A few weeks back I went to Star Wars Celebration Japan in Chiba outside of Tokyo. I had never been to Japan before so the elaborate toilets, immaculate train stations and the super-nice hospitality were a bit of a shocker for this jaded American. In a good way! I had some amazing food, met awesome new friends and got to see Japanese Star Wars fans on their own turf. I had a blast!
Here are some of my highlights:
BEST LIKENESS OF GEORGE LUCAS: George in Carbonite
As soon as I took a bunch of photos of this I blog bombed it to everyone I knew from Boing Boing to /Film. Even the celeb-obsessed blog Defamer took notice. This was the thing that got the most press stateside (and still is) from bloggers who wanted to see really weird stuff from CJ. Mission accomplished. I wish we had this thing at Lucasfilm’s offices. We already have Jar Jar in carbonite in the ILM lobby, so I’m thinking this would fit nicely in the LFL lobby. HINT HINT. But maybe that’s just me. Either way, it’s most impressive.
BEST ATTRACTION: Life-size Dewback
Yeah, that’s me on Dewy. This fan-made attraction had the longest lines and the fans loved LOVED loved it. I kinda wish Lucasfilm would buy it for our next Celebration in the States. This thing was AWESOME! I interviewed Goro who made it if you want to find out more: The Dewback Project
CUTEST GIRL COSTUME: Sexy Ewok
She was the belle of Celebration Japan — being asked every few feet to get her photo taken by media, fans and smitten teen boys. Makes you wonder if Ewoks looked like her instead of teddy bears with spears, we might have a few more fans of the Yub Nub song.