May the House be With You
Mailman David Oldbury spends his days making deliveries to other people’s homes and now thanks to his love and devotion to Star Wars, he’s delivering his home to other people. The 46 year old super fan has turned his London home into a shrine filled with all of his Star Wars collectibles. He’s even equipped it with amenities for people to spend the night in his “Solo Suite” named after his favorite character Han Solo.
“I became a fan of the franchise as a schoolboy after watching the first film in 1977 when I was 8 years old.” Oldbury told the BBC. “We have a room in our house set up full of memorabilia so you go to bed dreaming of Star Wars and you wake up looking at Star Wars.”
David has spent over $228,000 building his massive collection and the result is his own Star Wars Utopia filled with over 3,000 items that visiting fans can see and experience. Inside he has wall-to-wall keepsakes from the sci-fi franchise including books, toys, posters, action figures and even life-size Stormtroopers. Oldbury only charges around $53 dollars a night, so it’s very affordable, but in order to stay there, you need to follow certain house rules.
- Droids must have their restraining bolts at all times
- Lightsaber usage restricted to outdoors only
- Don’t use the side passage. That path leads to the Dark Side...
- Always let the Wookiee win
Oldbury, who started his memorabilia collection 38 years ago, has also done his fair share of Star Wars autograph collecting as he now has over 9,000 autographs from cast and crew after traveling all over the world to meet them at various events. “I have lots of stories to share from hanging out with my heroes and I look forward to giving my guests the inside scoop.”
While Han Solo wins the honor of being David’s favorite character, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader win the honor of being the only Star Wars tattoos that he carries on his body which serves as a daily reminder to fans outside of his home just how much he loves his favorite movie series. “My first figure was Chewbacca, the rest quickly followed because I had to have them.” continued Oldbury. “Later in life I progressed into autographs, merchandising, and meeting the actors. It’s my passion and I really enjoy it.” David’s “Solo Suite” is now up for rent for the UK cinema release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
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