Let’s be clear… I don’t enjoy the nonsense surrounding this activity any more and was quite happy to get my mandatory single troop for the year in at this years Hi-Ex. The only reason I turned up at all instead of staying at home to play Star Trek Online was because this would be Julie’s first outing in her Snowtrooper outfit and due to the restricted airflow I wanted to keep an eye on her. Incidentally, that’s why I spotted in the morning and then kitted up after lunch.
Having said that, this type of event tends to be a lot more fun than something more directly Star Wars related. You tend to get the unwary public as opposed to the “seen them, bought the t-shirt” fanboy convention go-er, and with it being a toy shop you get young kids who still see the magic (and their parents who never stopped seeing it) and not just the neds who’d normally hang around a shopping centre all day. Indeed, had there not been so many of us milling about giving the game away, this’d have been a prime target for playing statues all day. As it was though there were just about enough small groups of screaming teenage girlies, who were brave enough around their friends till they realised some of us could actually follow them around the shop and down the escalators to make the day amusing regardless.
Go ahead and read that last bit back again.
Creepy and weird, huh? I should be on Facebook…
Our presence had been well advertised in advance and I’m certain Hamleys missed a trick by not stuffing the shelves with Star Wars tat, though Word is they were let down by their suppliers. Doubtless the local Forbidden Planet were happy to step in to fulfil the needs of a large number of happy fans and younger kids who looked on enviously at the midget 501st Clone in our midst over the weekend. Good to see some new outfits on display by the Scottish contingent, the aforementioned Snowy and Aarons AT-AT driver making a stark contrast to the usual sea of white plastic. Almost makes me sorry to have missed the auld fella in his red pillar box and snooker cue get up the day before. Almost.
Anyway, well done to the usual suspects, Coco’s officer accent continuing to impress and good to see David still enjoying his time in armour. Even though they were off at a distance I’m sure the noobs did fine, there were no reported deaths certainly, and I’m sure if Bruce continues to attend events at twice the rate they’re actually on, I’ll get all their names straight sooner or later (having had convesations along the lines of “Is one missing?”, “Geoff’s left”, There wasn’t a Geoff..?” “I’m sure there was…” more than once through the day). Nice of Scotty Wilson and his other half to make the trip up this weekend too, let’s not leave it so long next time, eh?