This was a slightly odd event, surrounded by confusion over the transport and arrival arrangements and most obviously not being under the UKG umbrella. Although the there was as a steady stream of people through the day there were none of the queues that previous Hamleys events have witness and it was probably a bit quieter than they’d have liked. Apparently the footfall in the whole centre was way down over the weekend though because people were wanting to avoid any post-referendum trouble and stayed out of Glasgow.
I hadn’t actually heard of the trouble on George Square at that point but the photographer that was there had said their studio had a large number of cancellations that weekend for the same reason. In fact apparently a fight broke out within Hamleys at one point, but being inside the Dalek at the time I missed it and didn’t hear the details till after.
Those that did venture out seemed pleased to see Barry though and I have to admit I wasn’t too fussed about the turnout personally. Come the last hour I was really done in anyway and it was about all I could do to muster up some feeble dome movement, and didn’t have the energy to do a lot of speaking so if it had been busier I’d probably have to had to call it quits earlier.
ATTENTION Doctor Who fans!! As the Time Lord has returned to our screens, Hamleys is celebrating with an exclusive Doctor Who Collector’s poster event!
They have 250 Limited Edition Posters to give to some lucky fans!
These are so exclusive that your poster will be the only one of its kind in the world…just like the Doctor himself! Each poster is numbered and a true collector’s item.
If you are a fan of Doctor Who, then this is an opportunity that you do not want to miss out on.
They also have 25 goody bags to giveaway per store for super fans who come dressed as a Doctor Who! Only the best dressed will be eligible so good luck!
To get your hands on these unique posters come in store and purchase any Dr Who toy!
Additional information: Hamleys will be giving one limited edition poster to anyone that purchases any Doctor Who toy. There is no minimum spend. One poster will be distributed per transaction. Posters are subject to availability and can only be redeemed when a Doctor Who toy has been purchased. Posters are numbered 1 – 250. We cannot guarantee a specific number to anyone. Posters will be distributed on a first come first served basis. Customers will not receive a poster for any toy purchased prior to the date stated above. Poster cannot be purchased separately. Posters are exclusive to Hamleys Toy Shops in the UK and Ireland.
St. Enoch Shopping Centre, Glasgow 10:00 – 17:00
It may have taken a couple of false starts, but finally everyone managed to get their ducks in a row for this long mooted event (although ironically “short notice” being one of the reasons for the previous failure to launch) and despite my aversion to early starts Barry was ready to glide out of the door of the shopping centre about 11:00. I was a bit wary of the idea of touring such a public space, especially with only one spotter, but fortunately at that time in the morning St. Enoch’s was still relatively quite. This allowed the press photographer and PR people to get the photos they wanted without too much hassle and meant we were back safely ensconced in the Unexpected Artist gallery space before the place got too busy.
Following a break for lunch, we ventured out again. This time the crowds were much more substantial and the presence of a Dalek was creating a bottle neck on one side of the north wing of shops. With security showing some concern we moved to the more open area below Hamleys, across from the food court and it was like Pied Piper with a trail of folk following in the monochrome menaces’ wake.
Although both Julie and I were slightly reticent about these “tours” it did bring a bunch of extra visitors back to the gallery unit each time we returned so from that point of view I guess it was a success.
Thus far we’d remained on the same floor as the gallery, but buoyed with confidence for our final trip out we dared the lifts to get down for a spin around the ground floor. This created some opportunities for shock reactions as the lift doors opened on the unwary and a stand raising money for children’s cancer awareness received a little boost in bucket donations when we situated ourselves next to them for a couple of minutes.
Unfortunately the resulting newspaper article in the Sunday Sun failed to actually mention the Unexpected Artists gallery in it’s text, instead rather vaguely implying our presence was to promote the new series of Doctor Who, but as the reporter on the day was too scared to approach the Dalek it’s not surprising the facts got muddied.
Loving a good pun, the only slight disappointment for me was that the event didn’t take place at the shopping centre at Braehead. That way the headline could have been a more appropriate “INTU The Dalek”…
I previously posted on the subject of the speed build I’d had to do to create two Cybermen over the space (and time) of a weekend for the Project: Fifty fan film celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who. Unfortunately the pace of the build prevented progress pictures of it and the shooting schedule was so tight we were literally dressed, shoot and undressed within an hour so there was no opportunity to get pictures for ourselves. Luckily though one of the producers had their iPhone handy that night and was able to snap some behind the scenes images…
Filming day 2
So like everything else with this build putting it together took three times as long as anticipated, but they managed to shoot on the Saturday. I visited set early on the Sunday to collect it again partially to see it lit and get some footage and photos of my own as this would be the only time the full thing was assembled (albeit there’s another studio session in two weeks).
While sitting on the couch in the corner of the studio watching them film I glanced over at the console and, in my fatigued state, found myself thinking it was quite impressive really and wondering what was happening to it after filming.
Then it dawned on me I had really built the thing, not someone else; it’d be coming home again after this and it would present me with one last problem: where to store the bugger!