Episode 131 – Days 3, 4, and 5 of Star Wars Celebration Chicago

It’s episode 131 of Children of the Force!

We’re wrapping up our main coverage of Star Wars Celebration. Hear all about our days 3, 4, and 5. We crammed a lot in there and now we’re happy to spew all of our memories into your ears!

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After some opening thoughts about Celebration and some news of how we’re acclimating back into our regular lives, we get into it…

SATURDAY [7:40]

The Rebels Remembered panel was great, emotional and hilarious.

The cosplay was next level.


We stopped by the Star Wars Show stage and Cameron took our picture, as you can see here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BwNZbZqAnv1/

Then we witnessed The Running of the Hoods, which is delightfully bizarre. Check out the videos on our Twitter feed here: https://twitter.com/ForceChildren/status/1117291095543701505

Then we went to the Sisters of the Force panel on the Celebration stage, which was a great conversation full of appreciation and tears. The energy in that stadium was so amazing.

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And we ended the day with A Star Wars Let’s Play, the video game panel. Which was so funny my face was sore at the end of it. I wish I would have taken video of this panel. Alas…

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But actually, we ended the day with the Podcast Meetup at the hotel bar. It was a blast. So fun to meet some of our fellow podcasters.

SUNDAY [34:50]

We went to the Mandalorian panel on the Celebration stage. It was awesome and we’ll talk more about it on an upcoming show! (It’s hard to see, but there are ton of Mandalorian Mercs right in the middle of that photo holding up their helmets.)

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EK Johnston signed a couple books and we had a great conversation with her about Crokinole.

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Then we met Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni and Scott Bromley!
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I got Anthony Daniels autograph on my 1977 trading card of 3PO! And he held the action figure I’ve owned nearly my entire life!

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Then we went to the Clone Wars panel, which was awesome! You can watch it here (including the clips from upcoming episodes and the trailer for the new season!):

We ended the day with laughter again at the Anthony Daniels one-man show. Which included us all singing along to this video of 3PO on Sesame Street:

MONDAY [54:00]

We went to the Celebration Store, which was pretty cool. The kids got this photo with a Loth Wolf:

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We saw the awe-inspiring completed diorama.

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Met Ryan and Dillon from the Me and My Padawan podcast.

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We ran into the Geeky Bubble crew!

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And we got Peter Mayhew’s autograph on my 1977 trading card of Chewbacca!

FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT CELEBRATION [1:16:35]

OUTRO [1:20:10]

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Episode 130 – Day 2 of Star Wars Celebration Chicago

It’s episode 130 of Children of the Force, coming to you from day 2 of Star Wars Celebration Chicago!

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We give our initial reaction to that amazing Episode IX panel and trailer and talk all about the other awesome stuff we did on day 2 of Celebration.

We saw a ton of amazing cosplay, droids, and other stuff!


On the Star Wars Show stage, we saw a ton of stars up close!


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Episode 129 – Day 1 of Star Wars Celebration Chicago

It’s episode 129 of Children of the Force, coming to you from Star Wars Celebration Chicago!

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Here’s Janina Gavankar’s twitch video of her signing the autograph for us. The link will take you to right before meet her:

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/409664481?t=01h28m20s

Here are a bunch of the things we talked about on the show!


And here’s us interviewing Frank from http://dioramaworkshop.com

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The Road to Celebration ABCs … literally

It’s a Star Wars Celebration Chicago minicast of Children of the Force!

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We are in … well, Schaumberg. Which is a suburb of Chicago. But by the time you listen to this, we might just be in Chicago at our hotel across the street from STAR WARS CELEBRATION!!!

In this episode, we reveal that we got into the Mandalorian panel at the Celebration stage and the overflow stage for Episode IX!

There’s going to be so much to talk about these next few days, we thought we’d do a quick little episode from the hotel room tonight. Enjoy!

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Episode 128 – Celebration Anticipation

It’s episode 128 of Children of the Force!

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First of all, join us at the Arc Bar at Celebration on Saturday, organized by Coffee With Kenobi! From their site:

Where: The Arc Bar at the Hyatt-Regency at McCormick Place

When: Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Time: 7:30 pm to whenever our Republic credits run out

Why: We want Star Wars podcasts and their listeners to get together and share the joy of this saga and fandom together!

STAR WARSY STUFF [9:10]

We’re hopping back on the Star Wars watch-through train! ROTJ, TFA, and TLJ are on the list for sure. And maybe Battlefront II cut-scenes?

Anna and Al are into reading Queen’s Shadow. It’s great.

NEWS [12:25]

Black Spire has a cover!

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Is Taika Waititi playing an assassin droid? Maybe.

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Master and Apprentice Celebration exclusive cover has been revealed!

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Also, the Queen’s Shadow exclusive!

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CANON NEWS [21:50]

Our mild spoiler canon news comes from Queen’s Shadow. 

JOKE [26:40]

What did Anakin say when he found his lost Naboo credit chip with an image of Padmé  on it. 

Q&A COUNCIL [28:35]

Now that we have more info about Celebration, what are we looking forward to most?
Who would we want to run into the most?

CELEBRATION NEWS [41:10]

Hayden!

We’ve decided on our autographs: Peter Mayhew, Joonas Suotamo, and Janina Gavankar!

I run down how the lottery and reservation system works. We’re super happy about it.

SHOUTOUTS [1:05:00]

Liam shouts out to Fred and Blaine, friends of his who recently started listening to the show at episode #0.

OUTRO [1:07:50]

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Episode 127 – Full-Sized Mediocrity

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STAR WARSY STUFF [2:00]

I started reading the great Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston.

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Isaiah left us a voicemail!

A Neimoidian correction.

Also, this:

We watched the season finale of Resistance. No spoilers here, but it was pretty darn good!

We also talk about Star Wars Creature Madness!

NEWS [12:20]

We don’t have a title. And that’s OK.

Galaxy’s Edge looks amazing! Check out Nerdist and Entertainment Weekly for photos and more!

Check out this animatronic Hondo!

Here’s that Wired video of Oscar Isaac and Pedro Pascal:

Q&A COUNCIL [33:45]

Michal sends the response to her question about what story change we could make if we could. Her thoughts dwell on Padmé, as well. And we read her fantastic email all about Padmé surviving.

Then we talk about Amy’s great fan ficlet about Padmé. Check it out here: https://twitter.com/AmyWishman/status/1101616417391165441

CELEBRATION NEWS [45:00]

We cover all of the panels and guests that have been announced in the last few weeks.

STUMP THE LUMP [1:03:35]

This question comes from Evan: What’s the name of the species who built Jabba’s palace?

OUTRO [1:09:20]

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