Anyway, here he is at Rose City Comicon. Roaming the halls we met lots of folks, including Master Chief from Halo!
|Hey, Master Chief!|
It wasn't as crowded as ECCC, so we were fairly free to roam at will, though we always attracted a crowd. Some weren't very well behaved though, vandals!
|Vandal Attacking Lego R2D2 With a Bat!|
|L3-G0 with Tardis and Delorean|
|L3-G0 tries to fend off a Quadrocopter|
While we were in the celebrity area, Wil Wheaton took notice. He was nice.
Just a full-sized R2-D2 made out of LEGO, that talks and does R2 stuff. O.o pic.twitter.com/gCzGGO7MKvGarrett Wang was also hilarious on the red carpet. He saw L3-G0 while talking to a fan and flew over his table to run up to L3-G0 and take his photo. Startled us terribly. I heard him apologize to his fans when he went back.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) September 21, 2014
Oh, no, L3-G0's lost his head! We also participated in the R2-D2 Builder's Club talk about building Astromechs, where we showed off some of our droids and how they are built. It was a talk like this that helped me decide to make L3-G0, lots of folks get there start building by seeing the other droids at a 'con and seeing such a talk.
|L3-G0 at builder's talk with head off.|
|Astromechs in the Lobby at Rose City Comicon|
And of course everyone wanted to pose with L3-G0 and the other droids. I don't think he minds.
|L3-G0 likes her R2-D2 skirt|
|Crowds of picture takers|
I also drove ineptly (again) and mashed a shoulder (same one) into a vendor's table. The right shoulder's smashed itself 3 times now!!!
The lights died right before seeing Wil Wheaton, so we had to come back for a better pix.
The other problem is an odd electrical thing. He started freaking out and spraying his mist all the time (he can startle folks with canned air), and his dome started spinning madly. We'd had a similar problem where the mist freaked out, so we unplugged it. Then his dome refused to move. But we thought it was fixed before the con. Last day we had to leave early though.
When I got home I checked EVERYTHING trying to repro the problem, but it wouldn't happen. Eventually I replaced the fuse on that circuit (it's the car-type fuses) and he was great. I left his head spinning for a half hour to prove it. What happened is that the fuse was apparently weak. Eventually the dome motor controller got it hot enough that the volts dropped (from resistance), but it didn't blow. That confused the motor controller which was also reading the RC signals, and sent gibberish to the Arduino controlling the mist, and of course it confused itself about the dome's movement. What a freaky problem. What a relief to have figured it out.
We had tons of fun at Rose City Comicon, we'll try to see if we can make it next year!