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Force Friday - Target (Westfield Parramatta) - 3 Sept 2015

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:25 am    Post subject: Force Friday - Target (Westfield Parramatta) - 3 Sept 2015 Reply with quote

Tython Troop Report

Force Friday
Disney/Target midnight launch of upcoming TFA merchandise

Target, Westfield Parramatta

Date/ Time:
Thursday evening/Friday morning
Officially out front of store at 8.30pm


Sarah1968 (Chewbacca) and Shay Force (Obiwan)

Rin and Deb (501st SCG) for Chewbacca

Mission Report:
Met at Target premises around 7pm and was directed to our own "green room" which was nice and big. Kitted up and met the fans out the front of Target around 8/8.30pm and heaps of photos were taken.

Security was excellent and the sets were fantastic. Jay Laga'aia (Typho from Eps 2 and 3) was also on hand to assist us.

Friends from the 501st Legion SCG who also attended in costume were:

- Burgs (Boba Fett)
- Craig225 (TK)
- mgraeme (TK)
- Rev (TB)
- Sir_Remic (Tusken Raider)
- Syldar (Tusken Raider)
- zac (Imperial Officer)

Mission Status:
Successful. Great shots taken by Zoomi (Deb) and posted up all over FB. Especially loved the one of Shay as a figurine. Spookily accurate Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work. Sorry I missed it.

Silly cannon events
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much for our troop report Sez Very Happy

Just to add something else..

This request originally went to the 501st only. Something that the RL struggle with worldwide is that organisers often associate Star Wars costuming with only one group - the 501st. Some have not even heard of the Rebel Legion.

I had long conversations with Mary Franklin when she was at LFL about the dilemma and how they ( and now Disney ) need to educate the people making the appearance requests that the 501st have a sister group ( us ) that provide all the classic good guy characters that fans have loved and cheered for neatly 40 years.

She was very familiar with the theme of my concern, telling me that probably twice a day her team where doing exactly that. It will take time and exposure and of course , the more we troop these big events , the faster it will change as organisers see what we can bring to the table.

Anyway, that's not really what I wanted to mention..I've also had the above conversation and expressed our concerns many times with Linc G the CO of the 501st Southern Cross Garrison. Even though this request didn't mention the Rebels, Linc , approached Disney and asked if the Rebels may also attend. Disney then extended the invitation to our Rebels as well.

A very classy act by Linc and on behalf of all of us here at Tython , a big thank you mate. It just goes to show the excellent relationship we have with our 501st brothers and sisters and is why that relationship is now the envy of the rest of Australia.

For all our dual members reading this, you can feel very proud of your 501st leadership. It's a far nicer place to be when such a friendship exists across all the groups.

We look forward to working with both you, and the Mandos again soon Wink

" Another happy landing "
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