Yes, the legend is true. The rumours you’ve heard are all based on fact:
I visited one of the biggest scifi conventions this weekend, and bought next to nothing.
Shocking, I know. I visit FACTS yearly, and every time I come prepared with an expenditure limit. Because without one, I’d buy myself silly. There’s so much Star Wars stuff around, and being a Star Wars collector (or should I say hoarder?) I have to make choices. Works every year. I’m happy, my wife is happy and the bankpeople are happy that the mortgage continues getting paid on a regular basis.
This year I dove into the throng of cosplayers and sweaty geeks/nerds/dorks with just a few set goals:
-Get something from the new Star Wars Rebels, other than Lego or those huge action figures.
-Find some nice vintage Star Wars pieces. Either stuff I don’t have yet, or things that I don’t own in the original packaging yet.
-Get some low priced quirky stuff. Like that single use shrunk Darth Vader washcloth I got last year.
-Get more X-Wing Miniatures.
Pretty reasonable, no? Hopes on high, I set off.
Two days later, I return home, having failed miserably.
-No Rebels merch in sight. Well except for, you’ve guessed it, the large figures and Lego sets. I did get a free polaroid taken with a friend, which we then got framed in a free promotional Rebels flyer. I guess that counts towards my goals?
-No vintage Star Wars. What was there was either way out of my price range (and by way out of I mean lightyears away. I actually felt my wallet cringe…) or in rough shape.
-No quirky stuff. At least, no CHEAP quirky stuff.
-I did find a booth selling X-Wing minis. I bought the HWK-290 and debated to get the Imperial shuttle. When I finally made up my mind, the shuttle was sold out…
And that’s it!
Well… That’s it for goal-related stuff anyway… I got the “Star Wars Year By Year” book as well, and a whole lot of comics. I tried getting a peek at Carrie Fisher, but she was hidden from view. Apparently her stall was built with a wall inside it, obscuring her from view. To discourage anyone from taking free pictures I presume, although the hired muscle security person/grunt was already doing a great job.
Reading this, you might think I did not have a great time, but you’d be wrong. I had a blast! And who cares about failing my set goals?
There’s always the Dutch Comic Con and the Antwerp Convention. I’ll reach my goals yet!