Disaster has struck our dear Lord Vader. During a recent charitable visit to a friend's birthday party, our friend Brandon Reddick had his car broken into and his Darth Vader costume stolen from the trunk.
In his own words, "Darth Vader means so much more to me than just goofing around, cosplay or LARPing to make people happy. For me he was something that shielded me from the outside world while going through my separation and on coming divorce from Laura. That suit became my own sanctuary while I weathered the storm around me. Vader is a part of me and I him. So many parallels.
"After a Birthday event that I did for a friend tonight, someone broke my drivers side window, popped the trunk and took my BRDV crate complete with the newest eFX mask that I put a lot of work into recently, my ForceFX Vader saber that I've had since 2007, and newly upgraded leather gloves. Well fucking shit on a stick. All of these things are material and can be replaced, but it's not about that to me. Some people just fucking suck, plain and simple. ''Tis not the end of the world though.
"After walking around befriending and talking to some of the local homeless people in a nearby camp who were all polite and helpful decided after I told them what it was and what I do said they're going to try and look around, talk to other people in their network to figure out how to get it back. Two of them have my contact info, but I remain realistic about it not hopeful.
"So, while I still consider myself Darth Vader, BRDV... I won't be able to perform, entertain, or make people happy dressed as him for a while to come now."
I believe we all have felt the incredible amount of joy, fun and laughter that Brandon brings when he dresses up as Darth Vader.
Last year, he helped raise over $3000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation with proceeds from his attendance as Darth Vader.
In Star Wars, the Force was originally known to be called 'The Force of Others'. What I believe this originally meant is that the Force was the assistance that comes when one is connected to friends and family.
And with that, I ask the friends and family of Brandon Reddick to become a part of the Force that will give life back to our cherished Dark Lord so he can once again bring smiles, throat hugs, and laughter (maniacal or otherwise) to those around him.
It might be a large goal but I know that we can do this if we come together, One in the Force.
Money will be used to purchase a new Vader suit, ESB Vader Helmet, Leather Vader gloves, and a new lightsaber.
And with that I leave you with BRDV singing...
- Marcus Luk
- Kate Wells
- Pat Yulo
- Cynthia Hamada
- Chelsea Murphy