PHOENIX - Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the latest installment of the Skywalker Saga that hits theaters Thursday night and it brings out the most passionate sci-fi fans. But for some, It's about a whole lot more than pop culture.
Star Wars isn't just a movie for those people; it's an escape. It's brought out the kid in fans for more than four decades. You could say that Peter Holzemer is one of those fans but you'd be wrong. He's much more than that. Oh, and don't call it a costume.
"Every armor is individually built. Every piece is handmade."
This armor makes up what will be TB91005, an Imperial Biker Scout station on the forest moon of Endor. And it takes a lot to make the transformation.
"This is all hand sewn...This is the thermal detonator...These are your knees...These are your drop boxes...That's the forearm armor...your chest armor."
So who would put in all the time and money to transform into these characters? It seems like an expensive hobby.
"When I'm fully suited up and I put that helmet on, I become an imperial biker scout."
The 501st Legion is an all-volunteer organization whose mission in this galaxy is to make people happy. They visit hospitals and help charity causes. On this day in Scottsdale, they're guarding a Shop-with-a-Cop event.
"We go everywhere from lawyers to doctors... there's a lot of blue-collar workers a lot of white-collar workers."
The only requirement is a sharp, movie-ready appearance and a passion for Star Wars. And the perks...?