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There’s a Force Awakens exhibit at Celebration

Fans started picking up their badges in Anaheim today, and a sign pointing towards The Force Awakens Exhibit was soon spotted. Here’s the description:

Here's a look at the description for #TheForceAwakens exhibit at #StarWarsCelebration #SWCelebration #SWCA #SWCATips

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Celebration Anaheim: More from the store

The latest – maybe last? – batch of item reveals for the Celebration Anaheim store are here, and now they include the first bit of The Force Awakens swag. (A portion of the proceeds will go to UNICEF as a part of Force for Change.) There’s also a nifty Rebels crew jacket, some messenger bags, and a few other curiosities.

Celebration Anaheim: A quick and dirty guide to panels

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There’s almost always been only one formal track at Celebration, the one for collectors, but the truth is there are usually several informal tracks, and I’ve collected a few on different subjects here. This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive list by any means, but if you’re still confused the schedule, consider these suggestions for Anaheim.

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Celebration tips: The business of panel lines

This post has been completely updated for Celebration Anaheim.

There will be lines for panels. There is no avoiding the lines: There’ll even be a line to get in in the morning. There will be lines to get into the exhibit hall when it first opens. Lines are a Star Wars tradition; Realize that they will happen, and that you will have to stand in them. (There are Medical Badges available to those who need them.)

The good news is that rooms are cleared between panels, so don’t plan to spend the entire day in one place ala San Diego Comic-Con.

Check in early (at least an hour) if you plan to see any big stars.

Check in early (at least an hour) if you plan to see any big stars.

Some of the lines will be long; It entirely depends on the popularity of the panel. There is no doubt that the longest line at Celebration Anaheim will be the one for J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy on Thursday morning, and we already have all the details on that. Expect something similar, if lower key, for things like Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank on Sunday.

The next longest lines will likely be for celebrity panels and screenings; Plan to queue up at least an hour ahead of time for those, and be aware they will close off the queue if it gets full. Be sure to pick backups for the big events, just in case.

Most smaller panels for things like books will have much smaller queues; Give yourself time, but historically you can show up as early as 10 minutes beforehand and still get in the room.

However, Anaheim is looking like it could be the biggest Celebration yet, so it’s hard to say exactly how things will shape up. Many of the rooms, particularly the theater, are bigger than what we’ve seen in the past, though. Whatever the case, keep your eyes open, plan to be early, and have something on hand to amuse yourself and your friends if you need to wait.

(Autograph lines are a whole different ball game. Luckily, we have a post on them, too.)

Celebration Anaheim: Store exclusives, line queue details, and the floor plan

It’s the final Friday before Celebration, and the news is flowing.

First up, we have a look at what will be in the official Celebration store. Today we got the second batch, and I guess it’s just as well I forgot to blog the first part the other day, right? (Though at least I remembered the apparel.) My personal highlights are above, but there’s lots for everyone. And yes, the Death Star soccer ball from last Celebration Europe IS BACK!

We also have the details of how queuing up for Thursday’s big J.J. Abrams/Kathleen Kennedy panel will work. The indoor queue will open up at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, with wristbands being handed out at 6:00 am Thursday… Wristbands for all the rooms, not just the Celebration Stage. So even if you don’t mind a simulcast, plan to get up early.

And finally, the floor plan, in PDF form or see the gallery below.

Del Rey bringing a new Star Wars sampler to Celebration

We learned today that Del Rey will be setting up in Booth 1211 for Celebration… And they have lots of treats. First and foremost, there’s a 2015 Book Sampler with a cover by Phil Noto. The cover clearly teases Lords of the Sith and Dark Disciple… But what else could be in it? Dare we hope for a peek at Aftermath? Chuck Wendig just finished the first draft the other day, but stranger things have happened… And note how the poster image carefully covers big chunks of the timeline… Battlefront? A novelization, even? (And for those not attending, the last sampler was put online for free, so chances are that’ll happen again.)

There are some nifty book cover pins, too. (Don’t forget Saturday is Aaron Allston Tribute Day!) There’s also a schedule of signings. Authors listed include John Jackson Miller, Christie Golden, James Luceno, Drew Karpyshyn, Alan Dean Foster, James Kahn and Michael Kogge.

Del Rey will also be handing out some Marvel stuff… Does Marvel not have a booth of their own? Curious.

(Some of) ThinkGeek’s exclusives for Celebration

ThinkGeek is bringing several new items to Celebration – and here are my picks! The Death Star charm above will be coming to the site, but you can get it at Celebration first. And the patch is, sadly, a limited edition that you only get with a purchase of Con Bag of Holding… (Which, of course, I bought before the con.)

The Russell Walks Retro Star Wars Poster Set below, is limited to 250 copies. My heart! Check out the rest at Yakface.

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Her Universe products for Celebration Anaheim revealed

Her Universe revealed their new products for Celebration Anaheim today. There’s a lightsaber shirt, multiple dresses, tees, a new bag, and cupcakes. “A different daily Star Wars themed cupcake available at Salacious Crumb’s Cupcake Bake Shop” in their booth. The “Ahsoka Lives” tee will be exclusive to the con.