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Christmas Gift Guide

Road Trip

Avatar

Lost

Jaguar

Robot Chicken's Titan Maximus

Cheshire Trooper

501st Airborne

Ironman

The Creature

Celebration Helmet

Maori Trooper

Flaming Trooper

In the Meadow

TK Ewok

Doodle Helmet

Doodle back

TK 1957

Steamtrooper

TK Steampunk

Darth TK

Sith Empire

TK Pharoah

Lakers Tribute

TK R2

Flaming Skulls front

Flaming Skulls back

Taken by Chewbacca

"Star Wars in Concert"

TK Plo Koon

Warrior through the Ages

TK Slimer

Demon Helmet

Red Tail

ORLANDO, Fla.--If there's one thing that just about everyone can agree on, it's that the "Star Wars" universe is one of the best collections of stories, characters, costumes, movies, books, comics, and cartoons of all time. And that's why thousands of people have flocked here for Celebration V, the fifth U.S.-based major "Star Wars" fan convention.

After six weeks traveling around the U.S. Northeast and a very brief return to California, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman has hit Orlando for the last leg of Road Trip 2010--he was here at the very beginning of Road Trip 2008--to check in on Celebration V and see what the latest and greatest is in the "Star Wars" milieu. And without a doubt, one thing that everyone here seems excited about is the exhibit of custom-painted TK helmets that's on display.

A follow-up to the hugely successful Darth Vader collection shown at Celebration V in 2007, the TK helmets--so-called because of the stormtrooper TK 421 from "Star Wars"--are based on a series of helmets belonging to different characters from the Galactic Empire and were painted by a series of celebrities, "Star Wars" artists, and others.

Each of the helmets is being auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Make a Wish Foundation.

And in keeping with the Road Trip theme, it made sense to start this photo gallery with this image, of "Fanboys," by Kyle Newman and Jaime King.

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This is "Avatar" by Denise Vasquez.

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This is "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams' "The Lost Helmet."

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This is "Jaguar," by Tsuneo Sanda.

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This is Robot Chicken's "Titan Maximus."

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This is "Chesire Trooper," by Jamie Snell.

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This is one of the most inventive of the TK helmets, "501st Airborne Trooper," by Joe Corroney.

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This is Marc Wolfe's "TK Ironman."

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This odd TK helmet is "The Creature" by Matt Busch.

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This is "Celebration Helmet" by Steve Sansweet.

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This is "Maori Trooper" by Daniel Logan.

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This is the West Coast Choppers' "Flaming Trooper."

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This is Nina Yankovic's "TK in the meadow."

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Amy Pronovost created this TK helmet, known as "TK Ewok."

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This is the front of Katie Cook's "Doodle Helmet."

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This is the back of Katie Cook's "Doodle Helmet."

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Clearly reminiscent of a '57 Chevy, this is "TK 1957" by Russell Walk.

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One of two TK helmets done in the steampunk style, this is Brian Rood's "Steamtrooper."

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The second steampunk TK helmet, this is Lawrence Noble's "TK Steampunk."

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You knew it was coming: a TK helmet done in the style of Darth Maul. This is Ray Park's "Darth TK."

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This is "Sith Empire" by "Star Wars" artist Jan Duuresema.

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This is "TK Pharoah" by William O'Neill.

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Note the headband on "Lakers Tribute" by Randy Martinez.

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An odd mixture of R2-D2 and stormtrooper, this is "TK R2" by Jerry Greene.

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This is the front of Nathan Hamill's "Flaming Skulls."

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This is the back of "Flaming Skulls" by Nathan Hamill.

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Note the large claw marks on the front of this stormtrooper helmet. This is "Taken by Chewbacca" by Peter Mayhew and family. Mayhew, of course, is the actor who played the Wookie Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" movies.

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This is "Star Wars in Concert," seemingly a working musical instrument, by David Iskra.

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This is Dave Filoni's "TK Plo Koon."

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This is "Warrior through the Ages" by Chase Gustafson.

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A "Ghostbusters" tribute? This is "TK Slimer" by Nicole Falk.

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This is Melita Curphy's "Demon Helmet."

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This is "Red Tail" by Arturo Delgado.

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