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Best Ways To Celebrate Star Wars In Minnesota

April 22, 2013 7:00 AM

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May the fourth be with you on Star Wars Day. The fourth of May is coming soon and you may be looking for ideas to relive the struggle between the force and the dark side. Here are a few options for a little fun.

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Attend The Star Wars Game Experience
Fantasy Flight Games Event Center
1975 Oakrest Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 639-1905
www.fantasyflightgames.com

Dates: May 3-5

You can head to the Fantasy Flight Games Event Center in Roseville for competitions, role-playing game events, developer presentations and special guests. Compete in Regional Championship Tournaments for X-Wing and Star Wars: The Card Game. Participate in a “Star Wars” trivia showdown, role play with the development team in Star Wars: Edge of the Empire and meet special guests Troy Denning and Jay Little. Take part in demos and open play on all of Fantasy Flight’s “Star Wars”-themed games. Get a souvenir t-shirt, a commemorative drawstring dice bag and a custom-name badge by being one of the first 150 early registrants.

(credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

(credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Get Your Own Latest Star Wars Games
Games by James
2510 Southdale Center
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 925-9656
www.gamesbyjames.com

In addition to Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars, the Card Game, X-Wing board game and X-Wing extensions, James sells the Guess Who Star Wars Game, playing cards picturing “Star Wars” villains and tiny stuffed Darth Vader’s and Storm Troopers. Visit any one of Games by James’ several stores also located in Burnsville, Rosedale, Mall of America, Rochester and Eau Claire.

Get Star Wars Comics
Source Comics & Games
2057 Snelling Ave. N.
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 645-0386
www.sourcecomicsandgames.com

Get your “Star Wars” comics and games at Source Comics. It would be doubly advantageous to stop by at Source Comics & Games on Saturday, May 4 because the first Saturday of May is also free comics day. While you are there, check out the two latest “Star Wars” board games, X-Wing and Edge of the Empire.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Reenact Star Wars with Costumes
Creative Kidstuff
4313 Upton Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 927-0653
www.creativekidstuff.com

Imagine a kid-sized Anakin or Ahsoka leading jedi knights through your house in a battle with General Grievous. Get any number of your favorite “Star Wars” characters at Creative Kidstuff. This highly acclaimed toy store, originally in the Linden Hills neighborhood, is now in five other convenient locations throughout the Twin Cities.

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Get the Latest Star Wars LEGO Sets
LEGO Store at Mall of America
164 South Ave.
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 858-8949
www.lego.com

Lego has 32 new “Star Wars” sets for 2013. Check them out at the newly remodeled LEGO Store at the Mall of America. Have fun with 180 different LEGO elements at the pick-a-brick wall and play tables while you are there. The new 34-foot-tall LEGO robot and eight larger-than-life models are waiting to greet you.

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Connect with The Minnesota Force
Twin Cities Chapter of Fan Force
Twin Cities, MN
www.minnesotaforce.org

Check out the latest local “Star Wars” news, events and monthly meetings at The Minnesota Force. This is a local affiliate of TheForce.net where readers can find national “Star Wars” news posted daily. While most events are held in the Twin Cities, there are members from throughout the state. The organization has a “Star Wars” book club, gaming events, movie viewings, costuming and social activities.

Connect with 501st Legion
www.501st.com

Named for the elite storm trooper battalion, this national “Star Wars” organization of costume enthusiasts has a local chapter. The Central Garrison includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. The organization promotes interest in “Star Wars,” its costumes and volunteerism. Members will attend your local event, such as parades, non-profit fundraisers or related events, to promote their mission.

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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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