Friday, March 16, 2012

Celebration VI – Autographs, Collecting and Hosts - Oh My!!

By: Dominic Jones

Since its announcement last June, Star Wars fans have been dyeing to get some news regarding the upcoming Star Wars Celebration VI which will take place at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, Florida from August 23-26, 2012. Prior to this week there had been very few announcements ranging from fan events to author appearances. However this week fans were treated to the first concrete news in some time. First it was announced on Tuesday that James Arnold Taylor, David Collins and Pablo Hidalgo would be the stage hosts. Secondly, it was announced yesterday that Gus Lopez and his team would be returning to Celebration to host collectors panels and events. Finally, today (March 16) it was confirmed that Official Pix will, once again, be in charge of bringing celebrity guests to Celebration.

The only surprise in the announcements was that Taylor, who voices Obi-Wan Kenobi on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, would be replacing Jay Laga’aia (Captain Typho in Episodes 2 and 3) as host of the main stage. Laga’aia had previously hosted the main stage at Star Wars Celebration IV and V. Taylor, however, is no rookie when it comes to hosting events. He was the event host at Disney Star Wars Weekends 2011 where he also performed a condensed version of his one man show Talking to Myself. Collins, former sound designer at LucasArts and Voice of PROXY in The Force Unleashed series, and Hidalgo, Author of such books as The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia and Star Wars: Year by Year will be reprising their roles as hosts of the Digital Stage and the Behind the Scenes Stage respectively.