While in the LEGO line, we also learned that one could get a ticket for a free Batman LEGO minikit by playing the LEGO Batman game across the hall at the WB Booth. So, we separated: Ned took Penn thataway; I took Harper thisaway.
We waited to spin the Peppermint Butler wheel in the Adventure Time Castle, and saw an awesome LEGO Starfleet member (a red shirt, though, so he’s not long for the LEGOverse).
Penn went as Finn; Harper went as Harper wearing a Lump Space Princess beanie.
After a great Indian buffet lunch (where we sat at the same table as last year and the owner remembered us!), we took a swimming break. The pool at the Hyatt is on the roof, and from this vista, I could see 11 cranes building even more density in Toronto. It’s just crazy!
Refreshed, we headed back to FE later in the day for a few more hours. It was clear that everyone was in a great mood, as exemplified by Edward Scissorhands dancing it out with Disco Storm Trooper.
FE runs for four days. Thursday has a solid crowd but there’s still lots of room in the aisles. Friday begins to build significantly. When we went back in the late afternoon, the crowds were still there.
But, they had started to leave–which always creates fun on the escalators. We’re on our way in, but notice how many folks are on their way out. Again, going to FE means a lot of shuffling and waiting.
The kids and I broke off from Ned. He went to see a sneak peek at a new episode of The Strain. However, this was subbed with a preview of Scorpion, a new fall show that is very much NOT the Strain. Still, he stuck it out. Since the lines at the Disney booth were nonexistent, we decided to get in some gaming.
After that, we started shopping, finding some decent deals when we showed the ability to buy multiple Pop Vinyls and Adventure Time plush. In fact, we were so excited by the AT plush, that the guy gave us a decent deal and then threw in a Gunther 🙂 Wandering around, we discovered a few places that still had Guardians of the Galaxy figures. Harper lucked out and got a small Groot (which she kindly gave to her brother as an early Christmas stocking gift). Perhaps as a reward from the FE gods, she then found a booth selling Tardis UGG-knockoffs. Sold!
Exhausted by all of our shopping success, we plunked down with some of our Roasted Chicken potato chips and sodas.
We were in the middle of cosplay heaven, including a plethora of princesses.
On the way out, we learned that Karen Gillan had dropped out of the Doctor Who event, which made us want to drop out of our tickets. As we negotiated that at the Special Events booth, Emperor Palpatine and Lord Vader showed up. The Emperor kindly straightened Penn’s hat before we took the picture. See, everyone has a little good in them, even evil overlords!
And, with that, we had closed out FE for the night.
Dinner was pretty good Italian at Paese, as we celebrated another great day over non-convention center pizza, some great carbonara, and deliciously salty rosemary olive oil bread.
Note the Tardis boots!