Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Day 1 Recap!

Celebration ConceptThe first day of Star Wars Celebration has come to a close. Click ahead to get a quick recap of the day’s events covered by this site!


PRIMARY ARTICLE: Celebration Anaheim Introduction.


Lots of neat information to go around!  It was confirmed that the desert planet was not Tatooine as some had speculated, but a new planet called Jakku. Finn, Rey, and Poe all fit into the rumored character descriptions that we’ve heard about for a long while. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, BB-8, R2-D2, and several Stormtroopers took center stage alongside Kennedy and Abrams. In other news, J. J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy announced an initiative to help solve the issue of world hunger.


PRIMARY ARTICLE: The Force Awakens Teaser 2.


Okay, do we really have to say anything about this? Just… Watch it if you haven’t already. Watch it again even if you have. We’ll wait.


SECONDARY ARTICLE: The Force Awakens Props Exhibit.


All sorts of models, props, and costumes were put on display for the movie, including the new kinds of Stormtroopers and the names of two new factions: the First Order and the Resistance (and yes, these are official and not codenames).


SECONDARY ARTICLE: Future Theme Park Merchandise.


There’s unfortunately not a lot to say about this one, but it’s worth a look if you’re into Disney/Star Wars character mashups and events like Star Wars Weekends.


PRIMARY ARTICLE: The Clone Wars Legacy.


A lot of ground to cover on this one, discussing a handful of story arcs that were planned but remain unfinished. One of the arcs, “The Bad Batch”, is set to have its animatics shown tomorrow.


Stay on target at Star Wars 7 News for the next three days as we bring you even more stories from Celebration.


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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

Grant Davis (Pomojema)

Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

52 thoughts on “Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: Day 1 Recap!

  • April 17, 2015 at 11:07 am

    You forgot about R2 appearing on stage

    • April 17, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Let’s fix that.

    • April 17, 2015 at 11:30 am

      The BB-8 Droid rolling around has me buggin!

  • April 17, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    not sure if its been said before but if you type The Force Awakens in ebay you find two toys With TFA art on covers Queen Leia Organa prototype and Kenner Action figure Bounty Trooper. These may be FAKE but interesting as the Bounty Trooper has a lightsaber. just letting pplz know

    • April 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      No, all of that junk is definitely fake.

  • April 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    I watched so much stream last night, thanks for all the updates guys the team here are excellent. I’ve been a lurker for so long but now coming out of my shell!

    I recorded the whole interviews with the cast, JJ, KK etc and the trailer reveal via OBS if you want me to edit and upload 😉

    I’m sure others have it though if needed 😉

  • April 17, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I skipped class to watch the entire live stream yesterday. I only have one class to agonize through today. They in stuck to that stream all weekend. Such a genius move on their part. One thing you can’t deny is Lucasfilms love for the fans. They know where the heart of Star Wars is. I heard people online saying “they won’t show a trailer cause they know they don’t have to”. But they did. They know non of this exists if we gave up 20 years ago. It’s their way of saying “this belongs to you”.

    • April 17, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      For the most part I would agree with this sentiment. But until they release the OT original theatrical versions that so many fans have been begging for for years, their “love” remains questionable.

  • April 17, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Among up to 400 comments in the trailer post, nobody has pointed out the music! Although some parts sound really taken from old scores, the force theme evolution by the second half sounds new to me, although mashing up with Empire Strikes Back cue in the end.

    • April 17, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      I loved the music, backed up by the extra tensions as the scenes flicked by, awesome stuff. Made it feel very epic!

      • April 17, 2015 at 5:24 pm

        I felt the music was a little cliche by the 2nd half, but hey, it’s a trailer, what’ya expect?

        What I found most interesting was in the very beginning, when they have the force theme, there’s a light tinkling musical element I haven’t heard before. Very light, not sure what instrument, like a very high-strung piano-wire being plucked quickly. As a music dude, those tiny details fascinate me. Also I’m not sure but this may be the first Star Wars thing to ever feature a piano. It’s one note, but it is unprecedented.

        Still, not many things send give me goosebumps, this trailer does, so John Williams did his job.

        • April 17, 2015 at 6:21 pm

          Loved that too! That piano note! I can’t say is the first time, I think in empire strikes back bespin scape you can listen a piano as well! Anywau it felt very nice. Not sure the music is new williams stuff or simply a fantastic job by he mixer. It’s true that the second half sounds a bit conventional in terms of texture (like zimmer, which i’m not a fan of) but I want to be opened with new ideas because overall this seems great to me, at last the music complements great stuff again. Themes like Across the Stars were kinda ruined by dialogs like “I don’t like sand…”

        • April 17, 2015 at 6:28 pm

          The battle of Hoth uses a lot of piano, in fact. So, not the first time. But the single note was interesting at the end. It did feel new.

        • April 17, 2015 at 7:36 pm

          Thanks for the tip, just listened a few times to it all on my headphones (decent pair) and that gave me some goosebumps, especially mixed with the distant sound of the speeder 🙂

          Thanks bud 🙂

  • April 17, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I still wanna see Harrison Ford at some point in the celebration. Could there still be a chance even on a live video stream from his home.

    • April 17, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      The point of school and education is so that we can have time and understanding of these wonderful inventions and creations, made by people, who have used the importance of school, as a means by which to achieve an end. Without getting joy out of life working in it really hard seem somewhat pointless mate!

      • April 17, 2015 at 2:20 pm

        What does this have to do with harrison ford making an appearance ?

        • April 17, 2015 at 4:49 pm

          they said Harrison was at homne Resting after his plane crash, he will not be there but Kathleen Kennedy says ” dont worry Han SOlo will very much be a part of promoting the Force Awakens in the months to come”

    • April 17, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      Doubt it they prob would have done it yesterday when everybody else came out unless ford is that stuck on himself

  • April 17, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    There are a few things nobody said here…
    1) Jackoo or however it is spelled. JJ revealed that those sceptical fans that went around saying “The desert planet that isn’t Tatooine” were right. I’m shocked of this thing.
    2) Kathleen Kennedy said that “They will keep working on star wars movies with Han solo.” That means that Han solo won’t die in ep. VII
    3) There seems to be other planets other than the water-planet of skellig michael, Jackoo and the winter wood one. One shot in iceland, that we see in the trailer (Where those stormtrooper stand), that could be the winter wood planet in a different region, and a wood planet, that I hardly believe is the same greenham common planet or the skellig michael one. There are various other details we see, but I’ll stop here.

    • April 17, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      “They will keep working on star wars movies with Han solo.”

      She actually said something to the effect of “he will be very involved in the future”. I think she was emphasizing that once he is healed up, he won’t be laying low. he’ll be in the spotlight and red-carpet type events as time goes on. We’ll get interviews and such. His “involvement” I think means his involvement in promotion for the film, not necessarily other films in the future. I hope he doesn’t, but he could still die in TFA.

      • April 17, 2015 at 3:27 pm

        He literally said the words ‘Han’ and ‘Movies.’ That’s why It left impressed in me.

        • April 17, 2015 at 4:52 pm

          no…she was referring to Harrison promoting the movie after he has recooperated.she made no mention of Han being in future movies. you should watch again..

          • April 17, 2015 at 11:55 pm

            Possible options:

            1. It’s a Tatooine moon.

            2. It’s Tatooine with its name changed (as it happens to street names or city names or even country names once a regime ends).

            Whatever it is, don’t forget the promotional picture of Episode VII panel had Tatooine in the background. Whatever it is, i think option 3 it’s varely impossible:

            3. They invented a complet new planet exactly like Tatooine as they didn’t have any good ideas.

    • April 17, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      Han Solo doesn’t necessarily mean Harrison ford. So yes, Han Solo could still die in Ep 7.

      • April 17, 2015 at 3:49 pm

        Oh come on….she said it directly during conversation about Harrison getting healed up and all healthy…so she was OBVIOUSLY talking about Harrison in the role.

        • April 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm


          • April 17, 2015 at 4:56 pm

            You guys should watch it again…. she reasured fans that were down because harrison ford was not at celebration not to worry, because he would be promoting the movie in the months leading up to the release, and after he is fully healed. she made (((NO MENTION))) of Han Solo being in future movies…

  • April 17, 2015 at 3:21 pm


  • April 17, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Good first day for Star Wars celebration. Now let’s see some battlefront!

  • April 17, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Dear editors!
    We really need an article with some informed speculation about the political situation in TFA. What with this appearent evidence of the names of the two factions: the Resistance and the First Order.
    How did the Alliance become the Resistance and how are they still some sort of underdog?! How did the Empire become the First Order?

    • April 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      We’ve got a speculation editorial lined up that goes into exactly that topic (written by yours truly). We’ll probably wait to post it until after Celebration, since we’ll still have so much to post about the next couple days’ proceedings.

      But I agree, this is what got me thinking the hardest out of everything we learned yesterday. More to come…

  • April 17, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    The trailer was fun. But can’t shake the feeling that this new film is really just a commercial for the toys, theme park ride, cruise, etc.

    • April 17, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      hasnt EVERY star wars movie been like that???? i dont see what the problem is… i ahve no problem with star wars toys and theme parks etc etc…and neither do you……you fail as a troll btw

      • April 17, 2015 at 5:29 pm

        Yes, they have. But that will pale in comparison to what is coming. But hey, if you like have substantial portions of your cultural life even further commercialized and corporatized, more power to you.

        Also, do you know what trolling is?

        • April 17, 2015 at 5:49 pm

          yes i do…and obviously you dont…I have yet to figure out why people who claim they arent interested seem to always stick around and make post after post….refreshing their pages hoping someone responded to their dumb post in hopes to argue with them…you are not interested in this movie…but yet…here you are on a site dedicated to the very movie you are not interested in..>LMFAO…stop being dumb…you will be standing in line just like the rest of us…

          • April 17, 2015 at 5:53 pm

            Did I cry when I saw the trailer? No. But who said I’m not interested in the movie.? I sure didn’t. My original comment that bothered you so much said that the trailer looked like fun but expressed some dismay about Disney’s merchandising plan. And that is totally on topic and not designed to get an emotional reaction – the opposite of trolling. Trolling isn’t merely expressing a critical opinion.

          • April 17, 2015 at 6:03 pm

            you are sexy when you get mad

          • April 17, 2015 at 8:04 pm

            Dude, it’s called the entertainment “business”! If you want art house shit go watch IFC on cable.

            Also, what made this trailer seem like it was marketing toys? Actually, I’ll answer that. Nothing! Because it is all in your fake, cynical, jaded mind.

          • April 17, 2015 at 10:13 pm

            Don’t worry “Wookieejizz,” I know that my mind will always be inferior to yours.

      • April 17, 2015 at 5:31 pm

        not the first two. The first two Lucas was kind of taken aback by the success, he was still in indie-film-maker mode. ROTJ is where the toy stuff REALLY came into play, [the actor who played crix madine wore a beard to match the toy, not vice-versa]

        But yeah, star wars is kind of a toy commercial, because as we all know, a toy just isn’t a toy if it can’t hold a blaster.
        Seriously, Star Wars toys are like my grand standard of what a good toy is.
        That’s something worth respecting.

        • April 17, 2015 at 5:51 pm

          That is kind of true re: the first two. But wasn’t he also savvy enough to keep the merchandising rights even before the success? It seems to me like there were plenty of SW toys in the late 70s. But what is coming is just another level. They’re going to kill any remaining mystique.

          • April 17, 2015 at 8:28 pm

            I always hate the “toy commercial” accusations. in a universe filled with amazingly designed starships and aliens and planets and locations, etc etc, of course theyll make good toys or models or posters. yeah i get it i suppose the argument is some of the movies have all this stuff instead of story or whtvr, but man a great part of star wars is the cool “stuff” ships, etc. its just not fair. id rather have the option to enjoy or collect ships and figures etc than to not have them. if any movies in the world should be the most easily translated into merchandise, well, its star wars.

          • April 17, 2015 at 10:21 pm

            Just think of all that plastic ultimately headed for the ocean over the next century. Let’s not act like all of this merchandising is natural or neutral.

  • April 17, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Why do people keep calling it a “desert planet” anyway? Why can’t Star Wars have planets that are somewhat like Earth and have more than one ecological zone? If there are so many inhabitable planets it’s entirely plausible that there are planets that have both deserts and glaciers. Not to mention oceans, forests and volcanos. I’m just sick to death of “ocean planet, desert planet, forest planet, etc.” Why can’t they introduce some planets that actually make sense?

    • April 17, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      This standard was placed into existence by the infallible GEORGE LUCAS (GOD). How dare you question it!

    • April 17, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      They’re called Alderaan and Naboo, one is gone and the other has Jar-Jar in it which rules it out haha

  • April 17, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    “Why can’t Star Wars have planets that are somewhat like Earth and have more than one ecological zone?”

    Yeah, but, that would be… the intelligent thing to do.
    Tatooine is Tatooine because BAM Desert = Tatooine. Forest = Moon of Endor. Ice = Hoth.
    A little over-simplification never hurt a film.
    I’m far more worried about the over-simplification of Palpy’s “Kill me and then join me” argument —- i.e. it makes ZERO sense. Great scene, bullshit morality philosophy.

  • April 17, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Also, they still haven’t fixed Leia’s hand on that poster, ugh. Bugs me.

  • April 17, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    EASY way to watch Celebration Live Streams on YouTube

    I’ve been having some difficulty figuring out where to go the last few days. Fortunately, I finally found a simple solution.

    Go to YouTube, search “star wars live stream” and click on the video for today. It should begin in about an hour. I hear today will cover the upcoming video game Star Wars: Battlefront.

    Star Wars has finally made these videos easily accessible on their YouTube channel. Before, the live stream was hidden for some odd reason.

    See you there!

  • April 18, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Wish I had been there for real yesterday.

    No need to have a rebate or cued to react what with all the cast on stage.
    I would have been cheering anyway.:-)

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