1. Community Founder Art Andrews's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 2002
    Jan 7, 2014, 12:48 PM - Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #1

    Heads Up: Star Wars Costumed Fan Appearances

    We are extremely fortunate at Lucasfilm to have such devoted fans and we appreciate the excitement and enthusiasm of the worldwide Star Wars fan-organized clubs. In my role as head of fan relations, I am grateful that I get to work with you so frequently.

    Now that we are part of a larger organization, I want to make sure you know that my role has not changed. I will still be your point of contact for all activities relating to Lucasfilm as well as The Walt Disney Company and our licensees or promotional partners.

    As you can imagine, there is huge enthusiasm in the worldwide Disney offices and with our licensees and promotional partners to engage with Star Wars. Fans and fan organizations will continue to receive invitations to our Star Wars-themed events, such as baseball games, Star Wars Weekends, etc. And, as has been done in the past, there will be times when we call on your groups for what we call Featured Character Appearances.

    In short, to help channel the genuine enthusiasm so that that it best benefits Star Wars and your groups, here is what we have communicated inside Disney, Lucasfilm, and to our licensees and promotional partners:

    o All requests for Star Wars costumed characters will be coordinated through me (, regardless of whether the source of each request is a licensee, a promotional partner, The Walt Disney Company or Lucasfilm.

    o When specific costumed Star Wars characters are required by Disney, Lucasfilm, or licensees and promotional partners for Featured Character Appearances, they have been directed to treat any individual involved as project employees.

    If you receive any request from an outside group for a commercial activity that is associated with Lucasfilm or Disney and have not heard from me first, please give me a call or send me an email.

    Finally, please take note that we understand that your members participate in non-commercial, community and charity activities through your organizations, which are independent of us, and do not require contact with me. Except hoped-for reports for Bantha Tracks!
    We appreciate everything that you do in your communities and for the Star Wars brand. Thank you again for all you do!

    Mary Franklin
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  3. DanzoFett's Avatar
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    Sep 2009
    Jan 7, 2014, 12:53 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #2

  4. dolioshmolio's Avatar
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    Jun 2013
    Jan 7, 2014, 1:21 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #3

    that's pretty cool
  5. Jan 7, 2014, 1:32 PM - #4

    All is turning out OK in the end
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  6. Member Since
    Oct 2011
    Jan 7, 2014, 2:28 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #5

    ***sigh of relief***
  7. redkraytdragon's Avatar
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    Apr 2010
    Jan 7, 2014, 3:07 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #6

    Whew!! Thanks for keeping us informed Art.
  8. Azriel24's Avatar
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    May 2013
    Jan 12, 2014, 1:09 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #7

    I've also heard that they are basically ret-conning the entire back history of star wars novels and comics, deciding which is canon and which is not. Has anyone else read this?
  9. Wolfsburg's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 2012
    Jan 12, 2014, 3:00 PM - Re: Lucasfilm / Disney changes to Costuming Fan Appearances #8

    Yeah, they have a new outfit called the "Story Group" that is apparently going to establish once and for all what is canon and what isn't. I presume that means they will be doing away with the "levels" of canon we have now. Not sure how I feel about it, one way or the other...

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