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Top 5 Celebration 2016 experiences

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Re: Top 5 Celebration 2016 experiences

Postby Joe » Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:11 pm

Had an absolutely amazing time at CE! I don't know if it's possible to condense the whole experience into a top 5 moments/memories type thing however it's been two weeks now and I'm still not sure if I've spoken to everyone or thanked everyone that I met so I thought I'd try to do it here if possible based on what I can remember (which is not much!!)

Firstly I have to say that seeing all the SWF guys that I previously met at FF last year was really cool, feels like I've known many of you forever and you are always welcoming and happy to chat. It was great to finally meet such great people like Iain & Neil, Paul Armory, Nick_iow, roundster, jedi_masters, SAVORY100 and everyone else I saw for the first time at CE!

Thanks to everyone that turned up to the Chinese meal on Thursday btw, I hope you all enjoyed it & huge thanks to Ben for counting out the money towards the end of the night! Still not sure how we came up so short but thanks to those that put in a bit extra, it all worked out in the end!

Simon & Andy, two great guys who I need to thank for putting up with me as a roommate at the hotel! The confessions of a Star Wars collector chat we had on Friday night over a few stiff drinks was funny :lol: (Although I think Andy still needs to confess something??)

Even though I didn't actively hunt people out for their freebies I still came home with a bag full of SWF swag, from bottle openers to badges and everything in between! I apologise if some of our meetings were short but I really appreciate everyone trading with me or just giving me things at the fox/novotel and other places.

Had a great chat with Edd over a pint at the collecting track panel about SWF and other things, was great to see you again mate!

Podcast guys - you really pulled out all the stops to make CE a fun and interesting event. Every time I wandered by your booth was full of people and I couldn't get near but I managed to chat to you guys a few times over the course of the weekend! Sat next to Jez with his furry Chewbacca slippers at one of the panels who was pissing himself hearing people outside roar like Tuskens LOL

Looking back at some of the photos of the weekend (especially at the novotel bar) it seems that were times when many of you guys were just a few feet away from me and I had literally no clue! Chatting to some of the Germans and Swedes while Nick kept the Sambuca shots going seemed to keep me in the same place all night which I quite regret now so if anyone thought I was being rude or keeping away then I apologise, I honestly didn't even realise half of you were there :lol:

I'm sure there are a million more people to thank and people that deserve a mention but the entire weekend was overwhelming for me. All I know is that I had a great time and I hope everyone else did too! Thanks to each and every single one of you for making CE such a memorable event, without a SWF presence at the bars/meals, room sales & collecting track panels/booths I think it would have been a totally different experience.

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Re: Top 5 Celebration 2016 experiences

Postby Jez » Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:02 pm

Great post Joe.

My 3rd Celebration but my favourite simply because the chances are, you were there with me!
This Celebration was preceded with some negativity but that all soon quickly dissipated as soon as the SWFUKers got together along with the rest of our great community. The whole event in my opinion was really well run.
I can't give it a top 5 really, as my thoughts and emotions will change as my memory remembers something else. Suffice to say, it was a pleasure and a blast. I am absolutely blessed to be part of the Podcast crew who are all diamonds and feel honoured to be amongst the rest of you guys who give so much and have so much fun.

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Re: Top 5 Celebration 2016 experiences

Postby adampbooth » Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:39 pm

This was my first celebration and i loved every minute of it! If i had to choose some stand out moments they would be (in no particular order):

1. Meeting Mark Hamill for photo and autograph - this was a childhood dream realised for me (even with the hefty price tag attached). He came across as really great guy. I gave him one of my swag badges and he seemed to genuinely like it too!

2. My first room sales experience.... this really is something that has to be experience to be understood. It was insane and a real rush. Especially enjoyed seeing some of the ridiculously rare variant and proof cardbacks etc that I'll never afford.

3. Emoji Pin Trading/Swag Trading - Both my wife and I really enjoyed tracking down the pins we wanted and trading them AND trading swag with people - we met so many lovely great people from all over the globe - what a great experience!

4. My wife buying a Chopper figure - this is a personal highlight just because she was so damn excited when she bought it and ripped it straight out of is packaging. Just made me smile.

5. Rogue One costumes and props - I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would. It was great to see some of the authentic production used stuff up close.

In reality it's far to difficult to limit the favourite moments just to 5 - it was such a great weekend!
Thanks to any of you that traded with me and chatted with me etc - it was a truly unforgettable experience from start to finish!
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Re: Top 5 Celebration 2016 experiences

Postby Robstyley » Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:57 pm

Been really enjoying this thread and also thinking about celebration over the last few weeks. As everyone has said, hard to pinpoint specific things but some things I really enjoyed were -
1. Hanging out with and meeting some of you guys and the random conversations with other Star Wars fans. Great to finally meet Iain, Neil, Edd, Mark and so many others I've interacted with on here. Great seeing the podcast massive, love you guys. Nice to see Dan and Nick and some guys I already knew. Simon and Joe were great roomates, so welcoming and friendly
2. All the creativity, the cosplay costumes, the fanmade props, the astromech builders, the artwork, the Rogue 1 costumes. It was all so visually stunning. Love all that stuff.
3. The room sales. What an experience, just a crazy free for all of diverse vintage and sellers from all over the world.
4. The collecting panels. Really interesting, learnt loads and really made me feel involved in the collecting comunity. Pleasure to hear from some expert collectors.
5. Spending Saturday and Sunday with two different oldest friends who came up for the day. Loved showing them around and talking Star Wars all day.
It was a great event. Still buzzing :)


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