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Hudson Valley Man Creates Life-Sized Movie Prop

We can only assume that this Hudson Valley man has the most understanding wife in the galaxy.

To say that Gerrit Overeem is a “Star Wars” fan would be an understatement. As a member of the 501st Legion, Overeem spends his spare time dressing in a screen-accurate Stormtrooper costume to appear at charity and community events throughout the Hudson Valley.

In 2015 Overeem stopped by to help us celebrate “Star Wars” Day on May the Fourth. While having some fun around our studios, he explained the insane amount of man hours and money that went into creating his authentic costume. But that was nothing compared to his latest project; a life-sized Han Solo frozen in carbonite.

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“Star Wars” fans will surely remember the image of Han Solo getting frozen in carbonite at the end of The Empire Strikes Back, only to get thawed out again in the beginning of Return of the Jedi and help defeat the Galactic Empire one final time (or at least that’s what we thought). Well, Overeem has created a life-sized replica of Han Solo in carbonite that’s incredibly accurate, right down to the speed of the blinking green light (The light pulse is much more rapid in Return of the Jedi while Solo is being thawed out).

Why take on such an ambitious project? Gerrit explained to us that besides being a big “Star Wars” fan he likes trying new things. Overeem has already created movie accurate Stormtrooper, Sandtrooper and Imperial Officer costumes, so he wanted his next project to be something “epic.” And what’s more iconic then Han Solo in Carbonite?

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Overeem used parts from a kit that were available online and even found objects that were used by set designers to make the original prop, like instrument clusters from an old Volkswagen. He found someone that was able to pour molds of them so they could be used as side panels on Solo’s container. The finished project weighs in at 300 lbs and takes two pickup trucks to move.

Fans are not only impressed by Gerrit’s devotion to “Star Wars,” but the fact that his wife actually lets him keep Han Solo in their living room. He says he thought he was going to have to sneak it inside while she was wasn’t home, but his wife said it “looked cool” and approved Solo’s current location in their house.

What’s next for this ambitious fan? Overeem tells us that he’s already working on a movie accurate Boba Fett. It’s a pretty big job, though, and is expected to take at least six months. We think that’ll give his wife plenty of time to make room for it in their kitchen.

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