STAR WARS CELEBRATION VII : BESPIN CLOUD CITY
DIORAMA WORKSHOP ACTION FIGURE FUND 2015
As most of you know, there is a little PARTY going on again this April in California, Oh yeah !!!
I'm talking about Celebration VII :) And if any of you have attended any of these awesome Star Wars conventions. You may have seen kids - and adults - building these GIANT dioramas over at the Diorama Builders Workshops. Well guess what ??? we will be there again this year ;p This time, our theme is BESPIN and it will be the most AWESOME Diorama Workshops EVER (Do I say that every Celebration ? :)
Today - also marks the launch of our NEW 2015 Celebration VII Diorama Workshop Action Figure Fund and marks my 13th year working alongside Lucasfilm and Reed ... the staff and I could not be more thrilled to come back for another diorama adventure.
Bespin celebrates the 6th Convention that I've come to Celebration to offer the fans an introduction to the Diorama Workshop Experience. This years creation will be more ambitious then ever with THREE (3) Full levels of Bespin Hallways, Reactor Cores, and Prison Cells as well as building Skyscrapers if you prefer to build the outside Skyline Option. There will be something for Beginners all the way to old Pro's like myself and returning Diorama Masters.
Our booth is 60x60 feet of Diorama building space for the fans and 20 feet x 32 feet of Tables for the Final display and for the First Time EVER - Displayed INSIDE the actual HASBRO BOOTH !!! Giving the kids (and adults) creations even MORE exposure.
In ALL past Celebrations, Fans have always been so generous and donated their unwanted or duplicate figures to us to use at the Diorama Workshops through the CIII - CIV - CV and CVI Figure funds. Hasbro would then come on top and donate tons of toys from their warehouses to fill in the remaining gap so that ALL KIDS had at least ONE toy to go home with alongside their creation on the closing Sunday.
This year, We are again asking for your help !!. Especially with LESS THEN TWO (2) MONTHS till the show. Time is more precious then in years past. As you may also know, a diorama without any figures, as cool as the construction is, ONLY comes to LIFE with Hasbro TOYS. My loyal staff and I have gotten the ball rolling with 200+ figures, beasts and ships (purchased on ebay and from our own collections) but... that is just the begining of what we need for final display.
First of all , for those who are NOT familiar with what a diorama workshop is,
I have set up a CELEBRATION FLASHBACKS page on my DioramaWorkshop.Com site that shows you our decade long adventure from Indianapolis CII to Orlando's CV of 2010 (You can also go see more photos from each convention by using the EVENTS Top Menu Bar)
For this years Celebration VII Diorama Workshop Action Figure fund, I have set up 3 EASY WAYS for fans to participate and help us out.
1) SEND US YOUR TOYS BY MAIL
If you have figures hidden under your bed, or that your kids have outgrown and don't play with (gasp LOL) or that you bought in duplicate and wish to donate those, you can send them by mail to our California Storage space. We will pick these up on the Wednesday set up day and bring them to the convention center to place in the Bespin Diorama. You can send your action figure fund donations to:
CVII DIORAMA WORKSHOP FUND - 6318 Camino Marinero - San Clemente - CA - 92673 - USA .... MAKE SURE TO MAIL IT BEFORE APRIL 10, 2015 - you don't want the toys to arrive AFTER the convention has ended and the kids empty handed.
2) SEND A DONATION USING YOUR PAYPAL ACCOUNT (www.paypal.com)
I have set up a Celebration Diorama Workshop account specifically for the Action Figure Fund. You can LOG IN to PayPal.com and click SEND MONEY enter in the TO box : CVIAFF@DIORAMAWORKSHOP.COM and enter the amount $$$ you wish to donate. Please note: EVERY PENNY YOU SEND will go to buy figures on EBAY and used in the workshop display and ALL BOUGHT TOYS will be GIVEN to the KIDS on closing sunday. NO DONATIONS will be kept for our own personal use. You can also send me any Questions or A message saying you are sending payment to email@example.com
3) BRING US YOUR TOYS IN PERSON
Are you coming to Celebration VII in April ? Then why not save on shipping and just bring us your toy donations in hand at the Diorama Workshop booth. The Staff and I will be MORE then HAPPY to thank you in person and give you a little EXCLUSIVE CVII figure fund donation thank you present.
If you donate and NOT coming to the show, make sure to write your name and address on a card and include it IN your SHIPPING BOX (when sent by mail) or in the COMMENTS box (if sending by Pay Pal)
Also, a fan of ours on Facebook last night suggested this idea which was brilliant... If you have a LOCAL COMIC BOOK SHOP or ACTION FIGURE STORE that has a BULLETIN BOARD, you can download this LETTER SIZE 8.5"x11" CVII DW AFF POSTER for you to PRINT at home and bring to them to hang in their window.
Maybe their customers will see the information and purchase an extra toy to donate.
Toys that we NEED - but NOT LIMITED TO are....
UGNAUTS - BESPIN GUARDS - CLOUD CITY PILOTS - JUNK DROID PARTS - BROKEN SHIPS OR OTHER TOYS - JEDIS - 3P0 - R2 AND R2 UNITS - ANY DROIDS BASICALLY - HAN SOLO, PRINCESS LEIA - CHEWBACCA - LOBOT - LANDO - ASSORTED ALIENS - WOOKIES - STORM TROOPERS - JAWAS - SAND PEOPLE - DARTH VADER - STAPS - SWOOPS - LAND SPEEDERS - X-WINGS - CLOUD CARS - ANY SHIP REALLY FOR LANDING PLATFORMS - ANY UNWANTED FIGURES ACTUALLY (THEY COULD BE ON HOLLIDAY YOU KNOW :)
I know that Star Wars fans are the most generous and loyal fans and that together we can reach our goal of 1200 figures - PAY IT FORWARD - get GOOD KARMA in return - it REALLY WORKS :)
THANKING YOU ALL IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR GENEROSITY and hopefully SEE YOU in CALIFORNIA !!!Frank Diorio. (and the CVII Diorama Team :)
PS... As we get closer to the show, I will keep showing NEW SECTIONS and designs of what you can build for each Diorama Workshop options. Keep returning to the site for FULL EXCLUSIVE PRE SHOW pictures and NEWS about the Celebration VII Diorama Workshop, NOT SEEN ANYWHERE ELSE ON THE WEB ... Right here at DIORAMAWORKSHOP.COM
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Celebration VII convention will be held April 16-19, 2015 - Anaheim Convention Center, California, USA - Buy Celebration Tickets at www.starwarscelebration.com
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