The World's Biggest Star Wars Party
Star Wars fans love to stand in line — for movie tickets, for Billy Dee Williams' autograph, for limited-edition anything. That much was clear Thursday, as a few thousand of them contentedly cooled their heels in a line that wound around the Los Angeles Convention Center on the first day of the largest Star Wars party in history, Celebration IV.
The event, only the fourth official Star Wars fan gathering ever, marks 30 years since a fictional galaxy far, far away burst into our cultural consciousness and gave grown men an excuse to hang onto their toy collections. By Memorial Day, organizers expect more than 25,000 would-be Wookiees and stormtroopers to have joined the party in L.A.
Celebration IV kicked off with a total-immersion program — a free screening of all six of George Lucas' Star Wars films back-to-back, a 17-hour marathon with intermissions, attended by 3,000 extreme fans.
30 years ago, my little brother was VERY luck to have a cool 16 year old sister. I joined the pre-release Star Wars figure club and got the complete set with the Darth Vadar case for Chris for Christmas..... 5 whole months before it came out!!
Wanna bet he was the envy of all his little buds? You know it. Plus, if he hadn't played with the damn things and kept them in pristine condition, they'd be worth a chunk of change.