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