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“Neat Stop” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit

Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit
19a Front Street | Planet Paradise, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
1 721 542 4009
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Ranked #1 of 46 things to do in Philipsburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit, nestled amongst Front Street's duty free jewelry stores, is possibly the most surprising enterprise in the Caribbean. Who would expect to find Darth Vader, Pinhead from HELLRAISER and Riddley Scott's ALIEN in St Maarten? But this unprecedented showcase has that and a whole lot more. There are displays that span six decades of movie making, relics from THE TERMINATOR, MEN IN BLACK and even THE MALTISE FALCAN. There's also an incredible collection of lifecasts, the actual faces of Hollywood stars, From Bogart & Brando, though Sean Connery & Jack Nicholson to Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp & Angelina Jolle. The collection is extended to include famous historical figures too… the actual faces of Abraham Lincoln, (cast 3 months before his assassination), Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, (cast in. 1778 and 1783 respectively by french sculptor Jean Antoine Houden), and death masks of both Oliver Cromwell, (1658) and Vladimir Lenin (1924). The Exhibit is the brainchild of Hollywood creature effects wizard Nick Maley, known as "that Yoda Guy" for his contribution to the creation of Yoda for the STAR WARS sagas. If you don't know who Nick is, just google his name. He made over 50 movies, including SUPERMAN, HIGHLANDER, KRULL & LIFEFORCE, worked with Hollywood legends like Sean Connery, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Harrison Ford, (you will see them all in the exhibit), was featured in CINEMAX and HBO specials, won a place in THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS and was nominated for an EMMY. Nick shares his professional perspective on the making of famous movies via DVD and, if you are lucky enough to find him there, he will dedicate purchases from the Yoda Guy Shop and do photos with customers. The Shop sells signed movie memorabilia, posters, antique STAR WARS comics, behind the scene photos and storyboards… unique autographed slices of STAR WARS history that become a legacy to pass on through the family. There's also Nick's celebrated Caribbean artwork, (exhibited in galleries in 18 countries and toured the world with UNESCO. Nick and his wife Gloria have created the Yoda Guy Movie Museum Foundation, a not for profit group to oversee the Exhibit's development. Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to support the museum and visit a STAR WARS celebrity. It is recommended on all major cruise lines as a MUST SEE for art and movie fans.
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“Neat Stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

stopped by and enjoyed myself. My wife and I purchased an item for my son and met Nick"the Yoda Guy". lots to look at. Didn't tour the museum-maybe next time when the kids are with us. A must stop for those who love Star Wars or even love having a great experience. Nick-if you're reading this,thanks so much. My sons smile when I gave him the autograph Star Wars piece was priceless.

Visited January 2014
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Warwick, Rhode Island
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“Yoda guy cool for Star Wars Fans”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

A must visit for Star Wars fans the original designer of Yoda
is usally there and happy to autograph anything you buy.

Visited February 2013
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Wellington, Florida
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“This was a great surprise in Phillipsburg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We have been coming to St. Maarten for 15 years as time share owners and went down to Front Street yesterday. This 'museum' / shop was really fun. Nick was on his computer after we toured the museum. he and I chatted about everything from his days at Lucasfilms to his arrival on the island and the various changes that had taken place. Got my 11 yr old grandson ( who loves Star Wars ) some signed memorabilia, but i think his Dad will commandeer it when we give it to them since Star wars came out when he was 7! Fun spot.

Visited January 2014
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“Do yourself a favor and stop by.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

I really had a great time visiting with Nick. I think that is the real highlight. There are great movie and Hollywood artifacts there. I had a great time learning about the Star Wars film work, Nick's work on Highlander, and several other films. We really enjoyed seeing his collections of life masks,

The real fun in the visit is having time to talk with Nick about his experiences on film. He is a delightful man with many entertaining stories. You know that he must have told them 100 times before. But I really did feel that he was telling me for the first time. He is a great storyteller.

I know some are upset that his better artifacts (including the full Darth Vader, Emperor and other costumes) are only available with a purchase. I fully understand. He is trying to build a museum with independent financing. This is not an easy task...even with cruise ships coming to town every day.

Do yourself a favor. Get some great Belgian chocolate up the street and then go in and buy a piece of Nick's artwork and take in the whole experience. I'm still grinning several days later!

Visited January 2014
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Yoda Guy Star Wars Exhibit a Must-See!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

This was such a great little find for our trip to St. Maarten! Small little museum tucked away in town, holds memorabilia and shop items, mostly showcasing Star Wars, but some other Hollywood film favorites. The "tour" is quite short as the museum is small, but the info is fun to read/hear/see. Best part of whole experience was meeting the Yoda Guy himself! Nick was so genuine, friendly, positive and gave great advice on staying motivated, not giving up on your dreams/goals, having a positive outlook on life. Such a great guy and glad I got a photo with him!

Visited January 2014
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