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.
And what would a 'Star Wars' convention be without giant plastic ships?
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.
Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were each subjected to an hour-long fan interview, before appearing together at the Future Filmmakers panel on Sunday.
Hamill was also on hand to offer marital advice to one husband in the doghouse.
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.
Great outfit – but who wore it better?
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'.