STOCKTON (CBS13) — At Comic-Con this weekend in Stockton a dream came true for a local boy with a love for Star Wars.
He was surprised with an elaborate costume for his wheelchair and was transformed into his favorite character, Darth Vader.READ MORE: El Dorado County Braces For Flooding After Caldor Fire
It was the moment 12-year-old Xavier Valero had been waiting for… joining the Dark Side.
Valero has muscular dystrophy and is wheelchair-bound.
“Oh, he’s a big fan, yeah,” said Erica Espino, Xavier’s Mom said. “I think it’s because [Darth Vader’s] undefeated so he thinks he’s undefeated.”
The construction of the costume alone is worthy of a trilogy.READ MORE: Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Barred From Caring For Bears Until It Makes Changes To Enclosure
“This project is something that I made time for because I wanted to showcase it here locally, at a big event with Cosplayers who are going to appreciate and love what it is,” said costume designer Cory Hunt.
Piece by piece, Bay Area police officer Cory Hunt and a team of around 15 volunteers with the Magic Wheelchair Organization assembled the “Advanced TIE-fighter” that stretches more than six feet long and five feet wide.
Hunt describes the costume as a hexagon split in half which creates a wing shape on each side.
“We have a flight stick, like the actual control sticks that Darth Vader had, but we have a google app on there that is targeting an x-wing in the middle, and if you push it, it scores hots on the x-wing if it’s centered right,” Hunt said.MORE NEWS: Kings Home Opener Brings Life To Downtown, Stresses Business
The designers even attached four speakers on the costume for sound effects. The speakers can play the Star Wars theme song, TIE-fighter sounds, laser blasts, and more.