Star Wars Celebration 2015!
I have long-awaited attending a “Con”: Comic Con, Wonder Con. Translation, A NERDS galore weekend of awesome-ness filled with costumes, dudes proudly wearing a lanyard decked out with pins and being able to eavesdrop in on conversation I may not fully grasp regarding the topic, but still appreciate. I love it when hundreds of thousands of people gather to celebrate their passion and geek out over collectibles, meet stars from movies and connect with new fans. Well, friends, I think I asked for it when I finally attended one of these conventions: I was invited to cover The Star Wars Celebration over the weekend in Anaheim and did I EVER get my fill of storm troopers, Jedis, Darth Vaders and Skywalkers.
The 4 day event, celebrated worldwide as fans not only gathered in Southern California but via live streams, hashtags and chat forums, kicked off with JJ Abrams discussing his newest venture as Director of the Force Awakens, the most anticipated film of the year coming this December and continued non-stop as more legendary characters and stars graced The Convention Center, like Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker themselves, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hammill were also in attendance, among dozens more.
The atmosphere throughout the city of Anaheim, was insane. Between the bad ass cosplay, clever tee shirts and just the vibes were through the roof to celebrate these iconic films. People live, eat, sleep Star Wars. I admit, I am a casual fan, so, I felt a bit out of my element and was careful to choose any questions wisely I might have had for my boyfriend….think of myself at a Tori Amos convention and someone asks why is she a Cornflake Girl! (FYI, she’s a Raisin Girl, NOT a woman bashing Cornflake Girl.)
As tempting as it was to participate in the photo opps with Fisher and Hammill, at $100 a pop, we decided to pass and instead had a blast as we people watched and checked out a good portion of the expo. The highlight, for me, but especially Michael, was being one of the few people to check out a sneak peek of the equally anticipated video game coming from LucasFilms and Dice Game this November 17th, Battlefront.
Battlefront will take players to all the universes we love and dream of going to, as well as to some we only have heard referred to in the films. Seeing this special preview got me extremely excited about it, and the response from the audience was amazing! Creating the game at both Skywalker Ranch as well as in Stockholm, the Dolby surround sound alone is enough to easily make this one of the best sounding games to come out EVER and it doesn’t stop there, when fans order this game, they will also get a free bonus game that will take them to the new, mysterious surroundings we saw in the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens. This is all BEFORE the film even drops!
After attending Star Wars Celebration, its clear to see that this could be one of the best years ever to be a Star Wars fan, or better yet, become one. I am so excited for Fall and can assure you that with my boyfriend around, I will have follow ups for you on Battlefront and The Force Awakens! xo
(*Disclosure: I was provided media credentials to attend this convention. All opinions are my own.)