Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Force was with us at Star Wars Celebration VI

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Before Tampa was invaded by the Imperial National Convention, Orlando, was taken over by Star Wars Celebration VI. The 7 million square-foot Orange County Convention Center was filled with shopping, trading, screenings, cosplayers, educational panels, laser tag, speed dating and Legos ... everything a fan could want, with the added bonus of lots of chicks in gold bikinis.

Attendees from all over the world were greeted by a looming AT-AT Walker and some of their favorite characters decked out in beads while R2D2 took a Myspace-style group shot.
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  • Attendees from all over the world were greeted by a looming AT-AT Walker.

No Star Wars con would be complete without a smattering of Slave Leias and this was no exception. Props to The 501st Legion for an amazingly, disgustingly realistic Jabba the Hutt.
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  • No Star Wars con would be complete without a smattering of Slave Leias and this was no exception. Props to The 501st Legion for an amazingly, disgustingly realistic Jabba the Hutt.

There were cookie cutter Leias at every turn, be it the slave girl or white dress princess version, so it was nice to see a more creative costume.
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  • There were cookie cutter Leias at every turn, be it the slave girl or white dress princess version, so it was nice to see a more creative costume.

Those who attended the Collecting Track presentations received a Star Tot upon exiting. They were created exclusively for Celebration and caused the rabid collectors in attendance to basically spend 4 days either attending a presentation or in line for a presentation so they could get all 20. Full sets are currently listing on ebay around $500. People are crazy.
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  • Those who attended the Collecting Track presentations received a Star Tot upon exiting. They were created exclusively for Celebration and caused the rabid collectors in attendance to basically spend 4 days either attending a presentation or in line for a presentation so they could get all 20. Full sets are currently listing on ebay around $500. People are crazy.

Even elite soldiers of the Imperial Navy find a pile of Legos irresistable.
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  • Even elite soldiers of the Imperial Navy find a pile of Legos irresistable.

The Inkfusion Tattoo Festival took place on the floor of the convention and was literally buzzing all weekend.
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  • The Inkfusion Tattoo Festival took place on the floor of the convention and was literally buzzing all weekend.

A clone and a clone clone.

Those darned Klingons are always looking for a fight.

This Swarovski encrusted Boba Fett helmet, designed by software engineer Rich Dellinger, was my favorite among the amazing selection of altered helmets that were put up for auction with proceeds benefitting the Make a Wish Foundation.
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  • This Swarovski encrusted Boba Fett helmet, designed by software engineer Rich Dellinger, was my favorite among the amazing selection of altered helmets that were put up for auction with proceeds benefitting the Make a Wish Foundation.

A group of Willrow Hood cosplayers crashed one of the Collecting Track panels, opening my eyes to the fact that there was a random dude with an ice cream maker in The Empire Strikes Back.
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  • A group of Willrow Hood cosplayers crashed one of the Collecting Track panels, opening my eyes to the fact that there was a random dude with an ice cream maker in The Empire Strikes Back.

This? Oh, this is just me in my Boba Fettish costume strolling with Anthony Daniels aka C3PO. nbd.
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  • This? Oh, this is just me in my Boba Fettish costume strolling with Anthony Daniels aka C3PO. nbd.

I dont think anyone was surprised that Star Wars Speed Dating was a 'saber party.
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  • I don't think anyone was surprised that Star Wars Speed Dating was a 'saber party.

Not everyone can afford the $1000 price for a movie accurate Stormtrooper costume.
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  • Not everyone can afford the $1000 price for a movie accurate Stormtrooper costume.

Not even the Dark Lord of the Sith is zombie-resistant.

What true fan hasnt dreamed of this?

The Beaker Stormtrooper (or would that be TK-BKR?) was one of the best costumes all weekend.
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  • The Beaker Stormtrooper (or would that be TK-BKR?) was one of the best costumes all weekend.

This Scout Trooper was proud of his trophies, clearly gathered upon avenging the garrison that fell in the Battle of Endor.
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  • This Scout Trooper was proud of his trophies, clearly gathered upon avenging the garrison that fell in the Battle of Endor.

Ackbuster aint scared of no traps.

Who knew wookiees could be so adorable?

On the last day of the convention, just when I thought Id seen every possible incarnation of Slave Leia, this happened.
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  • On the last day of the convention, just when I thought I'd seen every possible incarnation of Slave Leia, this happened.

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2013 Star Wars Day: The Force Was Strong at the Trop

2013 Star Wars Day: The Force Was Strong at the Trop

Jedi, Sith, droids and troopers took over Tropicana Field on Saturday, September 21, for an intergalactic meeting of Star Wars nerds and baseballs nerds. As John Williams’ “Star Wars” theme trumpeted throughout the almost-full stadium, Chewbacca strode onto the field to throw the first ball. Kids and adults stood in line to ham it up for pictures with characters, enjoyed a breakdancing C-3P0 and got to bring home Jedi Zobrist, a player-Star Wars mash-up bobblehead. The force was definitely with the Rays Saturday as they beat the Orioles 5-1. (Photos and text by Natalie Campisi.)

By Natalie Campisi

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