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In pictures: the heroes and villains of Star Wars Celebration

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Tom Huddleston
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This weekend, thousands of 'Star Wars' uberfans gathered at the ExCel Centre for Star Wars Celebration Europe, a three-day event that prided itself on all-star panel discussions and signing sessions, but was really just an excuse for awesomely enthusiastic nerds from all over the world to show off their costume-crafting skills. Time Out film writer Tom Huddleston was there in an official capacity – he also authors entries in the official 'Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space' series for kids – so we asked him to rummage through Instagram and pick out a few favourite images from the weekend. First up are a few shots that give you some idea of the sheer scale of the event.

 

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And what would a 'Star Wars' convention be without giant plastic ships? 

 

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Joining fans on Friday were the cast of the forthcoming 'Star Wars: Rogue One'. Here they are selfie-ing like mad for 'Force Awakens' and 'Game of Thrones' star Gwendoline Christie. 

 

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Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were each subjected to an hour-long fan interview, before appearing together at the Future Filmmakers panel on Sunday. 

 

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Hamill was also on hand to offer marital advice to one husband in the doghouse.

 

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But of course the real stars at Celebration – as at any major convention – were the fans. Here's just a small selection of the incredible array of eye-popping costumes on display. 

 

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Great outfit – but who wore it better?

 

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We'll leave you with our absolute favourite costume from the entire fest – this legend. Hamill Schmamill, we want this dude as the star of 'Episode VIII'. 

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