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Kansas City's biggest Star Wars fan ready for Episode IX

Posted at 5:00 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 08:53:02-05

KANSAS CITY, MO — 41 Action News put out a call on social media, asking for the biggest Star Wars fans in Kansas City to reach out to us. There were several good responses, but one man had a collection that would make any fan jealous.

"Man, I'm a huge dork I guess,”Jarrett* told us. “I mean when people come over, even if they're not into Star Wars, they love it."

Fan or not, you'll be impressed by the incredible collection in Jarrett's basement: Funko dolls, chess sets, the “Millennium Falcon and even light sabers.

"If I had the money, I would have a lot more of those," Jarrett said.

But maybe most impressive is the autographs he's collected over the years.

"Meeting the people, and getting them to sign stuff, was awesome," Jarrett said.

Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, Yoda, the Ewoks - He's met them. He's put a lot of time and effort into tracking all this down.

But, he also has his eyes on one item he doesn’t have: a life-size mold of Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, at Fanboys Toys in Blue Springs. It’s from Jarrett’s favorite film in the series, “The Empire Strikes Back.”

"If there was one piece that I had to have, that would be it,” Jarrett said. “And I'd be set. I've got enough people that do construction, I would build the case that it went in with the lights on it."

He's saving up his money for that one.

A life-long Kansas City guy, he's seen all of the films in local theaters.

"I think I was three when “A New Hope” came out we were there, and been to all of them since then," Jarrett said.

So what's a super fan like this think about the end of the saga?

"I'm excited but I'm kinda ramping myself down because I don't want to get myself so excited and just be let down,” Jarrett said. "They're supposed to be tying the Star Wars universe into this movie. I'm just gonna be glued in and focused."

And alongside this Jedi-master-level fan? His trusty Padawan/daughter, 7-year-old Emery, who is learning about dad's passion for the force.

"Um, probably because he likes it...," Emery said.

Jarrett and his family plan to see “The Rise of Skywalker,” on Friday night.