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Calling all Star Wars super geeks: your bus is waiting.
We’re not talking about any old bus. This is the Star Wars Battlefront bus.
Twenty diehard Star Wars fans won the ultimate prize to jump on the Battlefront Bus which left Sydney on Thursday, bound for a galaxy far, far away -- Melbourne and PAX Australia.
Pax is a videogame and tabletop gaming festival jam packed full of panels, tournaments, presentations, international guests, musical performances, and unreleased games.
This special road trip for fans is thanks to Electronic Arts to celebrate the upcoming release of their highly-anticipated game, Star Wars Battlefront.
Any fears that the 12-hour road trip might be gruelling, quickly vanished when fans got settled into the completely customised, luxury bus. Not only has it been fitted out with a PlayStation 4 for winners to get hands-on with Survival Mission on Tatooine, but there are also multiple screens for a Star Wars movie marathon. Back-to-back Skywalker? Some kind of wonderful.
Stormtrooper Ritchie McDonald told The Huffington Post Australia he’s been a fan since boyhood. His parents introduced him to Star Wars, and he’s never looked back.
Ritchie McDonald. Picture HuffPost Australia
“I really believe everybody has a bit of Star Wars inside them and, if they say they don’t, they’re lying,” McDonald said.
Married couple Chris and Clare McCutcheom see this road trip as the culmination of years of Star Wars love.
Clare and Chris McCutcheom. Picture HuffPost Australia
“My relationship with Star Wars began before my birth. My parents' first date was at the movies watching The Empire Strikes Back,” McCutcheom said.
You can follow the Star Wars Battlefront bus on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the #StarWarsBattlefrontBus. May the force be with them.