By Nolan P. Smith
Photos by Nolan P. Smith and Jason T. Smith
(Victor Valley)—This weekend, one the most successful and popular of science fiction properties took over the Anaheim Convention Center as Star Wars Celebration landed in Southern California. The convention, which is held annually around the world, amazed fans with cosplay, video game announcements, film stars and, of course, the reveal of the latest trailer for 2015’s big Christmas Day opener, Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
The trailer reveal was one of the largest happenings at the event, as director J.J. Abrams revealed the latest trailer, which showed the world a more in depth look, which included the first look at Harrison Ford as Han Solo and everyone’s favorite wookie, Chewbacca. Set decades after Return of the Jedi, the film will usher in a new generation of Jedi, and most likely, of the evil Sith as well. Set to open on Christmas Day, The Force Awakens is poised to catapult the franchise into a new era.
Another massive draw was the reveal of Star Wars Battlefront, which revitalizes the popular video game franchise later this year. From developers DICE, the reveal trailer showed graphics that looked amazing, almost like you were watching a film. Set to include aspects from the original films as well as bridging the gap in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, Battlefront looks to be the video game hit of the holiday season.
One of the largest parts of any convention are the dedicated cosplayers, who for this con came from around the globe for their love of Star Wars. The variations of costumes and characters were amazing, as we saw not only the classics like Stormtroopers, Darth Vaders, and more, but more spins to memorable characters, like the Frozen mash up of Hans Solo and Slave Elsa, a Rocketeer inspired Boba Fett, and a Little Mermaid Sith just to name a few. Cosplayers put countless hours into their craft, and at conventions like Star Wars Celebration, it clearly shows.
Stars from the films were on hand as well, as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Ray Park and more all had their own panels, which worked as a questions and answer segment to the delight of fans. Stars also included the original Boba Fett, Jeremy Bulloch, and the young Boba Fett and voice of the bounty hunter in the animated series, Daniel Logan. An art exhibit was also part of the show, as was Ink Fusion, which had talented tattoo artists creating tattoos on site. There was literally something for everyone, from a young padawan to a jedi knight, fans of all ages had plenty to partake in.
Next year, Star Wars Celebration goes across the pond to London, with tickets going on sale April 20th at noon. For more information on Star Wars Celebration, visit http://www.starwarscelebration.com/.