Six-year-old Sam Pick’s dream was to wear a costume to a comic convention which was so good that everyone would ask to have their picture taken with him.
But he was not prepared for the reaction when dad Martyn made him an outfit worn by Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies - it was so good it was voted as the best in the under 16s category and best overall costume at the Stoke Con Trent event.
And when Sam, who lives wih his family in Denton Rise, Melton, wore it to London Comic Con last weekend he made such an impression that a Daily Mail photographer snapped him for the newspaper and website with a line up of stormtroopers posing with him.
Martyn, who works for the town’s Jeld-Wen, said: “We were putting him to bed one night and he said ‘I want to wear a costume that everyone wants to have their picture taken with me’.
“They decided the winning costume at the Stoke Con Trent comic con by who got the loudest cheer from the crowd, which was about 1,000 people. It must have felt quite good for a six-year-old boy having loads of people cheering for you.”
Martyn made the stunning costume of the unmasked Vader himself. He tought himself how to wire up LED lights, how to stitch the cape together and even how to apply the make-up authentically.
He admits his son’s love of Star Wars has been passed on via his own passion for the movie franchise and both are excited about the new film, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, which is out next month.
Martyn, who is married to Sally and also has a son Joe (3) with her, added: “Sam has been so happy taking his trophies and his photographs to show his friends and the teachers at Sherard School.
“He wants a Superman outfit next but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make one as good as this one.”