107 Erskine Hospital Motorbike Meet 2019 – 26th May 2019

Location
Erskine Home, Bishopton 12:00 – 17:00

Personnel

BH-7240 Julie Sword Greedo
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TB-89909 Jenn Mair Biker Scout
TD-35500 Brian Hannah Sandtrooper
TI-13751 Christopher Crawford TIE Pilot – ANH
TK-6084 Stuart Thomson Stormtrooper: ANH Stunt
UK-1873 Ian MacPherson Spotter
UK-6275 Mark McCreadie Spotter

Mission Report
Although we’ve been attending this event annually since 2015 it was noticeably quieter in attendance by the public and bikers. Perhaps the ongoing constuction work on one of the sites previously used for the bikers to park and display their rides had set a limit on their attendance, but doubtless neither contingent were keen on chancing the weather roulette we experienced that day.
The location was overcast most of the day, although the couple of showers of soaking fine rain came and went so quickly by the time we found shelter from them on each occasion they were retty much over.

Curiously despite his short screen time, Greedo continues to be curiously popular with adults and kids alike with a mixture of shouts of “alien” and “Han shot first” throughout the day and twice comments of “you are my father” were directed at Vader I’m genuinely unsure if it was the same guy both times or a odd repeated meme.

There was onnly one incident to speak of. The occasionally gusting winds were having a dramatic effect on Vaders cape and at one point some kids hanging around the tea and coffee room in the courtyard clearly caught sight of the back of his undersuit. This then led to a short period where they were trying to run in behind him and pull the cape up.
I’m sure Al will be tickled to know his mesh ass chaps are as much of a source of fascination to the youths of today as Fortnite and avacados

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106.1 BGCP Loch Lomond Comic Con – 18th May 2019

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Location
Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch 11:00 – 16:00

Personnel

Blue squadron Steven Walker Rebel Pilot
CC-11084 Fulvio Becchelli Commander Cody
Chewbacca Paul Smith Wookie
Crake Lisgo Kenny Crawford Jedi Consular
DZ-1873 Ian MacPherson Jawa
IG-5780 Glen Stewart Imperial Gunner
Nacas “Wolf” Starkno Calum Macqueen Rebel Marine
Obi-Wan Kenobi Alex Dick Jedi Master
Princess Leia Organa Beth Mitchell Senator
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TA-7240 Julie Sword AT-AT Driver
TI-13751 Christopher Crawford TIE Pilot – ANH
UK-29578 Sheraz Khwaja Spotter

Mission Report
I attended what appeared to be the latest Big Glasgow Passive Smoking Convention as a punter on the Saturday. The retailers room of the event was pretty small (I did at least two laps in under 10 minutes) and crowded making it unlikely that there was much room for the costumers inside.  Unfortunately the weather was rainy for the first few hours and remained dull and cloudy for the second half of the day which meant that those in attendance were pretty much stood in the one area for the duration, just outside the entrance which seemed to be the most popular area for smokers to congregate.

It looked like a long day, although the flow of people wanting photos seemed fairly steady, but I’m not overly surprised nobody seemed to be in hurry to return from the lunch break…

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106 Lego Store May 4th Celebration – 5th March 2019

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

Personnel

TA-7240 Julie Sword AT-AT Pilot
TB-6275 Mark McCreadie Biker Scout
TB-89909 Jenn Mair Biker Scout
TK-7336 Alex Bourke Stormtrooper
UK-0000 Paula-Jane Bourke Spotter

Mission Report
I can’t believe I managed to do four days at this event last year, clearly I’m getting older because after just the one day of trooping I was wiped out for the next 48 hours!

As ever Andrews staff looked after us to an excellent standard and despite being a Sunday all four of us were kept busy enough with photo requests to make the hours fly past. Only one incident right at the end of the day slightly spoiled the event when a parent started encouraging his child to start pulling components off of the costumes and worse, while the child was being kept at arms length began to do the same thing himself.

Although our spotter didn’t get the opportunity to take any photos to validate our event attendance for the applicable detachments luckily pending Denizen Leo was working in-store that day and sent on the couple of photos he’d had taken…

While the marching from the management suite to the shop was occassionally hairy it was probably preferrable to the five of us being lost forever in the maze of service corridors of the Buchanan Galleries.

And as an even more stranger thing, we 100% did not see the secret Lego set being launched in at the midnight opening of the Leicester Square store on 15th May!

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105.1 Elder Park Library Family fun day – 30th March 2019

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Location
Elder Park Library, Glasgow 11:00 – 14:00

Personnel

SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TK-6084 Stuart Thomson Stormtrooper
UK-7240 Julie Sword Spotter

Mission Report
(Standard “You ain’t seen me, right?” disclaimer applies…)

Not the busiest of events and our presence was somewhat tenously based on one of the games available to play being a Star Wars license, but short and sweet for the guys in costume…

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105 BGCP Largs Comic Con 2019 – 23rd February 2019

Location
National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde, Largs 09:00 – 16:00

Personnel

BH-7240 Julie Sword Greedo
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TB-6275 Mark McCreadie Biker Scout
TK-18910 Brian McDavid Stormtrooper
UK-91810 Lynne McDavid Spotter

Mission Report
I did one of these Big Glasgow Comic Page events about two years back and was pleasantly surprised that about the quantity and breadth of attendees. There are other comic con events where our presence barely gets a second glance having attended so often over the years, but local events like these with a token admission cost bring a more diverse mixture of nerds and families, especially with younger children who may otherwise not be inclined to hike all the way to your SECs or Braeheads who may never have seen us before.
That said on the long uphill drive from the sea front in Largs up to the Inverclyde Sports Centre I did wonder what attendance would be like, as unlike the Rutherglen event it wasn’t located in the town centre and with the limited parking already crowded with vendor vans and transport for the Paralympic Boccia athletes who were using the premises at the same time…

After kitting up and wandering into the hall the event was taking place in my heart slightly sunk. There were easily 50 dealer tables there, but the space was so large it made the number of public attending look tiny in comparison. On the plus-side, this meant that the aisles were also huge, allowing ourselves and the Rebel Legion… er… not “troopers”… rebellers? rebellionists? …whatever… to navigate easily and remain spread out for individual photos while easily coming together for any requested group shots.

The flow was steady if not overwhelming throughout the day, similarly dying off as the afternoon wore closer to the cosplay competition allowing us to de-kit and have a limited look round the stalls as the vendors commenced their packing up…

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