Posts Tagged ‘DeLorean’

Tales From the Convention Floor – Part 2: Christopher Lloyd

2012/08/29

During the Fan Expo Canada 2012 convention in Toronto, Ontario last week, I was presented with an opportunity that I never imagined would come my way: the chance to meet the incomparable Christopher Lloyd, who had major roles in two of my all-time favorite movies, Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

While he’s built his career on playing energetic, intense, and eccentric characters, Mr. Lloyd proved to be pretty low-key and calm in person, was very friendly and sociable, and gave off a distinctly soothing, grandfatherly vibe. When I mentioned that I’d heard he rarely makes public appearances – something his entry on Wikipedia makes a point of mentioning – he responded with a simple “I do make a few of them.”, all while maintaining the subtle-but-perpetual warm smile he seemed to have reserved for everyone in attendance.

Two additional things worth mentioning about Christopher Lloyd: first, he has one of the most legible celebrity signatures that I’ve encountered in the 14 or so years I’ve been actively collecting them. (And the guy’s almost 74 years old!)

I’m hoping to get Michael J. Fox to sign the other half someday.

Second, he has the uncanny ability to make pictures that even I appear in look incredibly awesome. (The DeLorean time machine is just icing on the cake.)

There definitely isn’t enough room to get up to 88 in the convention hallway.

Gridlock on the Temporal Crossroads

2012/02/19

When the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise and the Legion of Super-Heroes encounter Vandar the First and Only – the immortal ruler of an Earth-based interplanetary empire who appears to be a hybrid of Flint from the original series episode Requiem for Methuselah and longtime DC Universe pain-in-the-ass Vandal Savage – in Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #5 (February 2012), he makes an initially cryptic comment…

Come into my parlor...

…the full implications of which soon become all too clear.

Where the Chronosphere from "Seven Days", dammit?

Now it’s time to determine your geekiness level: exactly how many of the devices and machines used for travel through space, time, and other dimensions did you recognize? From top to bottom, left to right, here’s what I was able to identify off the top of my head:

The TARDIS from "Doctor Who"

The time-travelling phone booth from "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"

The hot tub from "Hot Tub Time Machine"

The Flash's Cosmic Treadmill

Lazarus' ship from the "Star Trek" episode "The Alternative Factor"

The Stargate from "Stargate" and "Stargate: SG-1"

The time travel pod from the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode "A Matter of Time"

The Aeon-type timeship from the "Star Trek: Voyager" episode "Future's End"

A Legion of Super-Heroes Time Bubble

The Time Tunnel from "The Time Tunnel"

The time machine from "The Time Machine" (1960)

The launch pod from "Timecop"

The DeLorean from "Back to the Future"

So how many did you get? 🙂

Oh, and if anyone happens to figure out what any of the ones I missed are, feel free to drop me a line. I’d be interested in knowing…


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