I must admit, I’m writing this post on the 3rd day of Celebration. As you guys know, I’ve been doing double duty as both an on-camera host and a blogger for StarWars.com. It’s been a lot of fun and it’s meant having an action-packed schedule this weekend. Day 2 was all about panels, crafting, and a dash of cosplay! In the morning on Friday, I headed to straight to the “Super Secret Star Wars Panel”. Since the panel featured both Seth Green and Matt Senreich (of Robot Chicken fame) I figured they might be announcing a new Star Wars animation project. And boy did they ever! If you want to know what the super secret was, check out my post here!
One of the highlights of the day was getting to craft with one of my favorite geeky crafters, Amanda Jean! I love AJ’s style and I’m always so amazed by the cool clothes and accessories she creates. AJ and I filmed a craft video where she showed me how to make an Ewok purse! Her design was so cute, the process was really simple, and it’s a craft that anyone could make. Best part? AJ let me keep our finished little Ewok purse!
After crafting with AJ, I ran over to the Costume Masquerade where they awarded the best costumes at SWCVI. I caught the tail end of the Masquerade but got a chance to interview some of the winners. There were some seriously incredible costumes. One was a Bantha that required two cosplayers to operate. I didn’t get a photo but hopefully you’ll be able to see the interview on StarWars.com. I did however see some other great costumes on Friday. Here are a couple of my favorites from the day:
This cardboard Stormtrooper won my crafty, little heart.
ANIMAL!!!! Muppet Trooper FTW!
After a quick lap around the floor, I headed straight to the Mark Hamill panel. Little did I know that people had been waiting in line for 6 HOURS already! But I knew I couldn’t leave SWCVI without seeing Luke Skywalker. It’s always been a dream of mine to at least hear him speak in person. And thanks to the kind folk at Lucasfilm, I got in! The thing that surprised me most about Mr. Hamill was how open and genuine he was. He shared some hilarious stories including one about his audition for “Pop” in a Rice Krispies Commercial. I could have sat and listened to him talk for hours. He has such an interesting perspective about life and the entertainment business. If you’d like to read some of his stories about Star Wars, I wrote a very extensive post about the panel. I wanted to include everything he said! ; )
As I made my way through the convention center at the end of the night, it was neat to see how empty it was. As I walked by the giant AT-AT and hanging Death Star, I kind of felt like I was in Night At The Museum. If spending the night at the convention center meant seeing the AT-AT come to life…you know I’d bring my Tauntaun sleeping bag.