01/09/2017

Force Friday 2 - Evening Event......September 1st 2017

So last night was the midnight opening of stores all over the UK showcasing the new toys etc for the new Star Wars film to be released 'The Last Jedi'.

The UK R2D2 Builders Club had been invited by John Lewis/Disney to attend the opening of their store in London's Oxford Street.

I eventually arrived at the store around 10:30pm, after being stuck in traffic due to an earlier accident that blocked the M4 for almost an hour!

Lee helped my unload R5 and we headed up to the fifth floor to set up with the others.

The other guys were already having photo opps with press etc which gave me time to set up R5 lol.

Sam, with his R2-Q5, had attended an earlier event of Po-Zu shoes new release (click for their Twitter news feed link). He had then joined us at the John Lewis store. Bumped in my friend Matt, from Jedi News UK, (click for their Twitter news feed link) who where reporting on this and the earlier Po-Zu event. The guys were then heading over to the Disney Store for MORE Star Wars toy releases.


The lovely Samantha Alleyne was also there
and it was time for a 'best selfie' pose pic 😉 lol

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There was a live band playing Star Wars songs, of course, along with a cantina Bar,
and not forgetting 'Joker Squad' in both Imperial, rebel & patrons of Star Wars.


There's some video's appearing online. These two so far I've found. Check-em out.


And this one from BT's Entertainment news online channel.

There were a lot of people already milling about, staff mostly but a few 'non' staff. The doors opened at midnight to the Star Wars theme tune being played loudly for the entering guests, who then made their way up the escalators to the top floor.
To be greeted by our droids and the band.

There was plenty to look at and the new R2 & BB unit Sphero toys got a lot of attention.
Along with the drone flying, Darth Vaders TIE fighter & the X-Wing.

There was plenty of Lego toys to get excited about too.
I looked at these two as well as the Walker, Star Destroyer & Slave 1.
As well as the Xmas advent calendar and other smaller sets.


These build a droid sets were rolling around the floor, lol,
had to be careful not to run them over!


There was also Star Wars themed TV sets on display.....
R5 got sucked into watching lol


The evening started to quieten down around 1am,
where people were apparently going over
to the Disney store to see what new stuff it had.

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Here's some group shots of the Droids



We finished up at 2am, and had our customary group photo.
This one is just of the Droids together.

Was a good night and as always great company with the builders catching up.
Then is was loading up and heading home.
I was home, unloaded and in bed by 5am lol

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