When droids break their huddle

Road Trip 2010: After a mass gathering of droids--R2-D2s and friends--at Celebration V, what happens when they must all go their separate ways? A lot of beeping, booping, and confusion over whose R2 is whose.

At Celebration V, the massive 'Star Wars' fan fest in Orlando this weekend, a large group of droid builders gathered for a photo--with dozens of their charges. Daniel Terdiman/CNET

ORLANDO, Fla.--When you're lucky, you're lucky. And on Saturday, I was lucky.

At about 9:20 a.m. Saturday, walking into the Orange County Convention Center here, where the massive Celebration V "Star Wars" fan fest is being held, I stumbled onto a scent that could only be described as geek heaven: a group picture of dozens of droid builders and their motley collection of R2-D2s and other creations based on George Lucas' sci-fi saga.

I wasn't the only one, of course. There were many people gathered around watching the scene unfold, including an official photographer taking the group's picture. And let's be honest: what's cooler than a picture of several dozen droids packed tightly together?

I'll tell you what: the scene afterward, when the photos are done being taken and when all these dozens of droids have to head out to do whatever it is they do at a "Star Wars" convention. And to me, there's no question at all that that was the best part: watching them smoothy disperse (see video below), one and two droids at a time. Except for Max. After you watch the video, you too, will wonder: Where's Max?

Since June 23, Geek Gestalt has been on Road Trip 2010. After driving more than 18,000 miles in the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest and the Southeast over the last four years, I've been looking for the best in technology, science, military, nature, aviation and more throughout the American northeast. You can follow my progress on Twitter @GreeterDan and @RoadTrip and find the project on Facebook. And you can also test your knowledge of the U.S. and try to win a prize in the Road Trip Picture of the Day challenge.

 

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