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What a weekend this was, I’m totally exhausted now. But it was worth every single second. I spent a few hours less at Celebration than I had initially planned, but I had to sleep at least a little between the days, right? 🙂 I had also planned to spend a little more money, but as I said earlier, vintage wise the prices were over the top, not my cup of tea to pay more, just because it’s a convention and that I was not able to use my fast passes to skip the queues for the photo ops pretty much ruined the photo ops I had planned with Mark and Carrie for me. But having saved that money is not the worst thing that could have happened, so it’s all good.

Anyhow, day 3 was very, very exciting. First, on the Celebration Stage today were „The 4 Fetts“, John Morton (played Boba in one scene in Cloud City), Dickey Beer (Boba stuntman), Daniel Logan (young Boba in the prequels) and of course Jeremy Bulloch. Jeremy Bulloch came on stage in his costume and the crowd went wild. About halfway through Tem Morrison (Jango Fett) came on stage, saying: „They just couldn’t leave me out, could they?“. At the end, they all performed a New Sealand dance/song together with Warwick Davis.

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Since today Celebration ended already at 17:00, the breaks were not as long as during the past days. Only 30 minutes later the next show was on: „Jabba’s Palace reunion“. On stage, they had: Squidhead, Tooth Face, Yak Face, Oola, Salacious Crumb and 2 Jabba puppeteers. Again, at the end of that show, they asked the guests questions which the people have raised via Twitter and guess what? My question was shown on the big screen and read out loud again, see below for proof this time. 🙂

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I then went back into the exhibition hall for a short round, but quickly rushed back again as Mark Hamill was on. On my way there, I saw the queue for Mark, it was unbelievable long (see below) and I almost fell bad for having a VIP ticket, but just almost, as it felt good to go into the hall just like that and watching a great video which DJ Elliott has put together for CE II. Only 30 minutes later Mark came in, the crowd was on their feet, shouting, cheering, celebrating the return of their Jedi. It was the first time that I saw him live on stage and I didn’t know that he had so much to say. 😉 A little too much maybe for my taste, but we also learned a few interesting things from him that I may elaborate on soon.

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Again there were only 30 minutes between the ending of that show and the next and final show, the closing ceremonies. Halfway through I left to get more Star Tots, that didn’t go too well tbh, but at least I got 1 I didn’t have before. While I was gone they announced that Celebration VII will take place in Anaheim in April 2015 and that preorder for tickets will start in 2-3 weeks.

That was it for today and for Celebration Europe II in Essen, Germany. I’m a little sad that it is over now, I enjoyed being there and writing about it every day and I also liked how the number of readers increased from about 10-20 per day to 70-90 per day. 😉 I sure hope that I have now found new returning readers that way.

Some other pics from day 3 of CE II can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/maniac79/sets/72157634836762800/

Again only got a few minutes to write this, so without any further undue:
Today I had a lot more time to walk around the exhibition hall since I picked up all my autographs and preorders already yesterday and again saw a lot of awesome/hilarious costumes today. It was fantastic to go around and being able to finally have a good look at every booth, but at times that was difficult to manage, as today there were like A LOT more visitors at the show than yesterday. One could barely look at all the single booths. Of course, I checked the prices for vintage Kenner stuff and, well, let’s say, I didn’t buy a single vintage thing, the prices were just over the top and that was also the impression of all my fellow forum friends.

So what else happened today? Kathleen Kennedy was on stage to talk about the future of Star Wars. Of course, there wasn’t too much given away, but she announced that John Williams will be back for Episode 7-9, which I guess is a good thing. Later Dave Filoni came on stage to talk about their new animated TV show: Star Wars – Rebels, he showed some McQuarrie concept art and explained how they wanted to incorporate that style into the show. Then he showed some of their work and yes, they managed to imitate McQuarrie’s style quite well, I really liked it and it seems so did the rest of the audience. Really looking forward to this. I was hoping that they will at least show a short teaser trailer, but they didn’t. What he did show though was the logo of Star Wars – Rebels and it was enough to make the crowd go crazy. (see link at the bottom of this page for the logo)

Another fun moment was between the shows on the Celebration Stage when I met Mark Daniel (an amazing host to have over here in Europe) and DJ Lobot for a quick picture, again, the pic can be seen if you follow the link at the bottom of this page.

The last guest on the Celebration Stage today was Carrie Fisher. It was the first time I saw her live on stage and I found it quite entertaining to watch her joke around with Warwick Davis. A great moment worth mentioning of her stage time was when they re-played live on stage the part in which Wicket and Princess Leia first met in ROTJ. It was so awesome, so hilarious when Warwick made all those funny Ewok noises and they clearly had a great time performing it. At the end of the show, Warwick asked Carrie some questions which had been sent in by visitors via Twitter. And that was the greatest moment for me so far at CE II because they actually read out my question and the whole audience was able to see it on screen – that was so awesome. I was so thrilled, so amazed, that I totally forgot to take a picture of it, even though I had the camera right in my hands. DOH! (Btw, my question was: „Have you actually ever kissed a Wookie?“ and then she said: „Well, you have to ask Peter Mayhew and then she admitted: „Yes, I did!“)

Besides all that hilarious and awesome today stuff I finally managed to attend a collector’s panel and it was the one about German collectibles. I really enjoyed that and even though I knew most of the stuff already if not all, it was exciting to see this presentation. At the end of each collector’s panel, they handed out little collectibles, called Star Tots. A pic of the 2 Star Tots in my possession plus the limited edition display stand is in the link at the bottom of this page. My wife was on the panel with me, so when we walked out of the panel I had a double of  Imperial Gunner Star Tot, so I was looking to trade it. CE II closed at 19:00, but that was not the end of today. A lot of visitors went into the city of Essen for a „Cantina Crawl“ and I’m sure they had lots of fun. My wife and I drove home to have something for dinner and later on we drove back to Essen, we arrived just in time at 23:00 when the vintage collector’s fun really started. Vintage room sales at the Atlantic Congress Hotel – amazing stuff to be seen there, just as an example, about 20-30 cm away from me someone held a MOC DT saber Darth Vader. Drop that one and you can start by selling your car to pay that off, tbh not exactly my cup of tea, but amazing nonetheless. The 2nd greatest thing for me personally at CE II happened only a few minutes later when I looked to my left and saw a familiar face. I didn’t even have time to think, if I did, I think I would have just kept quiet, but I like the average Star Wars geek/fan was only able to say out loud: „Dave…“ and Mr. Filoni answered: „Hi man, how ya doin‘?“. Then he shook my hand before passing by, just to buy some cardbacks from a fellow forum member called mr_palitoy. Can you believe that? I couldn’t, but in the end, it seems he is a collector just like we are.

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So, enough babbling, here are the pics of today, enjoy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/maniac79/sets/72157634820465760/

Tomorrow will be the last day of CE II, be sure to follow me on Twitter because I might tweet some interesting stuff every now and then if it comes up. 🙂 (https://twitter.com/maniac79)

P.S.: Another fun thing to do at a convention like this is to find people who give away/trade for their badges. I was able to acquire 3 badges as you can see in the link above. :))

It’s getting late, so here are some quick impressions from today.

Socializing/Meeting friends: CE II is a great place to meet your friends or people you have traded with before. I met some guys from the UK today and I was really looking forward to meeting them. They came over in a fantastic camper van (they are calling it „The Falcon“ :)). We only had an hour before the show and somehow managed to miss each other throughout the whole day, but I’m looking forward to hooking up with them again tomorrow. 🙂 Will even meet more guys tomorrow, from Belgium, Germany and at least one more from the UK, it’ll be fun!

Autograph hall: Stars like Tim Rose, Gerald Home, Femi Taylor don’t have long queues. Even Jeremy Bulloch was a quick win. I did not expect that. Once I had my first autograph, the remaining 27 came as quick as 1-2-3. For the megastars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Ian McDiarmid and Anthony Daniels I used my quick passes and that was really helpful as the queues were unbelievable long. Downside: Even though OfficialPix and the VIP Lounge concierge had informed me that the fast passes also work for the photo ops, it seems that this valuable information was not known to the photo ops team. So I left CE II in the end without a single photo op as I didn’t want to stand in line for that long. The remaining time slots for photo ops are all in parallel with panels I want to see, so it seems it will save me some money. Oh, btw, most of the actors were really nice, with most of them I also took a picture, this was prohibited for the mega stars of course because for them you would need to pay for the photo ops.

Artist show: Met some really nice and kind persons there, a nice moment was when I noticed that one of the artists (Corroney) draws covers for IDW (comic book publisher) – I did not know that before. Below is a pic of Brian Rood signing my print.

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Exhibition hall: Freebies everywhere, 2 artists that for whatever reasons weren’t part of the ‚official‘ artist show (Matt Busch + Lin Zy) had their booth in the exhibition hall. They gave out freebies throughout the day and I was able to score all 3. 🙂 I also scored all 6 of MintInBox’s Bounty Hunter art prints, so in the end, I also got the limited edition (500 pieces) box to put the prints in. Nice! Hasbro, of course, had a booth too and you already saw the SDCC/CE II exclusive Boba Fett – had to get two of them, one to keep sealed and one to display. You can also take a look at some great costumes, but wait… what did this one do there? We’ll never know, but the costume was great anyhow.

More pics, but only a quick selection of a few, here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/maniac79/sets/72157634802538629/
Enjoy and see you tomorrow. 🙂 Follow me on Twitter if you want to follow CE II, as I might tweet again tomorrow for you. (https://www.twitter.com/maniac79)

Celebration Europe II will officially start tomorrow, but since I bought a VIP ticket, I thought I’d go there today because for VIP cardholders the Celebration Store was open already today. So I picked up my ticket, the ticket for my wife (she will only go on Saturday) and my bunch of OfficialPix autograph tickets (see below).

Before the Celebration Store opened I met a great guy who I know from Facebook, we talked about everything Star Wars, I also learned some interesting things from him. When the audience was finally allowed to enter the Celebration Store… I sneaked into the exhibition hall. Bad little me!

I will not post the pics here because they contain spoilers and I suggest that attendees stay clear. Others and those who don’t mind a spoiler or two can click below to take a glimpse. Hope you enjoy.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/maniac79/sets/72157634797596588/

Also, you can follow me on Twitter as you never know when and what I might be tweeting over the weekend. 😉 (https://www.twitter.com/maniac79)

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In less than a week, the biggest Star Wars event this year will come to Essen, Germany. Besides all the great stuff that has already been announced and confirmed, there are still a few rumors. The most exciting one is that George Lucas, JJ Abrams, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be on stage, to officially announce Star Wars Episode 7. So far only Hamill and Fisher are confirmed to show up, but personally I would hope this rumor to be true. Though I guess in the best case we will get Ford or Abrams as a last minute signing guest (and I’d be over the moon for either of them). But enough rumors, back to the facts: I have preordered my CE II ticket already on April 5th. Since then I have also preordered some exclusive artist prints, a lot of Official Pix’s autograph tickets and am looking forward to other show exclusives that could not be preordered and will be available at the show only. There is really a lot going on at CE II, in fact, there is so much going on, that it is literally impossible to see everything, much to my demise. Initially, I had planned to see all panels on the Celebration Stage (like interviews with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher) and all panels on the Collector’s Stage (like collectors talking about their passion for collecting Star Wars cereal boxes (not kidding!)). But with all the autographs to acquire, all the artist prints to pick up and panels taking place in parallel, it is just impossible. Besides all that, I am also looking forward to meeting a lot of really great people who I have not met in person so far. (What’s up, SWFUK’ers? :)) I figured out, that good preparation is the key to getting the most out of CE II. This post is to describe in detail which thoughts I have put into it and what I’ve done to prepare. Hope you’ll find it inspiring.

But first I will give some details on the things I preordered and the things I want to do at CE II.

1st: Artist prints
On May 30th the artist prints went up for presale on www.starwarscelebration.eu/Europe/. I have preordered 8 out of the 15 available artist prints (1 was canceled, for whatever reason). Personally, I think that all 15 are worth to have, but I chose the 8 which I liked best and will decide about the others when I’m at CE II. That is, if they are still available then because each is limited to only 250 pieces. Here’s a picture with those marked that I have preordered:
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2 little details about the prints above: Matt Busch will draw a little Yoda in a spot that is left open for exactly this intention for 15 Euro. This is a very smart marketing move, as this, of course, is a must-have for collectors like me. So Matt, prepare to remark my print. 🙂
Then there is the great print „Dream Maker“ from Tsuneo Sanda (bottom, far right). This was not offered for presale like all the others and I’m looking to pick one of these up.
Additionally, to the prints above, there is this great print offered by Rancho Obi-Wan (http://www.ranchoobiwan.org). Limited to only 100 pieces, have a look at the print by Benjamin Carré below, which I have also preordered:
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All these prints can be picked up at the show only up and only by the person who preordered them, they will not be shipped.

2nd: Autographs/Photo Ops
Until now I wasn’t really too much into autographs. But having all of these great stars in Essen and with the possibility to have a short chat with all of them while they autograph my lithograph just in front of me -> I couldn’t resist. So I preordered a staggering amount of 28 autograph tickets from Official Pix. And no, I’m not getting an autograph from every signing guest, I have decided to leave out a few, but from some people, like Dickey Beer, I will get multiple autographs from.
Then there are „photo ops“, that means you can have your personal photo taken from you with one of the stars. They offer photo ops with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Ian McDiarmid and Kenny Baker. I have not finally decided which photo ops I want to go for, but currently, think about all 4.

3rd: Exclusives
When going to a show like CE II, there are always exclusives. I believe that not all of the exclusives have been announced yet, at least I hope there will be more. But to name and show a few that I will be after:

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Hasbro CE II Exclusive Boba Fett – this was also offered at San Diego Comic-Con, so I don’t get how it is a CE II exclusive, but anyhow I will want one to keep sealed and one to display.

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Gentle Giant CE II Exclusive Yak Face (Trilogo variant). The POTF variant is the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive. This is also the only exclusive that was available for pre-order with shipping option. I’m glad that I don’t have to carry this big boy home from CE II.

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Topps CE II Exclusive LE7 – Lom Pyke

 4th: Panels
There are panels which are made by collectors from collectors, the stars on stage (hosted by Warwick Davis) and for example a first look at the new animated TV Show „Star Wars: Rebels“. I had planned to go and see all collector’s panels, but in the end, I will most likely see only one. Which is a real bummer, they will hand out exclusive Star Tots in each session and I was looking to get a complete set. See below for some of the announced panels:

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Organizing the stay at CE II
As soon as the full show schedule went online, I quickly realized that it was impossible to see everything and that I needed to organize. For VIP ticket holders (like me), there are even more panels to attend, e.g. meet and greets (looking forward to meeting Dave Filoni). When Official Pix released the autograph/photo ops schedule a few days later, things got even worse. On the same evening I began to plan the whole stay at CE II, meaning:

– Logistics: Go to Essen by train or by car? (The traffic situation can be horrible, I expect a 1-1,5 hrs drive.) And how am I going to carry all the stuff home? I decided to go to Essen by car on each day, to be as flexible as possible and also to be able to carry home all my stuff safe and sound. When wandering around CE II, I need to keep my stuff somewhere too, so I bought a new backpack: 41XYDgaYX0L
– Personal schedule: What do I want to do and when? I created an Excel sheet, which I used to plan all days. I also printed out all of the paperwork which I will need to find the spots I want to go and to claim my preordered exclusives (floor maps, preorder details, etc…).

 Then I bought folders to store my stuff and have it easily accessible:

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The blue folder contains:
– Printout of ticket details (will be converted to a real ticket on site)
– Printouts of preorder details for each artist print
– My personal show schedule
– Floor maps with marked points of interest (connected to my personal schedule)

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Everything autograph/photo ops related is in the green folder, pre-order details of the autograph tickets, plus printouts of the lithograph options, where I marked those that I want to get signed by the artists.

This will be my last post before CE II. I can’t promise anything, but I will try to post interesting stuff here, straight from CE II and in the evenings when I have brought my stuff home, so please bookmark my blog, like our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/StarWarsBlogRing?ref=hl) and follow me on Twitter (https://twitter.com/maniac79).