "What Star Wars cool stuff can I see there?" you ask? Man, there's so much. Here is just a sampling:
- A full-scale model of the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon (the "Jump To Lightspeed Experience" seats 6 for a Bose-tricked introduction to the exhibit)
- An extremely ornate miniature of the Falcon (which, if you look closely enough at the nose, sports a very small Champion Spark Plugs decal)
- Luke's Landspeeder (which is surprisingly small and would likely qualify as a sub-compact)
- Tantive IV, the Rebel Blockade Runner from the ever-memorable opening of A New Hope (a piece which has never before been exhibited)
- An All-Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT) (not-so-) miniature
- Costumes galore: C-3P0, R2-D2, Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper, a Snowtrooper, a Wampa, hosts of props like blasters and pistols and lightsabers...