Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 has come to a close. For my husband and me, both Celebration virgins, the event did not disappoint. Sure, there were ridiculously early mornings trying to get wristbands for key panels, crowds of jostling people, long lines and the fact that one can only humanly do a fraction of what is offered–but the things we got to see and experience were totally worth it.
Highlights for us were watching The Last Jedi teaser, attending the Drowning in Moonlight Carrie Fisher memorial benefit event, getting Peter Mayhew’s autograph, buying tons of action figures, seeing Anthony Daniels recreate a slightly perverted C-3PO tape dispenser with Warwick Davis, Sarah Michelle Gellar waving to us from her Seventh Sister autograph table (c’mon, we’re gay geeks), and attending the Star Wars Rebels panel, where Dave Filoni revealed that Season Four will be the series’ last but where he also showed us the entire first episode which won’t air until next fall.
At the top of the list of Star Wars awesomeness at Celebration were the cosplayers. The Star Wars universe is populated by a such a diversity of characters and creatures, the cosplay opportunities are endless, no matter your size, shape or age. While you don’t have to physically resemble characters to cosplay them, it was still particularly wonderful to see so many older women as General Leia and fans who finally have characters that look like them cosplaying Baze Malbus, Bodhi Rook, Sabine Wren and Finn. It’s no secret that Star Wars fans love to get into costume, so everywhere we looked there were incredible cosplays. There was no way to get pictures of them all, and we saw more than we could catch up with to photograph, so the cosplayers featured in the gallery below are only a small representation of the creativity that was on display and will give you a taste of what makes Celebration so much fun.
Christine Evans is a Carrie Fisher doppelgänger and put her resemblance to good use.
This cosplayer cut an imposing figure as Orson Krennic.
This little one flashed us a BB-8 thumbs-up and we nearly died of the cute. This Hondo cosplayer not only mastered the space pirate’s look and accent, but also his special brand of humor. Ahsoka lives! Or is it Ahsoka lives? Ask Dave Filoni. This little Thrawn has no time for your lack of culture and art appreciation. An unlikely gathering of a Jedi, a Sand Person and Princess Leia. A rather badass-looking Jedi. Or is he a Sith? Captain Phasma and Sabine Wren both rocking their unique battle armor. Teebo, who like all Ewoks loves to dine on spit-roasted human flesh. We thought this guy was cosplaying Dave Filoni, but it just turns out he shares the same fashion sense. This Jedi dad and his inflatable sons Jabba and BB-8 is parenting done right. Hera Syndulla and Sabine Wren, regularly helping Star Wars pass the Bechdel Test. And we finish with this fantastic rendition of Chef Gormaanda of the Star Wars Holiday Special.
All photos by David Mizejewski and Justin Wolfe.
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