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He’s No Good To Me…With His Helmet Off

There’s an old saying that goes something along the lines of, “You should never meet your heroes.” What it means is that you should never meet your heroes because they will never live up to your expectations.  “Oh he smokes? I just never saw him as a smoker.”  “Why is he shooting a plastic bottle like a basketball at a garbage can and making his assistant pick up his misses?  He’s an Academy Award winning director, and he sucks at this game!”

Before the Star Wars prequels, Boba Fett, the infamous bounty hunter from the Star Wars universe, was a cool character that always lurked in the background, and had the best one-liners. That’s all we knew about him. In fact, it was really hard to get any information on him, AND the worst thing was that it was really hard to get any type of Boba Fett collectibles. As a kid, I used to daydream what it would be like if I met him in person. Would he want to become my best friend? Maybe he’d freeze the neighborhood bully, the one that wanted to kick my ass, in Carbonite.  Then Boba and I would throw eggs at it and fly off in Slave I.

I always wondered what he looked like behind his helmet. I thought he had this cool scar across his face that he got from one of his bounties. Then out of anger he killed him, and was not able to collect his money because he was no good to him dead. He wore the helmet to hide the scar, and the pain on his face.  By the looks of this picture, if I had seen this picture when I was a child, I would not have felt that Boba Fett could defeat a bully in my neighborhood, not to mention the most feared criminals in the galaxy.  It turns out he wore the helmet to hide the fact that he was my 7th grade science teacher.

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