Here’s the latest from: Fantha Tracks
Sad news arrives as the owner of EFX, Bryan Ono, has passed away. A key figure in the world of licenced replicas, Bryan was instrumental in the development of a number of lines, as well as being a dedicated and enthusiastic lover of all things Star Wars, something we spoke about back in 2009.
Lightsabre – Well you’re clearly a big Star Wars fan yourself. When did you first fall in love with Star Wars?
BO – Believe it or not I’m one of the crazy people back in 1977 who actually saw Star Wars in the theatre 38 times. Back then there was no video, no DVD, no laserdiscs, nothing, so this was literally going to the theatre. Me and my friends saw it every weekend, all through the summer, at least twice. Luckily I never had to go by myself (Laughs) Luckily I still had friends at the end of that summer!
When Empire Strikes Back was coming out me and another friend actually waited in line for 16 hours. Now back in 1980 no-one ever did this. I actually got my picture in the LA Times, sitting in line in front of the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. They took the picture eight to ten hours before the film started and made a big deal about it, ‘ it’s eight hours before the film opened and these guys are already in line!’ So that was exciting, we got into the 12.01 showing at the Egyptian and that was incredible….