Not sure how to start this off…
It was my first troop for the year which was a good way to start it off but it is already May and with being over a third of the way through the year, why wasn’t there another troop sooner? That is really something for us up in Auckland to really sort out and be more engaging such as other cities hosting 501st legion members in New Zealand.
So back to the troop, the day was a 3 in 1 event, Celebrating the Grand opening of Arkham City Comics , International Free Comic Book Day and May the 4th or Star Wars Day. So with the trinity of events to start it off the year was a great experience. I got to field test improvements to my scout and as you can see below, it has far improvement in its look and photo quality.
Of course looking at my costume I see areas where I want to upgrade/replace/etc but where it stands it now is far superior then when I debuted in 2011. The event was great, 3 other Star Wars costumers appeared, which was a great sight and really cemented our presence at the event. We had a lot of fun with friends in other organisations and of course the children are what make all this effort worth it. We were all there in good spirits supporting Arkham City Comics as they venture into the world of business. The staff as always were very enjoyable interacting with customers and onlookers alike and with ‘Warden’ Jeremy at the helm madness was ensured, but in good fun.
There were some children who were scared of me, but maybe they have not yet been introduced to the world of Star Wars and hopefully for their sake that will change. What I took most from the day is that you always should have fun with the public, yes there are those who are not interested at all with you but by being a vibrant person, posing for photos with children and adults alike, hi fives for small children, and even the occasional hug with long life fans, it really does help make the situation so much better. It does show others that while the characters we based our costumes off were bad guys in the films, we in the 501st Legion are here to help make children and adults smile and enjoy themselves.
I may update at my leisure as new thoughts come to mind. I cannot wait until May the 4th next year and as well Free Comic book day, two troops which make this job all the more worth it.
Until next time,