Wednesday, July 14th 2010 I was able to participate with the Rebel Legion and 501st for the Star Wars In Concert event when they came to Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a R2-D2 Builders' Club member/R2-D2 builder, I was also able to bring along my newly RC-ed R2-D2.
It was a blast! I've never seen a crowd of young fans that were as into the original trilogy as these kids and their parents seemed to be. Typically, the parents like the original trilogy but the kids know all there is to know about the Clone Wars. I saw mostly little Leias and several Jedi Lukes. It was awesome! They all adored R2-D2 and the majority of them were actually quite gentle. I only had to shoo away two kids (one for trying to force the dome to turn, and one for pulling on a utility arm).
We stayed until just before the concert was going to start so that everyone who wanted a picture with R2 could have one. Then, I let him roll down the hallway toward the elevator. It was slow going at first because people who hadn't seen us before kept stopping us so they could have pictures with R2. Eventually though, the famous "20th Century Fox" fanfare started and the crowd was thin enough I was able to get R2 down the hall. In fact, I had a hard time keeping up with him! I'm very pleased with his new batteries. :)
I didn't have an opportunity to take any pictures, but here are some "borrowed" pictures:
Testing out R2's controls before the doors opened:
My husband (Rebel Pilot) & I (Leia) with R2-D2 and our new friend Maggie (Jason, our kids, & I were Star Wars "decorations" at Maggie's wedding July 3rd).
First 5 Pictures by Zod
Last Picture by Josh Headd