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ETDC
07-14-2007, 02:34 PM
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y102/pbr/StoreWares_Logo.jpg

Honestly - what was all that about?

• Events like these are usually an excercise in restraint with the old wallet - but a few crappy stalls selling old tat that could be purchased at half the price on eBay? £7 ($14) for a small embroidered patch? Come on... don't take us for fools.
• Hardly room to breathe let alone wander between stalls.
• Half-mile long entrance queues all day long (I'm not kidding).
• Standing in line for over an hour for anything even remotely worthwile.
• Sky-high catering and typical, shoddy British service and attitude.

Should I have expected something just a little bit better to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars?

Without having to queue for hours or empty our wallets, where was the content? Where was the value? Where was the "thanks, guys"? Not even a hint. Simply roll-up and empty your wallets, please!

On behalf of the citizens of the United Kingdom; I apologise to those who travelled from foreign shores to visit this so-called "celebration".

Commercialisation, more like...

dvdbloke
07-14-2007, 02:54 PM
You know, I was planning on going, I had everything sorted. Unfortunately I had to have an operation a few weeks back, and havent been able to attend as my wound still needs maintenance! I was very very disappointed about this, and have on the whole been gutted to miss it. Now ive heard all of these poor reports Im kind of glad.

Ive come to a conclusion. Im going to start saving now. And the next US based Celebration, Im GOING!!! http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/grin.gif

LKraan
07-14-2007, 04:18 PM
Ofcourse it was commercial all over but I thought that there was a ton of other stuff to do.

I did buy things which I could find cheaper on eBay but then I would have to pay a lot for shipping which I didn't have to now. So where products were a bit more expensive it was cheaper in the end.

Besides that I love to see so many stores/booths in 1 place selling SW stuff http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

flyguy
07-16-2007, 07:09 AM
Look, if your a Star Wars fan, lets face it, you should already know it ain't a cheap hobby. There is such a thing as restraint and keeping your money in your wallet too. No one has a gun at your head to buy things. My friend and I had a blast, we met amazing fans and stars, and we bought some items you couldn't get on ebay and bought plenty of exclusives that ended up being 4 times the price on ebay so enough complaining already. It's what YOU make it.

Stalls were particularly busy yes, but this was a lot of the general public who for many of them have never seen any of these things. And although there were queues the longest we waited for the busiest event [Mark Hamill] was 20-30 mins. Not that bad.

By all means express your disdain at the commercialisation by not going and not buying things, but bear in mind, we finally got a celebration after years of USA supremacy, and fans from every other country and area of the world would have gladly taken your place to be there for even an hour.

Roll on CE2!

Nick_Macarty
07-16-2007, 07:15 AM
Happens to every show I goto. http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

Even getting on a Bus nowdays is £2, even for just a short journey. Welcome to the UK. http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/grin.gif

-Nick

Nick_Macarty
07-16-2007, 07:17 AM
[• Hardly room to breathe let alone wander between stalls.
• Half-mile long entrance queues all day long (I'm not kidding).




Now that just prooves how popular the show really was!

Best show ever, when's the next one? http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

-Nick

Fantasticmrcox
07-16-2007, 10:08 AM
double post OOOOPS

Fantasticmrcox
07-16-2007, 10:08 AM
[• Hardly room to breathe let alone wander between stalls.
• Half-mile long entrance queues all day long (I'm not kidding).




Now that just prooves how popular the show really was!

Best show ever, when's the next one? http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

-Nick



The time of my life had a great weekend got everything i wanted. Mind you i didnt have to que for anything so i'm very lucky. But the saturday seeing some of the que's did have have me shocked. But you did you expect it to be like empire day in cheshunt!!! i don't think so. It was a celebration so everyone was there, but i would of left those pushchairs at home mothers

Lee_Bullock
07-16-2007, 11:52 AM
Face facts - Star Wars is the epitome of commercialisation - any convention is going to be inherently commercial, whether you are comfortable with it or not. I made my own fun with good friends from all over the world, seeing little kids awestruck about moveis that were done long before they were born that made it worth it for me, not Mark Hamill at £85 for 30 seconds or overpriced exclusives.

Seriously, there was lots of fun to be had dispite any reservations about the commercial nature of it all (I actually agree with you in principle).

Jeremy
07-16-2007, 03:14 PM
• Events like these are usually an excercise in restraint with the old wallet
• Hardly room to breathe let alone wander between stalls.
• Half-mile long entrance queues all day long (I'm not kidding).
• Standing in line for over an hour for anything even remotely worthwile.
• Sky-high catering and typical, shoddy British service and attitude.




Never been to a Celebration before? They are all like this.

Jeremy

jr2d2
07-16-2007, 05:00 PM
Despite the over hyped prices by some dealers the usual suspects were selling at some great prices. Shop around and get the fair prices, thats what I say, you might have even been able to locate a bargain (yes they were out there at CE, I heard the stories first and second hand).

Frankly, I found the whole experience awesome despite the queues, I wish I had more time and some of the guests on the CS did more than shows so I could have worked more in.

I think what they managed to put together depsite the uncertanties over how much a European event would pull in was brilliant.

Boost
07-17-2007, 03:56 PM
I thought that CE was awesome! Was there all 3 days. The queues were only existant the first opening hours, not all day. And yes, they sold a lot of overpriced crap but they can only do that because the fans are buying the stuff.

I only bought the 0.45 Yavin medal for £20 but its still cheaper than what I would have to give for it on ebay.

I had 3 really great days and meeting some really nice people. If it comes back to Europe, even if its London again, I΄m going!

ETDC
07-17-2007, 04:00 PM
This is quite bizarre... the general reaction here to my post is almost the polar opposite over on the RPF. What's the average age group here?

flyguy
07-17-2007, 04:38 PM
What does RPF Stand for?? Not sure how age makes the slightest bit of difference to the commercialisation topic discussed though... Most people would be as the largest average age group roughly in their 30's as you would imagine from the films age and the rough demographic of people attending. I'm 37.

SirTristram
07-17-2007, 04:48 PM
What does RPF Stand for??



Replica Prop Forum

Jeremy
07-18-2007, 03:37 AM
This is quite bizarre... the general reaction here to my post is almost the polar opposite over on the RPF. What's the average age group here?



According to our membership stats the average age is 28.5 years, but you can probably nudge it up half a decade if you discount all the little kids who opened accounts in 2005 and dropped out after they got bored with SW.

Anyway, the demographics of our audiences are different. The RPF guys are into props of all movies, while our readers are into all collectibles from SW.

If you went to CE expecting to see lots of cool props then you would have been disappointed and come back with a negative experience.

As you can see, those who went to CE for SW came away - for the most part - feeling happy about the event.

Jeremy

ponda_barfly
07-18-2007, 06:14 AM
I agree with some of the comments psoted here, certainly the lack of space in the main hall has a huge problem. However I was there early on friday and right at the front of the queue, yet by eleven you could walk straight in. Saturday was different and I foolishly didnt queue early and had to go right the other side of the building. I did however find this quite amusing and to be fair the queue went down very quickly. What really made me mad was the people pushing in http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/mad.gif. Again by midday on the Sat you could walk stright in the main hall.
My major gripe with the main hall was that you just couldnt get close enough to the stalls to buy anything, my money was burning a hole in my pocket all day, and it still is! I just cannot understand why they didnt open the room up more, thus allowing more room between stalls, thus making everyone happy. Its not like they filled the exel to max.
However those gripes aside I had a great two days met some great people and will go again in a heart beat if I can.

Barfly

karnorjax
07-20-2007, 07:47 AM
well yes Conventions always have ques.

It wasnt over priced in terms of events.

BIG conventions festivals etc all have overpriced catering. and some exclusiv Merch, heck last big gig I went to the Tshirts were £25 and had a small print on the front.

At least at CE we for a kick ***** full print stormtrooper shirt for £20

At Live gig you have one big band and a couple of support acts and can pay £40+ for ONE ticket for an evening of entertainment. at CE it was £50 for 3 full days.

I was there all 3 and only managed to do a 1/3 of the talks and shows I wanted too.

Dealers had damn good prices if you ask me, the german guys with 2 tables of £3.50 figures had some amazing stuff too choose from !

3 darths had a fab selection.

You think they were charging too much - a BOOTH was £1000+VAT for the weekend.

Didnt like the event.. well dont go again.

You say SW is all about commecialisation as if its a supprise.. dont you remember episode one when SW was on EVERYTHING from yoghurt to loo roll !!

Most people I spoke to said it was the best they had ever been too.

I had a good few customers attend with their kids and I have had them in the shop or emails raving about how AMAZING a weekend or day out the had.

Guest list was the best ever at an event and Ive atteneded most in the UK and many abroad too in the past 15 years.

Displays and atmosphere and things too see was superb.. the Tantive 4, death star, Jabba, Speeder bikes and the awsome Dagobah all top notch and nothing like these were at Celebration 4 when I went they jus had ONE Xwing as far as I can remember ohh and a few cars!!

It wasnt perfect but no event ever is but they always get better.

we were very lucky to have CE I loved it.