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Shivannd (Joel Webne)
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 12:15 pm    Post subject: Getting your costume to CIV Reply with quote

I am curious for those who are flying out to Cali, how are you getting your helmet and blaster there?
I went on the UPS site and it would cost me between $15(ground) and $50(3 day) to send it cross country to the hotel I am staying at
has anyone taken their helmet and blaster in their luggage? I am afraid if I do it might end up in pieces or not there at all?
HELP.....
oh and thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using a heavy duty "gorilla locker". It's basically a big, black foot locker that i used in the sandbox. It's airline approved, and only costs about $20 at Wally World or wherever. It'll fit my RFT, Tusken and some other gear. And I'm planning on labelling the outside with -PROPS- and -STAR WARS- and stuff like that.

I considered putting on a TSA approved lock, but the lady at United we talked to said her son just flew, used one, and the morons still cut it off. So I'm going to zip-tie it shut. I don't care if they cut that. But I will probably also put a note inside it, saying basically "Dear TSA, this contains Star Wars movie props. They are for costuming use only and are not real. I have taken photographs of everything in here, and have a complete inventory. Please do not steal my stuff."
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have a picture or model number of it... I cant seem to find one on the Wally site. According to them, the Contico one is sold out.
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's relatively similar to this:



http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=33255-315-2463&lpage=none

Honestly, I'd go with something wheeled, if I could do it all over again. Just make sure you check the dimensions and make sure it is airline approved (United has a 62" max, so add L+W+H, and if it's <62", then you're good to go.)


Here is basically what I have:

http://www.metisdesign.com/footlocker.htm





Hope this helps!
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The second one is what I bought from Wal-Mart (before they sold out I guess) I should get it early next week. I am hoping I can get everything in there, but worse case scenario I can carry on my helmet and keep it on my lap, and I can also wear one pair of my boots.
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep it on your lap? Have you ever flown before? They don't allow you to "keep things on your lap" when you fly, at least not during take off and landing. It has to either go in the over head compartment, or fit underneath the seat in front of you.

You are also only allowed so many carry on items.
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can't put it in your lap, Brad, just put it on your head. I'm sure there'll be plenty of people on that plane who would think that was normal Wink
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hofmann wrote:
If you can't put it in your lap, Brad, just put it on your head. I'm sure there'll be plenty of people on that plane who would think that was normal Wink


That would be quite the sight...

Jedi Loreen Shadowchaser wrote:
Keep it on your lap? Have you ever flown before? They don't allow you to "keep things on your lap" when you fly, at least not during take off and landing. It has to either go in the over head compartment, or fit underneath the seat in front of you.

You are also only allowed so many carry on items.


I have flown many times. And I don't see why I couldn't keep it on my lap. If ladies can have purses on their laps not sure why i couldn't have that on mine. I suppose it will depend on the flight attendants. Maybe I'll get lucky and they' re SW Fans Razz I'm not all that concerned. If I have room I will pack it carefully.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2007 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went to WallyWorld and just happened upon one of those Contico boxes for $18...Now I can send it on the plane with no worries...Thanks
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2007 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LukeSkiewalker wrote:
hofmann wrote:
If you can't put it in your lap, Brad, just put it on your head. I'm sure there'll be plenty of people on that plane who would think that was normal Wink

That would be quite the sight...
One of our Sandpeople actually wants to do this while flying to CE, wonder if they'll let him Razz
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a test run with my Contico box these weekend. Took my Jedi and RFT in it and it fit fine. I could probably fit a thrid costume in there if it was a "soft one" and I was having my RFT boots do double duty.

Now to get an FAA approved lock.
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am trying to pack mine meticulously so that I might be able to fit some of the stuff that I buy in it as well and then pack it really really well with clothes.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just purchased one of these from wally world for our trip to Comic-Con. Hoping to fit a total of 4 costumes in there...we shall see.

How did your cases hold up to the delinquents at the airport ramps for CIV travel?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually it held up very well. The only thing that I lost was the TSA lock on the outside of it. the lock is too small to fit and lock well. I took mine directly to the TSA reps to have them X-Ray it and I had stickers on the outside stating "COSTUME AND PROPS ENCLOSED"
Passed both times with my blaster in it and all.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently flew with a TSA approved lock. They didn't open it for inspection (they put a notice inside if they do) but the lock held up.

It's true that sometimes they will cut the lock even if it is TSA approved. I have no idea why since they have keys for them. It's only $10 it substantially lowers the chances of your stuff getting ripped off. A friend of mine works for an airline and recommends them since apparently theft from baggage handlers is high.

Another important thing to do is never leave valuables in your car, including your costume. Even though my costume bin is 50 lbs. (plus the bandolier and the mask in separate bins) I always take mine out of the car. Recently we did an event up in the Seattle area. My dad and I got a hotel room in Everett, and our car was stolen. We recovered it but his GPS and other goodies were taken. Luckily we decided to bring our costumes inside.

It's always shocking to me how cheap people can be when it comes to their costume transport cases. In most cases you have invested significant time and money into building your suit. Spend the cash and get a good, solid case that can handle air travel and can be locked. Your costume is much harder to replace than most of other things you own, because it is a hand made item.

One of friends was in the Rose parade. He didn't have anything but a large rubbermaid bin for his costume and he couldn't take that on the plane so he tossed his TK armor in a dufflebag and his chest piece got cracked.
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