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How I Like To Spend My Saturday Evenings

Make A Wish Gala Wish Reveal

Make A Wish Gala Wish Reveal

 

Some people like to spend their Saturday evening watching a movie, or simply hanging out with friends. Others like to watch TV or go out for drinks.
I like all those things, however what I really love is how I got to spend this past Saturday night.

As part of the 501st/Rebel Legion/Mando Mercs/Astromech Builders I get to do some pretty cool things. I build costumes, props and droids that bring smiles to kids and grownups alike. But on occasion we get to do stuff that’s even more meaningful. We get to help Make A Wish grant wishes.

This past Saturday hit closer to home than usual. One of our handler’s son was getting his wish granted and Make A Wish contacted us to be there for the reveal at their annual Gala. Now, her son is a huge Chewbacca fan. Every event we do together, he freaks out over Chewie and is always wearing a chewie hoodie.

Make A Wish had asked us to keep this a surprise. So we made sure she didn’t know that we would be heading there.

We arrived and didn’t want to be seen, so we hid in a hallway. The coordinator arrived and escorted us to the changing room. Once suited up, we went back out, just outside of the hall and waited for our queue. People walking by would see the troopers and Vader and freak out, then they’d notice the 8′ tall wookiee and their jaws would drop.

Then the Star Wars theme started to play and we marched in. We had a Tie pilot and gunner, followed by two Jawas, then Vader with 2 troopers and lastly Chewie and Han. The look on our friend’s face was priceless.

We walked up to them and the MC got the crowd to yell out that the wish was being granted and that they’d be going on a Disney Star Wars themed cruise. You could feel the magic in the air.

Once we were done there, we walked out to the hallway and posed for pictures for over an hour. CTV News and the Italian News recorded us.

Such a great night. I love what we do.

Kessel Run 1 year anniversary

A year ago, we helped some friends out with the opening of their new gaming store named The Kessel Run. Today, we showed up for their 1 year anniversary as well as the opening of their new bar, The Cantina.

 

Cantina

Cantina

Quebec City Comic Con 2015

We did the trek up to Quebec City again this year.

Once there, we did the tourist thing for a bit. The next day, we helped our Forteresse Impériale friends with their booth.

Costume Panel

Costume Panel

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QC Group Shot

QC Group Shot

Montreal Comic Con 2015

MCC Group Shot

MCC Group Shot

It’s that time of year again! Montreal Comic Con!!! We came down to Montreal to hang out with friends and partake in the festivities.
Luc brought Chewie, I brought my crewman. While wondering the con floor, we met these great people 🙂

CCG Represent!

CCG Represent!

Fun time leading the troopers in the parade!

TK Parade

TK Parade

Ottawa ComicCon 2015

An other Ottawa Comic Con has come and gone.
This year I made my Chewie costume for it and have to say it was the most fun I’ve ever had in any costume.

I stood in our photobooth, I wondered the con floor and met Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca.
I also got the chance to attend the OCC Press Conference at City Hall.

It was a blast!

Free Comic Book Day – Kessel Run

My friends Jeff and Tyler had invited us to their shop Kessel Run in Orleans for Free Comic Book Day.
Of course I jumped at the opportunity to help these guys. So I suited up as a pilot and headed there in less than 12 parsecs 🙂

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim

I dub this year Star Wars year.

We get a new animated series from Dave Filoni, named Rebels which is one of my favorite things on TV in a while.
We get a new movie.
Our garrison celebrates it’s 5th anniversary.
We get a Celebration in Anaheim.

And I actually got to go to said convention.

It was my first and I had heard marvelous things from everyone that had been in the past.

I got some exclusives, an autograph from Kenny Baker, the actor in R2D2, some new artwork. I got to meet tons of people and reunite with friends that I hadn’t seen in a while.
I met and spoke with Albin, the founder of the 501st.
Got some patch and coin trading in.

So here are a few pics from the trip.

Star Wars Night at the Ottawa Senators

What an fun night.

We were invited to the Ottawa Senators game vs Florida for their Star Wars night.

The gang showed up and we trooped in the lobby, wandered outside before the game. During the first period, a few members were brought in to the game so that the camera could pan on it.

Mark, one of our Stormtroopers was also asked to put on a jersey for an official NHL photoshoot.

Just before the end of the first period, we went for a group shot in the stairs, but lost a few members who were being held hostage by guests. Once the Intermission started, we headed upstairs near the gift shop for photos with guests. A couple of police officers came by and wanted shots taken with Boba Fett, our Scouts and Vader.

As the crowds went back into the game, we noticed that the score was 2 – 0 for Florida and we decided to call it.

We headed back down to the change room and hung out for a bit. The Sens offered up some commemorative pucks for us for purchase.

After the troop I drove Rob Peters home. Love that guy!

 

Ottawa Mini Maker Faire 2014

Well R2-C2 and I were at the Ottawa Mini Maker Faire this past weekend with some friends and their droids. When one of the builders told me that I had been neglecting this blog.

Well to start off, we had a BLAST!

Fred, a fellow builder from Montreal and good friend had been invited to the faire and asked me if I wanted to help. Of course I jumped on the opportunity.

As the faire was approching, we got invited to be on the news.

First was CTV Morning Live.

You can see the clip here CTV Morning Live

This would mark R2-C2‘s first time on TV. Since Fred was still in Montreal, Jason and I got up way early to make it to the studio. We had a blast, his R2 is complete, so we had him driving around during different segments.

Unfortunately I had to head back to work, but Jason went to the Museum of Science and Technology, where the faire was to take place and did an interview with CBC. On their segment, they mentioned how R2 would sure be the star of the Faire. They certainly weren’t kidding.

The next morning I got up early again, and headed to the museum. I met up with Jason and we started to set up our area.

Our Table

Our Table

After a few, Fred arrived with R2-T54 from Montreal. At this point even some of the other Makers were gathering around us.

The day progressed with hundreds if not actually thousands of people stopping by (they did get over 3000 guests go through). At first it was someone intimidating… you had these people WAY smarter than me, who knows way more about electronics and programming, including some NRC engineers stop by and ask questions. After a while it started to go back to the same questions over and over. Which wasn’t so bad.

The Crowds

The Crowds

 

This is pretty much what our table looked like all day.

One cool thing, was that our friends at The League of Super Heroes were at the museum for a photo shoot, so they stopped by which caused more traffic.

The League of Super Heroes drops by

The League of Super Heroes drops by

 

Then the CTV crew came by and wanted to shoot part of the news there.

CTV News at 6

CTV News at 6

They ended up doing several takes… cause R2-T54 was being a bit of a pain 🙂

But we looked pretty good on the news!

You can see the clip here CTV News at 6

After all the fun, we plugged the droids in and headed to the after party.

I must say they went all out… open bar, lots of food, it was pretty cool.

After Party

After Party

We were in between the old locomotives, with a DJ playing. We had to cut the festivities short as some of our friends wanted a chance to hang out with Fred as well, so we headed to a restaurant down in the market and partied the rest of the evening away.

 

Day 2

Fred and I left my place and headed back to the museum. Unfortunately, Jason and R2-D2 weren’t joining us today. But Rob was still with us and man was he a god send.

We get to our table and R2-T54 has barely no charge! It seems that they neglected to tell us that the power in that room is cut over night. So Fred frantically tried to charge him.

The day progressed and it seemed a bit more quiet. Possibly because we didn’t have 2 droids running around. After noon, Derek, a fellow 501st member showed up as Vader and hung out with us. We wandered around the museum taking photos. It was a fun day.

R2-T54 and Lord Vader

R2-T54 and Lord Vader

Finally the day ended and Fred and R2-T54 had to leave 🙁

 

The Gang

The Gang

Looking forward to the next time we all get together… thanks for all the fun!