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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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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100a Lego Store May 4th Celebration – 4th May 2018

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

Mission Report
(Real late with these, partially because I haven’t actually trooped four days in a row before during my 10 years of service and ended up exhausted as a result, but then I wanted to do something special for my 100th troop*…)

I haven’t trooped in my Jawa for a while, long enough at least for me to forget how hot as hell it is to wear, and having recently finally gotten round to soldering my new sound board though I thought the Lego Store would be a good environs to take it for a spin.

Not being a public holiday the Friday turned out to be slightly quieter than the rest of the weekend, much to the detriment of the staff as this left plenty of scope while their backs were turned to remove the items they were restocking the shelves with and place them back in in the container they’d just been taken out of. I should probably feel bad about, that given how well Andrew and his staff look after us at these events. But I don’t.

*this is not my hundredth troop. Sometime in the past decade the UKG changed the way they counted events and it turns out my hundredth troop was last year, either this one or this one, depending if you count the mysterious extra event which didn’t happen between February and April 2013…

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96 Glasgow Film & Comic Con Promo Event – 30th July 2017

Location
soar at intu Braehead, Glasgow 13:30 – 14:15

Mission Report
What a massive waste of time this event was!

I’m not sure why they’d organise to have us walk in a specific formation only to rearrange the deployment as soon as we start, then suggest we go back to the original plan minutes later.

Between the lighting in the venue not being conductive to having any form of reduced vision, the fact that the majority of people in the area were below chest height, either by dint of being young kids or adults sat down, the uneven loose surface littered with semi-obscured obstacles by way of buckets, spades and balls buried in the sand it was a generally unpleasant experience all in.

It seems a colossal waste of energy from everyone involved to ask us along to a promotional photo-shoot then give us no direction on where to stand to ensure that we’re actually in the field of view of the camera lens, but should have come as no surprise given the lack of organisational skills Showmasters display up here on an annual basis.

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86 Dreams Come True shopping experience at Hamleys – 6th November 2016

Location
Hamleys Toy Store, Glasgow 10:00 – 12:00, erm… 08:00 – 10:00

Mission Report
There seems to be a reoccurring pattern of us turning up for events at St. Enoch’s when we’re not expected, the latest occasion of which was for this troop. Somewhere, amongst the Chinese Whispers between the chain of folks involved in us actually being allowed to turn up at events these days, the start time for this got mixed up with the equivalent event in Manchester, thus the majority of us arrived (an hour ahead of our start time) just as the Shopping Experience was coming to an end…

Due to our long relationship with the Hamley’s staff though they were happy to open the store to the public early and have us wander about for a few hours regardless. Although the place was quiet at that time of day there were a decent number of punters passing through the shop and even in the slower periods… well… the staff there are highly versed with keeping immature minds occupied and wandering hands from pulling all the stock off the shelves!

Cementing his place as most sickeningly talented member of the squad, Yee not only managed to knock out an accurate rendition of the Star Wars theme on the piano, but somehow did it using his feet. And while fully kitted up as a Stormtrooper.

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