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Wizard World Chicago 2003 
Convention Coverage

JediDefender.com was on site at Wizard World Chicago 2003 to bring you the latest in Star Wars news. In our archive you will find conclusive information and images. Please click on the links to go to that specific section.

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It was the first day of Wizard World Chicago.  I had my cameras ready to take a lot of pictures of all the new Hasbro toys that will soon be available.  I had my press pass ready to ask questions to everyone relating to Star Wars.  I was ready for anything. At least that’s what I thought.

The first thing I did when I was let into the convention center was to get in line to hopefully get my hands on one of those Blue Clone Trooper busts from Gentle Giant.  Many rumors have been floating around the Internet about how many of them were actually available.  I was so excited about getting one of these, especially since I was one of the first people in line to purchase one.  Unfortunately one of the employees of Gentle Giant made a startling announcement saying, “We will be raffling off 25 of these busts at 3:00pm .  300 tickets will be handed out.  If your ticket is called you will have the opportunity to purchase one.”  I freaked out.  I started to hyperventilate.  That was one of the main reasons why I wanted to go to Wizard World Chicago, but now my chances became 1-in-300.  So, with that one ticket, waiting until 3:00pm felt like eternity.

My day continued on.  I stopped by the Hasbro booth, and took several pictures of their Star Wars toys.  Some items I have already seen on the Internet, but seeing them in person was so much different for me.  I felt like a little kid walking through the entrance at Disneyworld for the very first time.  My eyes were wide open.  My camera was snapping up pictures left and right.  I was really starting to have a great time there.

After taking pictures I decided it was time for me to stand in line for the Silver Boba Fett figure, which was being handed out by Mary Franklin (Marketing Director for Paizo Publishing).  The line looked pretty small at first, but after getting to the end of line I noticed it wasn’t moving.  It was at a dead stop.  I should have known that the line was going to be pretty slow, because they were one of the few vendors who were allowing the use of credit card purchasing.  Plus, something that was done very well, was that if you weren’t satisfied with your one or two Silver Boba Fett figures, they would pull two more figures out of a box for you to choose from.  So if you were getting two figures you would have been able to choose from a total of four figures.  That worked well, because the original two that I had gotten were in pretty bad condition.

After getting my Silver Boba Fett I decided to buy some goodies for myself, and that wasn’t too hard since there were so many vendors there.  If there was something you wanted to buy, you had so many places to choose from to get that particular item.  Surprisingly most vendors who were selling Star Wars items were very reasonable with their prices, but of course there were the select few who were just outrageously overpricing everything they had in stock.

Overall, it was a fantastic day, but unfortunately I didn’t win a chance to purchase that Blue Clone Trooper bust.  Oh well.  There’s always Saturday and Sunday that I can try.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed.


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