GALLERY: A Day at Star Wars Celebration

IMG_2869A few hours ago in an Orange Country far, far away…

STAR WARS!

One of the film world’s most beloved franchises continued to prove it’s power this weekend in Anaheim, California with the four day event known as Star Wars Celebration, which (as the name suggests) celebrates everything Star Wars. The convention got off to a big start on Thursday, April 16 with the release of that stunning trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens but the fun carried on for an additional three days. So with a press pass around my neck and a pair of friends at my side I hit the convention floor to get a fan’s eye view of what all the fuss was about…

In general you’re surrounded by your favorite props, vehicles, and characters every where you look.

IMG_2872Some are convincing…

IMG_2914But others require a little imagination…

IMG_2916And there was definitely no shortage of these guys…

IMG_2895No, seriously. There were hundreds of them.

IMG_2893Some of the displays were conventional…

IMG_2878While others were downright bizarre…

IMG_2880Cars were given a Star Wars makeover…

IMG_2883And so were children!

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Celebrity chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes whipped up some intergalactic treats in a replica of the famous cantina scene from A New Hope!

IMG_2900…but let’s not forget to talk about Chef Darth Vader serving up Jar Jar Bink’s head on a platter. Literally.

IMG_2901But fans looking for a taste of what’s to come in The Force Awakens would not go home disappointed…

IMG_2885Even the newly styled Stormtroopers made an appearance!

IMG_2882And when you found yourself shut out of panel discussions and cast member meet-and-greets due to long lines and full rooms you could always just recreate the classic films in some truly awesome photo opportunities!

IMG_2891Fancy some holographic chess? You got it!

IMG_2911Need a quick dose of healing bacta fluid? You can get that!

IMG_2910Want to prove your worth against the dreaded Rancor? You can do that too!

IMG_2918Just beware of roaming Playboy Bunnies…

IMG_2889…and the disturbing revelations of movie magic…

IMG_2875But all in all it’s worth the peril to stand in the replicated hallways that Han Solo and Chewbacca called “home”…

IMG_2912But keep your damn nerf-herding hands to yourself!

IMG_2870May the Force be with you.

 

 

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