ORLANDO - In the Star Wars universe, it's good to be bad. Donning a Darth Vader costume gets you instant street cred.
"It's one of the coolest things ever. You get Stormtroopers saluting you. You get a lot of attention when you are Vader," said Chicago's Dan Kritchevsky, who bought his helmet at Toys-R-Us. He is hoping to upgrade to a more authentic outfit after college.
Everywhere you look in the Orange County Convention Center, Star Wars fans are becoming their favorite characters. Some with a little Florida flavor like the Stormtroopers wearing Bermuda shirts.
Some people spend thousand of dollars to put these outfits together.
"There's a lot of people who are caught up in uber accuracy, so you are always looking for those screen-used parts to try and replicate," said a tall man from behind his Snowtrooper costume.
Presiding over this entire convention - at least in his own mind - is the self proclaimed Mayor of Star Wars Town. Tom Shafer's suit was cut from his childhood belongings.
"To make this the ultimate geek wear, this is the Star Wars curtains from '77, lined by the sheets. And to make it the ultimate, ultimate geek wear, my mom made it for me," said Shafer.
Star Wars Celebration is expected to attract more than 30,000 fans over the next four days. They come from around the world to dress up, get autographs and of course, buy stuff.
"These are $85 each," said Texas youngster Dillon Savage, holding up two oversized action figures he had just purchased. His father Brian added, "this is Christmas and his birthday. He's has no birthday this year. This is it."
The Main Event is Saturday when creator George Lucas takes the stage to talk about all things Star Wars.
Also appearing the next couple of days - for the first time at one of these events in the United States - is Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. But it will cost you $125 dollars for his autograph.
For more information on Star Wars Celebration V go to http://www.starwarscelebration.com/
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