I’m off to Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 in London
Even if you aren’t interested in Star Wars in the slightest, you’ll have done well to avoid any of the buzz on social media this past weekend from Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. The new teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens premiered there, and within minutes went viral all round the world. Rightly so too, as it seems to have swayed anyone who wasn’t convinced after the first teaser trailer and turned every cynic into a fanboy once again. As someone who hasn’t been to a Star Wars Celebration since it was last in the UK, when it hit London in 2007, I was thrilled to see the announcement that next year’s event will once again come from London.
As I type this right now I’m hoping I manage to get tickets, as it’s only 7.30pm, and tickets don’t actually go on sale until 8pm – I’m confident though, so I am writing this post in advance, hoping I’m successful! The price for the 3 day event, which runs July 15th – 17th, is just £70, which shocked me somewhat. I was expecting a lot more, though if you are lucky to get one of the 200 VIP tickets at £350, you can pay a lot more. The benefits of VIP are worthwhile, but they will go in nanoseconds.
Real Time Update: VIP tickets did go in nanoseconds, maybe less, but I got normal tickets, lanyards, a t-shirt and guide and with added VAT and taxes/shipping (confusing that was added on top of VAT and they are tickets we pick up at the venue) it was a fair but more than I was expecting. But what the hell, this is my Mecca, and I’m on my way to Star Wars Celebration once again – whoo hoo!
I only went for one day in 2007, and didn’t queue for any talks or signings – the exhibits, market areas and galleries were enough to keep me satisfied. Next year will be a different story though, as I’ll be queuing like a demon for as much as I can, and anyone that knows me knows how much I hate queuing, so this Star Wars Celebration thing must be pretty good! Luckily I’ll be going with my good buddy Mark, who is an expert at queuing from his experiences at the Disney D23 expos, so he’ll kick my lazy butt into gear should I start moaning.
The next thing to consider is cosplay, which is something I have never done, but always thought about. I’d love to go as a Biker Scout, but the armour and helmet are very expensive, and I can imagine queuing in all that would not be particularly comfortable. I think a Jedi would be much more up my street as a virgin cosplayer, and a trip to Jedi Robe in London is on the cards. Maybe I could mix things up and go as a Jedi Trooper – Jedi from the neck down but with a trooper helmet. I have 15 months to get myself sorted, so plenty of time, and I may even get adventurous with my costume, but don’t count on it!
It would be remiss of myself to end this article without including the images of the classic Star Wars inspired trading cards I made from the 2007 Star Wars Celebration Europe in London, featuring yours truly. Just a pity I didn’t design at a higher resolution back then!
By the time Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 comes around we’ll all have seen Star Wars Episode VII and projects such as Rogue One will be well on the way, so it’s fair to say it will be a quite incredible few days. Hope to see you there.