EDMONTON – Christmas came early for an Evansburgh, Alta. teacher. His high-end Boba Fett costume that was stolen along with his vehicle at the end of November has been found.
“I’m flabbergasted,” Brett Watt said. “It’s finally sunk in. I’ve got it back!”
Watt is a teacher at Grand Trunk High School but he’s also a member of the 501st Legion. He uses his Star Wars costume for charity and community events.
“The most recent one that I was supposed to attend was a visit to the Stollery Children’s Hospital,” Watt said. “There was a young lad there who’s really sick but is a big, big Star Wars fan.”
The authentic Boba Fett costume – worth between $3,000 and $5,000 – is also used for corporate appearances for Lucas Film and Disney.
Watt’s costume was inside his Toyota 4Runner that was stolen from his driveway sometime overnight on Nov. 26.
However, after making a public plea for its return, it seems whoever had the costume had a change of heart.
Edmonton police contacted Watt late Monday night, saying it was brought to the police station.
“Somebody had anonymously dropped off my costume at the downtown detachment,” Watt said.
Unfortunately, Watt missed appearing at the Kids With Cancer gala by just a few days, but he’s thrilled to have the costume back and is looking forward to his next event: a special surprise with Children’s Wish Foundation.
Watt picked up his costume up from police Tuesday evening.
“This is an amazing relief. It’s a hand-made costume, really difficult to source the parts, definitely not something you can go to your local Walmart and pick up. If I had to do it again it would probably take me another two or three years to actually put one of these together again,” he said.
The costume was returned in relatively good condition. Watt said it was clear someone tried to put it on.
“There are a couple of parts that are falling off,” Watt said. “About the only thing that I’m missing is actually a little personal P.A. system, otherwise the entire suit is intact. Definitely repairable and I’ll have it ready in a couple of weeks.”
He said there has been “no news on the truck.”