Fifteen days. Eight different hotel rooms. Eight subways. Five flights. Two rental cars. And a train.
London. Dublin. Belfast. Coleford and Cahersiveen. Five different filming locations. Three World Heritage sites...
Yeah, you could say I've been busy. It was a crazy adventure. I saw things I've dreamed of seeing for years, and things I never expected. I hung out until the wee hours with good friends night after night. I drank Guinness like it was milk, because it's just that indescribably smooth in Ireland. And I lived life to its fullest.
I'll have tons of stories and photos to share over the next few weeks. And boy, are there stories to tell. From putting in the hours at the PSWCS booth, to climbing scary steps up to the Jedi Temple, every day was an adventure. I'll post most of the photos on Facebook. But for now, here's a shot of my visit to Skellig Michael.
I know that The Force Awakens is more or less A New Hope 2.0, but I really think it is secretly the G.I.Joe movie we've all been waiting for.
After all, Kylo Ren is far more of a force-wielding Cobra Commander than he is a Darth Vader. And, like Cobra Commander, he leads a highly militarized terrorist organization. The First Order is pretty much just Cobra in Space. (Vader, on the contrary, led the actual army of the "legitimate" government. He might have killed his officers, but he didn't throw hissy fits. Get it? Hissy fits. Do you see what I did there?)
Leia, of course, leads the Resistance--a special task force assigned to take down the First Order. The Resistance has the same basic origin story as G.I.Joe. (Although I still don't get why it is called "The Resistance." I think of patriotic Frenchmen fighting against German occupiers when I hear that term, not so much special forces assigned to take down insurrectionists. Really, it's the First Order that is doing the resisting.)
Anyway, the only major character difference between Kylo Ren and Cobra Commander is pretty much that Kylo Ren actually blows up planets, whereas Cobra Commander would have used Starkiller Base to blast his face on the Republic's homeworld.
I know this is a tad late, but back on June 25th I traveled up to Gurnee, IL. with some friends, specifically to Key Lime Cove Water Park to attend Pfeifer-Con 13, put on by the good folks at Twin Suns Outpost.
It was by no means a convention on the scale of a SW Celebration, C2E2, or Wizard World, but it was a lot of fun just the same. They had a small vendor's area where I picked up some loose SW trading cards, Galactic Connexions discs, and some other knick-knacks. Tom Kane and Tim Rose were in attendance and signing autographs for free, and I also sat in on a panel that they had which was very fun and informative. I also went to a panel hosted by Eric Pfeifer in regards to collecting that was thoroughly enjoyable as well. There were also games to play with prizes, and a raffle for a Star Wars crew hat. It just so happened that my good friends the Tenuto family won said hat, so congrats again to them.
There wasn't a whole lot to do there, but what there was, was certainly a good time. I highly recommend this con to any SW fan out there who is in the vicinity of Gurnee (and any of those who wouldn't have an issue travelling there) and I'm already looking forward to what they have in store at next year's Pfeifer-Con. "Well done Eric! Great job on all counts!!!"
Bill Cable's trip to Celebration Europe – The real story: Part II!
A week from now at this time, I'll probably be on my way towards Stonehenge after having visited the filming locations of The Force Awakens at Puzzlewood forest. I'm practically jumping out of my skin at this point in excitement. I'm just here all National Lampoon's Vacation repeating "This is crazy. This is crazy. This is crazy."
I have a jam-packed schedule. Puzzlewood, Wales and Stonehenge before the convention. Then four days of Celebration (including 1 day of set-up). Then a week in Ireland, including visits to Dublin, Skellig Michael, and Belfast. This is pretty much a dream vacation. I'm Irish on my dad's side, so I've always wanted to visit. I didn't expect to have the opportunity, but when Celebration was announced for London, I had to make it happen. It's so soon now I'm practically giddy.
What this means for CreatureCantina.com is that I won't be posting updates for a couple weeks. The next update here will be July 27th, most likely. That is unless Beedo or Tresob decide to post something (hint hint). I may post some photos to the CC.com Facebook page, but I'm not bringing a laptop, so I won't be able to submit anything here. In a pinch I could post something on my phone, but it'd probably be more of a pain that it's worth.
So enjoy the next three weeks of your summer. I intend to!
Star Wars Celebration Europe - Kylo Ren exclusive!
Coming soon to a giant Star Wars convention in London near you...
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-Inch Kylo Ren Pack
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $34.99/Available in the Forbidden Planet Booth #S1003 at Star Wars Celebration 2016)
Reveal the power of the dark side with this collectible 6-inch scale figure of Kylo Ren without his mask! Fans can relive the First Order commander’s most pivotal moments from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS with accessories such as Darth Vader’s helmet and a First Order banner and stand. THE BLACK SERIES Pack features a highly articulated and exceptionally detailed Kylo Ren BLACK SERIES figure, as well as the villain’s iconic lightsaber, lightsaber hilt, and helmet. Includes 1 figure and 6 accessories. The STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-Inch Kylo Ren Pack will be for sale at Star Wars Celebration 2016 in the Forbidden Planet booth #S1003.
The STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-Inch Kylo Ren Pack will be for sale at Star Wars Celebration 2016 in the Forbidden Planet booth #S1003. It will also be available at Booth #3329 at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Following the convention, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com. Canadian fans can also purchase the figure set during Fan Expo Canada in September.
Celebration Europe Fan Group exlcusive patch set!!
The members of The Dark Empire, Norwich Star Wars Club UK, and the Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society have created an exclusive patch set to be distributed at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016. You can collect all three pieces to assemble a patch that depicts Rey's first confrontation with Kylo Ren in the forests of Takodana. Each piece was produced in a limited run of 500, and will be given away free of charge. Look for these patches at the following booths:
The Dark Empire: S438
Norwich Star Wars Club UK: S243
Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society: S356
Star Wars Figures Worst to First - ESB45/ESB47/ESB48!
I'm excited to share the latest Star Wars Figures - Worst to First video produced by my brother and I, this one focusing on the final waves of ESB figures. Some very weak offerings in this group, but there are a few gems as well.
This wraps up our Worst-to-First ESB run. Next up will be ROTJ65, where we'll be tasked with ranking SEVENTEEN STINKING FIGURES!!!
I did travel to that ultra-secret location a few weeks ago to retrieve the script for the latest James Bond film starring the illustrious Mr. Cable, but what I didn’t know was that the document was completely written in Aurebesh. I’ve been working feverishly to translate it, but am so far about 75% done. Not wanting to only give you half a story (or in this case, three quarters), I’ve opted to postpone the great reveal until next week and instead give you the latest and greatest from Tom Spina Designs, so here goes. Enjoy this and also your upcoming 4th of July holiday!
We have been keeping busy here at the shop, working on some wonderful projects we really think people are going to enjoy.
For all you Ghostbusters fans out there, you may recognize the Terror Dog Statue from the roof of Dana's apartment building! We had him in the studio for restoration and his transformation is breathtaking!
And if you haven't had a chance to check out our new and improved site yet, well, better late than never! Please take a look. We've updated the site several times a week with amazing and fun projects we think you'll all enjoy!
Thanks for reading and we hope your summer is off to a great start!