In Los Angeles, thousands of Star Wars fans have flocked to the opening of a five-day convention held to mark 30 years since the film's US release.
Inside the halls the convention was filled with Jedi knights, stormtroopers, hairy wookies and wannabe Darth Vaders.
Many fans recreated key scenes from the six films for the cameras. Princess Leia's famous bikini slave scene from Return of the Jedi was particularly popular.
For those not in costume, the convention offered plentiful opportunities to buy the latest in Star Wars merchandise.
Some fell foul of heightened security procedures in place for the convention.
Actors from all six Star Wars films - including David Prowse, the real man inside the famous Darth Vader costume - were on hand for autographs.
Those who couldn't make it to LA were not left out. The US Postal Service issued a special set of Star Wars stamps to mark the 30th anniversary.