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rche
May 31, '15, 12:19 PM
Is there a schedule posted anywhere of any discussion panels, customs auction, contests, etc.?

EMCE Hammer
May 31, '15, 9:14 PM
Is there a schedule posted anywhere of any discussion panels, customs auction, contests, etc.?

Not yet. There are too many moving parts to publish times before everyone is settled and has their watches synchronized. Here's what I expect, in no order:

Talks from two, possibly three of your favorite ReMego folks
A vintage chat
The amazing Lee boxin' and flockin'
Customs contest
Some comic creator stories - aw yeah
Customs auction

DJ Random Axe will keep things flowing, including the announcing of door prizes.

rche
May 31, '15, 10:49 PM
I should have put a question mark in my title for this thread. Sorry about that.

Also - just trying to clarify my question - If I can get my crazy work/family schedule to line up right, I am considering coming up on Saturday and wanted to see if there was an outline for events. Mostly I just want to meet peeps who I have known thru these forums, but was also hoping to see some of the auction, customs making, and whatever panel chats may be happening. No worries if there is not a concrete timetable.

Random Axe
Jun 1, '15, 12:07 AM
It might not be set until Saturday morning, but please come anyway. There's going to be Mego madness, fun , action adventure, contests, trivia, forums, panels, how-to's, nunchaku demonstrations, dance offs and whatever else we can come up with. It's not to be missed.

rche
Jun 1, '15, 12:17 AM
I know there will be plenty of fun and Mego goodness; I have watched from the sidelines for many years now. I am just trying to figure out how early I have to get in the car to make it happen and if I actually have enough hours to get to Skokie and back and actually see anything.

EMCE Hammer
Jun 1, '15, 5:21 AM
I can tell you that the customs contest doesn't wrap-up until the end, and I know Lee is in one of the later time slots. I'm going to try to slot the auction a little earlier this year so that it isn't running into the customs contest, but it still won't be until after lunch. Typically our presenters are not early birds; there will still be some action in the afternoon. It's always been a fluid deal; a little more so since it's a new venue this year.

Your situation is exactly why I have learned to wait. If I had posted a schedule even a month ago, recent changes would have grenaded it. I'd hate for anyone to set a land speed record and find that the schedule got shuffled.

All that said, if you can make it please do. Even if you miss every single presentation, all those guys are still going to be around to talk your ear off one-on-one.

cjefferys
Jun 1, '15, 4:08 PM
Hope you can make it rche, it would be great to finally meet you.

SentientApe
Jun 1, '15, 6:48 PM
I can tell you that the customs contest doesn't wrap-up until the end...

I cannot tell you how many times I have seen words to that effect (in various Mego Meet posts, in various contexts) and misread it as "Cosume Contest." Surprisingly disappointed every time, because those are the conventions I often attend.

But IMPORTANT QUESTION, which I hope someone can honestly answer: Is anything significant happening on Friday? An I correct in understanding that this is largely a Saturday/Sunday event with setup and limited socializing on Friday?

The reasoning of my question is that I have a major, long-standing commitment (501st - Star Wars nerds) on Saturday, so my only availability for Mego Meet is Friday (if truly worth my time) and/or Sunday. I have no desire to go on Friday if nothing is really happening, but if everything is truly "up and running" early enough in the day, I might go both days... Or choose one of my other conflicts (WWII reenactment in Peoria, or antique auto show in Wisconsin) on Sunday.

Alternately, Sunday will be the day for me, but I am seeking any insight that helps me make a decision. Thanks.

Bronxboykev
Jun 1, '15, 6:52 PM
It's strictly a Friday Night Saturday 9-5 thing... Sunday most everyone is headed home.

PNGwynne
Jun 1, '15, 7:02 PM
I used to attend just on Saturday--that seems the key day for programming.

EMCE Hammer
Jun 1, '15, 7:36 PM
I used to attend just on Saturday--that seems the key day for programming.

Correct - there has never been any Friday programming. It's always been set-up, pizza, hang at the hotel. Early on, Friday was when most people arrived. As the years have gone by, Thursday is just as common with a few of us making Wednesdays our target now. From the standpoint of Mego Meet itself there's nothing compelling for Thursday or Sunday outside of personal preference.

SentientApe
Jun 1, '15, 7:48 PM
Well, that's an eye-opener, but important to know. If it's really only a one-day event, then I will miss it -- and there is nothing i can do about that.

I'm going to pay attention to any subsequent comments regarding Friday, but if that's all I can do, then that's all I can do. C'est la vie.

PNGwynne
Jun 1, '15, 7:57 PM
In all fairness, I think that arriving early is what has forged friendships, collecting camaraderie--and probably a few sweet trades. But I know I was made to feel very welcome on Saturday.

rche
Jun 1, '15, 8:04 PM
What time do the doors open on Sat?

EMCE Hammer
Jun 1, '15, 8:05 PM
In all fairness, I think that arriving early is what has forged friendships, collecting camaraderie--and probably a few sweet trades. But I know I was made to feel very welcome on Saturday.

I really enjoy floating from table to table and room to room on the pre-event days. Friday is every bit as good as any toy show I've attended; Saturday has all Friday does and more. If I could only come Friday - I'd come Friday. It's like Scott says, it's the friendship and fellowship. Where else can I get a hug from Austin Hough, or a "GFY" from Paul Clarke?

EMCE Hammer
Jun 1, '15, 8:07 PM
What time do the doors open on Sat?

9am to general public paying at the door.

rche
Jun 1, '15, 8:21 PM
thanks, Hammer

One more ? Have you closed the online registration, or does it run up thru Thursday?
again, thx

EMCE Hammer
Jun 1, '15, 9:14 PM
thanks, Hammer

One more ? Have you closed the online registration, or does it run up thru Thursday?
again, thx

Still open - I will close it on Thursday at some point and then folks can just see us at the door. If you or anyone else runs into issues email me - hammer@megomuseum.com and I'll get back to you as quick as I can

VintageMike
Jun 1, '15, 9:18 PM
I can add one thing. Friday is also good from a buying point of view because you get first crack at the good stuff. Early bird gets the Megos!

EMCE Hammer
Jun 1, '15, 9:20 PM
I can add one thing. Friday is also good from a buying point of view because you get first crack at the good stuff. Early bird gets the Megos!

I tackle David Lee in the parking lot.

WannabeMego
Jun 1, '15, 9:42 PM
I enjoy Friday's because they are more relaxed & informal...very laid back.

samurainoir
Jun 2, '15, 2:12 AM
Sunday will be a bust, since that is generally a travel day for folks, with no scheduled events.

Friday is traditionally an awesome laid back set-up day in previous years, with much more opportunity to relax and socialize (and early bird shop) than the more event centric Saturday. Skokie is a whole new ballgame though... and it appears there is a good crowd of us around from the sounds of it.

SentientApe
Jun 3, '15, 10:34 AM
Gosh, I wish anyone had repeated the information that is available on the Facebook page for this event...

...Or that I had read fully through that event page before posting here!

It was unclear (until finding the aforementioned Facebook info) that paid registration specifically permits access to the otherwise closed dealers room during the 9AM-8PM set-up time. I guess that was the question that I did not know to ask?

Consequently, registration submitted, schedule committed... I'll see a bunch of you on Friday!