Toy Box Movies, pt. 5 - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sequels.  The greatest mark of a film's popularity is the sequel.  Of course, public reaction to them can be fickle - some sequels damage the reputation of the original, some enhance their franchises.  The movie we're going to discuss today, its poster gloriously suspended above the tram's parking space in the Toy Box, is not only a sequel, but it's a sequel to a prequel.

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones came to theaters around the country in March of 2002.  If you don't know anything about the Star Wars universe, this may prove confusing.  Three Star Wars movies came out between 1977 and 1983 - A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.  The popularity of the series never faded after this, and movies and television specials were produced before the release in 1999 of The Phantom Menace, the first of three prequels (the last was Revenge of the Sith).  Okay, fine.  This setting of the stage has proven exhausting.  Let's just say that Attack of the Clones was better received than The Phantom Menace, but many fans founds things about it to criticize, too.  And, to make matters more complicated, by the end of the year, a new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, will be released.  So, after the original and its sequels, then the three prequels, a new sequel sequel - if that's the proper phrase - is coming out.  Stay tuned....
QUESTION:  Which of the following actors starred in all six (and counting) of the Star Wars films?
A) Alec Guiness
B)  Anthony Daniels
C)  Carrie Fisher
D)  Samuel L. Jackson
ANSWER BELOW

BILLY THE KID.  There are few Old West criminals more famous than Billy the Kid, and today is the anniversary of a big part of Billy's legend - the day he escaped from the Lincoln County Jail, located in Mesilla, New Mexico (now part of Los Cruces) in 1881.  Alas, he would be dead in July, but he caused quite a ruckus during his short life of only 21 years.  Possibly the victim of bad publicity, Billy's life was one of violence and notoriety.

CLASSIC CAR COLLECTORS.  As you know, the American Treasure Tour has a wonderful collection of classic cars available to visit, spanning from 1905 to the 1990s.  Some of them are incredibly rare - like the 1907 ABC Car - and others trigger memories for our guests - such as our 1929 Model A with rumble seat.  But, believe it or not, there are other worthwhile collections out there besides just ours.  Today, we celebrate the birth of Jay Leno, turning 65.  Mr. Leno has somewhere around three hundred cars of his own, including an impressive choice of Stanley Steamers.  Oh, and we understand he may have been the host of a television show at some point in his life.

QUOTE:  The reason there are two Senators for each state is that one can be the designated driver. - Jay Leno

ANSWER:  B)  Anthony Daniels.  He played C-3PO, one of the droids, in all six films.  And yes, he is slated to be in the seventh film as well.