One of my favorite things about cons revolving around the film and television medium is that oftentimes you can see props and costumes up close. The highlight of Star Wars Celebration was, without a doubt, The Mandalorian Experience, a walk-thru exhibit of costumes, creatures, and props used in both The Mandalorian and Book of Boba Fett. The amount of detail in the costumes is staggering, and I especially love that both of these shows use practical effects a great deal, including models and puppets.
Another thing I love so much about both of these show is how they expand on tiny things that were in the background in the original trilogy. For example, the “camtono” was created from a background character in Empire Strikes Back. A man in an orange jumpsuit was seen running through the halls of Cloud City carrying what really was an ice cream maker (as so many Star Wars props began life as something a little less intergalactic) but this moment caught the attention of many, and he was even given a name, Willrow Hood, however the ice cream maker remained a mystery as to what it’s “Star Wars purpose” was, until The Mandalorian, which give it the Star Wars treatment, making it a portable safe. Hood’s character is often cosplayed by those attending Celebration, and there is even a “Running of the Hoods” at the event, however I missed it because I was walking through this exhibit!