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Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit
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Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit Tour in St Maarten
Ranked #3 of 56 things to do in Philipsburg
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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.
Reviewed November 20, 2011

My husband and I found this exhibit to be a breath of fresh and "non-shopping" air on the island. The items and write ups in the exhibits were interesting and cool. We did not experience any pressure to buy and Nick, his wife and staff were friendly. Materials for purchase were both Star Wars and island related. We would recommend this exhibit to anyone traveling to Phillpsburg, St. Martin.

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Reviewed November 13, 2011

Hos exhibit is little but this guy has worked in a lot of movies. The best thing is that most of the time he is there to answer any questions you may have about the movies he jave worked, his experiences and what is like ti work there. He have a small tour for a small fee where you can see some o his works, original pages of the Star Wars script. It was something different to do on St. Marteen. Note, when you go to St. Marteen don't fall for the people giving you a scratch card to win a price, they will send you to a hotel to sell you a time sharing. Evade them at all cost and go to this Yoda Guy place.

Thank Edricm
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Reviewed November 11, 2011

Yes, this guy was involved in the Star Wars stuff. And yes, I am a Star Wars fan, though not a fanatic. We were hoping to see more quality and original stuff, but maybe it was naive of us to think there would be stuff like that. This place reeked of a guy trying to poach a living off of the Star Wars franchise by selling photocopies of pages from screenplays that he'd hole-punched for 'authenticity'. Heck, you couldn't even take pictures in their without a 'donation'. I got out of there pretty quickly. I will say his art (non-Star Wars related) was pretty nice but overpriced.

5  Thank tinybabyrobot
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YodaGuy, Owner at Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2011

It's unfortunate that this individual chose to post this malicious review without bothering to check his facts...

FACT 1. The Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit is a registered Non-Profit Foundation. Funds generated are used to expand the exhibit and pay overheads and admin. Like all foundations, it is regulated by government authorities. So the notion that anyone is trying to "poach a living off of the Star Wars franchise" is clearly misfounded.
FACT 2. In 1976 when we were making the first Star Wars movie, Xerox photocopies were high tech. The first apple computer was released that year. It came with 4k of memory. Even when we were finishing the classic star wars trilogy in 1981 NASA did not have the computing power to copy a black and white drawing. So Star Wars production documents for episodes IV, V & VI were mimeographs, die-lines and PHOTOCOPIES. That is what the crew worked from. They NEVER had access to the original drawings.
FACT 3. The "donation" he refers to is for access into the exhibit which he clearly never saw. Photos are unlimited inside that area. In the shop, when visitors try to photograph artwork and other items that we sell, (presumably so they can print them for free at home), we stop them. This is standard practice in any gallery. Sometimes visitors are angry that we don't let them take what they want without contributing to our overheads. Possibly this motivates them to write bad reviews on the internet.

Amongst the published aims of the Foundation are to:
(i) To preserve the history of the making of the Star Wars and other feature films, told through movie relics, artifacts and the personal accounts of people actually involved in making these films.  
(ii) To preserve the legacy of movie personalities involved in creating famous movies by telling their stories and recording their experiences on DVD displayed in the exhibit.
(iii) To encourage youngsters to follow their dreams, have faith in their potential and strive to achieve excellence by giving them access to historical perspectives & motivational information from experienced movie achievers.

We hope you will read our other reviews and judge for yourself our credibility.

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Reviewed November 7, 2011

Hearing Star Wars music coming from a store in a small town in the Caribbean wasn't as big of a shock as seeing a museum as the source of the music. My wife and I went in out of sheer curiosity (we're both self-proclaimed Star Wars nerds) and were delighted to find a real Yoda, Darth Vader, Emporer Palpatine, Tusken Raider, and Ewok. Not to mention the original photos and documents and other fun details.

It made for a fun stop on our honeymoon. Highly recommended for Star Wars fans.

1  Thank Ryan M
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

When I got off the ship in St. Maarten, I was dreading walking through Philipsburg and seeing nothing but jewelry stores. But, I'd heard about That Yoda Guy, so I sought out his store/exhibit and was definitely glad I did. The memorabilia in the exhibit was great and informative, and pages from the early drafts of the original Star Wars script were extremely interesting to see. Nick was friendly and completely happy to take photos, sign prints, and talk about the exhibit and his work. Definitely a worthwhile stop.

2  Thank David Z
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