By, Heather Maloney
Science fiction conventions bring fans in droves to share in the love of their favorite show. Star Wars Celebration VI is one of the unique events that celebrate one particular franchise on a global scale. From cosplay to celebrity guests, there was something for everyone at this year’s event in Orlando.
George Lucas makes a surprise appearance
After tales from Celebration V of attendees sleeping hours in the rain to take part in his panel, many fans believed that George Lucas would not be making another appearance at this year’s event. On Saturday morning, Examiner.com caught a glimpse of the “Star Wars” creator touring the facilities. In addition to this secret tour, he made an impromptu appearance alongside Dave Filoni and Joel Aron during the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” panel. He was introduced by Filoni as ‘the biggest fan’.
Actors, Directors and Writers
One main fan focus of Star Wars Celebration VI was to meet and interact with their favorite “Star Wars” actor or contributor. Many celebrities were in attendance such as Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Ian McDiarmid, Seth Green, Kenny Baker, Warwick Davis and the entire cast from “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”. Classic moments took place such as Carrie Fisher spanking James Arnold Taylor; this equated into Princess Leia spanking Obi Wan Kenobi. Another favorite moment was when Warwick Davis and James Arnold Taylor staged a classic scene from “Return of the Jedi” in which Davis portrayed Darth Vader.
“An Evening with Kevin Smith“
Many fans were lucky enough to attend Thursday’s main event; “An Evening with Kevin Smith”. Smith used his witty humor and intriguing stories to answer fan questions. One particularly touching moment was when he spoke of his childhood best friend. They used to play “Star Wars” together until they grew up and his friend moved on. This friend tragically died in a car accident, and the story of how he pictured his friend at the convention with him did not leave a dry eye in the house. To counter balance this sad story, Kevin Smith and the attendees used the on stage sign language interpreter to learn how to spell hilarious and obscene concepts.
Fans dressed up in large numbers at the convention. From novice to professional, attendees shared their love and talent with others. Some costumes were funny such as R2-D2 Bender, however a majority were almost exact copies of those from the movies. Please visit the attached slideshow to see some of these amazing creations.
Any collector could have easily gone broke amongst the plethora of “Star Wars” items for sale at the convention. Many favorite retailers such as Think Geek, Her Universe, Brian’s Toys and Gentle Giant LTD sold items and answered questions.
It would not be a Star Wars Celebration without convention exclusives. The top exclusive was actually given free to attendees after each Collector’s panel in the Celebration Collecting Track. Star Tots were created in homage to a toy line that Kenner planned to create in the 1970’s and never did. There were twenty to collect at the event and fans could be seen trading Star Tots throughout the weekend.
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