Sci-fan fanatic spends 3,500 hours building a replica… of a bar from STAR WARS

May 2, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

A sci-fi nut has spent more than 3,500 hours building a complete replica – of a bar from STAR WARS.

Super nerd Luke Kaye, who runs a fancy dress shop called Skywalkers, spent ten hours a day for over a year recreating the iconic Mos Eisley Cantina from the original 1977 film.

The 46-year-old has created 22 life-sized characters from George Lucas’ epic fantasy, using mannequins, masks and buckets of latex.

Luke Kaye in the blue top (centre) among the models he has made to recreate the Cantina scene from Star Wars

Luke Kaye in the blue top (centre) among the models he has made to recreate the Cantina scene from Star Wars

He said: “Some days I haven’t been sleeping, I have just been making. It has probably been 10 hours a day and it has taken up all my weekends.

“I had this crazy idea in my head just to add to my collection. Once I get these ideas I have to see them through.”

In the 1976 film, Luke Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi visit the bar – dubbed a “wretched hive of scum and villainy”.

Luke, from Swindon, Wilts., filled his bar with a collection of some of the worst characters from the series.

His group of scoundrels and villains includes two bounty hunters, a sex-pest space rat and a motley crew of alien thugs.

The original Cantina scene from the film Star Wars episode IV

The original Cantina scene from the film Star Wars episode IV

Luke said: “This is the iconic scene of Star Wars. Everybody is having a drink of blue milk.

“It was a challenge. I saw a scene like this last year when I went to America to the biggest Star Wars convention.

“I had to queue for ages to get a photo taken with their Cantina scene and it only had three characters.

“I said, ‘I can do so much better than that.’ So I did.”

The display includes The Cantina Band, and characters including Greedo, Zuckuss, two Snaggletooths, a bar keeper, the spy, Hammerhead, Twilek, Ponda Baba, Doctor Alzban, Squidhead and Salacious B Crumb.

Luke, a fan of Star Wars since he was 11, has built up an impressive Star Wars collection valued at well over #1m.

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