George Lucas himself kicked things off as the the Grand Marshall of the Rose Parade on New Years Day, leading a horde of stormtroopers and other Imperial and Rebel scum.
As previously announced, the next Star Wars Celebration will be held at the L.A. Convention Center for a week at the end of May.
And I’ve just learned the California Science Center will host Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, an interactive exhibit running February 11th through April 29th.
The exhibit features a full size replica of the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon, a “Personal Hovercraft and Personal Magnetic Levitation Train” that allows visitors to experience what a ride on a landspeeder would be like, a walk thru replica of the Jawa’s Sandcrawler, and a few dozen more artifacts from the films. Die hards will be as happy as a well oiled droid to know that the original trilogy is featured.
If you have kids or don’t mind being laughed at for being an immature Nerfherder (and you’re a member of the Science Center), you can see the whole museum after hours complete with a sleepover on March 23rd!
The California Science Center is located next to the USC Campus, where Lucas recently donated “$75 million for the construction of new educational buildings and renovations of existing structures at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.” Coincidentally, this also happens to be the actual cost of the original Death Star… adjusted for inflation, of course (after all, it was built a long, long time ago).