May 2014~ Collectormania 21

I wasn’t planning to attend this time around as it normally means staying over and lots of cabs etc.

However, someone I know was announced as a guest, and as I was the one who suggested he hits the con circuit and I built his website I thought I should put in an appearance.

Whilst there my plan was to meet a number of Game of Thrones guests, plus a Star Trek guest. I also decided last minute to meet two others; one from The Walking Dead and the other Doctor Who.

My first port of call was to go and see DeObia Oparei. I initially met DeObia when he came to work at our school for a short while and ended up helping me with our production of West Side Story. He seemed to be enjoying himself and we had a good chat. Funnily enough, he was sat next to Noel Clarke of Doctor Who fame, who was an ex-pupil of our school and at one time was DeObia’s personal trainer before the acting bug bit!

Next up was to get some more signatures on my Game of Thrones canvas. It now has the following names on it:

Mark Stanley- Grenn
Luke Barnes- Rast
Alfie Alan- Theon Greyjoy
Charles Dance- Tywin Lannister
Gethin Anthony- Renly Baratheon
Nonso Anozie- Xaro Xhoan Daxos
Dominic Carter- Janos Slynt
Anton Lesser- Qyburn
Ross Mullan- Whitewalker
Joseph Gatt- Thenn Warg
Noah Taylor- Locke

Once finished, I headed over to meet Robert Beltran, who played Chakotay in Star Trek: Voyager, followed by Jeff Kober who has appeared in many shows including Buffy, Trek and The Walking Dead. Finally I went to meet Ingrid Oliver who appeared in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special.

Overall it was a very quiet Sunday and this made the guests very relaxed! I like the fact that Showmasters are using more space at Stadium:MK. It made it much nicer!

Roll on LFCC 2014!

May 2014~ Cosplay

I was never really into Cosplay, but in 2012 an event came along that changed all that.

Destination Star Trek London was to take place in October of that year, and some friends convinced me to buy some costumes. I did alot of research on various companies. There were some very cheap (and very bad looking) costumes, some VERY expensive (but amazing) costumes. In the end I settled for a company called CosplaySky.

As price goes they were mid-range. Not cheap and horrible nor very expensive. They also had a great range of Star Trek costumes. I had a few questions and emailed them. A nice lady called Sophie answered very quickly and cleared up any concerns. With the convention approaching, I had to get ordering.

In the end I settled on three costumes. I purchased an Original Series Red Shirt, an operations top from Star Trek: First Contact and an Landing Party Jacket from Star Trek: Enterprise (pics below). I sent off my measurements and waited. Very quickly I received a confirmation email which told me I could keep track of the order online. It was very quick. Within 8 days the order was complete and shipped! They arrived within 5 days, very prompt when you consider they had to travel from China to London.

The Review

First, let me say that most of their costumes are designed using images taken from the show/films so they are never going to be 100% screen accurate. If that is what you want, go and spend £1000s elsewhere and good luck. One of the things that attracted me to this company was that they made costumes for you no matter how big or small you are.

Star Trek: Enterprise Landing Party Jacket
Overall, a very good outfit. My two minor issues are these: the sleeves near the cuff are just slightly too baggy/big and the yellow colour for the stripe was a bit too bright. Needs to be paler. On the whole a great costume and a perfect fit!

Star Trek: First Contact Operations Top
This was the one I was apprehensive about, but when it arrived it was near perfect. So comfortable to wear too! Again, only two minor issues: the turn up on the cuffs was too big and the yellow colouring for the undershirt and striping was again a bit too bright, but still looked great!

Star Trek Red Shirt
I had an issue with this top, but it was all my fault! When it arrived and I put it on, it was way too long. The bottom came down near my knees and I had about 8-10 inches extra on each sleeve. I checked the order and I noticed I had made errors with the measurements on this one. I washed it a couple of times on hot and tumble dried it and now it fits! Very authentic looking with my only gripe being the collar was slightly too large. Nothing else!

Would I buy from them again?
Now, I know some friends had issues, but some of them ordered very near to the con and it was rushed. My advice- give yourself plenty of time!

Yes, I would wholeheartedly order from them again! In fact, there is another Star Trek con in London this year and I am planning on buying at least two more and so are some friends as we are planning to go as a group!

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT

Wearing my First Contact Operations costume, I, along with some friends, took part in the attempt to break the record for “Most people dressed as a Star Trek character in one place”. I am pleased to say we broke the record!

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I can highly recommend Cosplaysky to you and suggest you visit the site at www.cosplaysky.com!