Thursday, May 25, 2017

Star Wars 40 For 40 - Fan Experiences



Star Wars 40 For 40 continues with my list of top 40 fan experiences!

When Return of the Jedi hit theaters in 1983 I was three and a half years old. It was the first movie I ever saw in theaters. It’s also the moment I mark as the start of my Star Wars fandom. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to have some incredible Star Wars experiences. Be it simply as a fan, as a collector, or as a 501st Legion member, it’s been an amazing ride thus far! And while the list below only begins to scratch the surface of the experiences I’ve had over the past thirty four years, each one holds many great memories and stories. Maybe one day I’ll write a book about it, but for now, enjoy the list!

Mike’s Top 40 Favorite Star Wars Fan Experiences  
1983 – Return of the Jedi in theaters
1983 – Starting my Star Wars collection
1984 – The network television debut of A New Hope
1987 – Star Tours at Disney World
1991 – Star Tours at Disney World
1997 – A New Hope Special Edition in theaters (opening night)
1997 – The Empire Strikes Back Special Edition in theaters (opening night)
1997 – Return of the Jedi Special Edition in theaters (opening night)
1999 – The Phantom Menace in theaters (opening weekend)
2000 – Star Wars: The Magic of Myth exhibit at the Minnesota Institute of Arts
2002 – Attack of the Clone in theaters (opening weekend)
2005 – Revenge of the Sith in theaters (opening weekend)
2007 – Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles
2007 – Seeing the first-ever The Clone Wars trailer during The Clone Wars Panel at Celebration IV
2008 – Becoming a member of the 501st Legion
2008 – James Luceno 501st Legion Honorary Member induction dinner
2008 – Photos of my Star Wars collection featured on RebelScum.com
2008 – Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit (premiere night with Anthony Daniels)
2008 – Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota
2008 – The Clone Wars Movie in theaters (advanced screening)
2008 – The Clone Wars / Legacy Collection Toys R Us Midnight Release
2008 – The Clone Wars TV premiere
2009 – Fanboys in theaters (opening weekend)
2010 – Dinner with Troy Denning, Daniel Wallace and Gerald Home
2010 – Lunch with Jeremy Bulloch
2010 – Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando
2010 – Interviewed for a Star Wars documentary during Celebration V
2010 – Star Wars in Concert
2011 – Daniel Wallace 501st Legion Honorary Member induction dinner
2012 – Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando
2012 – Being ten feet away from George Lucas during The Clone Wars panel at Celebration VI
2012 – Smuggler's Gambit live radio drama at Celebration VI
2012 – The Phantom Menace 3D in theaters (premiere night)
2014 – The Clone Wars "Lost Missions" debut on Netflix
2015 – Force Friday Toys R Us Midnight Release
2015 – The Force Awakens in theaters (premiere night)
2016 – Cecil Castellucci 501st Legion Honorary Member induction dinner
2016 – Rogue One in theaters (premiere night)
2017 – Star Wars Celebration VIII in Orlando
2017 – Ahsoka Lives Day at Celebration VIII


For those playing along on Twitter, I can’t wait to read about your favorite fan experiences!   

Previous articles in this series:
Star Wars 40 For 40 – Coming 5-25-17
Star Wars 40 For 40 – Characters
Star Wars 40 For 40 – Movies/Episodes
Star Wars 40 For 40 – Novels


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