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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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Avatar

This is "Avatar" by Denise Vasquez.

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Lost

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

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Jaguar

This is "Jaguar," by Tsuneo Sanda.

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Robot Chicken's Titan Maximus

This is Robot Chicken's "Titan Maximus."

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Cheshire Trooper

This is "Chesire Trooper," by Jamie Snell.

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501st Airborne

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

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Ironman

This is Marc Wolfe's "TK Ironman."

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The Creature

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

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Celebration Helmet

This is "Celebration Helmet" by Steve Sansweet.

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Maori Trooper

This is "Maori Trooper" by Daniel Logan.

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Flaming Trooper

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

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In the Meadow

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

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TK Ewok

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

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Doodle Helmet

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

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Doodle back

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

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TK 1957

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

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Steamtrooper

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

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TK Steampunk

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

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Darth TK

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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Sith Empire

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

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TK Pharoah

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

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Lakers Tribute

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

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TK R2

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

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Flaming Skulls front

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

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Flaming Skulls back

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

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Taken by Chewbacca

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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"Star Wars in Concert"

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

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TK Plo Koon

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

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Warrior through the Ages

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

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TK Slimer

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

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Demon Helmet

This is Melita Curphy's "Demon Helmet."

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Red Tail

This is "Red Tail" by Arturo Delgado.

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