Yes, it’s that time of year again, when people get crazy enough to actually go to Florida. Okay, I kid. (Seriously though, please don’t put C5 there.) Today marks the start of the first (of four) Star Wars events at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. To celebrate, StarWars.com has tips on getting ready and, of course, a schedule.
- Guests: Jay Laga’aia and Ashley Eckstein are hosting this weekend, with Ray Park, Warwick Davis and James Arnold Taylor making appearances. Later on Peter Mayhew, Matt Lanter and Dave Filoni will be showing up: The full list is here.
- The Clone Wars: Naturally, the target demographic gets plenty of TCW.
- Buy stuff: You know what to do.
- You might not get to see these, but… Everyone loved the “backstage” posters.
StarWars.com has your first look at the Weekends merchandise for this summer. Highlight looks to be these tees inspired by classical Japanese artwork.
So I was checking out the Google News Search yesterday, as one does, and what should appear but – lo! – A Musical Journey, which starts tonight! And so, the BBC has a tour of the companion exhibition.
As for other upcoming events of note, StarWars.com has the Star Wars Weekends 2009 guest list (Heavy on The Clone Wars; Jay Laga’aia and Ashley Eckstein share hosting duties.) and a video of Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter going up in Indianapolis for The Clone Wars exhibit.
This weekend is the first major con of the year, New York Comic Con. Steve Sansweet and “some famous—maybe infamous—guests” will be there to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Phantom Menace, along with folks from Del Rey, Dark Horse and Robot Chicken. And for The Clone Wars fans, the official site promises “an exclusive sneak peek of something very special.”
The Beat has the schedule of Dark Horse events, including a Star Wars panel and several signings on Saturday. And Star Wars is certain to come up at the Random House panel later (?) that day.
In other event news, dates were announced for Disney’s Star Wars Weekends last week.
At Disney this weekend, one fan caught Matthew Wood playing coy. Is he voicing Grevious? (Who else would be?)
EU Cantina has video of Steve’s presentation at Disney World this weekend. He also talks about Skywalker Ranch, the Presidio, The Force Unleashed, and of course, a lot about The Clone Wars.
He briefly mention StarWars.com and ‘some changes…’ Does that, combined with the site’s recent radio silence (the last news item is dated May 29th, and even blogging has been sparse) mean the site is getting a real overhaul, as opposed to just another Flash splash page?
Just don’t make it all in Flash, please…
Next weekend Lucasfilm’s head of Fan Relations will be joining the crowd at Disney World. He’ll be presenting The Clone Wars preview and signing copies of The Star Wars Vault.
Meanwhile, the official blog has photos from this weekend.