Recently, the 501st Legion Singapore Garrison deployed a 50 member-strong contingent of troopers to attend the Chingay Parade 2010. Over a course of consecutive weekends, we attended training sessions and simulations (a.k.a mini-Chingay parades) to prepare ourselves for this grand event, to be televised island-wide. The event passed flawlessly, and everybody present was undoubtedly proud to be part of such a historic event. Continue reading
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Yes, I am so very late on this, but I was determined to shell this post out before 2010 otherwise I’ll be accused of being one year late with this post lol. First post of the new year yay!
I took no photographs of my own during the event, so I had to rely on my photographer friend for a bit of photo coverage. All pictures here should be credited to Jason Trooper.
Didn’t do much phototaking this time around as I was concentrating more on cosplaying for the first time. A good part of the morning was spent doing last-minute preparations and purchases and a good part of the early afternoon was spent getting my act together before actually walking around. A million thanks to all the guys who showed up to help, Biggu Gai especially. :D Will buy you guys lunch once I have enough money. :P
My costume for that day was basically a mash-up Black Rock Trooper: Stormtrooper with a little bit of Black Rock Shooter elements mixed in. My usual white shins were replaced with Darth Vader shinguards and riding boots (special thanks to the 501st Singapore Garrison’s resident Darth Vader for loaning them to me), and instead of arming my blaster I carried a lightsaber (the Star Wars equivalent of BRS’s Black Blade). I must say, the lightsaber was the main draw of the costume. People’s reactions towards me when the lightsaber was turned on and when it wasn’t varied from completely awed to nonchalant. :P Credits to the SG Garrison’s resident Jedi for lending that to me.
Other add-ons to it include a tiny blue LED that shone from my visor, a cybernetic imitation of BRS’s blue flame over her left eye (didn’t look so convincing though, I’m gonna have to re-think this one), and a Figma Drossel hooked onto my guitar amplifier to keep me company. She had been specially lit up as well to accompany my light-blue colour theme. Credits to kodomut for pioneering this piece of advanced technology, and once again to Gai for his hard work and efforts in hooking me up with all the gadgetry.
Met this Black Rock Shooter cosplayer who was hanging out with her gang just beside where me and the guys were camped. She’s really nice. :3
Hotmail screwed me over this time so I never received confirmation of my EOY2009 media pass until much later after the event. Also, by the time I was done getting my cosplay up I had no more money with me. The end result was that I never really got a chance to take a gander at the happenings with the Drama Centre on the 3rd floor, with neither a media pass nor a paid ticket. I was mostly confined to hanging out on the ground floor.
The space offered there was vast, much vaster than the 3rd floor of Suntec City, where cosplayers are always seen hanging out whenever cosplay conventions were held at the Suntec Convention Centre. I got to see much more cosplay this time around as compared to previous events, and I was quite surprised at the high turnout too. Here are some more photos documenting the event. More coverage at TD8316’s EOY2009 report.
TK8315 a.k.a. ANeH (A New Hope) reporting. You might have noticed on my Trooping Record page that quite a lot of trooping missions have been completed the past few days. It was basically 3 straight days of suiting up in armour, from Friday to Monday. Here are the highlights, coming to you from the Stormtrooper’s point of view.
18th Dec – Trooping for Simply Toys at Vivocity
Simply Toys has recently opened up a new branch at Vivocity (on the 2nd floor beside PageOne) and one of our members offered to organize a troop for them to raise a bit of publicity. The Singapore Garrison has trooped for Simply Toys before and were very impressed with their generosity in return, so it went without saying that the Garrison would readily answer any further appearance requests from them.
The event was free-and-easy, we mostly just interacted with passers-by and took photos. Much toddler-scaring was had as usual, but there were also quite a handful of children who were not afraid and even eager to greet us.
Part of the fun in wearing my armour comes from watching the crowd’s reactions to us as we/they walk past. Reactions are varied and sometimes quite funny. I’ve even had grown women and teenagers run away from me before.Pictures here do not have me in it. They were only taken on Day two of the Vivocity Appearance; I was there on Day one when no photographer was present. Credits to Azhari and Esther for the pictures.
19th Dec – Christmas Kettling at Raffles City Shopping Centre and East Coast Seafood Centre
Once again I volunteered to help out the Salvation Army this holiday season to collect donations from the needy. This time around was different though, because I finally could wear my Christmas hat! ^_^
The Raffles City kettling was done together with my beloved brother and longtime friend TD8316. The sight of a clean Stormtrooper and a dirty Sandtrooper standing across a kettling pot was quite interesting, it seemed almost representative of the harmonic balance of Yin and Yang. :P Many passers-by were crossed with the decision of taking a photograph with either the ‘clean Mr. Star Wars’ or the ‘dirty Mr. Star Wars’. (Sometimes they had both. :P)
This time around we both had Santa hats on. I felt a lot better with it on, in some strange inexplicable way. Perhaps because I knew it will get the crowd to understand the cause I was supporting. Perhaps it was a sign that i was keeping up with my big brother. Or just maybe perhaps equipping it gave me +1 Charisma.
We were accompanied that day by a very pretty bellringer lady, whose name is lost on me but not the sly sandie. :\
Later on I headed down to East Coast Seafood Centre for the second and final kettling troop there. Together with two other troopers we attracted crowds to the kettle to make donations and take photos with us.
The fun part came afterwards when our shift ended; we took a bit of time to tour the Seafood Centre area, mingle with the crowds and diners and take a few funny pictures for posterity.
20th Dec – Adidas Originals Promotion Troop at Orchard Road
One of the biggest trooping events of 2009, 30-odd members of the 501st Legion including Darth Vader stormed Orchard Road on a busy Sunday afternoon to promote Adidas’ new line of Star Wars-themed footwear and clothing. Toting Adidas bags and ‘strutting down Orchard Road’ with pride, we garnered the attention of many tourists, shoppers and motorists who sounded their horns in salutation as they watched us march down pedestrian crossings.
We later on had a ball of a time pretending to be shoppers inside Adidas’ store at Pacific Plaza, attracting many onlookers from outside and seizing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to wear Adidas apparel outside our armour pieces. :P Well, I don’t know about them, but I sure did.
I was elated to find out later that we were featured on a local newspaper, numerous TV channel newsreels including Channel 8, Channel News Asia and Suria, and even Reuters!
I had, days ago, passed by a landmark on Orchard Road which I thought so profound that I promised myself I would one day take a bunch of troopers with me to get a picture taken with this landmark. It was sheer luck that our trooping event took place so nearby to that location, so later on that evening when the official troop was over I brought a bunch of ragtag renegade Stormtroopers with me to fulfill my mission. Donning our Santa hats, we spread the spirit of Christmas to all passers-by along the way, stopping many times for pictures.
And here was our mission objective. The address of Wheelock Place. This picture sort of summarizes the events of that day: the 501st Legion had stormed and conquered Orchard Road!
Much fun as a Stormtrooper was had, but the party ain’t over yet. Next up, End-of-Year 2009!
It is 2 in the morning and I am dead tired right now, so I’ll just make this a quick image-intensive post. To summarize, the entire event in overall was a lot better organized this year as compared to the last, especially with the ticketing. Security for the I <3 Anisong event was stepped up a good few notches too, with a more systematic queue system for both pass holders and regular event goers (I didn’t attend the concert by the way; had Stormtrooper business to attend to). Had a lot of fun roving around taking pictures, checking out booths and watching stage performances. Continue reading
TK8315 and TK8316 rushed down to D’Marquee at Downtown East on Sunday, 12th July, to report for trooping duty at a fan gathering convention known as Cosfest.
Next post: TK8315’s Picture Coverage and Trooping Log on Cosfest 2009. Just as soon as my friend finishes burning the 600MB worth of pix into a CD and I go across the country just to retrieve it from him.