We have had the pleasure of attending some very cool events since starting The Sandcrawler. From Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 to a Hollywood movie premiere to various cons, we feel very lucky to have been a part of this community and to have met some very cool people!
star wars at disney's hollywood studios (pre-galaxy's edge-January 2019)
Once Galaxy’s Edge opens at both of the US-based Disney resorts, going to a theme park will be changed forever. Here’s a quick look at what Star Wars looked like at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in January 2019; roughly a month before an opening date for Galaxy’s Edge was announced. It’s going to be interesting to see what remains of these legacy attractions once Galaxy’s Edge opens.
Star Wars and the Power of Costume: Detroit Institute of Arts
The Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibit is currently running at the Detroit Institute of Arts until the end of September 2018. It’s a must do for any Star Wars fans as it explores not only the motivation behind the ideas used in the costumes but also the history of the costumes and how Lucasfilm often draws on other forms of art to create the look we’re so familiar with. For details on the exhibit see here. Kristen Baver also wrote about the exhibit for StarWars.com
Listen to Dan and Mac discuss the exhibit:
BACKSTAGE AT SHANIA TWAIN CONCERT
On Episode 30 of The Sandcrawler we had the privilege of talking to Cory Churko, guitarist for Shania Twain, Kelly Clarkson and Toque. Mac had been to the Shania Twain concert in Detroit back in 2015 and he happened to notice that Cory was wearing a certain symbol on his stage clothes: a red Rebel Alliance logo. Mac tracked down the musician and engineer and discovered that this Canadian from Moosejaw was a huge Star Wars fan.
Shania was back on tour this year and Cory was kind enough to invite Mac and his family to the concert in Detroit. He also gave them a backstage tour where he showed them what goes on behind a huge concert. From standing centre stage before the show to meeting his awesome bandmates, it was an unforgettable night and it was also an example of how Star Wars brings fans together.
Thanks for your hospitality, Cory and May the Force Be With You!
New York Toy Fair 2018
Dan checked out New York Toy Fair in February 2018 and can report that Star Wars merchandising is alive and well (like there was any doubt). Although Hasbro wasn't at the main event, housing their booths at a different location, as you can see there is a lot of non-action figure Star Wars to look forward to including a giant display from Funko. The big news for us was of course action figure related as Hasbro announced Haslab: it's crowd funding project to bring a huge 3.75 inch scale Jabba's Sail Barge into collectors' hands. Listen to Dan and Mac discuss New York Toy Fair and the Hasbro announcements:
September 2017 found Dan at Hasbro's own con: Hascon. Billed as an event that "Will Bring Fans and Families Together for Three Days of Immersive Entertainment Experiences, Talent and Character Appearances, Panels and More" the event was a success! You can hear Dan's report as well as a few other topics here:
New York Comic Con 2017
If you're new to The Sandcrawler podcast then a little bit of background is needed. Many things happened at New York Comic Con in October 2017 but the only thing you need to know is it is the day that Dengar Dan Lizotte was in attendance thanks to Funko so that he could help launch the official release of the Dengar Funko POP! Check out the whole story here and then come back and listen to us discuss New York Comic Con and The Last Jedi Trailer. Whew! Now THAT'S a weekend!
Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017
What one word could sum up an event like Star Wars Celebration? How about amazing? Dan and Mac both attended their first ever Star Wars Celebration in April of 2017 and in fact it was the first time they ever met face to face since starting the Sandcrawler over 6 months before. We met so many great people that we had only known through social media and made new friends along the way. We were also thrilled to be an official supporter of the event! When's the next one?????? Listen to our build up to the big weekend and then our thoughts as we decompress in these episodes: