Greetings once again my fellow Nerds and Nerdettes; it’s hard to believe that an entire year has past since we brought you our roundup of last year’s invasion and we said it then that it would be hard to be beat, well, read on and prepare to be blasted out of the galaxy!
Once again all manner of Star Wars costumes and fans descended upon W5 in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast for a weekend of the Emerald Garrison’s Invasion V. This year the costumers and builders really pulled out all the stops with some wonderful new additions in all manner of sets and prop replicas.
There were Stormtroopers, Biker Scouts, Jedi’s and Sith, Han Solo and Princess Leia, Darth Vader and The Emporer. Even R2-D2 made an appearance (constantly followed by a group of very eager and playful children). There were characters from all of the films as well as The Clone Wars cartoon series, comic books and even the computer games – no one was left out of this extravaganza.
With the public constantly snapping their cameras at their favourite characters, they certainly couldn’t miss the replica props and backdrops accompanied by their respective characters. With Darth Maul’s Sith Rider, The Snowtroopers E-Web Canon, The AT-ST Walker, and several speed bikes dotted around the place, all of which were built on an amazing 1:1 scale!
Aside from the characters, there were special guests from the films. There was Tim Rose, puppeteer and voice of Admiral Ackbar from Return of the Jedi, Jerome Blake who was Rune Haako and numerous other characters in the Prequel Trilogy; Anthony Forest who was a Fixer and a Stormtrooper, and also making a very welcome return was Boba Fett himself, Jeremy Bulloch.
The actors provided guests talks with Following The Nerd, and answered some pretty interesting questions. We heard some wonderful anecdotes and memories from the making of the films. Undoubtedly, the most amazing piece of news was from Anthony Forrest. He informed everyone that he believed that there may yet be a new trilogy of films, though he stated that he didn’t think it will be made if George Lucas wasn’t involved.
Also in attendance was comic artist Will Sliney. Will worked on Star Wars “The Phantom Menace 3D” and The Clone Wars comics. He provided the audience with an amazing demonstration of his artistic skills by sketching various characters, and delighted fans with an amazing workshop.
With all of this going on, the attendees were also able to take part in The Jedi Academy were they learned the true ways of the force. By contrast, there were queues for The Sith Academy, were fear, hatred and general all round evilness ruled! Also on display was Galactic Attack, were attendees were transported to the Death Star to fight against the Empire’s dreaded Stormtroopers.
Sadly, all too quickly the weekend seemed to disappear amid cheers from attendees at the various displays taking place. Thank you to all of the members of The Emerald Garrison who took part in this brilliant event, the staff at W5 and also to all of the attendees and fans who made this weekend so memorable.
The force is truly with us all!