Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 Photos #9: World of Wheels and Wings

Mustafar truck!

Maybe you’ve seen muscle cars with awesome fire decals, but have you seen a truck engulfed in the very flames of Mustafar?

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

April 11-15, 2019, was the ninth American edition of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Celebration, recurring major convention celebrating their works, creations, actors, fans, and merchandise, not always in that order. After jaunts around the U.S. coast and overseas, this year’s was in Chicago, gracing the Midwest with its products for the first time since 2005. My wife Anne and I attended Thursday through Saturday and fled Sunday morning…

Vehicles are one of the key components of the Star Wars Universe. Mechanically inclined fans naturally paid tribute to those motorin’ machines, whether with faithful recreations of starships from the films themselves or with Terran vehicles transformed into eye-popping, street-legal homages.

Star Wars 70s van!

Where there’re muscle cars, there’re vans with fantasy paintings on the side.

BB-8 Beetle!

Looking for something less macho? Try the BB-8 Beetle!

BB-8 VW wagon!

Or upgrade to the BB-8 VW station wagon, the non-macho option for the entire family!

Rebel Alliance sedan!

The Rebel Alliance sedan for your everyday Coruscant commute.

X-Wing battle damage car!

The X-Wing battle-damage car, for supporters of military underdogs.

Astromech tailgunner trailer!

Ask your local car dealer about the optional astromech tailgunner trailer.

tailgate painting!

If you’d rather keep your fandom on the down-low, leave the front paint job as-is, but add flourishes to your tailgate and accessorize with a carbonite bed cover.

If you’d rather settle for an ordinary driving experience, that’s understandable. Celebration also had flying options on display, though none of them offered live demos, which is a shame because an intergalactic air show would’ve been a great fit.


Small-scale Rebel Snowspeeder, well acclimated to the frosty Chicago weather that weekend.

TIE Fighter medium!

A TIE Fighter well above regulation model size.

TIE Fighter!

Alternatively, there was the largest TIE Figther we’ve ever seen. Now we’re talking power vehicles.

TIE Fighter autographs!

One of the colossal TIE Fighter’s wings sported a few classy autographs.


While the Empire had the tallest ship on the premises, the good guys’ X-Wing Fighter was by far the longest.

Mandalorian speeder bike!

Fans of the modern Star Wars era got their first sneak-peek of The Mandalorian with this speeder bike from the upcoming series parked by the Live Stage..

TX-225 GAVw!

For pure boots-on-the-ground firepower, you can’t go wrong with the TX-225 GAVw tank from Rogue One. with built-in Stormtrooper mannequin.

To be continued! Other chapters in this very special maxiseries:

Prologue: Our Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 Pre-Show: Who We’ve Already Met
Part Zero: MCC Live-Tweet: Our First Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 Line
Part 1: Imperial Cosplay
Part 2: The Right Side of the Force Cosplay
Part 3: Scum and Villainy Cosplay
Part 4: Rising with Skywalkers
Part 5: The Stars in Our Galaxy
Part 6: The Droids We Weren’t Looking For
Part 7: How to Draw Star Wars the Marvel Way
Part 8: Adventures in Official Merchandising
Part 10: Welcome to Our World of Space Toys
Part 11: Fashion and Shopping
Part 12: What We Did in the Star Wars

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