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MATT CAN DO THAT: Suiting up as an Imperial stormtrooper from Star Wars

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The movie Star Wars was set in a "galaxy far, far away." But, the sci-fi franchise is alive, and well, in Sioux City. That's thanks to conventions, like one last month, at ACME Comics and Collectibles.

Part of the fun is something called "Trooper Olympics" where Imperial stormtroopers race eachother along an obstacle course, and fans bet on which one will win. KTIV's own Matt Breen got to suit up.

The course starts with a weapon stormtroopers aren't all that familiar with... a Jedi's lightsaber. Kevin McGarry, ACME Comics & Collectibles says, "First of all, you're gonna pick up the lightsaber, spin it around three times. Then, you're gonna run the course through the cones. Then, you're going to go through the 'circles of death'." Matt Breen, Reporting, "The circles of death?" Kevin McGarry, ACME Comics & Collectibles says, "The circles of death. You don't want to miss those."

The next obstacle requires accuracy. Kevin McGarry, ACME Comics & Collectibles says, "Then you pick up this gun, and you're shooting Jedi with the gun. Then, you run all the way to the end." Matt Breen, Reporting, "What happens if I lose?" Kevin McGarry, ACME Comics & Collectibles says, "You don't... Vader is very, very unpleased if you lose."

All kidding aside, the cause behind this competition is a worthy one, "Stand Up To Cancer." Kevin McGarry, ACME Comics & Collectibles says, "I lost my mother to cancer three years ago. Curing cancer is very, very close to my heart." And, to Tom Kane's, as well. He's the voice of Yoda in the "Star Wars" animated series, and was McGarry's guest for this year's convention.
Tom Kane, "Yoda" Voice Actor said, "I have a daughter that had cancer. Fortunately she's in remission. So, we're happy about that." 17-year-old Sammie Kane beat a diagnosis of Hodgkins lymphoma. Tom Kane, "Yoda" Voice Actor said, "It's something that's touched our family... hopefully never again!"

The money raised by buying tickets to bet on ACME's "Trooper Olympics" benefits "Stand Up To Cancer." And, that's where Matt comes in. Matt Breen, Reporting, "It's very slimming!" With the help of Jason Neuroth from the 501st Midwest Garrison, Matt suited up. Not very quickly, mind you. Matt Breen, Reporting, "Here's what I don't understand. How did the Empire conquer anything if they had to get dressed up like this first?"

After about 15-minutes, the final piece is in place. Matt has his helmet on, and is ready for action. Matt Breen, Reporting, "These aren't the droids we're looking for. Move along, move along."

Announcer said, "Troopers ready?" Matt Breen, Reporting, "Sure." And, Matt was ready. He raced through the course is near-record time, and even though his form wasn't perfect, he still beat his challenger. Announcer said, "And, the rookie wins!" Confident, Matt boasted, "Bring on Skywalker!"

The "Trooper Olympics", and the other activities at ACME's convention, raised more than $300 for "Stand Up To Cancer." That's pretty good when you consider the tickets cost just 25-cents, a piece.

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