™ Infiltrates - The 2004 Motor City Comic Con: Fri-Sun 5/14-16, Novi, Michigan

"Logan in the Middle" Sandtroopers finally track down saggy-diaper boy Dengar Worf - "Why Can't --I-- host Beyond Belief?"
Orli Shoshan (Jedi Master Shaak Ti) It's 1985 all over again - Shipwreck, Snake Eyes, and Arashikage Young Master Storm Shadow Gates McFadden
Hellboy Tuskens drink Pepsi Trade Gone Bad - Rob surrounded by Troops from the 501st!

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Trooper Rob Amid (aka Trooper Jetfire), who is a S.C.A.L.P.  Agent and trading buddy of General J, rode his dewback across Michigan's lower peninsula to cover the Motor City Comic Con on Saturday 5/16.  Along with the photos, Rob reported on the event:

Needless to say there were a ton of people in attendance to look over the dealerís ware as well as waiting in long lines for a chance to meet their favorite stars. Quite a few big names from Star Trek showed up (Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, and George Takei), but Star Wars fans had a few of their own minor stars make appearances as well. Orli Shoshan (Jedi Master Shaak Ti) along with Daniel Logan (Young Boba Fett) were the Episode II representatives. Return of the Jedi also got its fair share with Ailsa Berk (Amanaman) and that crazy hang gliding Ewok, Felix Silla. Other notables were Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Gil Gerrard (Buck Rogers), Erin Gray (Wilma from Buck Rogers), and Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyagerís Tuvok)

As for the collectibles dealers, there was both a wide range in selection and price. If you were patient enough and didnít mind a lot of walking, you could find the lower prices pretty easily. I was lucky enough to finally find the 300th figure Boba Fett for $20 (elsewhere in the show it was $30-$35) as well as a bunch of ARC Troopers for $5-$8. I was also able to find the infamous Boba Fett: Pit of Carkoon, which was a real treat for me as it never came out locally. In the one deal I managed to get the 300th figure Boba Fett, an ARC Trooper and a Boba Fett PoC for $30. Also picked up a K-P3O for $5 to help out my POTJ collection. Not terrific, but when you donít have it and want it anything seems good. Unfortunately, there were some outrageous prices too. One dealer had about half a dozen or so Saga A-wings and was asking $50 a pop. I also saw a damaged Trash Set (Han/Luke one) with a cut across the top going for $25. All in all, most dealers were reasonable. Even ran into a collector trying to sell off his collection. Hats off to this guy for the extremely NON-SCALPING prices. Unfortunately, at that point I was starting to run low on funds and time.

As for in-costume appearances, the 501st made an appearance with a few Stormtroopers and TIE Fighter Pilots as well as a Scout Trooper and a SANDTROOPER. At one point they had me surrounded at gunpoint and had me wondering what was going to become of this Sandtrooper! Nice threads on them, especially the Scout Trooper. All in all, a good bunch of guys who didnít mind talking and answering some questions on the 501stís activities and how to get started on your own setup. Also storming the Expo Center where a few Joes and a Tusken Raider with a big thirst for Pepsi. Not being a comic book fan, kind of hurt me in the recognition of other characters, but there were some fine outfits as well in this category.

Overall, a good Con. Only way it could have been better was if there was an appearance by a big name Star Wars star signing some autographs and if I had remembered my Star Cases. Looking forward to hitting the Canadian National Sci-Fi Expo (Kenny Baker and Patrick Stewart) in August as well as the Chicagoland Entertainment Collectorís Expo in September (Jeremy Bulloch and a few of Jabbaís cronies).

I'd really like to thank our good friend Trooper Jetfire for being a true S.C.A.L.P. Trooper and donning the Sandtroopers.comô armor to cover this show. Let us know about your convention experiences as well at