We had to post this, not just because it was an awesome event here in Philadelphia, but because if you stop the video at the 59 second mark, you’ll be able to see something truly epic and full of win. A protester with a sign that reads “Admiral Ackbar says: Scientology! It’s a trap!” Also, a lot of the protesters are rocking masks that the character V wears in V For Vendetta. Awesome.
Protesters, we salute you. Come join Geekadelphia.
I’m still not sure if I like the feeling of 43,000 voices on the inside of my helmet. I found myself wondering how professional athletes are able to stomach the pressure – and then I realized I probably had some leverage. Eventually I felt fine once I realized I was in costume, and nobody in the crowd knew who I was.
What the crowd DID know was that Darth Vader just marched onto the field followed by a platoon of anxious troopers and Boba Fett by his side. Waving a Chicago Cubs hat in the air, Vader made it clear that he and the rest of 501st’sGarrison Carida represented the visiting team. The Imperial March was loud as it played through the park’s outdoor speakers and as we lined up on the chalk, I thought to myself “holy frack, talk about geeks in Philadelphia…”
The Phanatic sped into the scene on his quad, and with surprising agility, leapt out of it wielding a plastic saber and commenced a swordfight that can only be described as Epic in its entirety. He won the fight, because Vader was a Cubs fan (subsequently the Cubs lost too) , and because of his vile trickery. Just kidding, I love the Phanatic and his massive feathered ass.
Here’s some footage of the battle that ensued, filmed by a fan that commented about his Father loving “this”. More shots of the lineup after the jump
So there you have it, that was my Saturday night. As much as I like to think the audience didn’t know who I was, it turns out my mother could tell…as well as a few friends watching on TV. The text message I received shortly after the game was “Ha! We saw you doing the YMCA on tv” which only asserts the common assumption that EVERYTHING is easier in costume. I assure you, it’s not. I attempted the YMCA and I heard a guy yelling “YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG!” . Haha, whoops.
By no means a novice in the art of the Custom Action Figure, Sillof’s latest mods are truly excellent. There has been quite a bit of re-imagination as far as Star Wars is concerned…and Darth Vader is a common choice for it… but these action figures are the best kind that I’ve seen thus far! Sillof for President ’08!
We featured the work of Mike Stimpson, a photographer out of the UK who specializes in Lego, yesterday. However, I really couldn’t pass up mentioning this print that I recently ordered entitled Imperial Cutbacks.
Honestly, it’s just clever and hysterical. Stimpson is one talented guy. Check out his store and pick up a print.
Carissa, a blogger / etsyier / knitter out in Texas, created this glorious R2D2 beanie… and you can download the instructions on how to make it! That’s right! If you’re a crafty, knitting Philadelphian, you too can created one of these adorably geeky beanies… for me. And Tim. In fact, we’d like to order several of them from you. Sara, can you get on this? Thanks.
Engadget wrote about a slick R2D2 projector unit a while back. This baby is a must-have for you tech junkies who collect EVERYTHING Star Wars. Yea, I’m looking at you, Garrison Carida. Recently they just posted an update that shows the photo above – and it’s now available for preorder.
For about the price of a decent Boba Fett costume, this ridiculous unit can be yours. Before you go asking me how much that is, they have it posted for € 2799. Full specs may or may not justify this price, but you can be the judge.