Countdown to 'Star Wars'

‘Star Wars’ traditions continue

“Star Wars” toys are available for all ages.
“Star Wars” toys are available for all ages. Rick Bentley/The Fresno Bee

It’s interesting how “Star Wars” is often treated the same way families look at sports teams. Love of the film - just like a passion for a certain sports franchise - gets passed down from generation to generation.

There’s a commercial airing right now for Walmart that shows the love of “Star Wars” being shared by young an old. There aren’t a lot of movies that are treated with that kind of reverence.

And the cultivation of “Star Wars” fans can start at a very young age. Pictured here is a container of soft plastic characters including Chewbacca and R2-D2 that are meant for young fans.

There are teens who were too young to see “Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” in theaters when it opened in 2005. They will get to start their own traditions of seeing the “Star Wars” films when “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens” just before Christmas.

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