View Full Version : The Legend of Good Luck Magic Yoda Revisited

01-28-2003, 06:50 PM
Somewhere in the distant past (well, October) I thought I had posted a thread about our old Toy Show mascot and good luck charm, Good Luck Magic Yoda and meeting Rena (Taun We) Owen. Needless to say, I have been unable to discover that thread, so I will retell the tale and then continue with the update...

Back in October 2002 (11-13 to be exact), the Dallas ComiCon played host to a great many media guests including Carrie Fisher. A more recent player in the Star Wars mythos, Rena Owen was also a guest of the show. Mrs. JediCole and I were set up at this show selling our usual variety of things new and old and were right next to the entrance to the main autograph hall. The evening of the first day of the show we were quite surprised to find Ms. Owen at our table asking for something "unique" that featured Yoda (her favorite character). We had cast about the table as we were closing down for the evening. We showed her our long-standing good luck charm, "Good Luck Magic Yoda" as an example of something truely unique.

Now I must take a moment to describe GLMY as best I can. Years ago we got some clear casting resin and a few molds. One was a small dome mold to make paperweights. One of the few POTF2 figures that would fit in the mold of that size was Yoda (absent his cane), so we thought it would be fun to try to cast a Star Wars figure in resin. We had also purchased some blue acrylic dye and wound up casting Yoda in a clear dome with the last few layers in blue. The result was a yoda figure trapped forever in clear plastic with a blue background that lent the paperweight a curious kind of depth.

Well, needless to say the sight of such a unique (one of a kind) Yoda item was quite beyond Rena Owens' expectations. She was so enthusiastic about Good Luck Magic Yoda that it seemed a shame to deny her this great piece. However, due to constant questions about how much we wanted for our mascot, Mrs. JediCole had put stickers on the underside that proclaimed, "Good Luck Magic Yoda is NOT for sale!" After some careful consideration, we determined that Rena could have Yoda but only as a gift, thereby not altering the contention that the good luck charm was not for sale.

At the time I did ask one favor of Ms. Owen. That upon her return home to New Zealand that she please email photos of GLMY in his new home! She let me know that it would be after the new year before she and her husband (who we also met that evening and got to hear his great Yoda impression) finally made it back home! Every now and then since the Dallas ComiCon, Good Luck Magic Yoda has crossed my mind. Rena gave us a Taun We figure and photo, both of which she signed with commemerative notes about the Yoda and her signature. Well, this weekend I had to wonder no more.

Awaiting me in our P.O. Box was a greeting card size envelope. I thought this was rather curious as the box is used for our toy show business. Inside I found a card from Rena Owen with greetings and thank yous for Yoda and a whole mess of photos of she and Yoda back home in New Zealand! I now have some great images of Good Luck Magic Yoda in New Zealand along with Rena Owen and will try to post them on this thread as soon as possible.

In the mean time, if you happen to attend a convention or toy show where Rena Owen is making an appearance, drop by and ask her about "Magic Yoda". I think it would be great to let her know that the legend lives on in fandom!

01-28-2003, 06:56 PM
Here is a picture of Yoda taking in the sun very south of the Equator!

James Boba Fettfield
01-28-2003, 07:09 PM
Where they at?

01-28-2003, 07:12 PM
Here are a couple featuring Rena Owen and her new friend back home in New Zealand!

Exhaust Port
01-28-2003, 08:08 PM
Awesome story and pictures!!! You're forever linked with SW lore.

Jedi Clint
01-28-2003, 10:02 PM
Awesome story. Thanks for sharing it with us :)

01-29-2003, 02:15 PM
WOOHOO!! That is the coolest thing ever! This smiley :D doesn't do justice to the grin your tale just brought to my face. The pics are too cool. I love how she's holding out the paperweight like it's a power totem, "By the power of Yoooooda!!" :p

01-29-2003, 04:45 PM
She sounds cool, I hope Taun We has a part in E3 that's bigger than her part in AOTC. :D

Nice Yoda, maybe you should try making a new one with a different character like a Jawa, Ewok or R2. :D

01-30-2003, 08:35 PM
Originally posted by LTBasker
Nice Yoda, maybe you should try making a new one with a different character like a Jawa, Ewok or R2. :D

Ironically Mrs. JediCole had mentioned the same thing when we received the photos of Rena Owen and Yoda. We had determined at the point that Yoda left us for his new home that there would never be another Yoda cast in that way (at least by us), but perhaps another small Star Wars figure would fit the bill.

Who knows, you may yet hear about Good Luck Magic R2-D2 or even a Jedi Padawan in the future. We had a one day Toy Show in early January which was our first without GLMY and it proved sucessful. We still have our sole remaining good luck totems, the twin "Poket Eagles", but that is another story all together, and not nearly as interesting. Perhaps this Spring we will pick up some casting resin and give it a go. I have a couple of Battle Bags Opees and a couple of Micro Machines (mini) Gungan Subs I've been threatening to cast in resin in this way (the Opee in the "background" to give a forced perspective cheat on th size discrpency when the two are put side by side). We may just get into a figure casting frenzy! Right now the warm days are few and far between and believe me, you want to be outdoors when you delve into the world of clear casting resin!

01-30-2003, 09:53 PM
Rena Owen also included this note on a card featuring her contribution to the Star Wars Universe, Taun We!

I would like to point out that in person, Rena Owen is very friendly, enthusiastic, and just a delight. She could not have been more friendly to us.

01-30-2003, 09:56 PM
And here is the last of the photos that Ms. Owen sent along. The curious "Paul Frank" logo appeared on all of the photos (perhaps the person that processed the photos), but was cropped out of the others.

01-31-2003, 10:23 AM
Cool story:cool:It was nice of her to send along pictures:D