Television Costume Exhibit – FIDM Museum

October 23, 2019

The Fashion Institute of Fashion Design and Merchanding (FIDM) has a museum which houses several exhibitions throughout the year, and I went to their Midge’s Marvelous Night event spotlighting “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” show.  They often have special talks with various costume and fashion designers and other special events at the FIDM Museum so be sure to check out their social media accounts for announcements and updates.  Besamé Cosmetics were on-hand to provide some makeup artists if you wanted your makeup done, and some of their products were available for purchase in the museum’s gift shop.  There were also food and drinks provided for all attendees. 

The FIDM Museum in Los Angeles is currently closed, but I hope they will re-open soon.  It’s a great way to see some costumes from a variety of films and television shows. 

Enjoy the slideshow!

Disney+ Summer Days

August 14, 2021

We headed to the Santa Monica Pier on a beautiful August day to check out the Disney Plus Summer Days pop-up event.  We arrived a little early, but we were able to do a virtual check-in which would send a text to our phones when we able to go in. 

We walked around the pier while we waited for the Disney Plus event and got a coffee near the carnival rides.  We only waited about thirty minutes before we received the notification that we could enter the pop-up. 

The pop-up was small, but they had a few costumes and props on display.  There were a couple of lounge areas where you could relax and watch some Disney Plus.  They had themed water bottles available, too.  If you signed up for Disney Plus or showed the app on your phone (you needed to be logged in) you could spin a wheel for prizes where I won a small inflatable beach ball.  You could also get a special embroidered hat if you purchased, or upgraded to, the Disney Plus, ESPN, Hulu package, but we didn’t want to upgrade so we didn’t get the hats.  There was a live mural painting which was fundraising for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica which was nice to watch for a few minutes.

There was a photo op where you could also pick up a promotional booklet which had different covers to choose from.  I chose the Loki cover and my partner chose the Mandalorian cover.  The entire experience took about 30 minutes, although we could have hung out in the lounge areas, so it was a little bit of a letdown. 

As we exited the Disney Plus event area we saw an ABC pop-up about 20 yards away.  The ABC event was promoting The Ultimate Surfer and Bachelor in Paradise.  I’m quite honestly not remotely interested in either show, but we went in to see what they had going on.  There were a few photo ops, including a GIF opportunity for Bachelor in Paradise.  There was an area where there would be surfing lessons, and a few games such as cornhole you could play.  There were double-sided hand fans and carabiners holding a travel sized bottle of sunscreen and a lip balm giveaways. 

There was also an area to get tote bag silkscreened, but the line was cut off while we were there.  Just outside of this area was a straw hut where they were giving away long-stemmed red roses as part of the Bachelor in Paradise promotion.  I picked up a rose and we decided to leave rather than wait to watch the surfing lessons or for the silkscreening station line to re-open.  The ABC promotion had more interactives and fun photo-ops than the Disney Plus event which is surprising and disappointing.

The Disney+ Summer Days was part of a four-city tour.  Did you attend?  What did you think of the event?

Visiting Planet Vought

June 4, 2021

Planet Vought in Hollywood, California

We visited the Planet Vought pop-up in June not knowing what to expect. We knew there would be food and we would be in our cars during the entire experience. The entire experience was set up in the parking lot of the Hollywood Palladium.


Upon check-in we were given a card to view the menu items, and our orders were taken by Planet Vought staff prior to entering Planet Vought. Once inside, we saw the chaos as The Boys had destroyed Planet Vought.


The first stop was a photo op from our vehicles then we drove to the merchandise area where I was given and balloon Homelander figure and a balloon headband. At each stop we could watch the actors reacting to the destruction The Boys caused, and it was really entertaining. We were directed to a parking space where our food would be delivered car hop style. Included with our meals were vials of Compound V to enjoy.

The experience was part of The Boys’ Emmy campaign, and though it was fairly brief it was very well done and entertaining. Be sure to watch The Boys on Amazon Prime as it’s a crazy, violent, and extremely entertaining series.

You can watch my short video here of the Planet Vought experience.

DIY: Pin and Button Storage

by Veronica Nunez

August 15, 2020

I’ve been looking for a system to store my pin collection which would also make it easier to find specific pins for wearing. I found two tutorials on YouTube and made tweaks of my own to fit my needs. In the process of organizing my pins I found that a minor modification was useful for storing my buttons. I don’t actively collect buttons, but I receive so many from Comic-Cons and various events. I also have a collection of buttons from my time working at Disneyland.

As always, feel free to customize this system as you wish.

Supplies:

1 large 3-ring binder

Self-adhesive felt sheets

Self-adhesive foam

Cutting mat and rotary cutter or scissors

Page Protectors

Option 1 Directions:

  1. Remove the adhesive from the back of the foam, and lay the foam on your clean work surface with the adhesive side facing up.
  2. Peel back the top one inch of the backing from the felt. (Working from on the short side is easiest.)
  3. Line up the edge sof the exposed section of the adhesive side of the felt to the adhesive side of the foam. Once they are attached, slide the rest of the backing paper off of the felt as you slide your other hand along the felt pressing it onto the foam.
  4. Once the felt is completely attached to the foam, use a cutting mat and rotary cutter to trim the sheet to the size you need. I needed my sheets to be approximately 8 inches by 10 and a half inches. Hint: Trim a small amount on each side rather than the entire amount at once. The sheets of felt are 9-inches by 11 inches and the foam was 9 inches by 12 inches. I cut the length to 11 inches, then the other edge to 10 and half inches. I cut one side of the short length from 9 inches to 8 and one half inches, then the other short side was cut down to 8 and one quarter inches.
  5. I found these page protectors which have a lip which folds over the top of the page.
  6. Insert the completed pages in the binder. I found this binder on the Staples.com website for a lot less than it was listed on Amazon.

Option 2 Directions:

  1. Follow all of the instructions above, but use two self-adhesive felt sheets attached to each other rather than one felt and one foam sheet.

You can see that the sheets with the two sheets of felt are not as thick or as firm which makes them perfect for storing buttons.

CHiPs Reunion – Nostalgia Con 2019

CHiPs Reunion

Nostalgia Con

September 29, 2019

 by Veronica Nunez

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Larry Wilcox (L) and Erik Estrada (R)

Nostalgia Con reunited Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada for a CHiPs reunion panel.  I watched CHiPs religiously as a kid, and I was really excited to see this panel.

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Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada

Erik spoke at length about what inspired him to become a police officer in real life, and it has nothing to do with CHiPs.  I won’t go into details, but he was visiting an office were officers were part of a team targeting child exploitation.

Larry and Erik touched briefly on their past conflicts.  Erik Estrada told the story of his on-set accident during film a scene of CHiPs.  Larry’s former military training kicked in and Erik credits Larry with saving his life.  Their relationship improved after that, and Erik proclaimed his love for his brother.

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Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada

 

It feels like they are just two very different people, and there were other issues onset which created an environment ripe for arguments, but it was quite enjoyable to see these two men laugh together thirty (30) years later.

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Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada laughing together

Nostalgia Con 2019

Nostalgia Con 2019

Anaheim, California

September 28-29, 2019

  by Veronica Nunez

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The Flux Capacitors

Nostalgia Con is a fan convention celebrating the 1970s to 1980s.  Nostalgia Con was held September 28 to 29, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center.  It was a very small convention, but I enjoyed the panels and seeing all of the great fan cars on display.

The Flux Capacitors performed on the convention floor during the convention.  There was a Boombox Museum with so many boomboxes of various sizes.  Remember when bigger was better for portable radios?!

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There was a panel featuring three of the original MTV VJs telling stories of how MTV began, doing cocaine with rock stars, and hosting a 24 hour worldwide concert while simultaneously partying with rock stars.  Other panels included Dawn Wells from Gilligan’s Island, Sean Astin and Corey Feldman talking about The Goonies, Christopher Lloyd, and CHiPs to name a few.

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I wish there had been more attendees at the convention, but I hope they return in future years.

Hunters Bowling After Party

Hunters on Amazon Prime After Party

Los Angeles, California

February 24, 2020

by Veronica Nunez

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After the screening we were sent across the street to after party at Highland Park Bowl.  Highland Park Bowl is basically a bag with several bowling lanes.  I loved the historic and vintage vibe.  There was a small selection of pizza flavors to choose from for our free slice, and it was pretty good pizza.  They also had themed cocktails the bars and our punch cards gave us two cocktails.  The entire place was themed and decorated for the Hunters show including photographs on the staircase.  I apologize for the blurry photos of the staircase photos. I was trying not to block the stairs as they led to the busy restrooms.

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There was also a sword swallower performer in a side room where another bar was located and a cotton candy maker.  Across the hallway there was a photo booth area where we were given mustache disguises.  The photo booth took a photo and a gif, which were emailed separately.  I received the emails within 10 minutes of taking the photos.  We stopped by the “merchandise” booth located near the entrance/exit of the bowling alley and collected our free “bowling” sock, which was part of our punch card.  The lady working the booth asked us if would like a t-shirt, too, and gave us each one.  It’s the same shirt all of the bar/bowling alley staff was wearing and wasn’t part of the punch card freebies.

Lining Up for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One Line Up

By Veronica Nunez
October 17, 2019

 

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Costume Contest Contestants

The second Line Up I participated in was for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  This Line Up was also organized by LiningUp.Net and held at the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax in Hollywood, California.  This was a shorter line from 7pm on December 13 to 7pm (first showing of Rogue One) on December 15, 2016.  As always we raised money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and chose our seats in order of total time spent in the Line.  More details on how time is tallied is on my recap of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Line.

Thankfully, it wasn’t as cold during this line as it was for the last half of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Line Up.  This is the first Line Up where I watched the movie with the rest of the Line members, and it was a blast.

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The TCL Chinese Theatre Imax hosted a costume contest in the forecourt a few hours before the 7pm showtime.  First prize was a 55” TCL television.  Two of the judges were Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett), and cosplayer Ivy Doomkitty.  A few of our Line members competed in the costume contest, but the win went to this amazing Amidala costume made and worn by Dawn Bright.

 

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We had a few more hours before the show to hang out and do more press.  There were a lot of press outlets there for the costume contest, and they stayed and interviewed several people from the Line and other fans including yours truly.  Then we cleaned up and put our belongings in our cars before getting into a literal line on side walk along Hollywood Boulevard until the theater staff began letting us into the theater for the movie.  The Lining Up group gathered in front of the Imax screen with our lightsabers alight and took a group photo.  Then we made our way back to our seats to watch Rogue One.  After the screening, the Line members and organizers went upstairs to the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on the third level of the Hollywood and Highland Center for the after party.

For more information on Lining Up here.  Like their Facebook page, and you can follow them on Instagram (@LiningUp_Net) and Twitter (@LiningUpNet), too!

Information on the amazing work the Starlight Children’s Foundation does can be found here, and you can donate to our cause here.

You can check out this video with some interviews with the costume contest participants and yours truly (but they misspelled my last name).

May the Force be With You.

Lining Up for Star Wars The Force Awakens

Lining up for Star Wars:

The Force Awakens

By Veronica Nunez
October 9, 2019

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I’m not sure how I heard about the line for Star Wars : The Force Awakens, but I know I signed up on Eventbrite.  The line up was organized by LiningUp.Net.   I had already bought Star Wars marathon tickets for an AMC Theater for my niece and myself, but I wanted to see what the line up was all about.  I signed up on the first day in the forecourt of the historic TCL Chinese Theatre Imax. I brought my folding camp chair and a bag of snacks and found a spot to hang out.  The line event began on December 5, 2015 and ended on December 17, 2015 with the first show of The Force Awakens followed by an after party inside the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on the 3rd level of the Hollywood & Highland Center.

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This little dog’s cape was amazing!

You’re immediate thought may be “It’s going to be stinky with all those unwashed people.”  That’s not true.  Here are the logistics for how the Line Up is run in the time of internet pre-purchased tickets.  You sign in with the organizer manning the check-in table.  A release is completed and signed when you first sign up/check-in at the table.  You can leave the line for a short time (to smoke, go to the bathroom, grab food) as long as it’s a short-time, I think about 20-30 minutes.  If you leave for a longer time, you need to check-out with the check-in/out table.  So it’s easy to run home to take a shower, get more clean clothes, etc.  The organizers tabulate the amount of time each person spends in line.  The person who has the most hours gets to select their seats/tickets first, the person with second highest time selects their seats/tickets second, etc.   I believe it was the Star Wars: The Last Jedi line they added a QR code to our name badges to use an app to tabulate the hours.  It was easier for the organizers and for the rest of us, because there was more than one person who could check us in/out.

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Even Santa Clause stopped by to say hello!

It was easy to make some friends, but I began the day by just hanging out with myself and observing the crowd.  I read a little, played on my phone, and people watched.  In case you are unaware, the block of Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Orange is very tourist heavy.  Many of these tourists come into the forecourt of the Chinese to see the famous hand and footprints.  The weather was nice for December around the mid-70s, but I brought a lap blanket, scarf, beanie, and warm gloves.  There were other newbies like myself as well as veterans from past lines (beginning with Episode I) some of whom hadn’t seen each other for several years.  The purpose of the line is obviously to see the newest Star Wars film, but with pre-purchasing of tickets, it isn’t necessary.  LiningUp.Net uses the line up as a way to raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

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LiningUp.Net organizer, Peter Genovese doing a press interview.

The forecourt of the TCL Chinese Imax Theatre is private property which is “fenced” off from the public once the theater closes for the night.  They have their own security personnel stationed in the forecourt to keep people out.  The staff of the TCL Chinese was fantastic in supporting the Line Up group, allowing us to use the restrooms throughout the day and night.  Being able to sleep on top of the hand and footprints of Hollywood’s famous past and present is an amazing opportunity.  We had fun calling “dibs” on certain celebrities’ hand prints each night.  I’ve slept on Natalie Wood’s prints and Marilyn Monroe, but I sat on Denzel Washington’s prints a lot during the Line.

I didn’t camp overnight the first weekend and worked the following week, but I took some vacation time so that I could camp out all day and night for the second weekend through to opening night.  Of course the temperatures dropped significantly the second weekend of the Line Up, and I hate the cold.  I’m a Southern California native, of course I hate the cold.  It was also raining off and on so that didn’t help me to keep warm.  I had packed the free rain poncho I had received in my swag bag from the Oscars bleachers in 2013, so I put all of my stuff onto my chair and placed the poncho over everything to keep them dry.  I then went to the “$10 souvenir store” (in reality everything is $5—every single day so don’t believe the hawkers they have outside) to see if they had any umbrellas as I had left mine at home.   I did go home after 2 days to take a shower and grab my regular umbrella for the rest of the week.

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There are a lot of news outlets who came to cover the Line Up, so be prepared for that.  You don’t have to do press if you don’t want to, but you may be on camera which may be an issue if you called out of work saying you’re sick as some people have done.  We also had some special guests stop by the Line Up such as Anthony Daniels (C3-PO) who spent quite a bit of time taking photos with us and telling us a story about C3-PO footprints in the forecourt.  Ray Park (Darth Maul) stopped by when it was raining a little (it had been raining off and on all day), and did a little lightsaber “sparring” with a few of the Line members.  I may put some short (and shaky) video of that on my YouTube page.

There was a lot of noise from the tents being set up on Hollywood Boulevard for the Red Carpet Premiere which was scheduled for December 14, 2015.  We had to clear the area by 6am the day of the premiere, and we were all given time in line during the premiere festivities until we were able to return.  The premiere had closed off 3 or 4 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard to traffic.  On the day of the premiere, there were security stations with metal detectors on every corner.  This made it impossible to line up on a side street during the time we were cleared out from the forecourt.  I didn’t return to the Line Up after the premiere except for a brief visit to say hello on my way to the Star Wars marathon at the AMC Theatres in Burbank.  I made some great friends during my first Line, and these became deeper friendships during the following Lines and beyond.

You can get more information on the Star Wars Lines at LiningUp.Net.  Like their Facebook page here.

Please check out the great work the StarLight Children’s Foundation does, and please donate here.

You can see me in some of the press coverage here and here.

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.