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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104 Starchild Charity Luncheon – 20th January 2019

Location
Crowne Plaza, Glasgow 12:30 – 15:30

Personnel

SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TA-7240 Julie Sword AT-AT Pilot
TI-91810 Lynne McDavid TIE Pilot
TK-18910 Brian McDavid Stormtrooper, The Last Jedi
UK-6275 Mark McCreadie Spotter

Mission Report
There was a fair bit of confusion surrounding this event, event parking and why a Ugandan charity was hosting a lunch for families of Scottish Metabolic Disorder sufferers being the biggest head scratchers, but despite the surprise on arrival of sharing the room we’d been given for changing with couple of cosplayer groups the actual hosts PKU were very glad to see us.

With the relatively young ages of some of the kids there was a couple of instances of screaming and tears and refusals to come in through the doors while we were doing the meet and greet of arrivals, but surprisingly despite the restricted space there were only two collisions and everyone was very patient while the photo ops blocked the routes of ingress.

Once the attendees were all sat at their respective tables we were able to retire back upstairs for a lids off. Rony from Starchild had informed us that we were welcome to attend the buffet lunch, but the complexities of de-kitting to an extent to make that possible were impractical.
While I offered to fetch plates of food upstairs for the costumers it’s probably important to stress nobody availed themselves of the offer. You know. Just in case we get lumped into the a formal complaint made by the hotel to the charity in the next few days regarding the state the conference suite was left in by the cosplayers.

After the break we returned downstairs to find a bunch of the kids had obviously dined on pure sugar but luckily they kept to a slightly separate area. We were invited into the dining area for Vader to assist with the raffle draw, unfortunately even with the Ghostbusters and Pottermore crews being drafted in to help this went on for too long and 75% of the troopers had to step back into the atrium because of the heat. That’ll teach Vader to be front and centre.

With the formalities over we hung around to provide any goodbye photos that were required while the cosplayers had their second round of lunches before we returned the pig sty they’d left behind to de-kit ourselves…

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102 Clydebank Charity Fun day 2018 – 28th July 2018

Location
Queens Square, Clydebank 13:00 – 13:00

Mission Report
A small event, which turned out to be slightly quiet on account of the weather on the day, but since the duration was only a couple of hours and the primary objective was for Julie to test out her new costume at an event for the first time, neither was a massive inconvenience.

Having spent a lot of lunchtimes passing through Clydebank Shopping Centre nearly two decades ago, I was slightly wary of the clientele we might get on the day, but aside from two or three wee fudds it passed without incident.  In all honesty is wasn’t even that there was any real malice on their part, it was more that they kept asking the same inane questions over and over again.  I shouldn’t be surprised though, if the last ten years have taught me anything it’s that as soon as some parents see a plastic spaceman they seem to think we’re running a free crèche solely for the benefit of their kids..!

Personnel

BH-7240 Julie Sword Greedo
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TK-6084 Stuart Thompson Stormtrooper
UK-6275 Mark McCreadie Spotter
UK-29578 Sheraz Khwaja Spotter

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100b Lego Store May 4th Celebration – 5th May 2018

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

Mission Report
While Saturday was naturally a busier day at the store, a protest meeting in George Square and overhead line fault stopping trains reaching Glasgow Central doubtless resulted in the keeping the crowds slightly down.

This didn’t have a huge impact on me personally as I was down to spot for this second day but it led to some quiet spells for the guys in costume, which anyone who has trooped will know, only encourages them to make their own entertainment (obviously my own behaviour the previous day such as the swapping shoppers potential purchases for a set featuring Jawas or bartering ownership of significant others for boxes of Lego is considered being in character and not mischief) although outside of these periods we had some exemplary Kylo Ren-style abrupt marching up to passers-by which really must make his neck hurt after a couple of hours. Still irritated he missed the opportunity to challenge the woman standing with the shopping centre floor plan in her hand to “hand over the map” though…

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99 Lucienne’s Birthday Party – 17th December 2017

Troop Icons Spotter 2015Location
Stewarton Sports Centre, Stewarton 11:00 – 13:00

Mission Report
The UKG rarely accept the invitations we get to attend birthdays parties (children’s or adults) except in very special cases and personally, much like weddings, I’m very wary that people expect us to attend as entertainment for the guests and give events like these a wide berth the majority of the time.  This specific event though…  Well, writing a field report seems slightly weird so I’ll let the sign-up text speak for itself…

Lucienne Garman isn’t like any other 5 year old. On the previous two Christmases, she hasn’t asked for any gifts from her parents, but she wanted money paid to the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity Appeal. And she has asked for the same again this year.
Lucienne is also a big Star Wars fan, and her parents would love of some of the UK Garrison could pop into her party to say Hello.
Normally we wouldn’t consider such a request, as it is not something we usually attend, but the staff have discussed this request, and we all feel that Lucienne certainly deserves a special surprise for her 6th birthday.
You can see her just giving pages at these links:
www.justgiving.com/Lucienne
www.justgiving.com/Lucienne2016
www.justgiving.com/Lucienne2017

Lucienne was also at the Glasgow Science Centre Halloween Party this year dressed as Darth Vader (but in a dress), and she was a huge hit with everyone there.

I would struggle to recall having met a nicer family and for them to take the time to write bespoke thank-you cards and present the three of us who attended with gifts as an expression of their gratitude was entirely unwarranted.

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