Being my first Armageddon, I'm not sure what I was expecting, especially in Tauranga. I was therefore pleasantly surprised at the attendance and those that got dressed for the event. We arrived at 10am and there was plenty of space to view each stall. By 11:30, it was packed and it was difficult to get around the inner hall where the stalls were.
I would hazard a guess and say 20% had in some way got dressed up. The kids all wearing their favorite Marvel, DC and Star Wars characters. Most if not all of the teens were in some form of Anime. There were even some of my age in disguise!!! Very little in Star Wars costume other than the 4 501 representatives. It was great to catch up with them as I've only just registered with the 501 but never had a chance to talk. (I don't have a Trooper kit - one day I'll had saved enough).
A little surprised at how few were watching the live vid feed for the virtual guests but then again, they weren't what I would call A stars. My daughter who tagged along and is a huge fan of Once Upon A Time, wasn't even interested in the actor from the show.
I managed to not spend a cent at the show. Nothing of SW interest other than posters. But after a recent post on this site, we called in at The Warehouse in Tauranga and I purchased a few more SW Funko Pops for $20. (Again, I am not collecting them, but they keep calling my name!) FYI: They were $29 at the show.
I would certainly go again. BUT it would appear I am going to be able to attend the Auckland Show this year so its full steam ahead trying to finish my Tusken Raider costume. Mask done, Gaffi Stick paint drying as I type, purchasing the robe material in the coming weeks. Roll on October.
Hows that for a report?!