103 Erskine Hospital Christmas Market Opening 2018 – 18th November 2018

Location
Erskine Bridge Hotel, Erskine 12:00 – 16:00

Mission Report
In all honesty I don’t think I’ve ever come closer to walking out of an event as I did this day and the sad thing is it was all down to the attitude of a single stall-holder at the Christmas market.
Positioned as she was about three or four tables from the entrance she repeatedly criticized out presence as being unsuitable for children, apparently purely based on her own child who was across the corridor in a push-chair for the duration and not the clearly contrary opinions of the majority of attendees both young and old.
Indeed whenever we were in ear shot and complaining directly to the organiser that “Disney Princesses would be more appropriate for a Christmas Fare” to the extent that we were told on more than one occasion to move elsewhere in the building.

With it being most likely our last day of sunshine for 2018, the venue wasn’t set up ideally for costuming (face-clothed Jawas in particular) with the curtains in the main hall having been drawn which meant it was slightly too dark to navigate for the first few hours so I was very relieved when we eventually moved outside to loiter at the entrance doors.  Fortunately by the second half, the sun had dipped in the sky which meant the lights were on inside making it altogether a safer experience walking around the aisles…

The second half actually seemed busier at the outset, maybe people had bought everything they were after and had more time for photos, but it died off in the last hours and when some of the stall-holders started packing up I was grateful we called it quits as the heat was quickly getting to the unmanageable stage!

Personnel

BH-7240 Julie Sword Greedo
DZ-6275 Mark McCreadie Jawa
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TK-6084 Stuart Thompson Stormtrooper
TK-18910 Brian McDavid Stormtrooper
UK-91810 Lynne McDavid Spotter

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102 Clydebank Charity Fun day 2018 – 28th July 2018

Location
Queens Square, Clydebank 13:00 – 13:00

Mission Report
A small event, which turned out to be slightly quiet on account of the weather on the day, but since the duration was only a couple of hours and the primary objective was for Julie to test out her new costume at an event for the first time, neither was a massive inconvenience.

Having spent a lot of lunchtimes passing through Clydebank Shopping Centre nearly two decades ago, I was slightly wary of the clientele we might get on the day, but aside from two or three wee fudds it passed without incident.  In all honesty is wasn’t even that there was any real malice on their part, it was more that they kept asking the same inane questions over and over again.  I shouldn’t be surprised though, if the last ten years have taught me anything it’s that as soon as some parents see a plastic spaceman they seem to think we’re running a free crèche solely for the benefit of their kids..!

Personnel

BH-7240 Julie Sword Greedo
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TK-6084 Stuart Thompson Stormtrooper
UK-6275 Mark McCreadie Spotter
UK-29578 Sheraz Khwaja Spotter

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101 Erskine Hospital Motorbike Meet 2018 – 27th May 2018

Location
Erskine Home, Bishopton 12:00 – 16:00

Mission Report
On the Friday of the Lego Store May 4th event it had been noted that one Jawa was enough of a handful and two together would be a recipe for shenanigans.  Although my Ootini brother and I had briefly had a joint outing at the tedious promotional event for CMG (or whatever ShowMasters are calling their tat market these days…) it was clear that he’d had a lot more fun at last years Motorbike Meet and while I’d signed up just to spot, it didn’t take much convincing from my fellow desert scavenger to swap out.

As always we get a brilliant reception from the bikers and attendees at this event, our only mistake was separating the squad either side of the road just as the biker parade began meaning we had to wait for a lot of bikes to pass (and breathe in the resulting exhaust fumes) before we could make our way down to the main event area.

The three years I’ve attended this troop have been blessed with brilliant weather (even if it was a little too windy for hoods as you got nearer the river) and I’ll be very surprised if our Rebel Legion Jedi friend didn’t end up with a bit of sunburn that day.

Having “stolen” a womans bag at the start of the event I was surprised when she showed up towards the end of it asking for a photo with the two Jawas as a memento, proof if proof were needed that changing the sign up was a good idea!

Personnel

DZ-1873 Ian MacPherson Jawa
DZ-6275 Mark McCreadie Jawa
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TD-35500 Brian Hannah Sandtrooper
TK-6084 Stuart Thompson Stormtrooper
UK-7240 Julie Sword Spotter

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100d Lego Store May 4th Celebration – 7th May 2018

Location
Buchannan Galleries, Glasgow 11:00 – 16:00

Mission Report
(In case anyone is thinking that me carrying a big gun on day four of this event was counterintuitive I should probably clarify that by this point I was pretty much using it just to stay upright by leaning on it…)

Movement has never been my strong point in the stealth costume at the best of times and with the oppressive heat, being stood in one spot was pretty tempting.  Compounding this, after a slow start the first few punters in the door were short in stature making any movement until I could be sure they were out of injury range a dicey proposition, but it while I could justify it by saying the behaviour played to the character, the truth is I get a giggle out of playing statues while in the black armour.

At the naggi- erm… insistence… of my spotter though I became somewhat more mobile and interactive as the day went on and the bank holiday Monday actually ended up being busier than even the Saturday meaning this last stint went in at a reasonable pace.

As enjoyable as the whole weekend and the welcome the staff gave us across the four days was I was glad when we eventually reached the end and I could tend to my battered and bruised arms that always fall victim to armour pinch and unlike the previous day we weren’t standing for ages in the service corridors waiting for the broken lift to actually turn up before I could de-kit!

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100c Lego Store May 4th Celebration – 6th May 2018

Location
Buchannan Galleries, Glasgow 11:00 – 16:00

Mission Report
A slightly curtailed Sunday event due to the vagaries of public transport, but with our Rebel Legion counterparts present in a larger number the day seemed much busier (indeed the number of photos seemingly confirms this with near double the number taken over even the Saturday of this event weekend).  Unfortunately with the sun  splitting the sky all, it also seemed much warmer to be in costume for even those few hours!

We were lucky to have Chewie present as I’m pretty sure it’s obvious he was the big draw for the crowds.  His popularity is hard to compete with and sometimes it’s easier to just go with it and just sidle into the background of people’s snaps with him, but I think the Empires finest held their own in the photos stakes on the day…

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