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Re: Celebration Orlando

Postby Richard_H » Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:00 pm

This should work. I hate photobucket

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Re: Celebration Orlando

Postby Christian » Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:21 pm

Exhausting, exhilarating and expensive. Bloody hell what an experience and I was only there for 2 days!

Firstly, I have to applaud Iain, Neil and Todd for not giving up in the face of extreme pressure and adversity and delivering a great GW Acrylic USA booth. It was a delight to walk up to the booth, after nipping off regularly on the vintage hunt, and come back to a melee of familiar and new faces. Once again thanks to everyone who supported the chaps - much appreciated as ever.

The show itself: Thursday morning was an absolute farce - bad enough to be cruel I'd say and thank the Lord it wasn't hotter outside (only about 26-27'c) as there would have been some medical emergencies in the queue if it had been 30+ as it had been the week before in Orlando. No Reedpop representatives anywhere, 2 mile queue, no water stations just 20-30,000 extremely fucked off SW fans including little children and some physical impaired fans (who should have been let straight in!). It was wrong and apparently all due to some over zealous security checks, one entrance policy and without doubt over-selling of tickets by the organisers - shameful.

Anyway, rant over - the good bits - meeting up with some SWFUK'ers on Friday at Red Lobster followed by the room sales - crazy experience. Some of the pieces available were proper top drawer: All kinds of Proofs, First Shots, cromalins, multipacks, QC pieces, MOC DTs, MOC VCJ, MOCs galore and everything in between. Prices...well they are all high these days but some where eye watering - especially to this Old Skool wallet. I did however manage to pay and collect on two pieces that were pre-arranged sales: an Italian 4-Pack and a 4-LOM FS Headpull (expect some pieces to be leaving my collection sometime soon!) Ridiculous prices but that's the vintage SW world we live in now. For example at the room sales: Ungraded (say C8+) MOC VCJ = $12k; AFA50 Trilogo Brown Snake Yoda = $350; Rancor box flat = $800; Some deals were to be had (see Grant's earlier post) early doors on Thursday from one particular Ma 'n' Pa stall but again as a taste, and I'm sure lots of you saw it posted on FacelessBook - a First Shot pink cape SquidHead sold on the first morning for total value (it was a cash and trade deal) for $15,000. An EP carded pink cape Leia Poncho (on Snowtrooper carback) was being offered for $22000, Jordan had an AFA 85 EB Certificate up at $14,000.... Money money MO money dominates our hobby nowadays and then you have Jez running for 52 miles in a Stormie outfit for charity - HOPE. Jez you are a true star mate!

The other main thing I spotted (oh I didn't even attempt to get into any of the panels or buy any 'exclusives' :roll: ) was the quality and quantity of SWAG being exchanged between the collectors. The efforts that some guys go to is incredible and to be highly commended from a creative POV. Personally I don't understand the whole SWAG-mania but can certainly appreciate the time, effort and money that some people clearly put in creating unique items to share with their collecting buddies.

From a personal SW collector's POV - I can't wait for the next FF because it's meeting your fellow collectors that really matters, would I travel back to the USA just for Celebration? Probably not but then again I'd probably regret not doing so - like seeing a piece of vintage at a great price and not buying it... don't need it but tinges of regret for not going for it! Every fan needs to experience Celebration at least once - it's our Mecca.

See you all in 2019! :wink:

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Re: Celebration Orlando

Postby maxf » Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:40 pm

Richard_H wrote:The journey there was horrendous and mainly because of Manchester Airport. This was my journey there:

Bearing in mind I'm on crutches I had a 55L backpack and some hand luggage to carry. Gets to Newcastle train station for the 6am train. I then realise that I have 8 mins for the changeover at York! No assistance to be found, thankfully a fellow passenger carried my bags on. I slipped getting off at York and one of my crutches almost when on the track. Again no assistance but kind passengers saved it and helped with my bags. I caught the train with 3 mins to spare. Manchester airport... what can I say. A good 10 mins to the check-in desk. There were 12 wheelchairs and about 50 people wanting to use them. Must have been the geriatric party to Benidorm or something. A woman asked all of them if they were sure they needed a chair which they all said they did. BS. I had to queue 90 mins with my bags to checkin. Then I get told my bag needs to go to a different place because it's not a case. I made them take it as I was so pissed. I nearly collapsed on the plane I was so tired and painful around my ankle. Plane was shit, had 3 or 4 TVs playing some shit movies which kept buffering but I was too ill to take notice. One had Will Smith, another Jennifer Lawrence. Got to Chicago airport which is the size of a city. Find my bag and can't move anymore. From this point wheelchair assistance is brilliant - but they want tips so it was going to be. Flight from chicago to orlando was A+. TV in front of me, all cool. Got wheeled to baggage and then very grateful to be collected by Iain at the entrance. Iain took us to the Hotel - think Prisoner Cell Block H but I'm sure Grant or Jez can tell you more as I lasted just one night there. I was so ill that if someone said they'd take me home I would have gone.


That sounds horrendous! Who did you fly with - I'll be sure never to make the same mistake.
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Re: Celebration Orlando

Postby tobedesu » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:42 pm

Richard_H wrote:This should work. I hate photobucket

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Thanks for posting these. Have to have a proper look later this evening.

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Re: Celebration Orlando

Postby Richard_H » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:43 pm

American Airlines. Heard a lot of complaints about them since. It was a BA flight but I was moved
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Re: Celebration Orlando

Postby mr_palitoy » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:46 pm

Still working on uploading my photos, I took almost 500.This was my second Celebration in the States after Anaheim.

Was great to go out there with a bunch of UK collecting mates. We were split across 2 hotels. Turns out we were in the Basil Fawlty of hotels. I didnt spend any time there apart from sleeping, so it didnt make that much difference. Think I might try for the main hotel all the vintage collectors stay in next time though...

I turned up a day earlier to acclimatize, would have been nice to have other people go to Disney with. As it was, it was nice enough of my own and I got round all the Star Wars in Disney Hollywood Studios in about 4-5 hours. Was back to Will Call to get tickets and lanyards late afternoon and then meet up with the UK guys for dinner at Denys. Then on to the Rosen Center bar to meet various vintage collectors. This was the main vintage hotel.

The queue to get into the con on day one was horrendous, but at least it was in the shade. Took me 2 hours to get in arriving at 9am, and hour after the con started. I made my first engagement with 5 mins to spare. Got into all 5 first day collecting track panels and then straight on to Archive Party. I went dressed as Toy Toni with an kids ironing board and musical iron. Managed to swag trade and fill about 10 lanyards during the party which was more than I managed in all 4 days at Anaheim. Did a live MOCkery demonstration in the fancy dress competition which Jason West volunteered for. I made a Chewbacca back man, and Jason West made a man in snow with skirt on using old cardback, bubbles, figures, prit stick and sellotape. I won 2nd prize which was a big archive party patch which was nice. Back at the Rosen Center I fell in with the Swedes and things get hazy from this point. We all had Swedish t-shirts on and were in a party in Mattais's? room which resembled the bar downstairs. Hotel management threatened to throw us out due to noise so we moved back down to the main bar. The barman said he wasnt serving drinks to anyone in a Swedish t-shirt. Someone tried to nick my ironing board from the bar claiming it was there's which was funny. Got back to hotel via taxi?

Day 2 saw the start of the rest of my con routine. Up at 7am for arrival to the con by 8am to spend 2 hours in a shute queuing for the main hall. Then spend 1-2 hours on the main con floor and then collectors track from midday until con close. Picked up my rebelscum pass, art poster and looked for the Topps booth which I couldnt find. Saw Jez at his stromtropper booth. Got in all 5 collecting track panels in the afternoon. Finally got into Gus's props pnel. This was my 4th attempt, had failed to get into this as CE2, C7 and CE3. So pleased about that. Went to dinner with UK guys to red lobster for dinner which was great. Also got to see the IC party meetup across the road before going in. Was nice to meet Michael Haven face to face. Was like a little mini FF and all the vintage stuff there was also at the room sales. The room sales were great, so much vintage, and rare stuff too. I picked up a set of C6 star tots as I am going for a full run. And then met the Mexicans who literally took all of my money for Lili Ledy cardbacks, including a very nice Jawa. I had no money at this point so setup on the floor with a couple of other UK guys to sell Palitoy cardbacks. Sold 26 bucks woth before hotel management started clearing the concourse. They hadnt done this on previous celebrations, but apparently, some peopel had gone into setup meting rooms and nicked chairs and stuff which was why there were pissed at us. Back to the Rosen center bar for more drinks, and then back to bed.

Day 3 saw another 8am shute start. Got round all the vintage on the floor this day. Saw Jez again to give him more encouragement. Still couldnt find the Topps booth. Asked at Topps signatures where the digital trade app booth was and was told they didnt have one. It was 2 girls wandering around handing out posters and the digital exclusives. So no chance of finding them then! Did all 5 collecting track panels in the afternoon. The Topps girls walked one of the collecting track queues so they found me. That made me happy. Then there was the swap meet which was packed. Managed to avoid giving all my money to the Mexicans, so had money for the Facebook party as Kings Orlando I helped organise. About 30 odd people showed from 60 odd yes's from the facebook event which is a typical reponse for facebook events. Was a nice venue and had a great time with the collectors who came. Nice to see Jenni who cancelled going to the 501st bash.

Day 4 and my last 8am shute. Another last look round the floor and then I took Rich and his wheelchair round the R2D2 builders club on the 2nd floor. Then another 5 collectors track panels. I made all 20, sad, I know! Then start tots give aways and then Millers ale house for dinner with the UK guys afterwards. A great end to the holiday for me. Was off to the airport at 10.30am the next day. Saw Grant at the lobby who said the funniest thing. Asked him what his plan for the day was before his evening flight and he said "To get out of this shithole of a hotel". Must book the right hotel next celebration... lol

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Re: Celebration Orlando

Postby mr_palitoy » Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:37 pm

Have done pics on my mobile too:-

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The queuing shutes. Spent 6 hours in these in total!

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Rancho obi-wan kids bedroom. I asked Sansweet if he was the top or bottom bunk.

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Obligatory slave Leia.

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Topps lady!

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So this dude jumps up and starts heckling in the Star Wars at the Movies panel. The only way they could placate him was by letting him sit at the end of the panel and joining in.


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Turns out it was missing panellist Skye Paine dressed as his alter ego Jasper Dixon, a time travelling dude from the 80s.

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The shot glass giveaway at Kings Orlando.

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Filled 12 lanyards this trip.

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One of the lads lunches (dinners)

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I call this a photo "Swagageddon".

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Re: Celebration Orlando

Postby Lindo » Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:05 pm

I think the queues would have done my head in, only down side
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Re: Celebration Orlando

Postby robpmarsh » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:41 pm

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Re: Celebration Orlando

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Re: Celebration Orlando

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Re: Celebration Orlando

Postby wrighty » Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:17 pm

Richard_H wrote:American Airlines. Heard a lot of complaints about them since. It was a BA flight but I was moved


You sure it wasn't United? :lol:

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Re: Celebration Orlando

Postby Bonsai_Tree_Ent » Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:18 pm

They need to manage the numbers much better than they did - big learn for next time.

Pete suggested maybe to hold the big panels in a concert venue, and the rest of the celebration in a nearby exhibition hall.

Another suggestion might be for the big panels to have two sittings. Why not?! The panels only last an hour or so and how hard would it be to have a morning sitting and then an afternoon sitting of the same panel. Everyone has paid a big ticket fee to get into Celebration but only a small percentage of those people (prepared to red eye it and queue through the night - which pretty much excludes anyone with kids) get wristbands for the panels? Not very fair.

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Re: Celebration Orlando

Postby jackabina » Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:35 pm

Really enjoyed it. Very hard work, and I've never seen so Iain so stressed, but hey, he's in the big league now. Highlight for me was defo meeting some great new people. Awesome meeting Todd and Lee for the first time. Todd was awesome on the stand. Definitely showed me and Iain how to sell stuff!!
Felt really sorry for poor Rich, and my already huge level of respect for Jez, only grew further.

All in all, top week.
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Re: Celebration Orlando

Postby wrighty » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:08 pm

Does a VIP pass allow you to omit the queues for the 40th Anniversary panel? 8)


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