Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Collecting rears it's ugly head again...

With less than 72 hours until "Midnight Madness", the collecting bug is currently flying around and threatening to bite me once again. For anyone reading this that doesn't know what Midnight Madness is (highly unlikely), allow me to summarize:

For the last 6 years, we've been treated to Prequels to the Star Wars trilogy by George Lucas. Accompanying each movie release has been the release of the toy line that goes along with it, and Toys R Us has held events along with each movie to celebrate your ability to buy the toys. Basically people line up about 100 heads deep and wait to rush down the aisles when the clock strikes 12:01am to find and purhcase as many Star Wars figures as possible.

This year is no different, but will be for me. This year, I actually have early access to the toys, because we'll be participating in an event at my local Toys R Us dressed up like Stormtroopers. So basically, they're giving us first crack at all the gear. Now, with an opportunity like that, I should probably purchase everything I can get my hands on......right? Saving for the wedding this year makes that difficult, but we shall see.

I haven't decided exactly what my budget will be, only that I WILL be participating in "the hunt" again this year. I go from Toys R Us at midnight to Target first thing in the morning, to Wal Mart...and then possibly on to other stores. I'm sure I'll have an excellent post summarizing this adventure in a few short days.

Tonight at 7pm, I've got a meeting with several local Seattle area collectors (most of whom I've met via collecting websites and traded toys with several times) to talk about this wonderful upcoming event and also to discuss Celebration 3, which many of us are attending. Oh yeah, and we get to have hamburgers too, so there's that.

And finally, last but not least...today I had an incredibly cool event when I arrived at work. One of my co-workers was cleaning out his storage this weekend and came across two boxes of Star Wars toys he is no longer interested in. He made these a gift to me and I promptly decorated my office with them.

So as you may be able to tell, the collecting fever is fast approaching, and I fear it's going to sweep over me this weekend much more than I had planned for.

In other (but still Star Wars related) news, we put a lot more work into the Rebel Pilot costumes for Celebration 3 last night, and it looks like we have a really good chance of finishing before the blessed event. I sure hope so.

Let's see. Should I include ONE thing in this post that is not related to Star Wars collecting/costuming or the upcoming convention? Yes, I should.....just to keep the last shreds of a normal appearance for any random passer-by.

Last night at midnight, I worked some more on our wedding website, and I'm now comfortable saying that it's 90% online. All I really need is some formatting, a picture or two and the ability to password protect it so that only our guests can access the thing. I'll try and finish that stuff up in the next day or two, and then Heather can mail the address out to everyone we're inviting. Yahoo!