Day one of Course of the Force was a big success. Of course, when the lightsaber relay departed Santa Monica Pier, I lost sight of it, but, thus far, I haven’t gotten a phone call about any 12-celebrity pileup in El Segundo, so I’m pretty sure it went well all the way down to Redondo. (I live nearby and could check, but I’m lazy) The kickoff was, however, a blast, as you can see by the video recap:
Oh, wait, that’s not the video recap. That’s some of our Nerdist and Course of the Force folks singing along to “Don’t Stop Believing.” They did this in public, so it’s fair game. (I’m behind the camera. And not singing.) Turns out that the video recap is late. We’ll have it when it’s ready. Until then, we have pictures, lots of pictures. I took a bunch of pictures at the opening “Con-ival” in Santa Monica, many of which I tweeted (you DO follow me @pmsimon, right?). And I wasn’t the only one taking photos. Herewith, a few highlights:
The first 13 are mine. The rest came from… I’m not sure, but we had a lot of folks on the case. And so did the StarWars.com folks, who had this Flickr gallery ready:
Great day. Sunday, the relay sets out bright and early from Redondo and heads for Huntington Beach Pier, where there’ll be music and festivities for everyone at Huntington Beach Pier starting at 4 pm with a special free concert with someone I don’t think I’m supposed to mention here at 8 pm PT (okay, it’s The Dan Band. Whoops). See you there….
Oh, and ABSOLUTELY go to the Course of the Force eBay auction page RIGHT NOW. You can bid on the Epic Meal Time-autographed Star Wars BBQ apron, former Hasbro photographer Gianni Loperlogo’s book “insight” signed by George Lucas, a year’s supply of Otter Pops (yes!), special edition hardcover Fraggle Rock and Locke and Key books, a Star Wars Millennium Falcon 2007 Hallmark ornament artist proof, a VIP tour of the Warner Bros. studio lot and a Starline Tour of L.A. for two with airfare, and a limited edition COTF Anakin Skywalker Ultimate FX lightsaber. RIGHT NOW. Go bid.