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(I posted this over on my blog, too, so if you follow me there, this will look familiar!)

The first three weekends of April were Star Wars Weekends at Legoland California, and the 501st and Rebel Legions were again invited to troop the events! Legoland is always great fun, so I was happy to get Leia-ed up and join my fellow Legion members. I ended up trooping both the opening and the closing days and had an awesome, if slightly exhausting, time at both. :) While I didn't take any pictures, Rachel and Lesley got some awesome shots!

It was really cold on opening day. Really cold.



We always start off the days at the park entrance, to take pictures with guests:

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Tiny pilot is tiny!!!

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Then we went over to Miniland for the rest of the day (with periodic breaks, of course).

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Padme and her decoy seem awfully happy about seeing Maul...

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Ah, that's better!

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I was one of the judges for the children's costume contest on opening day. This little Aurra Sing took third place-- she was fantastic!

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Also I got to hold this baby WHO WAS DRESSED AS AN EWOK AND CUDDLED ON MY SHOULDER. D'awwwww.



Toward the end of the day, we positioned ourselves near the exit so guests could get their last pictures. Girl power!

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Jeffrey came in his Grievous costume. Let's just say he was popular.

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Pretty Pony Princess Squad, aka the princesses, queens, and handmaidens of Sunrider Base! And Randy photobombing us.

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And a really awesome shot that Rachel got of me:

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Closing day was very different-- the park wasn't nearly as crowded and there wasn't as much going on, so we were able to do silly things like go on rides in costume!

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When we went on the helicopters, this young guest climbed right in with me! She was adorable.

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Luke, meanwhile, was excited to find his Red 5 copter...

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...maybe a little too excited.

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Then Luke and Leia got into a car fight. Just a little sibling rivalry!

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Luke spies some talking penguins!

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Also we found a dryer that looked an awful lot like a Star Wars hallway. And it's for families!

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I found me!

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There was a band playing Star Wars songs in Miniland. Luke conducted for a bit. Also we danced up a storm. (No pictures of that last bit.)

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And then we went on the spinning teacups. Or whatever they call the teacups at Legoland. And Shawn and Lesley both learned why you ride the teacups with the Skywalker twins at your own peril. (Andrew and I always have a great time hamming it up as Luke and Leia. "Daaaaad! He's picking on me!")

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And that was the end of Legoland Star Wars Weekends 2012! Can't wait for next year!

Date: 2012-05-03 12:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosiewook.livejournal.com
Those pictures are adorable!

And I love that shot of you with the blaster.

Date: 2012-05-03 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightcupenny.livejournal.com
Thank you! I was amazed at how well the blaster shot turned out-- we didn't even really pose it!

Date: 2012-05-03 12:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] rthstewart.livejournal.com
These are SO awesome. Just WONDERFUL. Where was Rogue in all this? It is so wonderful that you do this and give those families such wonderful memories. Do you mind if I reblog/cross-post?

Date: 2012-05-03 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightcupenny.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! Rogue doesn't have a RL-approved costume yet so he can't do troops, but we're working on making him a pilot.

Yes, absolutely you can reblog! If you can link to the post on my blog as well I'd appreciate it. :) http://bright-copper-penny.blogspot.com/2012/05/legoland-star-wars-weekends.html

Date: 2012-05-03 01:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wildcard-47.livejournal.com
Haha, the picture of the "Skywalker twins" riding the teacups is hilarious! And everyone looks great, fans included - that little girl's costume is precious.

Seems like you had a blast and gave a few fans great memories. :)

Date: 2012-05-03 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightcupenny.livejournal.com
I know, we were amazed at her costume! It wasn't professionally made or perfect, but you could tell it had been made with love and incredible attention to detail. And the fact that she was willing to wear that bald cap! I asked her why she picked Aurra Sing and she just said "I liked her" really shyly. Adorable!!!

Seriously Andrew and I were spinning that teacup *so* fast. It was awesome.

Date: 2012-05-03 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] padawansguide.livejournal.com
Such fun pics!!

Date: 2012-05-03 03:32 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-05-03 02:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellymell.livejournal.com
The pic of you, Padme and her decoy looks like the Charlie's Angels of Star Wars.

OMG Amazing Grievous is Amazing! Also that Ahsoka is phenomenal. Love the teacup shenanigans. Such awesome pics!

Date: 2012-05-03 03:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightcupenny.livejournal.com
Thanks! Jeffrey, who was Grievous, made the Ahsoka as well. He does *phenomenal* work.

Date: 2012-05-04 11:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] econopodder.livejournal.com
Is he the Grievous that we first saw in the...um...must have been the LA Celebration? No, wait, Indy? Giant inhabited puppet Grievous? It's fabulous.

Date: 2012-05-03 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laughingmagpie.livejournal.com
That is awesome! You and Luke together are hilarious!

Date: 2012-05-03 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightcupenny.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm always happy when I see Andrew signed up for a troop because he's such a ham. You should have seen us dancing! We started polka-ing to the Cantina theme and he was like "YOU HAVE TO LET ME LEAD!" and we whirled around until we were totally dizzy and out of breath. :D

Date: 2012-05-03 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lexsara.livejournal.com
That blaster picture is stunning. Looks like you had a lovely time...and some fun on those teacups!

Date: 2012-05-26 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightcupenny.livejournal.com
Thank you! Yes, we had ridiculous amounts of fun. :D

Date: 2012-05-03 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/my_belle_/
hahahahaha! awesome pictures :D
Looks like oodles of fun!

Also, that Grievous costume is crazy impressive!

Date: 2012-05-26 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightcupenny.livejournal.com
Thank you! It was super super fun.

Yes, Jeffrey, who made the Grievous and Ahsoka, is incredibly talented!!!

Date: 2012-05-05 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alxwngr.livejournal.com
oh the baby!! & Aurra Sing & Red 5!!!! It looks like you had an amazing time! What fun.

Date: 2012-05-26 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightcupenny.livejournal.com
Thanks! It was a great couple of days. :D

Date: 2012-05-12 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amaz0n-princess.livejournal.com
Wow! Looks like you had a BLAST! So much fun! :D

Love the pic of you pointing the blaster!

Date: 2012-05-26 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightcupenny.livejournal.com
Thank you! I was so happy with how that picture turned out.

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