44a May The 4th Weekend at Hamleys – 5th May 2012

Location
Hamleys Toy Store, Glasgow 11:00 – 16:00

Guest Mission Report by Iain Hamilton
OMG!

What an organised nightmare (in a good sense!) that was.

Decided to do my spotting stint on the Saturday and after helping the guys into costume we headed up to the store where we met Grant who told us it was “rather busy”. That now has got to go down as “THE” understatement of the year as soon as the doors opened and I saw the size of the crowd I just went “Oh F***!” as it looked like the whole of Scotland let alone Glasgow had turned out. So after achieving a sphincter factor of 9.9 we went out to meet the gathered masses.

Everyone there was so well behaved and understanding towards us as they all waited patiently for their turn to have pictures taken. My neck is mega-sore as I did’nt stop swivelling my poor head once trying to keep an eye on everyone but I got myself into a wee spot in the middle of our two groups and had a ball watching the crowds react to the troops.
Hats off to the Hamley’s staff as they got complaints from people moaning about the crowds and the queue’s but like Ian said their hands were tied (I don’t know if I would have been so dipolomatic as some of the folk were really nasty when it was obvious they just wanted to jump the queue).
On the photo area it got worse with regards to the size of the crowd waiting patiently for pictures as the queue was frickin’ huge with a waiting time of at least 1 hour (and that is being optimistic) but the majority of people where happy to wait apart from the aforementioned angry d***heads giving the staff grief for no reason other than they did’nt want to wait.
To sum that bit up I watched one woman give Grant dogs abuse as she had gone with her kids to get something to eat then when she got back she had decided for some strange reason to go apes**t at Grant as she could not understand why she could’nt go back to her original place in the queue.She then stormed off muttering threats and so on to see the management.I really thought the security staff were going to have to step in with her as she was well out of order with her manner and attitude towards Grant
That women just could not grasp the fact that everyone at Hamley’s was doing their best for everyone.

Had to laugh at one obnoxious woman who had complained that Vader and the troops were’nt moving much despite it being pointed out to her that they could’nt move due to the crowds – her hubby just looked at me and rolled his eyes in exasperation at her.She actually wanted to have Alan swing his lightsaber about amongst the entire population of Scotland and have the troops charging about the store so she could get a good “action” picture!

Security did have to step in for a bit as the crowd at the store front was getting too much at one point(security were rightly getting concerned about someone getting crushed) and people had to be marshalled in/out of the store without causing a bottleneck which threatened to happen a few times just due to the sheer amount of people wanting to see the troops and get into the store, the security staff did a sterling job under what was “extreme” aggravation at times and they have to be congratulated as well.

To sum it all up despite the tales of doom and gloom and organised chaos although that phrase may sum up the wrong picture it was a brilliant day and all who attended and the Hamley’s staff deserve major thanks for their efforts.As I have said countless times I much prefer to be in costume but once I start spotting I get to enjoy it so much watching the crowds react and the troops doing their thing and this Saturday was no different.

Hopefully somebody will have a pic of the wee girl and her brother done up as Princess Leia and Vader as they were awesome and stole everybody’s heart.
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