Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

August 15, 2019

 

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A recent trip to Las Vegas gave me a day to finally check out the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.ON. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) located at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino.  I accessed the Avengers STATION by way of the street entrance which is on the Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard) instead of going into the casino.  The entrance and exit for the interactive exhibit is a store which has plenty of photo opportunities with various character cardboard standees as well as huge wall murals of the Avengers Characters featuring the images of the actors who play them rather than the comic character images.

I prepaid for my ticket via Groupon which included the 3D (lenticular) commemorative ticket (an $8 value) and an Agent ID Card.  I highly recommend this deal if you are interested in the ticket and ID card.  I checked in around 1:40pm and was assigned a 2pm tour time.  The tours are self-guided, but you are let into the attraction in groups of approximately 20-30 people.

I wandered around the store and took some photos of the various photo ops.  There is also a green screen photo booth in the store which takes cash and cards.  I chose the $10 option (though my card was only charged $9), and followed the directions.  There were 42019-08-19 10.38.36 photos taken and the machine gives you clues as how to pose.  You also see what the scene is on the screen in front of you so you can pose accordingly.   When all four photos were taken, you have a choice of printouts.  I chose the 2 strips of 4 photos plus one 4×6 inch print.  You select the photo for the 4×6 print from the four options you have taken.  The prints will dispense on the side of the machine. 

I checked in a few minutes before 2pm at the photo area which is also a large green “screen” wall.  They have a few toy props you can use, and you are given a photo ticket.  Then small groups are led into a briefing room where S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill will give you instructions.  Then two doors open for to the entrance of the attraction.  Many of the displays are interactive and you can play a game to test your reflexes, or sit on Captain America’s Harley Davidson for photos.  There are electronic displays which change on a loop working as a dossier on each Avenger as you walk through the attraction.  There are also many costumes on display including seven Iron Man suits and the Hulk Buster suit.

There’s a fun Hulk photo-op where you can give your best Hulk roar or “smash” which is perfect for a Boomerang app or short video.  You can also test your strength as well as watch how Br2019-08-15 14.19.09uce Banner’s brain changes as he morphs into Hulk.

 

 

You can try to access uniforms (costumes) of Maria Hill, Nick Fury or Black Widow, but you will be denied and the reasons for denied access change.  Apparently, I was denied access due to some Hydra nanotechnology being detected.

Ants on the floor will guide you to Ant Man’s location.  It’s okay to step on them; they’ll move out of the way.  Thor and Loki have their dossiers in a room together where you can test if you are worthy to pick up Mjolnir.

After checking out the Iron Man suits, groups of S.T.A.T.I.O.N. trainees will fight Ultron.  After you fight Ultron, you exit the attraction and enter the store where you can view the photo you took at the entrance. This is also where you can purchase and/or pick up your Agent ID card with the one of the Avengers and your choice of name. 

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I feel like I rushed through the attraction without reading any of the dossiers and other information, and I was still inside the attraction for over an hour.  Being a self-guided tour there is no time limit and you are free to turn around and go back to previous rooms if you feel you missed something.

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I definitely will be going to Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. again, but I will take my time to read everything and do all of the photo ops inside.

The Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is wonderfully and thoroughly themed and is a must for any Marvel fan. If you are staying at Treasure Island they currently have a 2 for 1 ticket deal which doesn’t include the commemorative ticket nor the Agent ID card.  I understand that buying tickets via Treasure Island has an $8 service fee for each ticket as well.  I paid $38 on Groupon for my ticket which included the commemorative ticket and an Agent ID card.

 

Coincidentally, when I returned to our room at Bally’s Captain America: Winter Soldier was on tv so I watched it for the 20+ time to complete my Avengers themed day.

 

The Orville Experience at San Diego Comic-Con 2019

Outside San Diego Comic-Con: The Orville Experience

by Veronica Nunez, August 7, 2019

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We had planned on spending all of Saturday during SDCC inside the convention center seeing various panels, but there had been an announcement on Twitter from Orville producer Tom Constantino (@TomConstantino) on Friday about some “surprises or special guests” at The Orville Experience after 5pm on Saturday.  We guessed that the some cast members would likely be making an appearance due to their panel and signing all ending before 5pm that day.

We had planned on seeing The Orville Experience anyway, but we changed our panel plans for Saturday afternoon/evening to make sure we got to the offsite in time.  We left the convention center immediately after The Orville panel, grabbed sandwiches to eat in line, and arrived outside the offsite around 4pm.  There was a very small line, and they let in groups of 10 or so people in at a time.

It was lovely to be in a well air-conditioned room, and the space was much larger than I was expecting.  There were so many costumes on display as well as storyboards and concept art.  There was also a video of the animation process for sequences.  The detailing on the costumes are absolutely incredible as is the detailing on the model of The Orville ship.  The ship model looked to be about 2 feet long and was beautifully displayed.

As it got closer to 5pm, you could see that no one was leaving the building and they had stopped letting people in.  Photographers were let in and set up around the group of costumes set up below “The Orville Experience” signage.  I placed myself directly behind the gun prop display, but lost my space when I stepped back to get one of the “The World of The Orville” books.  The cast arrived to take some photos, and Seth MacFarlane did an interview or two.

It was very crowded at this time, and I was getting a bit warm in the crowd.  I took a few more photos of some of the displays, but I still wasn’t able to get to see everything there.  There was also a GIF/photo op by the exit, but I slightly regret not staying to do it.

The Orville Experience was set up by some of the production department with about 2 months’ time to work on it.  Not having experience in displays showed in that the font size on information placards was too small to read from behind the ropes.  Costumes were displayed along walls along with storyboards and concept art, and they had rope barriers set up to keep visitors from getting too close to the costumed mannequins, which I completely understand, but the small font on the information placards made them very difficult to read.  Also, there were a lot of shadows created on some of the art and their placards from the costumes.

The Orville Experience was voted best offsite in San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog’s Shruggie Awards.