A long time ago (last week) in a galaxy far, far away (Orlando) ..
It's time to become one with the Force and put and end to those pesky rebels, we mean our Star Wars Celebration updates. We had an epic 3 out of 4 days at this years Celebration in Orlando. If you missed any of our live updates from Day One or Day Two be sure you check them out.
In this update we're going to wrap up everything that went on at Celebration with the panels and other news in the Star Wars Universe and share some of our favorite pictures and moments of each day. We hope you enjoy.
Day One kicked off with an EPIC 40 years of Star Wars panel which had some hilarious moments, some classic moments, cast from all era's of the Star Wars Saga and of course a touching tribute to our Princess.
Unfortunately Day One also had some issues in the morning with lines but thankfully they had them all handled by Day Two. We didn't get a chance to see any panels on Day One, but had an epic day exploring Celebration and of course with the awesome fans.
Speaking of epic moments, #GarthVader pretty much took Star Wars Celebration by storm, Cosplay In America picked up on our picture, found the person behind Garth Vader and here is his story.
My buddy and I have done Wayne & Garth a few times for Halloween and some special events. I went to Star Wars Celebration in 2012 (Orlando) not in costume. I was a big fan of the cosplay mash ups! Got tickets for SWCO 2017- originally did not think about doing a costume - but then it came to me. I have Garth - just need to add Vader = Garth Vader.
I already have a great Garth Algar costume. Original thought was to get a movie quality Darth Vader suit. That didn't pan out. Plan B - What would the real Garth get for Darth costume at Halloween? So, I ordered a Deluxe Darth Vader costume from Rubies - and tossed the helmet mask. Had to order some good Vader gloves and a decent red light saber. The shoes are Star Wars Skechers - Darth Vader checkerboard.
Non stop looks, comments, and photos - from the first moment to the last.
In the lines to get in, lines to meet celebs, I think it helped keep people from thinking about the lines. I visited the 501st room - took tons of photos - great sets and props! It was so crazy, every where I went, non stop. Right up to the end of the day. We were trying to leave, getting stopped by people everywhere to take photos. My friend Greg said, "I bet 1000 people took you photo today!"
Many people (attendees, exhibitors, and crew) made positive comments all day. That made me feel great and it didn't matter that my Vader was not movie quality. One guy stopped me for photo and told me he has been to many SWC, and my Garth Vader was the best thing had ever seen. I was actually blown away by that!
There was a guy walking with this daughter. He saw me and did a double take. He asked for a photo, then had me pose with his daughter (maybe 7 years old). She had long blond hair and glasses, like Garth Algar. She told me her dad calls her little Garth - so cute! Got a big high five from her.
The best reactions were from Mark Hamill & Hayden Christensen. They both had the biggest smiles and laughed when I asked them, "Have you seen Obi Wayne Kanobi?" Mark said to me, in all the years of Star Wars Celebration he never met Garth Vader.
Day Two once again saw huge crowds but the lines were much better managed and everybody was super excited for The Last Jedi panel. We again didn't quite get into the panel (it seemed for this celebration you pretty much had to camp out to get into any of them) but they did show the panel and trailer on the main show floor which was awesome.
Day Two also had some more amazing Cosplay on the show floor and some shopping in the Celebration store where Renée likely broke at least one Credit Card. =)
Unfortunately we didn't have anybody who could attend on Day 3 but that doesn't mean we weren't keeping an eye on all things going on at Celebration. The biggest thing, for us at least was the release of the Star Wars Battlefront II trailer.
Gregg: I'll be the first to admit I'm a HUGE fan of the first Battlefront although I definitely see why people have issues with it. There's no story mode and some of the game modes **cough**Fighter Squadron**cough** are used WAY too much in the expansion levels. But even with that I totally love the game.
That said, after seeing the trailer below I'm super excited for Battlefront II. Not only is there a Story mode, but it's told from the perspective on The Empire after the events of Return of the Jedi, which is AMAZING. Plus it's got the multiplayer mode included. We can't wait to get our hands on this in November.
In addition to that awesome trailer, we also got a look at the 4th and final season of Star Wars Rebels. Seriously, if you aren't watching this show you really need to. The writing is excellent, the characters are fascinating and it's definitely not just a "Star Wars Cartoon".
We found ourselves back at Celebration on day four. For anybody who's ever done all four days of any convention you know that by the last day everybody is exhausted, needs to get their last minute shopping in but that's when you also find it easiest to get some amazing pictures, especially when the last day falls on a holiday. And that's just what happened.
Some awesome pictures from Morgan of the Sunday fun at Celebration.
I think for us, as "older" fans of Star Wars, seeing younger people get into the series now is amazing. Some awesome Cosplay here.
So that's going to wrap it up for our Star Wars Celebration Orlando coverage. A HUGE thanks to Renee and Morgan for putting this all together, it was amazing to be able to follow along.
We hope you all enjoyed. May the force be with you ...
Written by Renée Girard
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Over the next few days we'll be bringing you all the news and fun from Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Keep track of the goings on here and on our social media.
Day One - Thursday April 13
Welcome to Star Wars Celebration. Lines, lines and more lines. May the Force be with you.
Rows and rows of queue space for those waiting for the long haul overnight.
Our first stop at #SWCO is Lego!
Got the #LEGOSWCO exclusive set!
Think Geek has some awesome merchandise. The tiki set is very tempting. Too bad Jabba is already sold out!
Yes! My favorite cosplay so far!
My credit card is already crying.
Checking out the droid builders. Perhaps these are the droids you're looking for?
So impressive and unique!
I think I found my favorite droid.
How great is this Cosplay?! Lots of creativity going on here.
The folks at 501st Legion have an amazing room to visit.
So much detail in their Rose Bowl parade Lego diorama!
More from 501st Legion. So great!
Well, I won't be going in the Celebration store anytime soon.
I love the shirts from TeeTurtle, and already own a few of them!
My face when I saw the line to get in the convention center this morning.
Love seeing droids just rolling around on the show floor.
Currently in line for the Funko exclusives, since they're available to non-ticket holders after 2, but the shelves are looking bare.
Funko line is now closed. Maybe we'll try again tomorrow.
Star Wars Ana Jet planes. Models have cast autographs.
Seriously amazing Lego displays made by the Greater Florida Lego Users Group
I want this car.
Want some Star Wars kitchen products? Toasters, waffle makers, you name it!
And for more items around the home, how about this couch and coffee table?
Hot Wheels Star Wars Celebration show exclusives are still available.
Going camping? Now you can go in Star Wars style!
Force Awakens characters made out of Legos.
You can make a little Lego at the Building Bay.
If you're wanting a Star Wars tattoo, this is the place to go.
You can watch some pretty awesome artists at work on Star Wars pieces.
Incredible Force Awakens cosplay.
The line for the Celebration Store is still at 2 hours. Here are the pins they have, with some already sold out.
Star Wars Rebels cosplay. Wow!
Lines galore for autographs and photos with the celebrities.
Something, Something Dark Side
Activities going on at the stage for Star Wars Show Live.
Most items are sold out for the day at Funko, but here's what's left.
The custom Star Wars cars around the floor are pretty sweet.
So happy I got to meet this little guy.
The calm before the storm for those lining up overnight/tomorrow.
Here's the front of the line for those already waiting for tomorrow!
That's a wrap from day one of 2017 Star Wars Celebration in Orlando! We'll be back for more tomorrow.
My mileage and steps for today after Star Wars Celebration.
This is exactly what I needed after today. Thanks Shake Shack!
More live updates coming soon!!
During Star Wars Celebration there were a few things that were pretty major announcements. One was obviously the new trailer, the Star Wars Rebels premiere would be another one.
But right up there was the panel and trailer for the all new Star Wars Battlefront game coming in November from EA/Dice.
Written by Joshua Condon
The panel on Friday morning was probably the 3rd most sought after panel of the weekend after the JJ Abrams panel on Thursday morning and Mark Hamill on Saturday night. The fact that this was in a smaller room didn't help matters and it would have been better had this been in the large arena.
That issue aside, what we saw was the amazing trailer (below) as well as some of the talented people who worked on the game, and it's quite clear that their passion for the franchise is up there with most of us crazy fans, so Battlefront is in good hands.
I was a huge fan of the games on the PS2 so I'm really looking forward to this new game ... so much so that I'm finally going to have to bite the bullet and buy a PS4. So Sony can thank EA/Dice for that. =)
So before we get to the panel, let's check out the amazing trailer. This is in-game footage, not a trailer created just to show stuff off.
Looks pretty amazing right?
So lets get to the panel itself.
We were one of the lucky ones and got our spot at the front of the second section for the presentation.
Once the panel began it was revealed that not only did the game designers get some amazing access to the Lucas Archives to scan all of the props from the movies themselves, but they actually visited the locations where the movies were filmed.
Checking out the AT-ST
In addition to the amazing panel, on the show floor they also had another game demo that was in Dolby Atmos as well as some additional information about the game. We were unfortunately not allowed to get pictures/video of the second trailer, but as you can see below, they went all out for the demo. The line for this was one of the longest over the entire weekend.
They really went all out for this presentation.
And this was the last picture we could take.
The second trailer was even more amazing gameplay footage that showed how the game can be played in the first and third person, and even more awesome Darth Vader footage.
Star Wars Battlefront will be released on November 17.
There is also DLC of the new planet, "Battle of Jakku" that is released on December 8, ten full days before the new movie comes out. BUT ... if you pre-order the game, you will be able to download Battle of Jakku on December 1.
We're really looking forward to seeing what other information comes out about this amazing game at E3 this year.
Hope you enjoyed this quick look at what could possibly be game of the year. What do you think about the trailer and the care they are putting into this game? Are you excited for November?