Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Rancho Cucamonga "Star Wars Reads" 2017



Last Saturday, CAVSWCC  had another display at this year's annual "Star Wars Reads" event at the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library. Set up within the main library and on the way toward a special meet and greet with none other than Emperor Palpatine himself (picture Santa Claus at the mall flanked by Royal Guards instead of elves), there was a constant stream of curious youngsters and nostalgic adults discovering and remembering vintage toys and memorabilia of all shapes and sizes. As a "Library School" alum and advocate of the public library as an integral community institution, getting to be a part of an event like this is particularly meaningful for me.




Just as it was last year, the Super 8mm MovieViewer was a hands-on hit. Working perfectly after nearly 40 years, it is sincerely one of the best manufactured toys ever produced. Several parents referred to it as the iPad of their generation. It captivated everyone from BB-8 to local law enforcement.


There were cosplayers and droids aplenty, including an impressive life-size and fully puppeted K-2SO (missing his head here).


A contingent of astromechs make their way from the "dressing room" to the outdoor festivities.


Visitors take a break from the sun and bustling activity outside to take a look at vintage wares.


The booth next to ours was occupied by a local high school's 3D printing club which was procuring small Yoda heads, as well as a handful of larger renditions of Darth Vader's mutilated helmet from The Force Awakens. Kids these days...



Demonstrating how an Italian Harbert "Give-a-Show" projector or "proiettore festacolor" would work.


Huge thanks to Allen Callaci for inviting us back, and to Tessa, Darren and Jeff for coming out and taking all of the awesome photos. Looking forward to returning next year!