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London MCM Expo

Posted by TurtleGirl On May - 31 - 2010

The London MCM Expo is the best place for visitors to come face to face with their favourite movie stars and TV personalities. GGUK had the chance to head over there and absorb the great atmosphere that is the London MCM Expo over the weekend.

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For all the years that I’ve been attending the Expo, it never fails to disappoint me. As you can see from the photographs above, this was before all the crowds came in. The place is completely silent and still and it’s sometimes hard to imagine how quickly this venue fills up. Gamers got the chance to get some great hands on time with the latest video games such as Blur and Transformers: War of the Cybertron from Activision  and even glimpse at the newest comic book talent. Fans from all over the country come to the London MCM to savour the great experience of what the Expo has to offer. The queues to get into the place are huge as I walk pass all the colourful array of cosplay costumes which range from anything from a huge Pacman to the Star Wars storm troopers.

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To be honest, before I even arrived I was spending a train ride with a ‘Where’s Wally’ character. There’s a huge buzz and vibe walking into the place. People get to see their favourite cast and crew of the latest TV shows and even get a photo opportunity with them.

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The video game publishers get to display their new games and even offer some titles in the special sales. So you’ll more than likely catch a bargain or two.  If video games aren’t your thing, than you can easily get carried away with the latest anime and manga books that they have on display. The huge selection of merchandise is amazing. Not only do they cover your usual comic and manga items, a lot of stalls held special memorabilia from movies and TV. Going around the stalls I noticed some cool CTU t-shirts from 24 and even an oversized ball with which the Character ‘Dr Gregory House’ plays when he’s trying to solve a problem. It’s hard to take in everything as you wander round because there’s so much to see.

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I witnessed some great statues going around the London MCM Expo which included this stunning Iron Man 2 replica. It’s a great place to view some rather cool and interesting movie props too.

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Take for instance this super Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Van which was awesome. To be able to go up and touch this splendid vehicle takes me back to my youth of watching the hit cartoon series.

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Fans of TV series back in the 80’s could savour the moment in the fact that they could get up close to vehicles such as the famous A-team Van. I assume this was brought in to promote the new movie.

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I also managed to grab photos of the General Lee vehicle from the ‘Dukes of Hazard’ which was pretty neat.

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Also on display was the Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva stand which was displaying the latest animated feature film which will be launched in late autumn in Europe. You can find out what we thought of the movie here.

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Let’s not forget though, that some people from around the country come here to see the famous actors and actresses that arrive on stage to take questions from the audience. On the main stage it was an opportunity to listen to John Noble and Jasika Nicole from the science fiction TV series ‘Fringe’. John Noble gave us an insight into his character ‘Walter Bishop’. He told us about how much research had gone into his character who had been institutionalized in a mental institute for 17 years. He discussed at great length about the show’s research into bipolar and mental illness and the father and son relationship he has with Peter.

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The London MCM Expo also smashed the Guinness World Record for the Largest Handheld Game Console party. More than 580 people gathered at the Excel on Saturday 29th May with their Nintendo DS handhelds to break the previous record of 381 people, held by Australia. So congratulations to those who turned up with them. The London MCM is now the proud holder of two world records having previously clinched the title of ‘The Largest Gathering of People in costumes from a video game’. We certainly saw a huge variety of Cosplay outfits and costumes.

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We had a great time at the London MCM Expo and if you missed it this time round, I suggest you book your tickets for the late October event. here.

Thanks to our photographer LeftofNever

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    Posted on May 31st, 2010 at 3:20 pm

  2. Charlotte Said,

    There is no way I would have paid £5 just to have a photo with the Tardis, especially when I could do what everyone else did and just take a photo of it from behind the sign!

    I love the photos though. It was a good weekend.

    Posted on May 31st, 2010 at 5:39 pm

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