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Today marks the Return of the Jedi's 30 years anniversary!

It is by today, May 25th 2013, exactly 30 years since Star Wars episode VI Return of the Jedi launched at the Theatres. 30 years since the first Star Wars Trilogy reached an end. 30 years Since Darth Vader died by saving the Gallaxy. 30 years since the Galactic Empire fell and the war between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance ended.

I'd like to know, how many here watched the premier of Star Wars ep. VI Return of the Jedi when it first arrived in may 25th 1983?
For those younger fans, when did you first see this amazing film?
How did you spend this day today and (if you lived then) 30 years ago?

Do tell.
And may the force be with you all.

-:iconeltoroguaco:
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:iconrabidpanda1:
rabidpanda1 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wouldn't be born for a few more months when it came out. Although my mom did see it in theaters so I guess I was there.
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jayce76 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Happy Birthday ol' boy! Your looking great.

I'll always love Return of the Jedi. It a great film in it's own right and probally my personal favorite from the saga. I remember seeing it when I just turned seven and right after having to go to Burger King to get a special Star Wars cup.
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Grigori77 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's the first movie I have any real memory of ever seeing in the cinema, and as a result it had an ENORMOUS impact on my entire life. The original Star Wars Trilogy as a whole remains one of my very favourite things in all of science fiction, and while The Empire Strikes Back is without a doubt the BEST of the bunch, Jedi will ALWAYS BE my personal favourite.
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PhunPhishTiger Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was born in '92, so unfortunately well over a decade too early to have seen it premiere. However, I grew up with the original trilogy; A New Hope was the first movie I ever remember seeing.

Star Wars as a whole blew me away, stimulating my still growing imagination and has continued to inspire me since, and will continue to inspire me henceforth.
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eltoroguaco Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You and me both, brother. I was also born in 92, I also watched a New Hope first (Was 6 or 8 years old when I watched it) and I also became a fan of the franchise as a whole.
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PhunPhishTiger Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Quinn-G Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Fun story; I actually discovered Star Wars as a kid with Return of the Jedi. When I was five (in 1995), I came up to my dad with the VHS and asked "Papa, je peux regarder le Retour du Jedi?" But as I still didn't know anything about Star Wars back then, I pronounced "Jedi" the same way I pronounce "Jeudi" (Thursday) in French.

As for the original launch date in 1983, I had to be around -7 years old, I think. XD
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Elaedan Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha I wasn't born and I was old enough to watch SW in 2005 xDD I saw 2005 Revenge of the Sith and then rented other movies. So I was little late 8PP
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jayce76 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Ha better late than never LM. Video, cinema. Does'nt really matter that much. It's all good.
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:iconelaedan:
Elaedan Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe you are right I have been enthusiastic fan since 2005 and not gonna stop!(I was 10-11 years then..)
This year is going to be my 9th year as a fan and I am going to celebrate it in a special way (just have to figure out how!) :3
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munistal Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I was born in '89 and since my parents really liked SW I got to watch the films in the early 90's, maybe around 93 for the first time. Return of the Jedi was always my favourite, especially for the end battle. I totally loved how Luke confronted Vader and how we finally got to see Vader without the mask ^^
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KyleStyle26 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Filmographer
I was born in '95 so I would've watched Jedi around 2000, maybe a little earlier. This film is in my top 3, with ANH & TESB taking the first two spots.
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DayDreamOrNightmare Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Didn't see it until 1992?, although became a huge fan instantly. Have seen the 3 original films more than 100 times each [easily.] I'd play them in my studio while working on Star Wars illustrations.:sun::skull:
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
I was born in '88, so I didn't see it in theaters. When I did see it, it was part of the trilogy naturally, and I was about six years old. But I had a rather strange idea about it in that I thought the order was: ANH, RotJ, TESB. My reasoning: Luke's hand is not missing in RotJ and the Death Star isn't in TESB. So I thought the Rebels had failed to completely destroy the Death Star in ANH (despite it blowing up completely on screen) and that the huge areas of construction in RotJ were actually "battle damage". I also thought the Rebels were there to finish the job in the Battle of Endor.

Needless to say I didn't really pay much attention to the details back then so much as I did the awesome action and cool starships. ;)

As far as today goes, I've been catching up on some much-needed sleep this afternoon after I got off work, and I intend to bake an apple pie with the Imperial logo on it this afternoon. :iconempireplz:
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:iconeltoroguaco:
eltoroguaco Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And you thought that much about it as a 6 years old? I also watched Star Wars the first time around that age. But I only wanted to see the fencing parts and had no idea what else was going on.
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
I was a pretty smart six-year-old (I was reading before I went to pre-school and even knew basic math). But sometimes I went with the first idea I had about something and cemented it in my head before I had all the facts, and that led to some very interesting conclusions about nearly everything. For instance, when I was three or four years old, I thought that car doors had a hatch for your leg to hang out of because I saw my mother get in from the back seat and close the door, but I didn't see her put her leg in the car, so I thought there had to be a way for the door to close on her leg without cutting it in half. It honestly never occurred to me that she was able to get her leg in the car before the door closed. :)
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:iconeltoroguaco:
eltoroguaco Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well that's some advanced but unnecessary thinking.
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Advanced, maybe. But unnecessary? I don't think so. I'm an engineering student, and overthinking a problem allows me and other engineers to figure out all the kinks so that we don't miss anything. But since I've always thought that way and come up with interesting solutions to problems, I'm usually a valuable member of the engineering teams to which I'm assigned in school.
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eltoroguaco Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ofc that is necessary xD But thinking that much over a fiction show isn't really gonna help. I do the same thing actually :P Only way it helps me is to tease friends that I know more about Star Wars than them...
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Lol, actually it does help in engineering because being able to come up with ways to explain behavior scientifically in a fictional universe uses the same thought processes that scientists and engineers use to explain real life phenomena. For instance, we didn't know how fusion worked in the sun for a long time, but we knew how it should work based on the available theories and how it couldn't work (it couldn't be powered by burning coal, for instance). So we did calculations based on the mass and luminosity to figure out what was going on, and derived that fusion was the power source before we even knew what fusion was or that we could harness it for power on earth.
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eltoroguaco Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dude, you lost me.
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namesRUNdry Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw it with my friends and family opening weekend, I believe. I remember being sitting by myself, tho, as my two other friends sat away from me. Why? I don't know. All I know is they weren't as big of a fan of the series as I was. (We were about 9 years old at the time, and some of us don't mature...at all, unfortunately.) I do remember how sad Vader's dying was, and how unique Oola looked.
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BrianLadouceur Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Well, the first time I saw any of the films was theatrically, but I was born in 1983 and the first one I saw was A New Hope.
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DRAGONLOVER101040 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:icondarthvaderplz::iconsaysplz:I shall make preparations for a party.
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AG88 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Didn't A New Hope also come out on 25 May 1977? That is 36 years of Star Wars. Nice!

I don't think I went to any of the premiers but I saw the movies at least a week or two from their release. I think it took longer to see ROTJ because I was in the Army and I didn't have a car to drive into the city to see it.

I've been a fan of Star Wars since the summer of 1977!
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eltoroguaco Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We got a veteran here! The force is strong in you. Yes A new hope also arrived in may 25th. But since it's an even number since Return of the Jedi arrived, this anniversary goes to it.
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forcecrush Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
I was born nearly 10 years after RotJ came out :)
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Tzoli Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wasn't even born at that time :D
I was like -3 years young :D
When I first watched it? I dunno, around when I was 10 years old I think, so in mid 90's around 1996 probably
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Crazy-Bluestar Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Same
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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snikeye Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I watched ep VI when I was little, in the 90's anyway and I was simply amazed by it! :iconjediplz:
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