NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Some people have the job of their dreams, but when those dreams are to serve as an Imperial Stormtrooper for Darth Vader - sometime you have to improvise.
Robert Lentz has spent a lot of money, and even more time on his hobby, but says the reward is worth it.
He has two jobs, and puts in a lot of hours into another many might consider his third. Lentz travels across the area to show up at events--dressed as a storm trooper.
Why? "They are the ones who do all the hard work," he says.
It took him a long time to find the suit.
"I got lucky and found somebody who was selling down at Memory Lane Comics," said Lentz. Then there was the $600 price tag. When he dropped the cash, he never dreamed putting it on would be the bigger issue.
"It takes me about 20 minutes, and I have to have help," Lentz explained. "It's a little difficult putting it on because there's these different parts that I've got to say ‘okay this one lines up and this one lines up.' that kind of thing. So it helps to have someone with you."
He hasn't even paid off the suit with money from these events, but that's no why he says he bought it.
"I never ask for money," he says. "People always ask, ‘what do you charge for birthday parties?' I'm like, ‘I don't ever charge.' I don't mind tips, but I don't ever ask for money for it. I do it because I enjoy it."
If you would like to keep up with Robert or ask him to come to your event, just search for him on Facebook.