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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Star Wars Celebration...

Kylo Ren's outfit from THE FORCE AWAKENS on display at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 17, 2015.

So last Thursday and Friday, I drove down to the Anaheim Convention Center to attend the latest Star Wars Celebration. The main event (which I missed since I didn't pick my badge up early enough to join the line on Wednesday evening; instead, I watched the panel via simulcast in a separate showroom at the convention center) was the morning panel devoted to The Force Awakens on Thursday. During this presentation, director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy unveiled the newest trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII...plus introduced the film's three main stars, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, onto the stage to divulge details about their characters for the very first time. Several minutes later, the cast of the Original Trilogy—Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew (Harrison Ford couldn't make it since he was still recovering from that plane crash last month)—appeared on stage to thank the fans for their 35-plus-year devotion to the science fantasy franchise.

A model of the X-Wing fighter that will be seen in THE FORCE AWAKENS on display at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 17, 2015.

Originally, I was only going to attend the Celebration on Thursday, but I went back on Friday to visit the costume and prop exhibit devoted to The Force Awakens. I spent much of Thursday looking for this exhibit (it was on the 2nd floor of the convention center), and by the time I found it later that evening, the line to get into the showroom was cut off since the exhibit was closing for the day. But that's okay... It was another $65 (plus $10 for parking at Angel Stadium; I had to take a shuttle to the convention center on both days) well-spent. Here are several photos from my two days in Star Wars nerdvana.

Director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy discuss THE FORCE AWAKENS during a panel at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 16, 2015.

THE FORCE AWAKENS' actors Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega join J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy on stage at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 16, 2015.

Original Trilogy actors Peter Mayhew, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Anthony Daniels are flanked by Stormtroopers from THE FORCE AWAKENS at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 16, 2015.

Posing with a Stormtrooper from THE FORCE AWAKENS at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 16, 2015.

Posing with a fan dressed as Padmé Amidala from ATTACK OF THE CLONES at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 16, 2015.

Posing with a fan-made version of the landspeeder used by Rey (Daisy Ridley) in THE FORCE AWAKENS... at the Star Wars Celebration on April 16, 2015.

Posing with Kylo Ren's outfit inside THE FORCE AWAKENS exhibit at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 17, 2015.

Kylo Ren's lightsaber hilt on display inside THE FORCE AWAKENS exhibit at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 17, 2015.

Two Stormtrooper suits on display inside THE FORCE AWAKENS exhibit at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 17, 2015.

A Flametrooper suit on display inside THE FORCE AWAKENS exhibit at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 17, 2015.

Posing with a Snowtrooper suit inside THE FORCE AWAKENS exhibit at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 17, 2015.

BB-8 on display inside THE FORCE AWAKENS exhibit at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 17, 2015.

The desert attire worn by Rey on display inside THE FORCE AWAKENS exhibit at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 17, 2015.

Posing with fans dressed as SPACEBALLS characters at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 17, 2015.

Post-PHANTOM MENACE Darth Maul poses with another Sith Lord at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 16, 2015.

Fans dressed as Princess Leia and a Stormtrooper strike a pose at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 16, 2015.

Enjoying a nice view of Orange County from the 3rd floor balcony of the Anaheim Convention Center...on April 16, 2015.

A lightsaber-welding assassin from ASSASSIN'S CREED poses for photos at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California...on April 17, 2015.

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