As you drive downtown, there are interesting (sometimes bizarre) sculptures at many intersections. There is a nice distillery and a brew pub. It is a quiet little town surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery you ever wanted to see. You are a moderate drive from Seattle or Portland. Yet, there is a quaint small town feel because it is a quaint small town. It appears that much of the damage and many of the condemned homes arose from some flooding at the very beginning of the year which resulted in 2-3 feet of water in many residences. It was that hundred year flood. Too bad.
On our search, we revealed on of the hidden gems of Aberdeen.
Hidden might be a bit of an overstatement. They go out of their way to make sure you will notice them when you drive by. There are really subtle things.
|The force is strong in this one.|
So, we went and checked it out. First off is a nice greeting.
|Hmmm, always thought Vader was taller.|
|She always did go for the bad boys.|
|Some really neat details.|
And that is just outside. Step inside and you are met with...well, it's hard to describe. Plethora, smorgasbord, cacaphony, no one word seems to do it justice. I think I'll let the pictures talk a bit.
It turns out that they had some flood damage as well. Anything that was on the floor was ruined. So, our lucky day, everything in the place was half price so he could try to make up for the losses. Mr. Sucher and Sons were both present and accounted for. They really seemed to enjoy their jobs. I can only imagine why. They spent time rearranging things and setting up little dioramas around the store. I didn't have the heart to tell them they were only playing with toys and they didn't have the heart to mention their job was to play with Star Wars toys all day. And man, do they have a lot of toys.
|Tell the kids the toys are half off and watch them get serious.|
|Even more than half off. Oh Frabjous Joy!|
|For the more discriminating collector.|
|OK, that's cool|
|Hugemongous Millenium Falcon? Check.|
My favorite thing in the store?
|Get inside a Taun Taun without all the goopy mess.|
|Star Wars foodstuffs. Check. And pictures of Sucher with luminaries that have visited the store.|
|A difficult life playing with toys all day.|
|Some parts of the store have a decidedly adult feel.|
|Just a doll. Nobody left a kid.|
|Hard to resist the dark side.|
|May be some resentment about Disney buying the franchise|
|Paging Dr. Yoda|
|And all I had was Republic credits.|
|Poor Star Trek.|
|It's the Stay Puft Marshmallow man.|
But mostly they focus on their specialty. And with good reason. They even have a section for some of the more famous homages.
This is a really neat place and apparently devotees from all over the world make intermittent pilgrimages to visit. If you are ever in town and even a casual fan of the franchise, you should drop in and visit. If The Force is truly strong in you, book a ticket and get here. You will love it.