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Austin 'Star Wars' fans gather to celebrate 'May the 4th'

May 4 has unofficially become "Star Wars Day" across the country.

AUSTIN, Texas — May 4 has become a big day for "Star Wars" fans. Commonly known as “May the Fourth be with you," the date has unofficially become known as "Star Wars Day" across the country.

Fans dressed as well-known characters like Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi converged at a celebration at the Holocron Toy Store in North Austin on Thursday.

Holocron is one of the largest "Star Wars" toy stores in the country. The store sells everything from lightsabers to vintage action figures of characters like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia.

"These go back to 1981, maybe before. They started the toy lines after the first movie 'A New Hope,' so they're mostly from the 'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi'-era from the original trilogy," said Sean Fleck, an employee at Holocron.

Many "Star Wars" fans showed up at Holocron Thursday, including Michael Barajas, who came with his young son and had a blast.

"I think he loves it. He's watched all of the 'Star Wars' films with us, ever since he was born. He came on May 26th – right after May the 4th," Barajas said.

In addition to all the fun with the characters, the 501st Organization helped collect toys for the Peter Mayhew Foundation. The toys donated will go toward the young patients at Dell Children's and Texas Children's Hospital.

"We show up and give them the toys and adds a bright spot to their day," said Sherri Ray with the 501st Organization.

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