Another November, another Memorabilia. There was a general feeling between the people I spoke to that there did not seem to be as much on offer this time round. The entry times had changed for the Saturday, delaying the main opening until 12 o'clock although a 9am "early entry" ticket was available for an extra cost. This may have been an attempt to try and stagger the huge crush that inevitably occurs when the doors open, but the cynic in me saw it as possibly an attempt to increase revenue by scraping a bit more from those like me not prepared to wait.
The result was that the halls were pretty quite for the first couple of hours, and this possibly gave a little too much time to notice that the number of kit-orientated dealers was well down on previous shows, and even those that were there did not seem to have as much for sale. By lunchtime however, things were definitely getting cosy..
All this was offset for me anyway, by the chance to meet the lovely Claudia Christian who played Lt. Commander Susan Ivanonva in Babylon 5, and to get a couple of pictures autographed. Amongst the other guests signing were Anthony Daniels and Tom Baker. There were also a troop of Stormtroopers keeping order in the queues!
I meant to pick up details from this producer but forgot - but he had a couple of great 5th Element pieces - Korben Dallas and Zorg , with the promise of more to follow. Also on show was an in-progress Blade Runner .
In the end I came away with a very light bag - my only two purchases were an early production GEOmetric Creature from the Black Lagoon that Shapeshifter's Mike & Clare had brought back from Chiller the previous weekend, and a Mohawk gremlin from Jun Planning.