Tuesday, August 28, 2012

It's Not Your Fault Angela, It's In Their Blood - Episode VI: Return to the Stroller

I promise, Dear Reader, that this will be my last post hi-jacking the blog from Angela.  The next post you see on this site will be from her.
Last we spoke, the boys were enjoying themselves at the Lego Play area of Star Wars Celebration VI.  The main exhibit hall was getting busier and busier, so we decided to head towards the 3rd floor where it looked like there might be some cool things in some of the ball rooms.
As we were heading out we ran into a Boba Fett that Michael recognized instantly, he didn't want to get too close though.

After a rather scary moment of trying to get all 3 boys on the escalator by myself while Angela negotiated with the stroller (thanks to the guys behind me who helped pick up the 2 I dropped) we ran into a familiar face.

Angela and I had been discussing at lunch how we had not gotten a picture with Darth Vader, yet - a good one at least.  I was also surprised by the lack of Chewbaccas, I thought we'd get a lot of those.
As you can see the boys are a bit cautious as I try to push them closer to Darth Vader.
At this point I will mention that the Dark Lord of the Sith was not very helpful here.  I get that he was trying to stay in character, but come on man, you can't at least say hello?  Perhaps give them a high five and pull them in?
God forbid "Mr. I Still Live at Home and Wish I Had Kept My Apple Stock" help out a fellow underachiever with his 3 year old triplets!
 You proud of yourself Lord Vader?

On the flip side, after we left Darth Pain in the Ass, James spotted a storm trooper who was walking away from us.  James took off towards this guy.  He must have chased him for at least a minute.  At one point ,I lost sight of him, but thought to myself, just keep the storm trooper in your sites and you won't lose James.

Sure enough, I was right.  James finally caught the guy as he stopped to get a drink and to take his helmet off.  James ran to him and gave him a hug.  He kind of startled the guy, and I told him that James had been chasing him.  He said, no problem and started talking to James.  He gave him a hug back and told me to get my camera out.  He then said to James, you want to help me hold my blaster?  James said "YES!"


I couldn't thank that dude enough as James was ecstatic and in a much better mood as we walked away.

When we walked in, they handed the kids a hand out that said, For Kids Only!  It was something in the Digital Theater on the 4th floor at 2:30.  No adults allowed unless accompanied by a child 11 years old or under.  We walked up to the theater at about 2:20, got in the back of the line and as we entered we each got some free pop corn.  I told Angela they are probably going to screen a TV show or something.


The creator of the Clone Wars came out and talked about how George Lucas (who was there earlier in the day apparently) had seen this project and told them to show it at Celebration.  They said that was 2 weeks ago.  He then said not to video it as they do not want it to end up on You Tube.  I thought it was going to be a Christmas episode of Clone Wars.

Instead it was an 88 minute movie titled "Young Jedi".  They said that it was meant for families and other than that did not say anything else about it.  Was it planned for a movie?  Was it a TV show and we were watching a few episodes cut into one feature?  That's what it looked like, much like the Clone Wars movie looks like 3 or 4 episodes put into one.  I do have a hard time believing it was just decided to show this 2 weeks ago since it appeared finished.  The animation was great and all the sound effects seemed to be in place.

We watched the first episode where the chick from Clone Wars and Yoda take 6 Young Jedi to create their own Light Sabres.  It was cool and more importantly, the kids dug it.   22 minutes in, the 2nd episode began although there were no cuts or anything to signify that, you could just tell a 2nd story was starting.  This one had the young Jedi being hijacked by Pirates.  I was into it but it was a bit loud and the kids got scared, so we took them out.  I think at home or even in the theater if we can prepare them for it, they will really like it.

What has surprised me is that since we got home, I have found very little, next to nothing in fact, about it on the web.  I did see on theforce.net speculation that it was just going to be an arc on the Clone Wars tv show, but I really don't think so.  I think it's going to be a separate project.  Apparently George Lucas hinted in a panel earlier that day about a project for younger children,  I do believe this what he was talking about.

 As we left the theater we headed out and had to get a couple pictures by what the boys call Robot Dogs.

We had to stop and pick up another free badge for the kids as we were leaving because Angela's a nut and she couldn't live with the fact that James had lost his and wouldn't have one for his scrap book.  As she was getting that done a guy in a black stormtrooper outfit came down a ramp holding on to the hand rail.  As I watched him approach, I thought to myself, there is a guy with some very uncomfortable shoes.  He looked like every step hurt.  I felt bad for the guy, there was hardly anybody around, and even though he was in full gear, it looked like he was in pain.

The boys stopped him, he gave high fives to all of them and apparently said some nice things to them all.  I was across the hall but Angela talked to him and said he was real nice.  She had no idea he looked as if he was really hurting.  As we walked out they all said goodbye to him and he turned around to wave goodbye to the kids.

Ryan has said to me several times since then, I talked to the black stormtrooper, he was cool.  That was a pretty good way to end the day, I wish I had remembered to take my camera out.

We got back to the car and the boys were sound asleep within minutes.  For the most part they slept the entire 2 1/2 hour ride back to Jacksonville.  It's hard to speak for the boss, but I think we were both pretty happy with the results of the day.  When Ryan woke up on Sunday he said to me, "Can we go to Star Wars Convention today?"

Pretty cool, if you ask me.

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