On August 13th, Orlando Florida became O’ Lando, Florida as thousands of Star Wars fans from across the world arrived to take part in the fifth Star Wars Celebration. Members of the New England Garrison joined hundreds of members of the 501st Legion in one of the largest gatherings of Star Wars fans in recent years. This convention marked a time not only for 501st members to meet one another from across the legion’s territory, but for the New England Garrison to demonstrate their prop-making skills!
NEG Members participated in a major panel on Clone Wars costuming, going through the various styles of armor and the techniques in which to build armor and props for the Clone Troopers and Ashoka. The full video of the panel can be found here: http://www.stormtrooperguy.com/workshop/Animated Panel. One of the highlights of the panel, according to members, was Clone Wars supervising producer and director David Filoni showing up at the end to help raffle off an Animated Rex helmet.
Other highlights of the convention was the opportunity to meet with numerous Star Wars celebrities, show off new costumes and the 501st Legion Bash. Everybody who attended noted the organization of the convention, and the events that occurred made this one of the best experiences for even experience convention attendees. It can safely be assumed that the next Celebration will be well attended by the New England Garrison!