We’re more than a little ashamed to admit we remember the brief Ewok craze of the mid-1980s, when two made-for-TV follow-ups to Return of the Jedi hit the tube. While we realize now that the Ewoks were a harbinger of the soul-crushing awfulness of Jar-Jar Binks, we were suckers for the furry critters back in the day. Yet even as wide-eyed fourth graders, we were disappointed with The Ewok Adventure and its Wilford Brimley-starring sequel, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. The nine-year-old brain is surprisingly capable of sensing when an artist is just milking it.
Yet these movies represented the brief heyday for actor Eric Walker, who continues to live on the small glory he accrued in the role of Mace. In fact, he now appears to earn his living on the convention circuit—check out his website, the splash page of which features this unforgettable testament to the Ewoks’ mysterious allure:
Beyond the good vs evil narrative element, the human message within the Ewok films reminds us of the importance of virtue and the sacred principles of family. We see this in Mace’s brotherly love for his little sister Cindel Towani, (played by Aubree Miller), and their desperate search for their parents. And certainly in some way with each sci-fi convention appearance, Eric brings the nobility and charm of Mace Towani with him. Eric has embraced what has become an ongoing celebration and recognition of a lesser known but truly essential part of the Star Wars universe. And in doing that he brings a palpable excitement not lost in the shadows of things past, but of those things we hold so precious. Things like the dreams of our youth, the ever lasting mystery of imagination, the freedom to still dream, and the un-compromising depth of adventure.
The site’s convention pictures are highly, highly recommended.