Ok, here's my view on this weekend!
Preparing the Mini-Con took a lot more time and work than I could have imagined; I was very lucky to have taken two days of vacation both before and after the Mini-Con. By Friday night (November 2), I was just finishing up the preparations that could be made in advance, and I went to bed at about 23:00 with no idea what so ever on what to expect the next day. I didn't get much sleep that night I can tell you I was nervous, excited, stressed out, afraid I had forgotten something, etc. etc. So I fell asleep at 03:00-ish and woke up at 06:30 when my alarm clock decided it was time for me to get up.... Good thing I prepared everything last night, eh?
Me and Maria got up and started getting ready since we had promised to go pick up Fighbird and his girlfriend Marie at the central station in Malmö. I had offered the same "deal" to Groundsplitter and had yet to hear from him... At about 08:15 the doorbell rang, which surprised me immensly since we weren't expecting anyone. It turned out to be Groundsplitter, who had decided to show up at our door by surprise! Wow, that really got us going, since we were caught totally offguard, haha! He did the same thing to Predaking in Sandnes last year as well So I let Lars in, and showed him around our very messy apartment (we're renovating it, and plus that we hadn't cleaned it for well over a week since all our spare time went into the Mini-Con... Embarrasing? Yes ) and we chatted a bit while Maria did her hair. I think it was a great move by Lars, and it gave us the chance to talk a bit before everything got started.
After that we went to Malmö to pick up Martin and his girlfriend, We ran around the entire station looking for them, and we couldn't find them! Was the train late, or did something happen on the way? After a while though, I got an SMS from Marie, that told us they were in front of the station. We finally found each other, and we all got into our old car to go to Martin's and Marie's hotel first, and then to the windmill. For a while I didn't think we'd make it there; five people,two large suitcases, and two stuffed backpacks can do some interesting stuff to an old car The exhaust scraped the ground more than once during our trip!
We finally made it there, and it was just beautiful! We had excellent weather even if a bit windy, the leaves on the trees were red and golden, and it wasn't very cold at all. After fiddling around for a while, I managed to open the doors, and we got in. Lars, Martin, and Marie started arranging the chairs and the tables, and me and Maria went to get Robin and all the stuff that took up almost all the space in our apartment. We had to make two trips with two cars in order to get everything! After some intense work, we started getting things in order. Martin had almost two tables filled with stuff to sell. He actually shipped three large crates to me earlier, since it was just too much to bring on the flight down here. I had two boxes of stuff for sale, so it looked quite impressive Smokescreen turned up quite early, even though I can't remember when, but he was a welcome sight and he helped out with the arrangements as well. Thanks buddy! At 13:00, Smokescreen, me, Maria, and Robin went downtown to pick up some lunch, get some change, and more money. It took a bit longer than we would have wanted to, so we weren't back until 13:45, and a lot of the attendees had already arrived! We gulped down the food as fast as we could, and then we got started!
And now it's time to start including pictures in the story!
The weather was just perfect!
This is the first glimpse people got when arriving:
We also had some chickens running around. More on that later!
Lars, Marie, and me are preparing the welcoming "baggies", consisting of a deluxe movie toy, convention programme, and prize plans for the contests.
This is the trading area after Martin and me set up our "shops".
Mikael (Smokescreen) is checking out all of the goodies before anyone else ;)
This is the display area, where people could put unusual, rare, freaky, or just cool stuff on display! In the end, it contained Yuusha toys, Power Ranger toys, Knockoffs, more unusual TF toys, Microman, Microchange, and more!
This is the "screening area", where we showed the Transformers Animated preview, and Martin held his Powerpoint presentations here.