My uncle Ben and I went to the Manitoba Comic Con & Sci Fi Expo today. It was pretty cool. Here are some highlights:
I picked up a sweet Godzilla miniature (1964 version). I’ve always wanted a miniature Godzilla model, and this this is perfect!
For some strange reason, the model came with a single, wrapped, chiclet-sized piece of gum. I don’t know why. The box is all in Japanese — so that’s no help — but there was a web address on the box with the word “candy” in it. I never bothered to check it out since the site is probably all in Japanese anyway.
Just when I think the Japanese could not be any weirder.
I’m a little scared to try the gum. I’m not quite sure what to expect. I can’t think of any reason why there should be one piece of gum packaged in a model like this. Is it the model designer’s favorite gum? Is it Godzilla-flavored? Will I turn into a giant monster if I eat it? Who knows?
I also listened for a while on a Q and A segment given by John de Lancie (Q, from Star Trek the Next Generation).
I only happened by the talk as we were exploring the convention floor. I regret not having the time or energy to listen to the whole thing; he was very interesting. I had no idea the first original Star Trek show he ever saw (which he watched during his tenure on ST:TNG) was the infamous “Spock’s Brain” episode. What a first impression!
There was also a locally made replica of the ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters at the con.
$7 to have your photo taken with it? No thanks. (I wasn’t even supposed to take the photo of the car by itself!)
While there were several people wander the floor in costumes (including a Klingon who I saw actually walking down the street as I was nearing the convention center). The best costume, of course, was Boba Fett:
However, greater than the costumed bounty hunter was the actual “Fett man” himself: Jeremy Bulloch!
Meeting the actual Boba Fett was the highlight of the convention. I chatted with him a bit at his booth. He is a really cool guy. I have to admit it was a little intimidating meeting someone famous, but once you get to know them they are just like you and me: easily killable via falling piano trap.
I was a little surprised with how knowledgeable he was regarding the rarity of some of the Boba Fett action figures. Apparently the version of the figure I got him to sign was one that was hard to get in England.
Now I have to get a proper protective case for this thing! BTW, to put the phrase I asked him to write (which ellicited a laugh from him and his wife) into perspective: one of his four lines in The Empire Strikes Back was “He’s worth a lot to me!”.
Lastly, regarding the convention: man, oh, man the comics and toys! So many things to see! I can’t believe how much stuff there was. Next time I’m bringing more money.