I think I have a new favourite costume.
Sure it was only down to a confluence of events that led to me being at the MCM Comic Con Scotland with Barry instead of a Batsuit (Martins Thursday night suggestion to bring him and smaller hire car being the two most obvious culprits) but I’m not sure I’d have enjoyed this event as much in another costume. Being inside is an odd situation, it feels almost an open-faced costume, but there’s a level of anonymity like wearing a lid that makes mischief possible. As with Artoo nobody is looking at me, unlike Artoo I’m still in the midst of the interaction… Being sat down all day and having the inside complete with bottled water and snack bar and able to check your phone or 3DS without anyone seeing is great. Sweating away inside an airless box in a crowded atrium not so much…
And man was it was crowded. There’s a shed load of stories about how long folk queued for and even how long it actually took to walk to the end of the admission queue on arrival. All credit to Julie and Fiona, yeah folk in the hall moved out the way quickly when they saw just what exactly wanted to go past them while trying to get me back to the changing area, but had they not been there and it solely down to me I think I’d have been stuck out in the atrium all day.
It was entirely too busy to move a great deal of the time. It was all my spotters and I could do to position the Dalek somewhere on occasion and just remain there for the never-ending succession of photos, but perhaps had I been more aggressive with the forward momentum and less willing to stop for photos there would have been more opportunity for interaction and it would have been a more entertaining troop personally.
The reaction of the public was somewhat surprising, even allowing for the multiple times I heard “yeah I think it’s Warwick Davies inside”. Given the crowd liable to attend this sort of event, it was odd that so many of them were entirely taken aback by the presence of a Dalek at all; I just assume the majority would have seen something like it before in person, even if the smaller kids were amazed. Mind you it’s not often of a Monday morning when asked if I had a good weekend I can say I delighted various young ladies and soaked some nerds in the same day, so all in all a good first outing across the border for Barry his former family should be proud of him…
My only criticism of the event being that from the entrance all the costumers had to fight to try to cross the exceptionally crowded hall to get back to the changing area for breaks and back out again. Next year I’d like to see the facilities in a less awkward place if possible.