Star Wars Hits The Road

From Lucasfilm comes this bulletin:

Favorite Star Wars Characters
to Begin 11-City Summertime
Road Trip on Aug. 22

Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Wicket the Ewok
to Meet Fans, See Sights Around the U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Aug. 4, 2006) – It’s a summertime tradition whose origins date back to a long time ago: the road trip. This year, residents of a galaxy far, far away are taking part in the quintessential American experience.

From Aug. 22 to Sept. 10, three favorite characters from the Star Wars saga will visit 11 cities throughout the U.S. Along for the cross-country ride: Chewbacca, Han Solo’s faithful Wookiee co-pilot; Darth Vader, the Dark Lord of the Sith; and Wicket, the fierce-yet-cuddly Ewok.

They’ll meet fans, see sights and celebrate the simultaneous Sept. 12 release of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi on DVD, from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and the LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy videogame, from LucasArts and TT Games. The DVDs are available for a limited time – only through Dec. 31.

The journey kicks off Aug. 22 in Miami and ends Sept. 10 in San Diego. During the road trip, characters will visit Niagara Falls, take in some Major League and AAA baseball, attend a Las Vegas wedding and get a glimpse of the Johnson Space Center – among a host of activities. They also will take time out to spend time with patients in children’s hospitals in many of the cities.

“We receive countless letters and e-mails from people who tell us how much they love Star Wars, and we wanted to give fans a chance to meet their favorite characters and get a unique kind of Star Wars experience,” said Tom Warner, Senior Director of Marketing for Lucasfilm Ltd.

Throughout the 11-city road trip, Star Wars fans will want to keep their eyes peeled and their cameras ready: By submitting their best pictures of the characters and themselves (or family members) to Starwars.com, they could win a trip for four to the ultimate Star Wars event – Celebration IV, to be held in May 2007 in Los Angeles or copies of the DVDs and videogame. (Full details of the contest and official rules can be found at http://www.starwars.com.)

Scheduled cities and dates* are:

  • Miami – Aug. 22
  • Louisville – Aug. 24
  • Charlotte, NC – Aug. 25
  • Columbus, Ohio – Aug. 26
  • Portland, Ore. – Aug. 27
  • Seattle – Aug. 28
  • Houston – Sept. 3
  • Kansas City – Sept. 4
  • Buffalo, NY – Sept. 6
  • Las Vegas – Sept. 9
  • San Diego – Sept. 10

As the road trip progresses, full plans for each city will be available on Starwars.com – which also contains 9,000 pages of information about the Star Wars saga.

Brian writes in with the following news:

“I’d just like to also point out that during the Road Trip they will also all be making an appearance at Dragoncon in Atlanta sometime during sept 1-4. They are all listed as guests on the main website and will be attending the convention. In addition, Anthony Daniels will be joining them for the convention stop. I don’t believe this is part of the official tour but it might be worth mentioning.”

* As with any summertime road trip, unanticipated events could cause changes in the schedule; keep up to date at http://www.starwars.com.

This post originally appeared on Rebelscum.com on the 4th of August, 2006.

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