50b Collectormania Glasgow – 26th August 2012

Location
Braehead Arena : Braehead Shopping Centre, Glasgow 09:00 – 17:00

Mission Report
So after yesterdays constant state of being on edge in case of mechanical malfunctions it was a relief to actually be able to pay proper regard to the other costumers in attendance this weekend.  Clearly my own personal agenda was to hang around Gary Hailes 1989 style Batman and as such almost entirely missed C3-PO and Iron Man while they were suited up, but I did finally get the opportunity to have a close look at the two Gammorean Guards being debuted by Colin Anderson and Rod Lawrence that weekend.  While I’d have liked to have seen more snot in evidence, these are outstanding pieces of work and hugely effective.  I think it’s the fact their eyes are visible behind the snouts which gives the otherwise static faces a huge amount of character and life, they are quite excellent, but must be a killer to wear for any length of time.  I had a brief outing in the Biker Scout late in the afternoon and was boiling hot even in that, the folks under layers of latex were heroes just to be staying upright all day.

Speaking of the Scout, the chest is developing a progressively worse and worse crack right down the center.  I doubt it’s from actually trooping, there’s very little force being applied to cause it, more likely it’s been caused through transporting it to venues over the past three years I’ve been wearing it.  Still it’s got to be going on for nearly six years old as I first saw it at the first Glasgow Collectormania back in 2007 so I guess that’s good run for any outfit.

With my recent reminder of why the Stealth Trooper costume had been retired and my Biker Scout now on its last legs, that arbitrary nice round number seems a good point to once again take a break from costuming as a hobby. 
Then again, Artoo hasn’t quite managed to average one event a year since I got him, so I wonder what the chances of squeezing another two outings in before the end of the year are..?

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50a Collectormania Glasgow – 25th August 2012

Location
Braehead Arena : Braehead Shopping Centre, Glasgow 09:00 – 17:00

Mission Report
Strange to be writing this, not least because of being somewhat superfluous to the event myself by owning but not actually wearing the “costume” concerned but also, because I have consistently maintained that it’s not an event I care for due to a number of factors.  Despite my reticence to take part though larger forces were at work to ensure my participation, willing or not, such as the quasi-mystical significance of reaching a milestone in the arbitrary numbering system I maintain for documenting the events and the fact that someone had been repeatedly nagging me to bring Artoo along to it for months.

Bringing the little fellow along anywhere is a major logistical undertaking at any time, requiring advanced notice to juggle the charging of his sundry battery packs and arranging suitable conveyance.  In fact without the able assistance of his adopted Uncle Ian providing transport it would have been an impossibility on this occasion for him to leave the house.

But damned if the huge grin and wave of relief spreading over me when he trundled out into the main shopping centre without any incidents and proceeded to knock the socks off the collective public with his presence.  So constant and large were the swarms of kids, both big and small, that spotters had to help out in fending them off to create enough room to actually move him closer to where the majority of the troop were standing.  Even then it was like a vision of the Pied Piper with a snaking trail in his wake waiting to see where he’d stop in order to resume their photo opportunities.  Although the battery life for his remotes relegated his appearances to short bursts, being effectively static for sustained periods located next to the C3-PO in attendance kept the need to take him backstage at a minimum.

Just slightly unfortunate that for want of a shifting spanner (which I was positive was the first thing I’d packed for precisely this reason) that he couldn’t do the whole weekend, but then with the number of battery packs that would’ve been charged overnight he’d have had a greatly reduced presence on the Sunday anyway.  Still compared to his first and second outings this weekend has been a tour de force for my little barrel-shaped chum…

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