Now, I can’t class myself as an obsessive fan but being married to one has slowly rubbed off on me over time! Over the years I have bought my Husband Star Wars Lego and t-shirts but have recently started to purchase things for myself, my collection includes a life size cardboard cut out of Chewbacca that stands in the corner of my lounge (scaring visitors, especially ones that spend the night on the sofa), a remote control R2-D2 toy and random figurines! When I was invited to the Star Wars Celebration at the Excel Centre back in July, I got pretty excited.
I could tell I was heading in the right direction when the DLR started to fill with people wearing cosplay. I secretly wished I had dressed up too instead of wearing my token tee. The costumes were spectacular, some must have been months in the making.
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Getting up close to some of the movie costumes made me appreciate the level of detail and craftsmanship that goes into some of the pieces. The Stormtrooper uniform has to be my no.1 when it come to costume design, I think it’s where I developed my obsession with white gloss!
The Propshop booth had a selection of replicas for sale and offered fans the opportunity to purchases their own Personalised Star Wars Maquette!
Employing the same technology used to capture the actors in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, their head and face is scanned by Propshop’s state-of-the-art photogrammetry system; a scanning rig composed of 50 cameras and capable of capturing the highest possible resolution.
Once scanned, the detailed data is sent to Propshop at Pinewood Studios, where it is processed and then 3D printed in color. The Propshop team carefully craft the replica head onto the body of a Stormtrooper, TIE Fighter Pilot or a Rebel Pilot, resulting in fans owning their own personalised maquette.
Models of a Tie Fighter and AT-AT in the main hall
I didn’t catch the name of this Japanese model making company, the detail on the Millennium Falcon was incredible!
Radio Controlled Inflatables by Bladez Toyz
Life size Lego
One of the highlights of the show for me was the art gallery, this is just a small snapshot of some of the great Illustrations that were for sale.
Gareth Edwards the Director of the upcoming Rogue One movie out later this year, was signing prints!
There was all sorts for sale, everything from handbags to comics!
Loved these quirky shoes by Irregular Choice
Emma Shipley‘s intricate Star Wars Illustrations have been turned into a stunning range of scarves and accessories.
Star Wars Tattoos!!!! This takes Fandom to a whole new level, one I can’t see myself reaching!
There were lots of celebrity appearances, talks, interactive events and cool displays lined up over the three days, even though I was only there for one day I managed to cram a lot in. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Star Wars Celebration and would highly recommend it even if you aren’t a huge fan. The only downside was come 4pm the air did start to whiff a bit of unwashed Boys so If you do go next year get there early 🙂