Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit

A few years ago, I found myself in St. Maarten while on a cruise. Now, if you’ve ever been on a Caribbean cruise, you know how these stops go… generally, outside shopping for clothes you could probably buy back home anyway, there’s not a whole lot interesting to do in the allotted time frame. So imagine my surprise when I found myself standing before THIS:

IMG_1017Among the various souvenir shops and Caribbean bars sat a very Tatooine-esque building blaring Star Wars music. It was cheesy, goofy, and it stuck out like a sore thumb.

In other words, it was absolutely perfect and I knew I had to go check it out.

IMG_0966“That Yoda Guy” is artist Nick Maley, best known for his creature effects work on the Star Wars films, among others. Since retiring, he moved to St. Maarten and opened up this charming little exhibit.

IMG_0948Everything is actually upstairs, and the staircase is lined with cutouts, articles, and even a Stormtrooper costume. Like I said: charming.

IMG_0955The exhibit and store are in the same small room, with the exhibit gated off… you need to make a purchase to check it out, which also gets you a picture with the man himself. Nick’s a friendly guy who clearly loves the film industry, and it was nice to chat with him. After buying a small print, I went inside.

IMG_0972 IMG_0978The exhibit’s pretty short, but packed with all kinds of things. Props, make-up, costumes, scripts… there was a lot for me to geek out over. Star Wars isn’t the only film represented… everything from Men In Black to fucking KRULL had it’s place in the museum.

IMG_1010 IMG_0967There was a rather large collection of face molds, for everyone from Arnold to Robert De Niro. For added fun, see how many you can recognize without reading the name plate.

IMG_0983 IMG_0985And an eerie dark room with life-sized mannequins of Darth Vader, the Emperor, and Salacious Crumb for some reason. It looks like Vader’s asking to borrow Palpaltine’s magazine, which just makes the whole scene better.

IMG_0998 IMG_1001Pinhead and my main man Frankenstein’s Monster also made an appearance.

IMG_1011 IMG_0996There was undeniably a lot of cool shit on display, but one of my favorites was actually not a prop at all: a crew t-shirt for Return of the Jedi, back when it was still called “Revenge of the Jedi”.

IMG_0954Though it was tiny, I had a lot of fun at the Yoda Guy Movie exhibit. After all, “size matters not”. Everything about the experience was delightfully charming, and despite not having the budget of, say, Planet Hollywood, the exhibit had a whole lot of heart.

IMG_0945If you ever happen to find yourself in St. Maarten, I suggest you check it out. Much more fun than shopping for shit you’ll never wear.


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