Friday, December 18, 2015

Father-son lightsaber battles: Entire Pigman family embraces 'Star Wars' (CCC feature)

NORWALK, Ohio — Derek Pigman does what any good “Star Wars” parent would do; he’s been having lightsaber battles with his 11-year-old son.

“I have been (a) fan as far back as I can remember, but I got hooked when my oldest son Brayden got me into the ’Clone Wars’ series when he was about 6 years old,” the Norwalk High School social studies teacher said.

The computer-animated “Clone Wars” series came out between 2008 and 2014. The stories expand on the events between “Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones” and “Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.”

“That's right around when (the) Force FX lightsabers came out in stores and we've been lightsaber-dueling ever since,” Pigman said.

He will be in Sandusky on Saturday to watch the seventh live-action film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” 

“But the whole family expects to go see it over our winter break,” Pigman said.

“The Force Awakens” opened Thursday to big box-office returns and positive reviews.

Director J.J. Abrams’ film took in a record-breaking $57 million at the U.S. box office for its preview showings Thursday night, according CNN Money writer Frank Pallotta.

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So far, the Disney-owned film has made about $130 million worldwide since opening overseas Wednesday. “The Force Awakens” opened in 44 overseas markets before its U.S. debut, breaking records in numerous countries including the U.K., Ireland and Germany.

Pallotta said Thursday’s $57 million “blasted the record for the biggest pre-opening in box office history held by ’Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,’ which made $43.5 million on its opening night in 2011.”

Rotten Tomatoes gives “The Force Awakens” a 95-percent approval rating, based on 256 critics’ reviews. That means 243 of those reviews have been certified as “fresh.”

The Force is strong in the Pigman family.

“My sons Brayden, 11, and Dylan, 8, are huge fans as well, and my wife, Lindsay, has been super supportive of our ’Star Wars’ habit,” Derek Pigman said.

Even the youngest Pigman child sounds as if she’s ready to be a Jedi Padawan.

“Anna, my 1-year-old daughter, already practices with her lightsaber daily. She wouldn't take off her Jedi robe to go to bed last night. Yeah, we are pretty excited,” Pigman said.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This feature, written by Cary's Comics Craze blogger and webmaster Cary Ashby, was published in the NORWALK REFLECTOR newspaper, where Ashby is a full-time staff writer. Email your feedback to

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