This year, we left with a plan to get in, by leaving in Antwerp at the time the doors opened so the mass would be in by the time we got there, about 45 minutes later, with our pre-paid tickets.
How wrong we where, there was still a short que for people without tickets, and almost a 1000 shuffling inside for those that pre-ordered ones, bit like Salute.
But being the assholes that we are, we cut a corner, shifting past almost the whole qeue in one go, Qeue-busting bigstyle. They should have put the railings better then, nah, even though I almost thought we had been busted when the Cobra Commander came marching our way.
But the halls where well filled once more
This year, it was in two halls instead of two and a half, but the removed space where mostly static displays before (like the huge AT-AT last year) and the trader selection was still awesome.
One of the many things on display, and I think the most popular and I still don`t get it how they sell, are the old school used, and sometimes not complete or paintchipped Star Wars action figures. i think I have to bill my mom with a `You owe Me` for tossing them all out when I hit puberty (no, not last week, the first time I entered it).
Puberty... the time your hormones go through the roof... and still do when you see some of the cosplayers and store attendants. Even at 34...
There was also a martial arts and taiko demonstration stand this year:
Amd the traditional all kinds of displays and games, don`t got to many of the videogames though, as it was really crowded due to the big stand for Assassin`s Creed and X-Com, with booth babes and all
And to finalize, some more pictures of all of the above, with snazzy comments or sort there off
So what did I buy then?
Here is the Loot picture:
The planned Myth Cloth hunting wielded me with another Gold Saint, Aphrodite of Pisces, and the Grand Pope Shion model, both costing me 45 euros.
An unexpected bonus where the three Gundam Operation toybooks. Costing 8 euro a piece, this is a box with a bound in japanese book telling about both the mission and the suit, and a model (about 5cm tall) with scenic base of said Mobile Suit (these being the Guntank, GM and Zaku II). Great find!
So I only spend 114 euros on toys this time and about 60 euros before on the pre-orders, yay me for a rather cheap edition this year!
Oh, and something to eat of course. The hamburger bar was fully loaded with people all day, as it was placed in the smokers square...
That was it for yet another great FACTS afternoon trip, and for me ther... *Silence will Fall*