Archive for May, 2007
After giving up trying to calculate the precise algorithm to score the correct riptide and get admitted to the line at Gentle Giant, I wandered back to our fan booth to man it for a little bit. And guess who paid me a visit:
That’s Michonne Bourriague aka Aurra Sing and Amy Allen aka Aayla Secura. Yesterday, I was wandering the autograph section getting Jared some sigs, talked to them a little bit and invited them to come and check out the minifigs Jared made of their characters that were on display at our booth. So they came by today! They were so nice and friendly, it’s disarming. They thought the figs were fantastic. Of course, while they were there, I just had to indulge, just a little bit. If there’s any chance Amy and Michonne are reading this, I would just like to say thank you again for stopping by. =)
Well, today was the last day of Celebration IV and it went out with a fizzle more than a bang. The day was kind of slow in terms of attendance. It was a shorter day ending at 4:00pm so that’s understandable. Got to meet johnsocal from our forums, and Ryan “Lights” Wood dropped by with his lovely wife. Overall, it was a great show and I had a lot of fun meeting a lot of people. To be honest, the best part of the show though was hanging out with Steve, Gary and Erik. Steve is a great guy and such a fan of the product. His focus on his role in Community Relations is admirable. Gary has such energy and enthusiasm, just hanging out with him for 2 minutes will make you want to smile. He’s got a great sense of humor and passion for the hobby, I think LEGOLand is lucky to have him. Getting to know Erik was an honor. He has a calm demeanor that belies his youthful outlook and seeing his portfolio of work just blew my mind. They are a great bunch of guys and if you ever have a chance to work with any of them for any show or project, don’t pass it up.
That title belongs to the one of a kind solid Sterling Silver C-3PO minifig that will be given away on Monday at CIV. I apologize for the grainy pics, but I was short on time and didn’t think to change the ISO back to 100.
Funny to think that the silver one is more valuable than the gold ones. I guess in terms of world currency, the gold is more valuable, but collectibility wise, the silver one is more rare therefore more valuable. I think in order to rectify the situation, they should just make 9 more of them and send one to me. And then after they send me one of the nine, they should go for broke and make a single platinum Threepio with diamonds for eyes. I mean hell, if Bandai can do it, I don’t see why LEGO couldn’t.
Guess who I saw at the show today? Yep, you guessed it, Samurai Stormtrooper:
I actually got to talk to him for a little while and now that I think back upon our conversation, I think he mistook me for someone else. So, Mr. Samurai Stormtrooper, if you’re out there reading this, I apologize if I lead you to believe I was someone else. If I’m mistaken, then, never mind! =D He was a really really nice guy and the armor is a work of art that has to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. In case you’re wondering what his banner says, it translates to, “Time to die”.
At previous celebrations LEGO hosted building competitions. This year, there’s no competition but there is a Mindstorms build area to introduce people to the Mindstorms line. It’s a good idea in theory but the amount of time required to build something with TECHNIC mind you is a bit of a roadblock. Plus, not everyone here is familiar with building with regular LEGO bricks so throw in the TECHNIC curve and you have yourself a slow booth.