Since going on sale January 17, Star Wars Celebration Europe tickets have been selling like pfannkuchen, and, today, we’d like to shine a spotlight on one very special fan.
Our first-day ticket numbers were awesome, our first-hour ticket numbers were astounding, our first-minute ticket numbers were downright nutty, and Daniel Fritzel — purchasing his ticket mere seconds after Celebration Europe tickets went live — was the very first fan to claim his pass to the biggest Star Wars party Europe has ever seen, and we caught up with Daniel to find out a little more about him…
StarWars.com: Daniel, thank you for taking the time to chat with us. First up, you were the first fan to snag a ticket to Celebration Europe. How’s that feel?
Daniel Fritzel: Feels good. To tell the truth, I was a bit blown away when I was told that I was the first one to purchase a ticket.
StarWars.com: With you scoring your ticket so fast, were you waiting at your computer for tickets to go live? Were you at home ready to pounce? Were you at work with your computer subtly turned away from your boss?
Daniel Fritzel: I was at home sitting at my computer. I was Skyping with a friend who also wanted to purchase a ticket and had the Celebration site up, waiting for the tickets to go live. Parallel to that, I had the tickets.de site up, because I knew that the tickets would be sold via this site. I had already created a user profile and was logged in, ready to go.
StarWars.com: How’d you first hear about Celebration Europe? And what made you have to get your ticket so quickly? More quickly, might we add, than any other Star Wars fan on the planet.
Daniel Fritzel: I read the announcement on starwars-union.de and heard about it on the ForceCast. Since this is my first Celebration, I didn‘t know how fast tickets to this event normally sell, and I wanted a limited VIP ticket.
StarWars.com: As this is your first Celebration, what kinds of things are you hoping to see?
Daniel Fritzel: I hope to see many stars from the movies as well as voice actors from The Clone Wars. And if George Lucas himself would decide to show up, that would be great.
StarWars.com: You’re from Bad Homburg. What’s it like and how far is it from Essen?
Daniel Fritzel: Not only am I from Bad Homburg, I live in the best part of Bad Homburg — Ober-Eschbach. It’s about two and a half hours from Essen. As for what it’s like, I like living there. In Bad Homburg and the surrounding areas alone you have some very interesting historic sites, for example the Bad Homburger — a palace, granted a small one, but still a palace — and the Saalburg, an old Roman fortress which is partially reconstructed. These are just two examples of what you can in Bad Homburg, and Germany has so many beautiful sights I could go on like this for a while.
StarWars.com: Any advice for international fans visiting Germany for the first time?
Daniel Fritzel: Take your time and try to take in some of the sites Germany has to offer. And on a funnier note, don’t believe everything you’ve heard about Germans. We don’t drink beer all the time, and our favorite clothes are not lederhosen. Oh, be careful with German beer, though! It is generally much stronger than some beers in the States.
StarWars.com: Talking Star Wars overall, how were you first introduced to the saga and how long have you been a fan?
Daniel Fritzel: When the first video rental store in our town opened, the first film my father rented was Return of the Jedi. I think I was around eight or nine. That was my introduction to Star Wars, and I’ve been a fan ever since.
StarWars.com: How do you express your fandom? Are you a costumer? A collector? Have encyclopedic knowledge of the inner workings of X-wing propulsion systems?
Daniel Fritzel: I’m not that big of a collector, mainly because of space issues. Generally, I show my Star Wars love through my clothing. I have some pieces of Marc Ecko’s fantastic Star Wars line, some Adidas Star Wars, and of course a bunch of t-shirts. And I wear them proudly!
StarWars.com: Have your spread a similar love of Star Wars to family or friends?
Daniel Fritzel: Sadly not. But not for lack of trying. I have some friends, though, that I’ve had since school who are also big fans, so we geek out together.
StarWars.com: Any favorite characters from that galaxy far, far away?
Daniel Fritzel: Boba Fett. Bobba Fett is just cool. The helmet, the armor, and his whole character just seemed cool to me as a kid seeing Return of the Jedi for the first time, and that stuck with me. And over the course of many books and comics, and now The Clone Wars, where the Mandalorian culture is explored, he just clicks with me.
StarWars.com: Lastly, do you have any message to Star Wars fans around the planet?
Daniel Fritzel: May the Force be with you. I know it’s cliché, but what else can I say?
Thank you, again, Daniel for taking the time to answer our questions. Without you and others like you, Star Wars Celebration and Star Wars overall wouldn’t exist today. We’re excited to be partying with you, Star Wars fans across Germany, and the faithful around the world this summer at Star Wars Celebration Europe!