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The force awakens in Anaheim: Star Wars Celebration kicks off

The force is strong at Legoland Malaysia. Image by Rob Young / CC BY 2.0
Star Wars fans gather for Anaheim convention. Image by Rob Young / CC BY 2.0

Thousands of Star Wars megafans will be descending on Anaheim, California, on Thursday for the start of the Star Wars Celebration convention, or four days of talks, previews, autograph opportunities, costumes and other events. Clips from the new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will be screened, and there will also be a preview of a new Star Wars video game. Fans will be able to meet actors from the movies including Carrie Fisher and Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca. Other events include Ewok decorating, droid building, jedi training as well as many, many opportunities for dressing up and repeating quotes from the films. For those who can’t attend, many events will be live-streamed at starwars.com . Read more: starwarscelebration