Milton Keynes, England
October 1, 2006
Story & Photos by Laura Goodrum (Taurs)

Today was the 3rd and final day of Collectormania in Milton Keynes, England, and was the only day I could make it to the con. I have to say that getting there did in no way go to plan traffic and torrential rain set us back and we arrived pretty late at about 1pm. The convention was being held in Milton Keynes Shopping centre and so after making our way past all the shops we came to the large exhibition hall in the centre.

There were about 200+ stalls in aisles in the middle with the autograph tables around the edges. The place was pretty packed out and getting around all the stalls wasn’t easy. We made our way around all of the tables checking out all the cool stuff. There was a fair bit of star wars, mainly Gentle Giant busts and Statues, TSC and POTF2 figures. I saw some of the Sideshow 12-inch figures including Han and SDCC Anakin, which I wished I could pick up, but I am still waiting for them from a UK retailer where I have them on pre order. There was also a fair amount of Dr Who, Star Trek, LOTR, Horror, Harry potter...the list goes on. There was a pretty cool stall selling Jedi costumes but the prices were Sky High, a lot of comic and trading card stalls too, which I didn’t pay much attention to. The only thing I picked up was a Professor Snape Harry Potter Mini Bust for 25 which is really cheap and I am was really pleased with that.

One thing that really struck me with this con was that there were hardly any people dressed up I was expecting a fair few people to be in costume but the only ones we saw were two Stormtroopers, a biker scout and one Jedi they all got a good amount of attention from everyone else.

This was a pretty star studded event as far as UK cons go, with guests including Kenny Baker (Artoo), David Prowse (Vader), Garrick Hagon (Biggs), David Wenham (Faramir) and Jeremy Bulloch to name just a few. I queued for Kenny Bakers autograph for around 45 minutes, which was surprising as there weren’t that many of us in the queue only about 15 tops. He went of for about 15 minutes at one point but I got talking to the two guys behind us in the line about collecting and stuff so the time went pretty fast. I got Kenny to sign a VOTC R2-D2 for me, which I think looks really cool and I got a picture with him. We didn’t have to wait at all for Jeremy Bulloch as we went over there was no queue, he is really nice and we had a little chat while he autographed the picture for me. I decided not to get David Prowse's autograph this time.

We went back round all the stalls one final time and then made our departure.
Overall for my first con I had a really great day even though I didn’t buy much the experience was brilliant. Anyone else who lives in the UK should definitely attend this next time it is on in May its a great day out.

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