Star Wars Celebration Chicago (Mon)

by Darth Danno
on 2019-06-05, 07:16:07

Here we were, the final day of the con, and I had set it up to be a very easy day. Only one autograph that was at 3:00, and no photo-ops at all. I had to be at the Twin Suns stage at 11:15 for number assignment and stuff, but that still gave me time once I got in to see the Rancho Obi-Wan exhibit, and hang with my buddy Nick and his son, as this was their first (and only) day at the con. I found a dealer who was selling the exclusive Habro figs for $100 each + tax, and considering everyone on eBay wanted more than that with shipping, I bought them. The cup of the day had Darth Maul on it, so now my cup collection was complete.

Headed off to the tattoo competition and got my number. There were a lot of entrants for each of the three categories, and some of them I thought had really nice pieces. The winner in each category got a bantha skull trophy to give to their artist, and a medal of Yavin to keep for themselves. There were no 2nd or 3rd place winners though. Either you took home first place, or took home nothing. The black & white entrants went first, and there was one guy who had his entire leg done up in Star Wars that I thought was a shoe-in to win, but surprisingly he didn't.

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Now it was our turn, we went before the judges (there were 6 of them, I believe), one at a time, showing them our piece for their perusal. then we walked back to our seats, sat down, and waited on the final verdict. As I was walking back to my seat, many audience members stopped me to either simply see my tattoo up close, or to take a picture of it, and that made me feel good. Then it was announced that there was a tie! It was between myself and another guy who had a Darth Bane tattoo on his shoulder, so we each went before the judges once again. And the winner was...not me. I was a good sport and stuck around to see who took "Best in Show", then Barry and I headed back down to the exhibit floor.

By now it was after 1:30, and the con closed at 5 today as opposed to the usual 7:00 of Fri-Sun. So we got in line and took in the "Galaxy's Edge" exhibit, which was really cool. We went through the Lego area, the Hasbro booth, and wanted to go through the "Vader Immortal" exhibit, but that line was already capped. I went and got in line for my autograph with Greg Proops, who signed my "Resistance" poster, and with that, all autographs for the con were obtained.

With closing time approaching, I said my farewells to the guys at Regal Robot, Geeki Tiki, Bill Cable, and to Joe Corroney. Then we headed out, and now had to deal with the evening rush hour traffic. Upon arriving at Barry's, I packed all my stuff that I had cluttered up his living room with for the past few days, loaded it all into my car, and headed home. Very tired, a little disappointed, but overall satisfied at successfully completing another convention.





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