Monday, 19 June 2017

Weird, Wacky and Wonderful

The Words & Images duo of Ann and Rob went off to the Collectormia show recently, which is a popular event for fans of film, TV, memorabilia and Cosplay enthusiast – people who like to dress up as their favourite superhero or villain.

For the past few years Collectormania has been held at Milton Keynes, so it was nice to see it now making a new home for itself at the NEC Birmingham. There was a great line up of stars, such as Dean Cain – Superman in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Helen Slater – Supergirl, Robert Patrick best known playing the emotionless, liquid metal shape shifter T-1000 in Terminator 2:Judgement Day, 

Michael Shanks of Stargate, John Barrowman from Torchwood, Ming-Na Wen from Agents of Shield, Carlos Valden from Arrow, Ernie Hudson of Ghostbusters, Ben Browder from Stargate, Dave Prowse alias Darth Vader from Star Wars, Bonnie Langford, the list went on and on.

There was a host of sporting legends too such as Frank Bruno MBE former WBC Heavyweight Boxing World Champion; Ricky Hatton MBE former Light Welterweight & Welterweight Champion of the World and other sportsmen including football heroes including Jack Charlton OBE, Paul Gascoigne, Pelè, Dennis Law, Gordon Banks, Geoff Hurst and many more.

For collectors there were stalls selling toys, videos, badges, posters, mugs, character figures, graphic novels, original art, costumes and wigs for Cosplayers and lots more. Plus there were displays to enjoy such as the giant Groot character from Guardians of the Galaxy; also a great display of Terminator models – perfect with Robert Patrick sitting nearby; a live theatre where guests gave talks and answered questions; photo booths for visitors have their photo taken with their favourite star.

Many famous faces were accessible and we chatted to Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the early Star Wars films. We were able to remind him that we'd interviewed him on the 25th anniversary of Star Wars, having travelled down to London to talk to him at his gym and here we were again as the film celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Canadian actor, writer and director Michael Shanks, probably best known for playing Dr Daniel Jackson in Stargate SG-1 proved what a great sense of humour he had by drawing a moustache and beard on a photo of himself, especially for us!

As always there were great costumers, and one spectacular one was Resurrection Joe, an awesome looking witchdoctor complete with a skull on a pole and a crow on his shoulder. He told us that he'd travelled on the train from London in his full regalia, causing quite a stir.

This character has come from my own warped imagination,” said Resurrection Joe. “I've always been into horror films, so I created this witchdoctor character which has taken on a life of its own. I started it about three and a half years ago, and the costume has just got better and better. The skull came from Australia, and the real snake skin trousers came from good old eBay!”

Words and Images UK hope you enjoy our gallery of photos from the day.

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