Collectormania 24 – 2017

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On Saturday 3 June 2017 myself and my daughter attended our first “Collectormania” Film and Comic Con event at the NEC Birmingham. In the past we have attended the MCM Comic Con’s numerous times and we were interested to see what the differences would be between the two shows.

The first difference was the lack of crowds. We caught the train to the NEC and usually with the MCM Comic Con the experience begins at the train station where various people in costumes are waiting on the platform. We saw no-one till we hit the NEC and in all honesty the lack of crowds was really nice.

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The Collectormania show itself was a lot smaller in scale than MCM Comic Con but there were still a lot of people. There were also quite a few Cosplayers. I saw some great Cosplay. One of my favourites is pictured above. The Yondu costume was fantastic and I was determined to get a photo of him. (I want to apologise for the quality of my photo’s. I forgot my camera so I had to use my phone and I think the camera on my phone is breaking down.) Another excellent costume was a guy who is known on Instagram as @king_tide_cosplay, he is also on Facebook. He was dressed as a very impressive Aquaman. I recommend you look him up, he also does a very impressive Thor.

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As we walked into the show there was a company who took peoples photo’s with various props. One of the props was Groot, who I thought was really cool. It’s a shame they never had a Rocket too. There was also a TARDIS interior, a couple of vehicles one from Ghostbusters and another from Mad Max.

There were various stalls selling a variety of merchandise, collectables and comic books. The stalls were all quite samey and there weren’t that many. There was a nice Fudge Stall which really made the effort with the names there was Vulcan Baileys and Doctor’s Caramel flavour fudge. I thought it was a nice a touch.

The best thing about the show were the Guests. On one side of the hall there were sports personalities such as Harry Rednapp, Pele and Ricky Hatton to name a few. However, it was the other side of the hall we were more interested in.

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Marc Warren meeting the fans

There was a variety of guests there from Film and TV. My daughter was very excited to see John Barrowman. She has always loved him and it made her day. Another star who was there was Marc Warren. I love Marc Warren but I didn’t meet him. I did chicken out as I am quite a big fan of his, I loved Hustle and have watched him in everything he has done more or less since then. I did not want to be all star struck meeting the guy so I left it. I hope I get the opportunity to meet him again. I did take a sneaky photo though.

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The reason we went to the show however was to meet Ming-Na Wen. Again we have no photo’s with her, I did take a few photo’s while she was giving a talk on the main stage. Ming-Na was delightful she was so lovely. She had hurt her leg while filming Agents of Shield so we were lucky she made it as she had just had an operation on it. She is nothing like Agent May in real life which was a relief as Agent May is quite intimidating.

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Meeting Ming-Na Wen means I can cross off an item on my 101 List which was to meet someone from Agents of Shield. I didn’t think I would. I still want to meet Clark Gregg though.

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Dean Cain and Helen Slater were also there. We sat and listened to them talking for 30 minutes or so. They were quite interesting. Helen didn’t really have opportunity to say a lot really as I think the majority of the questions were directed at Dean Cain. I remember watching Helen Slater in Super Girl when I was about 10 years old and really wanting to be her. Lol! There were loads of other guests there Michael Shanks, Deep Roy and Jemma Redgrave to name a few.

Overall we both had a really nice time. It may have been smaller on scale than MCM Comic Con but it was just as enjoyable. We are hoping to go again next year.

Second Time Galaxy Savers

G U A R D I A N S   O F   T H E   G A L A X Y  –  V O L U M E   2

Guardians 2

Cast : Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel

Director : James Gunn

My Rating : 4/5

The Blurb: 

Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

My Review :

I have had a few difficulties putting my thoughts and feelings for this movie into words. In short: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is a hoot and a half.

Star-Lord a.k.a Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot are back along with some old and new friends. Like the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie this is a fun super hero movie, with lots of enjoyable moments and amusing gags. There was a nice mixture of both humour and sentiment which in terms of the storytelling flowed well.

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One of the best things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the casting and this movie is no exception. The main cast interacted so well together that you immediately forgot that two of them were CGI. There appeared to be no awkwardness or weird moments where they are talking above the CGI characters head or to their crotch. Whoever was in charge of the pointing did a good job. The supporting cast were also good and interesting to watch. Baby Groot with his adorable behaviour undoubtedly stole the show, he was just so cute.

Surprisingly one of my favourite characters in this movie turned out to be Yondu (Michael Rooker). I loved his interaction with Rocket and Baby Groot (Twig).

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There were however a few inconsistencies with this movie. The CGI effects in places were excellent and really drew you into the movie. The scenery in places was amazing however some of it especially while they were on Ego’s planet looked computerised and blocky. It was not enough to be bothered about really just made me a little sad after everything else was so good. I took a really big dislike to the gold people. I found their virtual fleet irritating.  The pacing was also a bit… well… different. There is not a lot of action but the movie itself did not drag.

The soundtrack Awesome Mixtape #2 was excellent and all the music worked really well. In fact any movie which begins with Mr Blue Sky gets my immediate attention.

Overall I loved this movie. I enjoyed the fact that they did not feel the need to pump it full of unnecessary action but concentrated on characterisation of the team. I felt as though the storytelling was good and the humour did not divert from that. It is laugh-out-loud funny and just as enjoyable as the first movie if not more so. I even liked Sylvester Stallone.

I think I have covered everything I can say without providing you with a multitude of spoilers. If you love Marvel and enjoyed the first Guardians movie then you will love this.

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