Once again, I'm back, it's Bob to continue the Saga of the Newhouse triplets torturing their mother with science fiction stuff that she could care less about.
Yesterday, I discussed how this obsession began and our ride to Orlando to attend the Star Wars Celebration VI at the Convention Center.
Today, we will actually enter the show itself! See, we can make progress after all!
I had done some research prior to the show and figured we needed to hit the Disney booth right away as it seemed to be the busiest. By the time we navigated the boys through the enormous crowd we discovered that there was no way we were going to be able to get into that booth as it seemed everyone in the county was in that little 80 foot booth. I also wanted them to do the Carbon Freeze Me thing as the boys love very little more than "I Freeze Han!" followed by an ack!
Well, that fun sounding thing cost $115 per kid, so I decided we will continue to pretend to be frozen without physical proof. I also started to have a bit of a panic attack at this point. I was 0 for 2 in what I wanted the boys to do, they weren't very interested in being pulled through all these people and my blood pressure was rising.
Thankfully, R2-D2 rolled by.
Without discussing it, Angela and I had decided that we really wanted to cover this event well. As you can see that we were taking photos from every angle. We hadn't quite got the system down yet of how to keep the cameramen out of the picture.
Another issue that I had was that I wasn't prepared to try and get the boys to pose while fighting off crowds. That is why the picture below is just of Darth Vader's crotch.
At this point, my bladder was about to explode. I hadn't peed since I woke up, and this old man bladder was about to burst. I got false hope when I saw the restroom sign at one end of the convention center. I took off that direction and it was nothing but women's restrooms. At a Star Wars convention? Really? A whole wall with nothing but women's bathrooms? Seems a bit silly to me.
Anyway, while I was there I noticed a few booths with action figures so I decided, the boys will dig this. When I found them again I began to drag Ryan and James towards the figures. I do mean drag them, they were not happy to walk away from where they were seeing costume guys. As I got them to the booth they were immediately mesmerized by $15 to $20 toys, so that worked. Good work Bob.
So, I decided to move to the next booth which started James on a kicking and screaming fit that I was incredibly proud of. I mean what father wouldn't be proud of his son acting like a lunatic, attracting child protective services at an event that was meant just for the son.
Luckily at this booth, they had boxes of used toys that were priced as low as $6. They were going through the boxes and of course pulled out the ones that had the highest price tags on it and the most parts to lose. They are my boys after all.
We bought them each a toy, and I swear to you we weren't 5 feet from the booth before the first robot head was lost.
I kinda felt bad for these guys as we approached since they had to do quite a bit of negotiating and pleading with my kids to get them to pose for pictures.
Once again the boys approach with an attempt at a handshake, they are polite after all.
This couldn't possibly be 2 posed pictures in a row could it, well, until you realize Michael this time wants to take off down that hall yelling "It's not my fault the hyperdrive doesn't work!"
Ryan really wanted to ride that bike but it had a do not sit on it sign, so we had to do a quick pose while the next group really wanted to pose in front of the gate.
Ryan got a bit scared and started to crawl into the ship.
As we were walking to lunch we passed the autograph area. I grabbed a program to figure out how the autographs worked. They had probably 30 different people there signing. You had to buy autograph tickets for $20 cash. They had just about everybody you can think of and a whole lot more. Lots of guys who were in the movies in suits of characters I can barely remember.
The more famous people charged more, I recall that Warwick Davis was $40, Carrie Fisher and Peter Mahew were $60 and I think Anthony Daniels was $100. I do remember that Mark Hamil was $150. It doesn't take a genius to figure out we weren't going to do that, but I did want to walk by and just catch a glance of the people who shaped my life.
The majority of them were at tables with very small lines, perhaps 1 or two people at best. I was fascinated by Jake Lloyd who played Young Boy Annakin as he is known around these parts. He had 1 person at his table, he seemed nice, he got up and let them take a picture with him which the instructions said not to do. He's in his early 20's, had a ski cap on and a very young looking goatee thing.
A few tables down was the kid who played Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones. He's probably the same age as Jake but he's a better looking dude and had some hotties at his table. I was also fascinated by the guy right next to Jake, I forget his name but I recognized him instantly as Rogue Two! It was everything I had not to go up to him and say "Echo Base, this is Rogue Two. I've found them. Repeat, I've found them."
The guys who cost more than $20 had their own little pods set up so that gawkers like us couldn't see them. They had much longer lines of course. I was able to sneak a peek at Warwick Davis but that was it. I would have liked to have seen Carrie Fisher, but it might be best I didn't. From what I can tell from online reports, she was pretty funny all weekend though.
Following an incredibly expensive lunch of Papa John's Pizza, we stumbled upon literally a hundred stormtroopers marching by. James couldn't have been any happier but unfortunately I was late in getting the camera out.
Next we stumbled on the Lego playground. I had read about it, but it wasn't where I thought it was, so I felt that maybe it wasn't there on Saturday, but boy was it. The boys probably could have played here for a very long time.
Time for James to join in and see what he can figure out about these Pod things.
Alright, that's it for today, come back tomorrow for the conclusion of our trip to nerdville as Angela calls it.