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LEGO Kids Fest, Part 1

Last Sunday, Johnny and I went to the University of Phoenix Stadium to attend LEGO Kids Fest. It was an opportunity for kids to experience everything LEGO. Johnny was quickly absorbed building spacecraft in the Star Wars area so I had an opportunity to wander about.

Just then it struck me that exactly one month earlier, Super Bowl XLIX was played in this very building. I looked up to the stands and could easily visualize 70,288 screaming fans — enjoying one of the most entertaining Super Bowls ever played. And now, with the grass field sitting outside, thousands of kids and their parents were on the concrete subfloor enjoying a different form of entertainment.

[Ed. note: all these photos were taken with my iPhone.]

At the entrance stood this LEGO guy made completely of LEGO blocks. This was just the first of many.

Over in the Star Wars area was Yoda, holding some sort of light. It probably alludes to some scene in one of the Star Wars movies but I do not recall such a scene.

Checking in on Johnny, he was engrossed in making some sort of spaceship with all the special Star Wars LEGO pieces at his disposal. He was so focused, he did not even know I was around.

And nearby was our favorite droid, R2D2. He was apparently resting — did not move or talk to us.

Also in attendance was Chewbacca the Wookiee — tall, hairy and native to the planet of Kashyyyk.

Of course, tension mounted when we spotted this clone trooper ...

... plus a second wearing the camouflage suit.

And then I could hear that sinister theme music in my head announcing the presence of the evil Darth Vader (born Anakin Skywalker).

The modeler who created this version of Darth Vader did an incredible job on the helmet — much more detail than I would have thought possible.

Nearby was fellow Sith Lord Darth Maul. He is the bad dude with the double lightsaber. Nasty, nasty guy.

Last for today is the figure of Captain Jack Sparrow from Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean movie series. I loved Johnny Depp's portrayal in the first movie. Haven't seen the others since the reviews were mediocre.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com