July 30, 2011
Story & Photos by: Chris "Darth" Spice


There was one stop on our "decade of decadence" convention tour last summer that I physically couldn't make, as we missed the very first Cyphan convention.  There were quite a few people in my area that did attend and all agreed, it was a great time. This year I wasn't over-extended moving the Battle Station city-to-city, so it would be nice to get out and enjoy another show.  Even though it was just one week after returning home from San Diego Comic-Con, it would be a great way to at the very least see my Star Wars "family" as the Midwest Garrison would be entrenched at the show all three days. I was a little bit upset I didn't get out the door in time to get a chance to meet Svengoolie, for some reason this guy always seems to be at conventions, but I always seem to miss him.  There were quite a few vendors from a broad spectrum of pop culture, but I'd have to say a good majority of it was steampunk instead of toys or collectibles.  There were a couple of price tags on some of the Power of the Force 2 12-inch figures that were incredibly high, part of me wanted to let him know how much they were fetching on Ebay these days but I think the collector wins sometimes when I shut my mouth, occasionally but it does happen!

I also managed to catch up with one of my cast mates from a fan-film we did five years ago titled The Force Among Us. Sean Heinz is still enjoying pop culture conventions and to my knowledge has not joined the 501st for those of you who did catch the movie!  I was recruited to work his camera for his autograph signings of Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict and Herb Jefferson. This was work I simply enjoy as I was a big fan of the original Battlestar Galactica and who didn't love the A-Team in the eighties?  They were really cool guys to talk to and I even caught Richard entertaining the crowd with a juggling act!  It's nice to see the actors get out there and have fun with the fans too. I guess if there was anything that was missing might have been a Star Wars guest or two, but it was quite the reunion for Battlestar Galactica.

There were quite a few interesting booths to gander at, and there was an extraordinary amount of cool costumes all over the place. The Batman fan group was the most notable as there was a film-used Batsuit on display. I found the costume contest to be very entertaining in the closing hours of the show.  We were also extended an invite to the "Imperial Ball" that took place about an hour after the V.I.P. celebrity dinner. There was familiar deco about the place that for some crazy reason made me feel like for the first time in nearly a week, having a drink or two wasn't a bad idea. Overall my only regret was I had to drive so unfortunately I couldn't stay as long as I would have liked. It's safe to say I've attended a fair share of shows over the years and I'd really have to say everything seemed to be going smooth and you can see where there is a lot of potential for this event to grow year-to-year.  I'm looking forward to next year, and it's just another place we might have to pull off a full-scale Sandtrooper Invasion! United We Find. 

Make sure to check out the 80-plus images of action from Saturday!