Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away…
Just kidding…it wasn’t so much a galaxy far, far away as it was a little shop in the Eastern Carribean; St. Maarten to be exact where I found Yoda…well, not so much Yoda himself as “That Yoda Guy“.
So who is “That Yoda Guy” and what is he doing in the middle of the Caribbean? Nick Maley is “That Yoda Guy”, he’s known as that because he actually is one of the men who created Yoda for the Star Wars movies.
As a successful make-up and special effects artist, Nick has worked in 53 films including Star Wars, Superman and Highlander. The shop is located in St. Maarten (which is a stop on the Disney Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean itinerary) and is called, “That Yoda Guy”. Part shop and part museum this place in the middle of the Caribbean will transport you to “a galaxy far, far away”.
I was delighted to find unique merchandise for sale, including original pages from Star Wars scripts, autographed merchandise and amazing hand drawn pictures. The exhibit portion of the store was well worth the nominal fee to go through and was interesting, informative and amazing. I loved the wall of life casts-celebrity face molds that were used in the movies. The likeness is overwhelming, it’s amazing what they can do and you really think you’re looking at the celebrities themselves-except they are all white faces hanging on a wall.
Beyond the shop and exhibit, the owner, Nick Maley is a delight. This sweet man has an easy breezy Caribbean style with an out of this world talent. He’s combine them both into the perfect little place in St. Maarten. His wife Gloria, runs the shop with him and they are hoping to expand into the building next door as soon as possible. I can’t imagine the additional exhibits and information that could fit into the expanded portion but I will certainly be checking back whenever possible!
Nick has an inspirational message for kids who are young enough to dream and adults who have forgotten how. Nick encourages imagination, dreams and perseverance and makes you remember what it feels like to chase your dreams.
I’d like to go on the record and say I think he would be the perfect addition to Star Wars Weekends…he is an interesting man with a motivational message and a lifetime of experience to share. Spread the word, share his site, rally the troops, talk to the powers who may be…let’s bring That Yoda Guy to Disney World!
- “That Yoda Guy”-St. Maarten-Eastern Caribbean on Disney Magic (thepracticalplanner.blogspot.com)
- Chewbacca Featured in Origami Yoda Series Book “The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee” (jedimouseketeer.blogspot.com)