On the first day of Advent, the doors of The Tropicana opened up to give geeks of the South West a warm welcome, albeit in a very chill hall! Stars of Time have been hosting comic cons in Weston for many years and despite various location changes it has still proved to be a popular event for families and cosplayers alike.
I mostly spent the day behind the stalls as part of Bristol Ghostbusters collecting for Children’s Hospice South West. We were joined by a huge Ghostbusters rooftop scene complete with Terror Dogs. Ghostbuster cosplayers had travelled from as far as Kent to grab a photo with the Temple of Gozer.
Visitors had several other opportunities for photoshoots including Emperor Palpatine’s chair, Han Solo in Carbonite, and Akira inspired Bike and an Indiana Jones display. Alongside there were also a variety of stalls featuring retro toys, scented delights, comics and artwork. A charity auction was held in the afternoon with bidders getting some bargain movie posters, autographs and props.
The best-dressed stall was Fulcrum Fashions who had a lovely array of pretty Star Wars themed jewellery. The stall had caught my eye at a previous event so I was pleased to get a chance to take a closer look (and buy something shiny!)
The Somerset Cosplayers hosted a cosplay contest – complete with a surprise Macarena dance opener! There was a great mix of costumes from both adults and children – my favourite was a pink, Christmasy foam Stormtrooper.
The Christmas spirit was definitely showing with Santa hats appearing on Stormtroopers, Ghostbusters and even Daleks. Rumour has it there Dalek Candi (in pink) was spotted gliding around the local ice rink!
Stars of Time is a great, friendly local con and well worth the visit to the seaside – even on a chilly December afternoon! The next event will be Sunday 30th & Monday 31st August 2020 in The Tropicana, Weston where hopefully it will be a bit warmer and sunnier – although with a British Bank Holiday you never know!
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