When we were offered a couple of VIP passes to Star Wars Celebration IV last week, we knew there was no chance that we would pass them up. After all, any Star Wars fan willing to stand in line for eight hours can attend the convention. But the coveted Yoda pass is said to grant its bearer unprecedented access to the convention center’s back halls, secret GenCon meeting rooms packed with priceless Star Wars collectibles, maybe even a quiet fireside chat with George Lucas himself. Were the rumors true? We flew to LA to find out.

View an image gallery of what we found at Celebration IV.