12 photos of the extreme fandom ‘Star Wars’ inspires around the world

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There’s no denying the immense cultural impact “Star Wars” has had – not just on the movie industry, but on the hundreds of thousands of dedicated fans who have been faithfully following since their first introduction to the original trilogy.

Scores of themed conventions, collectible items, and exhibitions feed these devoted fans when they’re not actually watching the movies.

The trailer for the new spinoff movie, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” was released on Thursday, and fans seem to be receiving it well.

Although George Lucas’ decision to sell Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012 was met with mixed reactions from the industry and fans, the die-hard “Star Wars” community hasn’t been too shaken.

Below are 12 fans who have taken their obsession to a new level:


Married couple Yusuke and Anna Yamana met at a fan event in Japan in 2011. Together they’ve built a collection of memorabilia that they keep in their home in Yokohama, south of Tokyo.

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Graphic designer and collector Julian Peacock told Reuters that “Star Wars” was “an escape to a happy place…a more innocent time in my childhood.” His wife supports his collection of “Star Wars” figurines, including his life-size stormtrooper uniform.

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Matt Booker has a collection of over 8,000 Boba Fett pieces.

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James Burns told Reuters that the “Star Wars” fan base is “a wonderful community of like-minded people. There’s nothing else like it.”

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This man’s favorite “Star Wars” character is Yoda. His extensive collection proves it.

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Dave Oldbury has commemorated the films on his own body in a very permanent way. “I’ve traveled around the world. I’ve met people I would never associate with normally — the thing that unites us is the fact that we all love the films,” he told Reuters.

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Matt Warner has also celebrated the films with extensive tattoos. “‘Star Wars’ is like my favorite band, my favorite car, my favorite bit of life,” he told Reuters.

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For the Pellitteris, “Star Wars” fandom is a family affair. Father Chris Pellitteri became a fan when he saw the first movie in 1977 at a drive-in — he was just 7.

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For Richard Mitchell, “Star Wars” is “a way of life.” He once paid over $1,100 for a Princess Leia figurine.

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Enthusiast Simon Wilkie raises money for charity with his “Star Wars” obsession, dressing up as various characters for different events.

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This fan’s 2-year-old son calls out “Papa!” whenever he sees Darth Vader on a TV program or in the movies.

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Testuyuki Nakagawa poses as Darth Vader and claims that his wife cannot understand why he buys so many lightsabers.

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