You’re not gonna find a bigger fan of re-creating large semi-historical battle fields on a 1/7th scale than me, but there may a point where excess is reached. I’m not saying it is here, clearly this is a perfectly reasonable re-creation of motion picture history which is above mockery. I’m just saying, there might be a line, somewhere.
Star Wars fandom is its own special brand of devotion. To be fair, no specific sub set of fans has had their love so often and so cruelly twisted and mangled as Star Wars fans have. By its own creator no less. From the initial films, released between 1977 and 1983, which fans were perfectly happy with, through the re-releases, full of tweaking and changes that no one asked for, up to the promise of the prequels, so heavily anticipated, and so poorly delivered, Star Wars fans have had to maintain a devotion to their love like no other group.
It is the kind of love that inspires a man to build a sprawling 140 square foot diorama in his living room depicting the The Empire Strikes Back’s snowy “Battle of Hoth”. The pictures that follow are not augmented by Photoshop, the explosions and smoke effects are achieved using lights encased in stretched, painted cotton. This diorama is no doubt impressive and a testament to the enduring legacy of the original trilogy that George Lucas can never kill, no matter how hard he tries. Of course, while this whole scene would be worth so much more if it hadn’t been removed from the box, the argument can be made that it DOES look more awesome this way.