Year after year, I have watched the fan excitement unfold at Star Wars Weekends. Much like the Force, it’s everywhere at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – from meeting celebrities from the Star Wars galaxy to being the first guests in line to face Darth Vader at Jedi Training Academy. I like visiting Jabba’s Hutt, a specially designed merchandise location created just for Star Wars Weekends (by the way, it’s located near Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster this year). The excitement in the “Hutt” is overwhelming as guests from all over the world descend upon this location for “must-have” Star Wars Weekends merchandise. This year promises to be bigger and more exciting than ever.
How do I know that this year will be bigger and more exciting for event merchandise? Well, I could tell you that the Force is strong with me (like my fellow author Steven Miller pictured below). In reality, I got a sneak peek of the merchandise from our product developers. For more than a year, they have worked closely with the creative minds at Lucasfilm Ltd. to create a selection of highly collectible and fun merchandise for this event. I caught up with Art and Collectibles Product Developer Deanne Hill to learn more.
“Working with the Disney artists on Star Wars Weekends merchandise is so exciting,” exclaimed Deanne. “There is so much passion around the [Star Wars] films and the artists love the characters and stories. You can see their passion as they infuse some of Disney’s most popular characters into their favorite Star Wars scenes for these original works of art.”
Besides the original works of art, Deanne is most excited for a new line of commemorative figurines that were developed to capture the essence of Star Wars Weekends, especially for guests who may not be able to “feel the Force” at Walt Disney World Resort this year.
“We’re over the moon of Endor about our new collection of medium-sized figurines featuring Disney characters dressed as Star Wars characters,” continued Deanne. “They are a nice complement to the big figurines we’ve developed in previous years.”
There are five figures in this new collection – Mickey Mouse as Luke Skywalker, Minnie Mouse as Princess Leia, Donald Duck as a stormtrooper, Goofy as Darth Vader and Donald Duck (again) as Darth Maul. Each figure has an edition size of 1977 (note the significance to this special number) and comes complete with a pin.
Now for some more really exciting news! To celebrate fans of Disney and Star Wars everywhere, we are making these limited-edition figurines available for pre-order via ArtofDisneyParks.com! No matter where you are, you can order the figurines today and bring the Star Wars and Disney Parks fun home!
With so much information to share, we’ve put together a complete Star Wars Weekends Merchandise site at ArtOfDisneyParks.com. I invite you to stop by and see all of the original Star Wars Weekends artwork created by Disney Design Group artists. You can also get a glimpse at the commemorative items created for Star Wars Weekends 2011.
May the Force Be With You!
Take a look back at the merchandise and art from last year’s Star Wars Weekends: