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Willrow Hood: a.k.a. "The Ice Cream Maker Guy"
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:29 pm    Post subject: Willrow Hood: a.k.a. "The Ice Cream Maker Guy" Reply with quote

I'm sad to see that Willrow Hood has no home in these Forums.

He's listed on the Master List under "Creatures & Droids Costume Standards" but does not appear (untill now) in any of the Forum areas. Over on the 501st boards, we organized a Flash Mob at Celebration VI, that got seventeen participants!! There is interest for this character and his unique cult status... As a Rebel character, his home should be here. Crying or Very sad

Don't let another group adopt our Willrow!!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Where's Willrow Hood in these Forums? Reply with quote

TrooperPX wrote:


He's listed on the Master List under "Creatures & Droids Costume Standards" but does not appear in any of the Forum areas (at least not conspicuously).


This character's home would be in the Detachment you listed above, so I'm not sure what you're asking . . . ?

Someone could create a Willrow thread and start a discussion on the character and costume elements, but I don't think a very minor character with two seconds of screen time needs his own sub-forum.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, not his own sub-forum. I just didn't see him listed in any of the Forums so he was kind of hard to find. That's all. Wink

With your permission, I'd like to turn this into a discussion thread. Can you stickie it? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As long as I get a scoop of ice cream, yes.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a thread, several lines below and he is an approved RL costume. Members in my base already have the costume approved b4 CVI. So he would fall into the Supporter group.

http://www.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=22001&start=0
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Willrow Hood is a Rebel Supporter. I don't know how many there are out there but if you get 20 you can form your own detachment:

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Article IV: Organization
D. Detachments

Given the diversity of costumes within The Rebel Legion, special theme units may be created to improve the quality and awareness of a specific costume category in the Star Wars universe, and provide a cohesive group of individuals who enjoy a particular costume category. These special theme units are called Detachments and lie outside the rank and the voting hierarchy of the club. (An example of a Detachment within the Rebel Legion is the all Rebel Pilot group called Rebel Legion Starfighter Command (RLSC).) There must be 20 members to form a Detachment. The Legion Administrative Council by majority vote will approve all Detachments within The Rebel Legion.

http://www.rebellegion.com/about_charter.php#5


So tell your Hoods to submit their pics for membership!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have ten (10) formal/approved Hoods in the RL. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"History of Willrow Hood"

From Wiki: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Willrow_Hood
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Willrow Hood
"Attention. This is Lando Calrissian, attention. The Empire has taken control of city, I advise everyone to leave before more Imperial troops arrive."
―Lando Calrissian warns the residents of Cloud City

Willrow Hood was a Human male miner who lived and worked on Cloud City, a floating station located above the gas giant Bespin. He worked for A'roFilter, a mining company sympathetic to the Alliance to Restore the Republic, as the head of the department responsible for dealing with the Rebel Alliance, supplying discounted Tibanna gas. Eventually, though, the Galactic Empire invaded and conquered the planet; in order to protect the Rebellion contacts Hood was responsible for, the miner took A'roFilter's main computer's memory core, as it contained the encrypted information on Rebel contacts. After finding the nearest disposal unit, Hood dumped the entire core, rather than risk it falling into the wrong hands; thus, Willrow Hood was able to save the Alliance's interests. Hood remained on Cloud City throughout the Imperial occupation, suffering imprisonment and torture but revealing nothing.

Eventually, he joined together with Tian Chyler, a former Imperial Security Bureau agent disenfranchised with the Empire who had defected, transmitting information on Cloud City's Imperial-run defense systems. Utilizing this information, the Alliance was able to liberate the planet from the Empire's control. After the Rebels' victory, Hood decided to take it easy.

Biography
A'roFilter work

At some point in his life, Willrow Hood, a Human male miner, moved to Bespin, once his homeworld. He began working for A'roFilter, a mining company based on the gas giant. Hood was a longstanding resident of Bespin's primary Tibanna gas facility, Cloud City, and, as of 3 ABY, had been working with A'roFilter for quite some time. The mining company he was employed by was sympathetic to the cause of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, and, as such, sold much-needed Tibanna gas at discounted prices to the fledgling Rebellion. Hood headed the department responsible for the deals and monitored the company's main computer. All transaction data was stored, heavily encrypted, on the main computer; this data included such things as Alliance codenames and locations of Rebel agents.

Hood's job was made difficult by the presence of spies working for the Galactic Empire; Hood knew such individuals existed, but had firm suspicions about only one individual: Tian Chyler. Chyler was posing as a Corellian mining official, who was forced to relocate to Bespin after the Imperials occupied her former station on Ando. Unbeknownst to the population of Cloud City, Chyler was actually an Imperial Security Bureau agent, recruited to monitor questionable Tibanna gas transactions. Hood was unable to gather any solid proof of her complicity, but nonetheless his suspicions persisted.

Imperial invasion
Hood protects his Rebellion contacts.

Shortly after her transfer, Chyler discovered the underground Tibanna gas market. She contacted Darth Vader, who was visiting Cloud City to trap a group of Rebels fleeing from a recent battle on Hoth. Vader used the information to blackmail Baron Administrator Lando Calrissian, so that the Baron Administrator would have to aid the Dark Lord in trapping Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, and their companions, in an effort to eventually force Luke Skywalker into confronting the Dark Lord. Eventually, parts of Vader's plan fell into place; Solo, Organa, and company were captured, and Skywalker was on his way to rescue them.

An Imperial occupation force began to invade Cloud City, per Chyler's instructions. Hood knew that the discovery of A'roFilter's main computer would lead to the discovery of the contacts kept within and so he retrieved the computer's memory core and dumped it in a nearby waste disposal unit. The core was never found by the Empire, and the Rebellion contacts remained hidden.

Hood, however, stayed behind on Bespin during the course of the invasion. He did so not because it was his desire, but rather to aid his fellow miners. While he tried to stay out of the spotlight, he was arrested under the charges of possible sedition. The Imperial authority subjected Hood to information gathering techniques, including scan grid interrogation; however, Hood managed to resist the interrogation and withheld his information. He was eventually released for not knowing anything relevant to his arrest.

Taking back Cloud City
During the occupation of the City, Tian Chyler became disenfranchised from the Empire after an incident with Aqualish miners. When word of the Rebellion's successes in the Galactic Civil War eventually reached Bespin and Cloud City, she defected to the Alliance. She possessed knowledge pertaining to the defense of Cloud City, and sought to contact Willrow Hood. She, like Hood, had suspected the other knew more than what appeared, and had further deduced that Hood had contacts within the Rebel Alliance.

While Hood at first distrusted the former ISB agent, he watched to see what she was willing to do. Eventually, the former A'roFilter employee agreed to aid her, and began to trust her and her motives. Chyler came through on her end and presented Hood with the defense information, which he in turn sent to the Rebellion, who used the plans to retake both the city and the planet. After the liberation of Cloud City, Hood decided he had had enough action, and planned to settle down.

Personality and traits
Willrow Hood was very loyal to both his employers and those with whom he sympathized. When given the opportunity to escape Cloud City before the Imperial invasion, he instead stayed behind to aid his fellow miners who would have been stranded on the planet. He was willing to risk his own life and well-being to ensure Alliance agents were not compromised. Because of his devotion, he was later in a position to facilitate the recapture of Cloud City by supplying the Rebel Alliance with critical information regarding the planet's security and defenses.
Furthermore, even when subjected to torture, Hood retained his loyalties, and revealed nothing of use. Hood was a good judge of character, correctly suspecting at least one undercover Imperial agent. Still, he was adaptable enough to trust those he had suspected, once they revealed a true change of heart. Even with all of his contacts and abilities, Hood preferred a simple life without action, and, once he was able to, took the opportunity to take it easy.

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"I know that a lot of fans have an affection for Willrow Hood because of his cult status as the Ice Cream Maker Guy. Even before I knew of the legend of ICMG I was somewhat fascinated by the chap. Lando tells everyone to leg it and the one item he takes with him is a big white thing. So he was an interesting character and when the opportunity to write about him for What's the Story? came up it was quite exciting." ―Captain Yosarrian's blog

Willrow Hood first appeared in the film Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back as an unidentified Cloud City extra. His identity was first touched upon in the Star Wars Customizable Card Game, where it was explained that he was a miner employed by a company with Rebellion contacts and contracts. His story was further elaborated upon by Benjamin Christopher Norton Dawe, under the name "Captain Yosarrian," through Star Wars Hyperspace's What's The Story? feature. Dawe explains in his blog that Hood's involvement with the Rebel Alliance was primarily to explain the existence of the large, unknown white object he was carrying as the Imperials began to take over. Dawe also tied Tian Chyler's story into Hood's, as Chyler's "What's the Story?" entry was published just before Hood's, by explaining that Hood was Chyler's Alliance contact. Hood later received an entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.

Star Wars Insider 49 published an amusing take on Willrow Hood as part of its Ultimate Empire Strikes Back Insider's Guide. Written by Daniel Wallace, the article notes Hood as "the infamous Ice Cream Guy," and wishes him luck in finding a more appreciative planet to sell his ice cream. However, as the article was written as a parody and Hood's story has since been explained in another manner, this alternate story is non-canon.

He is often nicknamed "Ice Cream Guy," "Ice Cream Maker Guy," or "Ice Cream Man," since the prop his actor holds looks similar to an ice cream maker. The What's The Story? entry finally revealed that the unknown object was a computer's memory core.

An action figure depicting Willrow Hood was to be released by Hasbro as part of a The Empire Strikes Back-themed wave in the fall of 2009, despite four years of opposition from Hasbro Design Director Brian Wilk. The figure was eventually released by Hasbro as part of "The Legacy Collection" of action figures.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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WILLROW HOOD
(Ice Cream Maker Guy)

Source:
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Year: 2009
Retail: $7.99
Assortment: Basic Figures
Series: 12
Number: BD53
Assortment Number: 89027/87535
UPC Number:
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Weapons and Accessories:
• BlasTech DH-17 Blaster Pistol
• Computer Memory Core (A.K.A. "Ice Cream Maker")
Droid Factory Piece:
• HK-50 Right Arm

Comments: Willrow Hood works for the gas mining company on Cloud City. When the Empire seizes control of the city, Hood destroys a computer memory core to prevent the Empire from discoviering information about secret transactions with the Rebels.
Points of Interest:
• Willrow Hood (Ice Cream Maker Guy) is an all-new figure.
• While Willrow Hood is Tibanna Gas Miner on Cloud City, Star Wars fan Scott Pearson created a fan-fiction backstory that turned into an internet phenomenon. After thousands of supporting signatures, and beating out a certain vehicle in an internal debate, another character from the "best wave ever!"is finally here!
• This figure contains an extra "Droid Factory" piece to Build-A-Droid. This figure includes HK-50's right arm.
• Photography by Dan Curto
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TrooperPX wrote:
We have ten (10) formal/approved Hoods in the RL. Cool


You're about to have another. How many were at the Running of the Hoods?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There were seventeen (17) on Thursday for the "Crash the Panel" and following "Running of the Hoods".

There were ten (10) for Friday's running. We had actually run everywhere on Thursday, so we lost a few to tuckerdness. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

David -

Do we know anything about the actor who played the infamous Mr. Hood? Is he familiar with his cult status?
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