My daughter Emma has created “Action Figure Plays” for years. She uses dolls, Lego mini figures, or her Star War action figures to create plays that are based on movies, books, comic books, TV shows, and her own ideas. She purees them all in the blender of her mind into a magnificent mash up. Below is one of her favorite plays, ‘The Babysitter’s Party.” She uses Star Wars characters to act out a drama that has elements from Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Calvin and Hobbes. Even though you would think otherwise, Obi Wan Kenobi is not a very responsible babysitter for young Luke and Leia…
(Double click on the images to get a better look, there are lots of fun details)
Obi Wan Kenobi comes over to babysit Luke and Leia while their parents go out for a date night.
Padme and Anakin head off to dinner, secure in the knowledge that their good friend Obi Wan will watch over the kids.
Obi Wan has plans for this evening, and they don’t include hanging out with a couple of kids. He sets up a table full of party food and drinks and gets out the radio. Then he calls all of his friends on his giant green phone to come over for a party.
He puts Luke and Leia to bed at 6:00 to get them out of the way. NO FAIR!
He calls all his Jedi friends of course. General Grievous gives them a ride over in his lemon yellow Playmobil sedan. Ashoka looks a little squished!
Grandma Shmi and Tim the Sandperson are also invited.
Mace Windu is giving Jango Fett a ride, which is kind of ironic since in the movies Mace beheaded Jango. But Mace has one rockin’ purple Polly Pocket convertible. Maybe he will let Jango drive it on the way home?!?
While we are the subject of awkward pairings, what about Qui-Gon Jinn and Darth Maul sharing a ride? Are they going to make small talk, or sit in silence? These two teams just don’t like each other…
Finally, here come the bad guys, complete with flowers for the host. The emperor has a purple zebra stripped car…who would have thought?
They form a convoy, heading to Annakin and Padme’s house for a PARTY!
What a crowd! When they get there they have to line up outside to wait their turn to get in the door.
Finally everyone arrives and gets inside. But they are all just sitting around, and Obi Wan is getting nervous that his party won’t be AWESOME. What to do?
Meanwhile, Padme and Anakin are having a lovely dinner in the courtyard of their favorite fancy restaurant.
And Luke and Leia have snuck out of their bedroom and gone down to the basement playroom. They call up Han and he comes over for a night of TV watching and sugar eating. They let all of their pets out of their cages for good measure.
Obi Wan figures out the best way to break the ice is a game of Twister. It certainly gets the crowd going! This is shaping up to be an EPIC evening…
After Twister they all head out into the yard to TP the tree.
Next they paint graffiti on the side of the house.
Then they see how many people they can fit in General Grievous’ car. Don’t scratch the paint!
What a relaxing and special evening. After dessert they call Obi Wan to let him know they will be home in a half an hour or so.
Everybody, CLEAN UP! NOOWWWWW!!! Count Dooku, get that ice cream tub off of your head. Stop spoon fighting Kit! They’re coming back!!! We have to get this place cleaned up and you all have to go home.
The force must have been with them, because by the time Anakin and Padme arrive Obi Wan is sitting quietly in the living room, reading a magazine.
They check on Luke and Leia, and they are tucked in bed, fast asleep.
The only one not safely home yet is Han Solo. He got trampled by everyone as they rushed from the house, trying to get away before the parents got home. Hopefully he wakes up soon and makes his way home. What a WILD night!
Emma at Legoland with a giant Darth Vader made out of legos. She is holding two of her current favorite books, that create silly scenarios with Darth and his kids Luke and Leia as they grow up. They reminded me so much of the type of things Emma has done for years with her action figures I had to buy them for her. Adult or kid, if you are a Star Wars fan these books are a giggle fest.