The last Star Wars photo session at Toy Traders this spring helped raise $1

Star Wars characters lend hand to Langley Shriners

In an excerpt from this week's What's In Store column, Roxanne Hooper tells us a bit about an upcoming charity event with sci-fi overtones.

In an effort to raise more money for Langley Shriners and the good work they do in this community, Toy Traders is hosting another photo session for all those Star Wars lovers and geeks out there.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., people can have pictures taken with “authentic” Star Wars characters, all by donation to the Shriners.

In fact, store owner Matthew Purdy says “this will be our biggest one yet,” with more than 25 characters available for photos – everyone of them donating their time for the cause.

Visitors also have a chance for a meet and greet and free signing with Langley artist Shane Molina. He’s a bit of a self-proclaimed Star Wars lover who has more than 50 different Star Wars prints in his collection, and those and others will be on sale at Toy Traders for $9.95.

 

During the last Star Wars photo session at Toy Traders, Purdy said they raised a cool $1,200 in four hours.

“Yeah, that was our best day, so far. So now, this Saturday, we are doing 11 to 5 – and for obvious reasons we can’t go longer. Those costumes are so hot. The Chewbacca guy practically melts,” Purdy said.

He’s also working with a friend to build a new, life-sized Droid that he plans to unveil that day.

Took a life-sized C-3P) and they’re making a movie-accurate Bounty Hunter “4 LOM” from the 1980 Empire Strikes Back.

It’s still a work in progress, Purdy said.

If the force is strong within you, you probably don’t need directions to this toy store, but just in case, it is located at 19880 Langley Bypass.

• Stay tuned to the print and online edition of the Langley Advance for more in this week’s What’s In Store business column

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