Not long ago on Twitter I asked for your favorite Star Wars Celebration Europe memories and photographs for Bantha Tracks, the Star Wars fan newsletter. You sent some beauties, and we thank you for that!
This “photo book,” the final installment of a three-part online series, is a great teaser for what will appear in the December edition of Bantha Tracks in Star Wars Insider.
Star Wars Celebration Europe, in Essen, Germany, this past July, not only commemorated decades of the incredible galaxy far, far away and 30 years of Return of the Jedi, it transmitted crackles of excitement for both the new television series Star Wars Rebels and a brand new theatrical Star Wars movie planned for 2015.
It was thrilling to be a part of that excitement at a Celebration again, and I loved it. You loved the show, too, by the looks of your pictures, emails, and tweets.
There goes the neighborhood. Greig “Darth Elvis” Robertson poses with the Planet of the Apes TIE pilots. “I had to get my picture taken with them and it ended up as an impromptu sing-along for the crowds,” he reports. “Thanks again for making this such an unforgettable weekend full of awesome memories.”
R4-CE2 steals the show and the interview in the R2-D2 Builders’ area. Photo by Dietmar Sturgholz.
Best Boss Fight. Lukasz Mlotkowski from Poland captured Celebration Europe’s epic clash of the titans as Yoda (played by host Warwick Davis) and Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) reenacted the fight scene from Revenge of the Sith on the Celebration Stage.
“This was the McNab boys’ first Celebration,” writes their father Dave. “We traveled all the way from Scotland and met the wonderful Mr. Filoni just before his Rebels panel. He was in a rush but gave all the fans some time. He gave the boys a badge each with the wolf pack symbol.” McNab reports his sons David (left) and Adam (right) were very happy to meet Filoni. “Thanks, Dave. We are so excited about Rebels!”
Tim “TeeKay-421” Veekhoven masterminded and hosted the Star Wars Trivia Challenge at Celebration Europe. “It was a great honor and pleasure, certainly since Leland Chee (Keeper of the HoloCron at Lucasfilm) honored us by visiting our contest and wishing the participants the luck they needed to succeed in our challenge.”
Kenny Baker, the performer behind R2-D2 in the Star Wars movies, poses with members of the R2-D2 Builders’ Club and their creations. Photo by Dietmar Sturgholz.
“I have been to many Celebrations and have always felt like the odd one out because I didn’t wear a Star Wars costume,” writes Gary Mancini. “This year, I bit the laser blast and gave it a go. I decided to go as the “Death Star escape” version of Han Solo, as I figured everyone else would go the traditional A New Hope look. I’m glad to say that I didn’t see another version of my costume at Celebration Europe!”
Mancini says he was nervous wearing a costume at first, but relaxed after being asked to pose for photographs with many other costumers.
“I’m now confident enough to costume again at another Celebration,” concludes Mancini.
We’ll see you in Anaheim, Gary!
Magnus Müller, the founder of Mission Orange, champions charity efforts at Celebration Europe and elsewhere while wearing his own Orange Charity Gunner costume.
“I just wanted to say thank you for making Celebration Europe II happen,” writes Lukasz Mlotkowski, who traveled to Essen from Poland. “This was my first Celebration and I loved it.”
Mlotkowski sent some wonderful photographs to Bantha Tracks, including this glowing queen Amidala and the bevy of blue and white astromechs.
“I only wish it lasted a day or two more, there was so much to do, so many people to talk to.”