From October 5-8, 2017, Verizon offered a one of a kind Star Wars experience at New York Comic Con. Inside, fans could be a part of Episode VIII: The Last Jedi via props and costumes straight from the film!
I was lucky enough to be able to step inside. And with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie ticket pre-sales and the official trailer out tonight, I thought it’d the perfect time to share for anyone who wasn’t able to attend or see this amazing booth. Scroll down for more!
The interior was just like a First Order base with the wall designs and even doors resembling the on set look, while beams of light hit the floor with mild smoke effects.
You’re immediately greeted with the weapons of the Praetorian Guards.
Each exhibit is accompanied by a screen, like you would see in the Star Wars universe, except these screens will explain each piece. Here’s an example of what was said about a couple of these weapons:
Praetorian Long Axe – The Praetorians carry weapons that are high-tech versions of unpowered analogs found in primitive societies across the galaxy. The tempered blade of this long axe, or vibro-voulge, connects to a compact ultrasonic generator that creates a high-frequency vibration across the cutting edge, increasing its deadliness.
Electro-Chain Whip – The Praetorian electro-chain whip is one of the most unique weapons in the Elite Praetorian Guard arsenal, able to function as a sword-like melee weapon or be shifted into a plasma laser whip depending on combat style.
Some other amazing props include helmets and weapons used in the making of the film:
The details on these rifles are amazing (First Order Stormtrooper above, Resistance below). It’s so great so see that Star Wars movies don’t skimp out on details!
In addition to the weapons, the exhibit also boasted fantastic windowed displays of helmets & other props:
I loved being able to get a closer look at the Praetorian Guard helmet. Seeing it next to the other First Order helmets also gives us a better idea of the size of Snoke’s special guards!
And what would Star Wars be without some spaceships?
On display were mini versions of the Resistance Bomber ship (which closely resembles the B-Wing) and Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter (TIE Silencer).
The final category covered in The Last Jedi Experience was the costumes. On display were mannequins donning a TIE Pilot and a Resistance Pilot uniform.
I had seen these before in NYC’s Discovery Times Square (now closed) during their “Star Wars And The Power Of Costume” exhibition, which featured 70 costumes from the film franchise, including those from The Force Awakens. While I’m sure there have been some changes for The Last Jedi, I was kind of hoping for some newer costumes that had never been seen before in person.
But overall, this Verizon booth was a nice surprise at New York Comic Con! A few days ahead of the official trailer and ticket sales, it was a smart move and got people’s focus back on the next film of the Star Wars Saga!
Right in front of this exhibit, we even got to take a picture with a real life BB-8! It was a fully functional droid that would pose, blip, and do all the BB-8 type stuff (minus the flame thumbs-up)!