Curious about some of the cool stuff available at Star Wars Celebration 2015? Wondering what you might be able to expect or look forward to at Celebration 2016 in Europe? There were some great items to be had in Anaheim this year! Of course, there was the usual assortment of items – pins, plush, shirts, jackets and posters all featuring Star Wars. The pins were one of the hottest items at the convention. They were available to purchase at the convention but enthusiastic collectors had the opportunity to purchase early bird pins exclusively online prior to the convention which sold out quickly. Then other pins could only be obtained with purchase at different vendors on the convention floor. And still others could only be traded for with select volunteers on the floor.
Some of the more interesting or unique items to be found in the official store were things like the Leia bikini beach towel and matching shirt, the Chewbacca sock monkey, and the Admiral Ackbar sushi set complete with chopsticks, wasabi dish, and chirashi bowl (and cool placemat). Also, you could find items not yet released to the general public on the floor of the hall. The newest Star Wars novel from Del Rey, Lords of the Sith was for sale as well as Jeffrey Brown‘s newest Vader parenting book, Darth Vader and Friends. Hallmark had this year’s Star Wars ornament available for purchase at their booth far in advance of it’s usual sale date. Based on a famous Ralph McQuarrie painting featuring concept designs for Luke and Darth, this ornament is actually two ornaments packaged together.
But the most hotly desired and difficult to purchase items were the exclusive ones available only at the convention. Offered in limited quantities each day, they ran out very quickly. LEGO offered an exclusive Tatooine mini set which didn’t last the first hour of the morning. Funko also had unique, exclusive figures for sale including one of my favorites (which I was not able to purchase) the Super Shogun Boba Fett with shooting jet pack missile and arms. Similar to the old 1970’s Shogun Warriors super robots, the Boba Fett toy was about two feet tall with moveable arms and firing hands. Well-crafted it was also huge – probably about two feet tall or higher. And Hot Wheels had a convention exclusive R2-KT car with a portion of the purchase going toward Force For Change which helps UNICEF. Other vendors had exclusive merchandise but these were the hottest at the convention and were also incredibly difficult to get. But if you’re a Star Wars fan with an interest in amazing stuff related to your favorite movies, Star Wars Celebration is the place to be!
- Want to know more about Star Wars Celebration? Read my review of Celebration 2015