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Troop 1: Hamilton Comicon Sept 25, 2022

 

Off to an early start,  I kitted up for my first big event.

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Once I got to the con floor, I met up with Lord Vader. We posed for many photos with the locals.


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Soon enough, we were ambushed by rebel scum, who managed to capture one of our pilots.

 

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Lord Vader and myself recruited a Doctor. Who he is, I wasn’t sure, but his strange craft could move us through time and space.  We soon arrived at some time in the future where we encountered a new type of stormtrooper.

 

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Together, we mounted an assault on the rebels.  The battle was fierce with many casualties.  
 

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We managed with sheer determination to capture one of their droids.  Little did we know, this droid was somewhat of a celebrity.

 

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Once back home in our correct time, we took a moment for photos with friends

 

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All this to raise money for a great cause - Ronald McDonald House. 
 

‘’Trooper TK-96004 signing off.

 

 

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Troop 2:  Adopt -A - School fundraiser. Oct 1, 2022

 

Money donated to help support a local school. Troop was in a book store that has been running this campaign for the past 3 months.  Each store sponsors a school.   As usual, lots of smiles from both kids and especially parents. 
 

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Troop 3: Oct 16, 2022 - Mississauga Awesome Toy Show 

 

Spent this afternoon trooping at the Mississauga Awesome Toy Show. Supporting a toy donation drive for Toronto Community Housing Children in Need.  
Lots of fun and some great cosplayers there as well.


Ours and the Rebel Legion group.
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Joined by some Cosplayers.

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Took some time to wander and do a bit of shopping.

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Followed up by a bit of grounds security.

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Some pics with friends enjoying the beautiful fall day.

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This little guy was too cute,  had to ask him to take a picture with me.

(Yep, that’s as close as I get to kneeling).

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Troop 4 - Oct 22, 2022

The Great Pumpkin Trail - Royal Botanical Gardens - Burlington Ontario

 

My first Outdoor troop on a beautiful fall evening.  Lots of some smiles and  high fives from kids and parents.

 

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Found this poor guy floating in the water and tried to give him a hand

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Leave it those darned Jolly Roger Squadron folks to be pulling pranks.

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Troop 5 - November 21, 2022

Cambridge Santa Clause Parade

 

This was my first real cold weather troop at -2 degrees Celsius. Had several layers of undersuit that helped a lot but the wind was bitter and standing waiting for an hour at the staging area in what essentially amounts to underwear covered in plastic, it was chilly.

 

Once the parade started though, the cold was not noticeable.  Walking helped a bit but the cheers and reactions of the kids and their parents was so warming, especially when a small 2 or 3 year old child walked up to me as I stoped to wave at her and gave me a big hug around my legs.  This was the first time that we were at the parade and we were very well received. 
 

We were also joined by the Mando Mercs group, who were also a great bunch


Pre parade group shot

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We were asked to not bring any blasters, so I rigger up the candy cane instead. 

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Troop 6 - November 26, 2022

Hamilton Retrocon 

 

This was an absolutely awesome troop.  We were lucky enough to have Garrick Hagen (Biggs), Angus MacInnes (Gold Leader) and Roger Christian (Set Decorator and Production designer) From A New Hope. They were all very friendly and happy to share stories of their experience working on the original episode.  Roger is the person that made Luke’s lightsaber, the E-11 blaster that we all love as well as the other blasters and even R2 D2. 
 

We raised money for the local Children’s hospital and 4 of us had the honour of escorting the trio into their evening panel discussion to the Star Wars Theme song.  That was truly the highlight of the day. 
 

Some shots of our group during the con:

 

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Photo ops with Garrick and Angus:

Also picked up a jacket from one of the other garrison members that he was no longer using that had an FISD patch on the shoulder and the large 11” 501st one on the back. 

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The escort of the guests into their panel. 
 

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Troop 7

December 17, 2022

Burlington Starlight Secret Santa

 

This was a very special troop for me and is the main reason I wanted to join the 501st.

Starlight children’s foundation is a charity that helps seriously I’ll children and their families have some joy through in hospital and community events.

 

For this troop, they teamed up with Toys ‘R Us and had the children and their families come into the store before it opened to provide a safe environment for them.  Each child was given a gift card and allowed to go on a shopping spree.

 

We were there to greet, interact and take photos with the guests.

 

Highlights of the day:

 

One mom asked me if I knew where the laser blasters were, so I gave her and her kids an escort through the store to find them.  On the way back, a child confined to a wheelchair was very excited to show me the TK that he had picked out to buy.

 

Seeing kids that are so brave over and over again smiling and getting to be a kid without the worry of hospitals and doctors. 
 

One dad wiping the tear from his eye as his little one came up and high fives all of us and held our hands. 
 

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Troop 8

Vaughn Winterfest

This was a community family event with attractions and activities for everyone.  It was a non stop 5 hours of line ups for photos, fist bumps and high fives.  This is by far the busiest troop I have done.

 

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We did take some time to have fun for a bit though. 
 

We stood in for a game of checkers since we were all black and white, except for that crafty little Jawa.

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Like any good Canadian, we had to play a bit of hockey as well.

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Finished up with a quick game of bean ball. I think I missed every shot.

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Troop 9

Tricon 2023 Day 1 -The Museum, Kitchener, Ontario

 

We had a huge turnout for this event with 501st, Rebel Legion, Mando Mercs and the 5th Deep Core Army costume club. 
Also attended by Hacksmith - a local group that fabricated science fiction items into real life.  They brought along a working lightsaber - very cool ,or hot, depending on how you look at it (5,000 degrees Celsius  or 30,000 BTU).  Oh and our very own George look alike. 
 

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Tricon 2023 Day 2 -The Museum, Kitchener, Ontario

 

Another fun day with lots of guests to interact with.  One little girl opted to skip the ballon room and asked to come back to visit the stormtrooper.  I gave her one of my trading cards, and she gave me a Psyduck sticker. It will go in my collection for sure.  
 

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Troop 11 

Tricon 2023 Day 3 - The Museum, Kitchener, Ontario

 

Had a “blast” acting as extra targets in the nerf range today. Check out the you tube video. 
 

 

Figured out how to drink from a fountain when you can not bend over. 
 

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My daughter handled today and took some artistic photos. 

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Some group shots of the 3 costuming groups in attendance today. 
 

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Took in some Jedi training from a high vantage point.

 

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Made some new friends 

 

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Tried my luck with force lightning.

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Troop 12

Celebrate Toronto with Fan Expo, Toronto, Ontario

 

We were asked to come out to support Fan Expo in promoting Toronto Comicon next weekend.

 

Celebrate Toronto is a 12 day run of events celebrating Toronto’s 189th anniversary. This was the kick off event and was outside in front of City Hall with live music, outdoor skating, and food trucks.

 

A bit on the cold side at 0 degrees Celsius but not too bad.  I found that I can fit my ultraskin fleece and nylon diving suit on under my outfit and it worked really well to keep me warm. Just the fingers were cold.

 

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And here it is…

I finally managed to sit down.  The big marshmallow helped a lot. 
 

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