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R2 Builders Club, Lots of Astromechs Coming to Celebration Europe

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R2-D2: BEEP WHISTLE-WHISTLE WHIR BEEP BLOOP BLEE WOOO

Translation: I am pleased to confirm that I will be attending Celebration Europe and am bringing a few friends.

It is a great pleasure to announce that the R2-D2 Builders Club will be at Star Wars Celebration Europe in Essen on July 26-28. The Builders Club was founded in 1999 by Australian Dave Everett, and now has over 10,000 members worldwide — members that have either built an astromech droid or are aspiring to build one.

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A Celebration Europe Must-See: Star Warriors and Deleted Scenes Screening

Mary Franklin | June 4, 2013

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Back in the spring of 2006, George Lucas decided he would love to bring Star Wars fans from all over the world to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day 2007.

As I recall, our head of marketing at the time assumed that we would bring costumed characters only from the areas closest to Pasadena, California, where the parade is held. George, however, wanted to bring them from all over to say “thank you” for their support of Star Wars over the years, and to recognize the dedication of groups like the 501st and Rebel Legions for their community and charity service.

We ended up with literally blocks of marching Stormtroopers, Rebels, Imperials, Ewoks, droids, princesses, Darth Vader, and a spare Vader tracking the parade route on a side street in a van. The path of the troops to the Rose Parade was documented in Star Warriors, which is scheduled to be shown at Star Wars Celebration Europe on Pablo Hidalgo’s Behind-The-Scenes Stage in Halle 5.

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Behind the Scenes with the 501st at Star Wars Weekends

Dakster Sullivan | May 31, 2013

For the past 10 years, the 501st and Rebel Legion costuming groups have brought their costuming expertise to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for Star Wars Weekends. I’m proud to say I’ve participated in the past three years of the event and I’m excited to share with you a little behind-the-scenes knowledge of what it takes to march and what we go through to make it happen.

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Celebration Europe: Fitting In Nine Feet of Awesome

Mary Franklin | May 28, 2013

About a year ago, one of my first tweets on @MaryLFL was a snapshot I took in my office one weekend, where I had printed out and taped together the first major draft of the overall schedule for Star Wars Celebration VI, which would take place in Orlando in August. I measured it, and included in my tweet that it was over nine feet long, printed in Tahoma 10- and 11-point.

It made me smile over and over again, in the months to come, that fans started to refer to the Celebration schedule as the “Nine Feet of Awesome.” Loved that name then, and I still do now.

Fast forward to last weekend, when I was working on an overall schedule spreadsheet again, this time for Celebration Europe, coming this July 26-28 in Essen, Germany. I have not printed this one yet, so I don’t know how many feet it will be, but I do know it’s a really big show once again.

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Dak Survives Hoth, Heads to the Star Ladies’ 1998 Convention

John "Dak" Morton | May 20, 2013

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“I’m dead!” read the button pinned on me when I entered a hotel suite at the Hilton Arlington in Northern Virginia on a sunny Saturday morning in March 1998. According to the “Rebel Pilot Reunion” article in Star Wars Insider (Issue number 32, Winter 1996), I’d been missing since the Battle of Hoth, presumed to have been killed in action. Not so. Such rumors were greatly exaggerated. But they can lead to serendipitous resurrections.

Sometime after my resurrection, I’d been a guest at Ben Stevens’ DFW Toy Show in Plano, Texas. Managing the autograph line was Denise Clarkston, an exercise physiologist who is now with Ben’s Official Pix, the folks who book the “talent” for Celebrations. Denise invited me to be her guest at a Washington convention of the Star Ladies, one of three fan organizations that are now Club Jade. In 1998, their third annual con was in DC during the run of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum’s “The Magic of Myth” Exhibition.

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Star Wars Day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Holly Frey | May 10, 2013

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I was lucky enough to be in Walt Disney World for their May the 4th Be With You celebration this year. This one-day party at Hollywood Studios was clearly intended to be a warm-up for the upcoming Star Wars Weekends. It was way bigger and more involved than I expected, and the crowd was awesome. I didn’t do a scientific sampling, but it seemed like roughly 75 percent of the people we saw were wearing Star Wars shirts or even costumes. It was like an awesome fan street festival.

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It’s (Not) a Trap! Countdown to Star Wars Weekends Continues at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Gary Buchanan | May 8, 2013

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As the Limited Time Magic “May the 4th” celebration fades into the galaxy, the team at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is busy wiping out its droids’ memories and resetting them for Friday, May 17, opening day for Star Wars Weekends 2013.

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May the 4th Be with You: Special Product Releases and Events

James Burns | May 3, 2013

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This year more than any previous year, Star Wars Day (or May the 4th) has inspired numerous Star Wars licensees to put on some spectacular events, create some amazing new products, and offer many killer deals. Read on for a summary of what’s in store…

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Celebrate May the 4th

Gary Buchanan | April 26, 2013

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For one day only, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will offer a Limited Time Magic event for the annual, fan-proclaimed Star Wars Day, May 4 — a date that Star Wars fans worldwide turn into a celebratory pun, “May the 4th be with you!”

Separate from our month-long Star Wars Weekends special event (which begins May 17), this Limited Time Magic celebration features special Star Wars-themed entertainment, including characters, exclusive merchandise, a dance party and a fireworks show to cap off the day.

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Great Moments Behind the Scenes at Celebration, Part II

Mary Franklin | April 17, 2013

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“C-3PO is on the run without security.”

“Mary, your boyfriend is in the next aisle.”

“Hide him with a Stormtrooper helmet.”

As my blog of January 22 states, there are always moments at Celebrations that sound not of this universe, or else completely unlikely, as in “You are going to serve cake to 7,000 people.” (For more on the Great Celebration Cake Adventure see Celebration IV: The Entertainment Capital of the Star Wars World.)

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