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.

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.

Amazon Prime Video brought the 1970s back to Los Angeles for screenings of Hunters

Amazon Prime Video’s Hunters Screenings

Los Angeles, California

February 24, 2020

by Veronica Nunez

Amazon Prime held a bunch of free screenings with after parties in historic Highland Park Thursday, February 20 – Saturday, February 22, 2020.  Due to other plans I wasn’t able to secure a ticket until they extended the events to Sunday, February 23rd.  Our tickets were for the first screening and after party (no bowling) of the day.  The screening was held at the Highland Theatre.

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We arrived much earlier than we expected and found parking right away.  There were vintage New York taxis and other cars parked directly in front of both the theater and bowling alley.  We got in line an hour before show time and there had lots of people/staff dressed in 1970s attire.  These people were super fun and got the fans ready for a great time.

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Tickets were scanned and we were given yellow wristbands.  Then canvas tote bags were handed out with a circular punch card, which would give us free swag such as popcorn, drink and candy for the movie.  Security came by to check IDs to give plain white wristbands to everyone 21 year sold and over.  Once inside the theater we used our punch card to get a Hunters comic book, popcorn, soda and candy.  They had a small selection of candy, even candy cigarettes!!  The on screen advertisements before the movie started were themed to the show, and you will recognize a few of the businesses in the very first episode.

I enjoyed the first episode screened at the event, but I’m not as thrilled with the next two episodes I viewed at home.  The “visions” Jonah has are a little too much and unnecessary.  Hunters is available on Amazon Prime video.

Lining Up for Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Veronica Nunez
November 2, 2019

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The last Star Wars Line Up to date was for Solo: A Star Wars Story.  We returned to our Line home at the TCL Chinese Theatres Imax forecourt for a two day line which began at 7pm on May 22 and ended with the screening at 7pm on May 24, 2018.  LiningUp.Net organizes shorter lines for the off-shoot films of the Star Wars franchise.  Rogue One and Solo were both 2 day long Line Ups, and longer Line Ups being reserved for the core Star Wars films.

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The shorter Line Ups work differently than the longer Lines.  Instead of accumulating hours in Line to pick your seats, we were given a raffle ticket when we checked-in for the Line.  The raffle takes place on the first night, and that’s when we get to select our seats.  We also paid for our tickets and badges, and t-shirts (if we ordered one) in advance of the Line starting.

Here are the logistics for how the Line Up is run for the longer Line Ups 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, get 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.

Before the opening night screening the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax hosted a plaque dedication ceremony for Carrie Fisher.  The idea of the plaque was revealed on opening night for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and you can read more about that event here.   The plaque was installed into the concrete in the forecourt during night of May 23, 2018.  There’s nothing like the sound of a saw cutting into concrete at 2am. At least I remembered to bring my earplugs.  Todd Fisher and his wife, actress Catherine Hickland, were present for the ceremony.

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A couple of us mentioned an error in the plaque to theater management who was not happy.  See the photo of the installed plaque.  Do you see what it is?  I believe it has been corrected from a recent photo I saw, but I haven’t been to the theater in a long time to see it.

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After the ceremony, we milled about and did any press interviews requested for a few hours before having to clear the area.  About an hour before show time, the forecourt is cleared of people and the barricades are placed between the forecourt and public sidewalks.  All ticket holders get into a literal line along the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard. After the screening the Lining Up group heads up to the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on the third level of the Hollywood and Highland Center for our after party.

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LiningUp.Net organizers with Daniel Logan & Ray Park

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 join us for the next Line Up at the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax in Hollywood from December 10-19, 2019.  Help us raise money for a wonderful charity, the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and have fun meeting fellow Star Wars fans!  Check out the Facebook event page for the next Line for more information.

May the Force be With You.

Lining Up for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Lining Up for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

By Veronica Nunez
October 24, 2019

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The LiningUp.Net Line for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was fun-filled to be sure.  The Line Up started on the evening of December 7, 2017 with a number of the Line being given seats for the 200th Episode of Fatman on Batman (now called Fatman Beyond) being held in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatres Imax instead of Scum & Villainy Cantina.  Scum & Villainy was present to provide non-alcoholic Star Wars themed drinks for donations to Starlight Children’s Foundation.  The TCL Chinese donated a 55-inch TCL 4K HDR television to be raffled off.  The raffle tickets were $10 each and all of the proceeds went to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.  I bought two raffle tickets and got a blue milk drink.

I managed to get a seat in the front row for the podcast.  You can watch the video of the podcast here.  Spoiler: I won the tv!!  I was in need of a new tv as I had recently moved and didn’t take my old one with me since it was near its end.

I gave myself a craft project of making some felt and yarn Princess Leia headbands for Line members and whomever else would want one.  Using hot glue in cold weather made this project a little difficult.  I used some scraps to make a mini headband for the Porg plush of one of our young Line members.  The headbands also doubled as earmuffs to keep us warm.

As usual, there were press around doing interviews and taking photos of the Line.  One of the nights, Red Robin made a generous donation to the Starlight Children’s Foundation and provided the line with free dinners of burgers and sandwiches.  Skywalking Through Neverland podcast brought the inflatable At-AT and hosted Star Wars trivia with prizes.

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Some of our late night shenanigans included all night Cards Against Humanity session and trapping a Line organizer in his tent. I didn’t sleep in a tent the night they did the tent thing. I woke up to giggling and saw what they were doing.  I took a couple of pictures and went back to sleep.

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A celebration for Carrie Fisher was held the in the afternoon on the last day of the Line Up, December 14, 2017, prior to the screening on opening night.  An image of a plaque which will be placed in the forecourt in honor of Carrie Fisher was revealed.  The forecourt was closed to the public during the ceremony and only press and the Lining Up group were allowed to be inside the barricades.  There was also a cake which was cut after the plaque announcement ceremony which included some words from Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother.

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There was an after party for the Lining Up group held at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres after the movie where we ate pizza to our hearts content and played some games provided by Dave & Busters which has a location at the Hollywood and Highland Center, too.

Go to LiningUp.Net for more information on past and future Star Wars Lines.  You can also follow them on Instagram (@LiningUp_net) and Twitter (@LiningUpNet), and be sure to check them out on Facebook here.

Get information on the amazing work the Starlight Children’s Foundation does here, and be sure to donate here.

May the Force Be With You.

Lining Up for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One Line Up

By Veronica Nunez
October 17, 2019

 

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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.

 

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.

 

Starcourt Mall : A Stranger Things 3 Pop-up

Starcourt Mall : A Stranger Things 3 Pop-up

July 6, 2019

 

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A group of us managed to get tickets for the Starcourt Mall pop-up to celebrate the release of season 3 of Stranger Things in Los Angeles this past weekend.  The pop-up was only open Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7, 2019.  The free tickets were for time slots spaced 30 minutes apart.  There was no description of what this pop-up was about except a mention of it being an immersive experience and photo-ops.

 

We had a total of 8 people, but we split up our for the photo ops.  We arrived 15 minutes before our appointment time, which is what was recommended by organizers.  Once checked-in and wristbanded, we could get a free scoop of the new Stranger Things themed flavor U.S.S. Butterscotch ice cream (by Baskin Robbins) from the Scoops Ahoy “boat.”  They also had free bottles of water and a large character wall for photos.  There were restrooms behind the character wall.

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Then we got into another line where we could get a free can of New Coke from a vending machine.  There was also a pressed penny machine where each person could get a free pressed penny (pennies provided) of a Stranger Things image of their choice.  In total, we waited approximately an hour and a half before getting inside the “mall.”  There was a DJ playing 80s music while we waited in line, and we were in the shade provided by the building so the wait wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

They took us in small groups inside the mall, and our group was eight people so there were only a couple of others taken inside with us.  Once inside the building, you see a central court complete with planter in the center of the room and store facades.  The first actual room you go to is the Flash Studio where they had various 80s era shirts, jackets, and accessories to get you glammed up for a Polaroid photo.  You could also take or have the staff take photos on your phone/camera.  The next room couldn’t take all of us so the others went into the Hawkins Community Pool and our personal group stayed in Flash Studio and took more photos on our phones.

Once we got into the pool, we played with beach balls and Hawkins swim tubes and took lots of pictures.  There were two “lifegaurds” in the pool to make sure we obeyed the pool rules posted on the wall, and they posed for pictures, too.

From the pool, we go into Eleven’s bedroom complete with replica props from season three.  We were only allowed to spin the bottle, play with the CB radio, and sit in the chair at the desk.  This room is small, and we took our own photos before we taken in our “photo group” into next room.

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It was a black room with a bathtub in the center.  I climbed inside the tub for the photo and wore a blindfold.  They took a photo and GIF length video and both were emailed a few minutes later to the address I provided.

 

The next room was the Russian laboratory, and there was one man inside yelling at us in Russian when we touched the controls on the consoles (which our guide, Andy, told us to do), and Andy played along, too, ordering a pizza from the phone on one of the consoles.  Two more “Russian” looking (if you’ve seen season 3, you’ll know what I mean) men walk into the room from another door and lead us to another room.  We’re now on a “hill” for a photo-op.  I got really excited to see the Mongoose bike photo prop I got to stand with.  There were a few photos taken of each photo group.  We had two in our photo group so we were given two printed copies, and we provided an email address where they would send all four photos to us.  Once you leave this room, we are back in the central courtyard area where we had entered the building.  I took more photos of the street-facing side of the building while we waited outside for the rest of our group.

This was a great immersive experience which lasted about 45 minutes, and I wasn’t too annoyed with the hour and a half wait.  They did allowed a few people in via standby, but I heard those lines were over two hours.  This is something I hope would be at San Diego Comic Con next week, but it would also really need to have reserved appointment times.