Star Wars Celebration 2005 Memories, Part 2 of 3: Stuff We Saw

X-Wing Fighter!

Life-size X-Wing Fighter! Working engine and hyperspace drive sold separately.

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover: a flashback to our four-day weekend at 2005’s Star Wars Celebration III in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Part 1 was nearly three thousand words’ worth of anecdotes, bullet points, actors, friends, Star Wars creators, popes, and the worst line we’ve ever endured in our entire lives. Part 3 is the inevitable cosplayer roundup.

Tonight’s episode: more scans of 35mm ten-year-old photos, now with more Star Wars stuff than ever in them — a combination of official Lucasfilm props on display behind lock and key, loving fan-made objects, and Star Wars playthings writ large. If Part 1 is a long nonfiction book, Part 2 is the glossy photo section in the middle of the book apart from the rest of the content. More things, fewer words. Enjoy!

Jedi Starfighter!

Obi-Wan’s astromech droid R4-P17 hangs out in his Jedi Starfighter, just chilling and not waving hi and not taking any questions from the audience. R4-P17 is kind of a jerk.

Lego Darth Vader!

Long before the video game sensations, mandatory Lego Star Wars was a convention thing. Welcome, Lord Lego Darth Vader!

Lego Chewbacca!

Lego Star Wars bonus guest star: Lego Chewbacca!

Imperial March!

Star Wars diorama! Stormtroopers stand at attention while their oppressors drop in for an unannounced inspection, and colossal aliens loom on the horizon with impossibly huge cameras.

Star Wars M&M car!

This M&M car was probably one among thousands of Revenge of the Sith merchandising opportunities. Maybe someday one of these roadsters will be worth serious moolah, though I can’t imagine wanting to be seen driving it.

Sandpeople Costumes!

One of the most popular non-celebrity attractions was the Lucasfilm Archives, a room full of actual movie props and costumes from George Lucas’ own storehouses. Exhibit A: Sandpeople fashion revue.

Empire Strikes Back costumes!

Lucasfilm Archives, exhibit B: favorites from The Empire Strikes Back, the greatest Star Wars film of all time.


Lucasfilm Archives, exhibit C: Wookiee fur suits, the ideal gear for braving the nearest Hoth in your galaxy.

Origami Jabba!

Origami Jabba the Hutt was among the non-pro artwork on display in the “Fan Fair” exhibit hall, complete with itty-bitty origami critter snack dangling off his origami mouth.

Salacious Crumb!

Fan puppet of the year: Salacious Crumb! Maybe he was hand-crafted, maybe he was store-bought. Either way, we respect a guy bold enough to partner with a puppet at a convention.

To be concluded!

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