By Scott C.
Star Wars Celebration (SWC) 2022 took place at the Anaheim Convention Center May 26-29, allowing Star Wars fans everywhere come together to celebrate all things from a galaxy far, far away. But this Lucasfilm/ReedPop event had a must see exhibit: The Mandalorian Experience.
The Mandalorian Experience was located inside the North Building of the convention center, and announced by Jon Favreau during the Thursday Lucasfilm panel inside the Arena. This experience gave many fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see props, clothing, miniature ships, a retooled Naboo N-1 Starfighter, and more from The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett series. As a fan of both shows, I was blown away with what I saw (the photos below will give you a taste of the exhibit) from Lucasfilm and Disney. For instance, seeing Din Djarin’s retooled N-1 starfighter on display with an automated Grogu inside the pod seat, and a Din figure sitting in the pilot seat, was something to behold!
The only negative with the experience was that it was not so easy to access. Attendees either had to go through the LIGHTSPEED Lane system (SWC’s lottery system) via a mobile device through the Celebration app to reserve a time slot each day at the event at 8:30 a.m. PT, or combat standby if they failed to get anything. The latter would have a wait time of roughly 100 minutes or more, so fans had to be willing to kill most of their morning or afternoon to get in. There is no way that Anakin Skywalker would have patiently waited for that long before getting grumpy, yet many did brave the long queue from what I saw, and felt that the wait was worth it.
Interestingly, and probably not surprisingly, there was a gift shop at the end of the exhibit. It had a few nice shirts, and other items that were Mando-themed, for those willing to buy some souvenirs.
Overall, this exhibit was a unique experience, and along with the major panels and seeing friends, it was a major highlight of my trip from Star Wars Celebration 2022. It was great seeing all of the items used to bring these two amazing shows to life. Of course, I am hoping that D23, Disney’s upcoming 2022 expo (September 9-11), has something similar to this. Regardless, I hope that you enjoy the photos below!