There are always so many great things happening at Star Wars Celebration events that it’s hard to keep track! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Read on for highlights, photos and more!
A sushi chef from Japan, Okitsugu Kado, is also well known for his talent in vegetable carving. Oki started creating intricate Star Wars vegetable pieces after making his very first simple R2-D2. His vast amount of talent and love for his art got him on the cover of the UK edition of National Geographic with his very own Darth Vader carrot carving. Oki’s love of Star Wars goes far beyond vegetables. He is a part of the Jedi Order Japan, which now has 70 members, and took part in Star Wars Celebration Japan.
There are a lot of things that set Star Wars Celebration apart from the slew of other pop culture conventions out there — Stormtooper security guards, life-size TIE Fighters in the hall, droid races — but some are more subtle, like the badges that all attendees and staff wear. Unlike most cons that use the same boring badge design with minor color variations for every type of attendee, Star Wars Celebration is known for its badge collections, with over 15 badges — each with an artist’s fresh take on classic characters.
To fit Celebration VI’s “Join the Party” theme, artists Chris Trevas and Brian Rood came up with 19 new character designs featuring famous faces from a galaxy far, far away celebrating Celebration. Click through to see them all, from a moustachioed Droid general to a balloon wielding bounty hunter!
A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to tag along with Course of the Force during its epic journey from Santa Monica to San Diego — which conveniently took a quick detour through LEGOLAND California. While we were at the park we couldn’t help but shoot some pictures of the awesome LEGO Star Wars Miniland, a whole area devoted to LEGO recreations of iconic scenes and characters from the Star Wars universe.
Wondering what’s been happening at StarWars.com? Here’s a quick roundup of what you might have missed last week, including Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 5 sneak peeks, Comic-Con highlights, Celebration VI updates and more!
THE CLONE WARS SEASON 5 SNEAK PEEKS
The Clone Wars panel at San Diego Comic-Con International revealed two previews of major events unfolding in the show’s fifth season: the return of Darth Maul and the Mandalorean Death Watch to the Star Wars galaxy! Check out the Darth Maul clip here and the Death Watch sequence here.
Star Wars had a major presence at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International, with panels showcasing new and upcoming collectibles from Sideshow, eFX, Kotobukiya, and Hasbro. There were also previews of upcoming books, the fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and a bunch of on-scene coverage reported right here in the official blog! Be sure to also check out our slideshow coverage of the many Star Wars-related sights witnessed at this years Comic-Con.
STAR WARS READS DAY
Star Wars book publishers will be staging events in bookstores and libraries across the US on October 6, 2012, an occasion that promises raffle prizes, promotional giveaways and more! For more information (including volunteer costumer sign-ups), check out our Star Wars Reads Day announcement!
CELEBRATION VI UPDATES
In addition to revealing the final set of Celebration VI artwork prints, another collector-interest announcement also broke this week: The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience — a collection of items from the world’s largest Star Wars collectibles museum — will be appearing at Celebration VI! Also, today (July 20) at 11:59PM (ET) is the last chance for fans to purchase Celebration tickets and receive them in the mail. Get your tickets now!
If you’re a European Star Wars fan, this strikingly realistic statue of Darth Maul might look familiar – 15 of these bad boys were produced by Hasbro along with Lucasfilm and Studio Oxmox last fall to help promote the 3D release of Episode I earlier this year.