When standing in line to enter the Emerald City ComicCon on March 4, 2018, it is wise to arrive early, so as to get in among the first wave of fans, but, if you are early enough, you may be able to see the cool stuff the ECCC staff bring out to entertain their waiting guests.
This intrepid ComicCon fan was in such a situation the morning of March 4, 2018, as, waiting with fellow geeks, nerds, cosplayers, and fans of the Pacific Northwest’s biggest pop culture convention. Arriving early is a good habit to be in, with multiple benefits. First, getting a parking spot in the Washington Convention Center parking garage is a premium goal. One year, after arriving late, this fulsome fan had to hoof it for what seemed like a mile from a very remote satellite parking lot (in the famed Seattle rain), to get the privilege of then waiting in the back end of a very long line of fans. Never again, said I, so my habit the past few years has been to get into Seattle very early, secure a good parking spot in the parking garage, and then enjoy a great buffet breakfast at the Seattle Sheraton Daily Grill. This is a popular eating spot for ECCC fans, and there is nothing quite like a heaping plate of scrambled eggs, hash browns, toast, and a ton of fresh fruit while surrounded by my fellow geeks. Where else can you see Klingons eating breakfast with light-saber wielding Jedi?
After fueling up, this full fan, then re-crossed the street (ever notice how Seattleites politely wait for the green “walk” sign to light up?) to the Convention Center. After showing off my pre-purchased ECCC badge, I ended up in a great spot in line, near the stage. And what did my wondering eyes see, but eight tiny Droids, beeping and booping their way near the stage.
With an MC who would make a great carnival barker up on stage in a Droid-themed suit, several very cool-looking Droids started whirling about. The MC introduced each Droid-handler, who detailed how they constructed their little friends. One of the handler-creators, was a young girl who had the smallest Droid, a Repair Droid. Her dad had a standard astromech R2 unit.
Below are some photos of these great Star Wars Droids as seen at Emerald City ComicCon 2018.