Day Two: The talk of the show was Star Wars: Episode IX (now known as The Rise of Skywalker). Even before the Episode IX panel kicked off at 11 a.m., fans were gossiping about what they might see in the footage. Once the trailer was shown, the discussion transitioned to speculation. Who is the Skywalker mentioned in the title? Is the Emperor really back? It was awesome to be a part of some of these talks, and just being around the enthusiasm from fans was electric.
Since my day was bogged down with appointments and having to jet off to write stories, I didn’t get to take many pictures, but I hope to focus on that for a few hours tomorrow. From what I could tell, the lines were maybe even longer today, given more people were at the show. Getting the exclusive merchandise is a time commitment. On the plus side, The Star Wars Show stage has great viewing lines from within the convention hall and great audio too. All of the big stars from the Episode IX panel came out to chat and shoot t-shirts to the crowd.
Here are the images I captured on day two:
Day One: Star Wars Celebration is currently underway in Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center. If there really is Star Wars fatigue, it isn’t here. This place is packed with fans decked out in Star Wars gear who are eager to find out what the future holds and want to celebrate the past.
When the doors opened at 1 p.m., people immediately formed lines for the exclusive items you can only get at the show. The official Star Wars shop has a line so long that I couldn’t find its end; it just kept snaking around corners. Hasbro also has a sizable line filled with people waiting to buy Darth Maul and Obi-Wan action figures.
Today’s focus is mostly on shopping, photo ops, and autographs. Although twice as many people are expected each day through the weekend, the fun stuff begins tomorrow. Episode IX‘s panel kicks off at 11 a.m., hopefully giving us our first look and a title. Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is Saturday. The Mandalorian gets its own time in the spotlight on Sunday.
I braved the crowd today and snapped as many interesting pictures as I could. Oddly, the cosplayers were not out in full force, but a 501st Legion representative I talked to thought it would be a different story come tomorrow. Below is a captioned tour of the show that I will update each day:
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