Saturday is the big launch of Course of the Force, the lightsaber relay from Santa Monica to San Diego to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the folks who’ll be running segments in the relay will be getting a bag o’ stuff for their “troubles.” What stuff? First, there’s a Hasbro Course of the Force Ultimate FX Lightsaber, specially customized. That’s a great souvenir right there, but it’s only the beginning. Root through the bag and you’ll find a lot more: Sunscape LucasFilm sunglasses to protect your eyes from the Southern California sun, two tickets to Legoland California (and a Legoland hat), ZICO coconut water (accompanied by a Star Wars cup) and Popchips to keep you hydrated and fed, comics and graphic novels from Dark Horse, IDW and Top Cow, plush Angry Bords toys from Rovio, a custom Course of the Force Speck iPhone case, Halo Anniversary Series 2 figures from McFarlane Toys, Tower Chronicles buttons from Legendary Comics, and Hallmark Star Wars greeting cards, COTF stickers and wristbands, Jedi wristbands, Hasbro Fighter Pods toys, Underground Toys Sound Blaster keychains, and more.
That’s a nice haul, but what if you’re not running? You can win one of those bags anyway in a contest over at Nerdist News. Here’s how: See, Ted is running the race. Yes, THE Ted, Seth MacFarlane’s creation, in theaters now. If you come out to the Course of the Force and/or the Conivals — the festivals at Santa Monica Pier Saturday, Huntington Beach Sunday, and Oceanside on Monday — and take a picture of Ted in action, add a funny caption, and send it to [email protected] by July 14th. One winner will get his or her own swag bag. Click here for all the contest rules.
But swag or not, Course of the Force is shaping up to be a very cool thing. Join us today through Wednesday as the Force makes its way down the coast to San Diego Comic-Con International. All the details you need are here. See you there!