On Friday, May 25, 2007, the city of Los Angeles will declare this day to be STAR WARS DAY. The original film made its glorious debut on May 25, 1977... a mere 30 years ago. I certainly wasn't alive yet but born a year later and by the time I was able to become "attached" to anything, it was either Disney or it was Star Wars.
Though since I was born a year after the original film was released, I didn't get caught up with Star Wars toys. I just missed it. I got caught up into G.I.Joe and the figures with super articulation. But I still loved the movies and borrowed them all the time from the library.
The love for Star Wars only grew as I got older when the films were released on home video with new THX sound, and then as special editions in the theater, and then the anticipation for the prequels. I try to forget about the latter, but I still love "Star Wars" just the same.
STAR WARS - A CELEBRATION
Though this convention is titled CELEBRATION IV, it's actually the 5th official Star Wars convention. The very first was held in Los Angeles back in 1987 at the Stouffer Concourse Hotel near LAX. Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew was among the guests, including George Lucas himself.
CELEBRATION I was the start of a new tradition in Denver, CO in 1999, prior to the release of Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Jake Lloyd (young Anakin) and his onscreen mother played by Pernilla August were the special guests of that event.
CELEBRATION II was held prior to the release of Episode II: Attack of the Clones in Indianapolis in early May 2002, where the new fighting Yoda was the talk of the town.
CELEBRATION III returned once again to Indianapolis in April 2005 and another special appearance by George Lucas.
The pins representing Celebration I-III.
CELEBRATION IV is back in Los Angeles for the 30th anniversary, and sad to say that George Lucas will not be stopping by. I have learned that he is in Europe working with Spielberg on shooting Indiana Jones IV already.
05.2407 -- THURSDAY: FAN CLUB PREVIEW DAY
The wait at the Convention Center was IN-SANE. And Thursday is only the Fan Club day too! Which means anyone who wasn't a member of the Star Wars fan club could not enter.
The floor to the convention opened at Noon, and if you don't have any identification, it may be difficult to get through these guys...
Speaking of identification, you couldn't get into the floor without a badge, and these badges are quite cute.
Darth Vader is the star of the 4 Day Pass:
Child 4day badge has the super cool Wicket the Ewok!
Emperor Palpatine represents Media:
If you're working the event, you get the Stormtrooper:
VIP or Talent get the Yoda badge:
If you work at a booth, you get one of Admiral Ackbar. Haha, the legs couldn't have been funnier in this phoo:
But it's also good to Volunteer!
And once you get your badge sorted out, it's time to explore!
A Death Star looms over the lobby.
Know where you need to go?
Then it's time to enter!
A LOT MORE TO COME, BUT THIS EWOK NEEDS SLEEP!