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Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 Photos #10: Welcome to Our World of Space Toys

Elite Praetorian Guards!

Elite Praetorian Guards from Kotobukiya. Pricier than you think.

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…

TOYS! Studies show 106% of all viewers who ever enjoyed a Star Wars film have owned at least one Star Wars toy in their lives. Anne and I don’t actively collect them anymore, but we haven’t yet parted with our respective collections. Frankly, it would take a while. Hers is ten times the size of mine, even after gifting a few extras to kiddie relatives. We nonetheless continue to admire Star Wars toys and toy-like products from afar, amazed at how far toy design technology has come since the ancient times when action figures with more than five movable joints were illegal in forty-two states because too much articulation might encourage naughty posing.

Naturally Lucasfilm invited some of their fanciest licensees to Celebration to display their wares, from the rulers of the commonest big-box toy aisles to the higher-end collectible craftspeople. Each of those vendors also had exclusive Celebration pins for sale, a value-added incentive for window shoppers to take a closer look. When the pin-bug bit Anne, we did a little of exactly that.


Triple-Zero Bandai!

Bandai brings you the sadistic Triple-Zero from the pages of Marvel’s Doctor Aphra.

Bandai Kylo Ren!

More Bandai fun with Kylo Ren and his Stormtroopers.

Kotobukiya Last Jedi!

An alternative Kylo Ren and friends manufactured by Kotobukiya, Japanese toymakers nonpareil.

Kotobukiya Droids!

Kotobukiya’s Triple-Zero, his partner BT-1, and their less deadly friends.

K-2SO Kotobukiya!

K-2SO via Kotobukiya. I just really like droid toys.

EFX Star Destroyer!

EFX Collectibles showcased a variety of models, including this sizable Star Destroyer. You’re gonna need a bigger coffee table.

Hasbro booth!

It wouldn’t be a Star Wars toy show with Hasbro, bearers of the original Kenner torch.

Donald Glover action figure!

Hasbro made me ask myself the hard question of why I don’t yet own a Donald Glover action figure.

Phantom Menace salute!

Hasbro also reminded us The Phantom Menace was twenty years ago, as was that time Anne, my son and I attended the midnight debut of its first wave of action figures at Toys R Us. Good times.

Lego Booth!

Lego showed up and brought their own building tables and Q&A space. Not pictured is their toy section, which looked exactly like the Lego aisle at your nearest Walmart.

Star Wars Bobbleheads 2016!

Someone brought Star Wars Bobbleheads! How quaint.

Funko Pop standard!

Funko Pop killed the Bobblehead star. A common sight at literally every convention we attend, and Celebration was no exception.

Funko Pop Chrome Blue Star Wars Celebration Exclusives!

But Celebration was no mere convention. Funko Pop had their very own booth and sold thousands of Celebration-exclusive blue chrome Star Wars Funko Pops.

…which you weren’t allowed to buy unless you won their lottery. Funko Pops are very rarely our thing, but Anne had a coworker who, upon learning we were attending, decided he was her new best friend and begged her to pick up some of the blue chrome Funko Pops for him if we could. We lost the lottery, which made him a loser vicariously through us.

The preceding photo was taken Thursday before the storm. This was Friday afternoon:

Funko famine!

A veritable Funko famine. They restocked the next morning, but who wants to keep returning to the same booth to beg for shopping privileges?

Funko Pop Gold Chewie!

Funko Pop also brought shiny gold Star Wars characters. No one cared because blue chrome is the new gold. Sorry, Gold Chewie.

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 9: World of Wheels and Wings
Part 11: Fashion and Shopping
Part 12: What We Did in the Star Wars

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