Wizard World Chicago 2003

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Wizard World Chicago 2003 has come and gone and Rebelscum was on hand to cover the event from the Star Wars collector perspective. Chicago is the "flagship" Wizard World convention, and featured comic book artist Jim Lee as the guest of honor (along with special guests Alex Ross, Joe Quesada, and Kevin Smith). Star Wars fans who couldn't make it out to the San Diego Comic Con were to have another crack at the exclusive (and very elusive) Gentle Giant Blue Clone Trooper bust, along with the somewhat easier to find Silver Boba Fett from Hasbro.

Many a Star Wars guests were at the big event - in alphabetical order, here are the stars who attended in the C2 Ventures autograph area:

Amy Allen (Episode II: Jedi Aayla Secura)
Kenny Baker (Saga: R2-D2)
Shannon Baksa McRandle (Star Wars Expanded Universe: Mara Jade)
Michonne Bourriague (Episode I: Aurra Sing)
Jeremy Bulloch (Episode V & VI: Boba Fett)
Warwick Davis (Episode I & VI: Multiple Characters)
Jesse Jensen (Episode II: Saesee Tiin)
Zachariah Jensen (Episode II: Kit Fisto)
Peter Mayhew (Episode III, IV, V, & VI: Chewbacca)
Ray Park (Episode I: Darth Maul)
Leeanna Walsman (Episode II: Zam Wesell)

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Back before the world wide web and social media ruled our shopping habits there was a long-established practice of driving around all the nearby toy stores to hunt down the latest releases. Obviously times have changed and online retail is far more important than it was twenty-five years ago - but has it killed the toy run? What was your shopping experience over the Triple Force Friday product launch weekend?
I managed to find everything I wanted in stores!
I found some but had to resort to big box websites to complete my haul.
I didn't bother stepping outside and ordered everything online.
I haven't bought any of the TFF product yet. Roll on clearance sales.
I'm waiting for the TV series/movie release before I commit.
I've so over it, no more Star Wars collecting for me.
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