The dark side of Dassow is celebrating: For fans of the “Star Wars” saga, May 4th is a pretty special day, perhaps more important than Easter, Christmas and a birthday combined. Because May 4th is “Star Wars” day. “May the force be with you” – in German “May the force be with you” – the fans of the film series wish for that day.
Fans in Dassow in northwest Mecklenburg can feel closest to the dark power, the Death Star or the desert planet Tatooine. There, 30 film sets are reproduced on 1,300 square meters of exhibition space – all based on the films released between 1977 and 1983.
“Summer after lockdown actually went quite well”
It wasn’t until 2019 that the team around the idea generator Marc Langrock opened the exhibition. He emphasizes that it is made by fans for fans and is not marketing for the film series. “The summer after the first lockdown actually went very well,” reports the 50-year-old. In autumn he had to close the gate to his star world again for visitors. This spring it was able to open briefly, now everything is tight again.
The makers of the “Outpost One” exhibition are using the current lockdown for renovation work. The sets get more details, among other things. Another set – “Mos Eisley” – is being built in an outbuilding on a scale of 1: 6.
Fascinating world on former agricultural land
In general, when the visitor arrives at the former agricultural site in the Dassow district of Pötenitz, he hardly encounters a fascinating world. Figures like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, the Ewoks and of course the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are deceptively “real” placed on planets and in spaceships.
Artists from all over the world have produced them in months of detailed work. Anyone who gets too close to Han Solo, played in the films by Harrisson Ford, would not be surprised if he would shout out what is perhaps his most famous sentence – “The ship made the boiler flight in less than twelve parsecs”.
Exhibition in Dassow
Tickets for the “Outpost One” exhibition are available for adults from 30 euros. The site can be found at Travemünder Weg 20 in Dassow. Opening times: Wednesday to Friday 12 noon to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, it is currently closed due to the lockdown.
On approximately 1,300 square meters there are fan artwork and collectibles from all over the world, including highly realistic silicone busts, detailed costumes, blasters, helmets, creatures, life-size vehicles, elaborate spaceship models, and graphics.
The makers have integrated a large part of the exhibits into around 30 life-size sets, which are based on the original trilogy and which follow the film plot in chronological order.
It all started a few years earlier with a small trash can that was in Marc Langrock’s son’s room. “I thought it looked like a little R2-D2 and redesigned it,” reports the 50-year-old. With a smile he evades questions with a wink as to whether he has redesigned it for his son or for himself. The exhibition is now huge. Around 100 film characters and countless individual exhibits can be seen.
Visitors from all over Germany
Visitors now come from all over Germany. Marc Langrock also relies on smaller groups, which are given special tours, rather than masses. This is also reflected in the admission price, but the concept works. “The biggest challenge is grandparents who are dragged along by their grandchildren,” says Marc Langrock. The best thing is then to see when grandma and grandpa come out of the exhibition enthusiastically. “They are mainly fascinated by the details,” he says.
Details were important to him. Again and again, the sets are made more faithful to the original – be it just with a few extra buttons or wall paint. In a scene with the small, fluffy creatures that call themselves Ewoks, Langrock cheated a little on the background: “You don’t see the redwoods from the film, but the Dassow forest.”
From Michaela Krohn