September 6, 2001
My friends Taish and lizard and I sported the first-ever movie-replica costumes for Lord of the Rings on Saturday, day 2 of the con. Taish was a hastily-concocted Legolas, while lizard was Frodo and I was good ol Sam Gamgee. I spent months researching these costumes, and even though I knew I didnt get Legolas jerkin right, I was pretty close. TheOneRing.Net wanted to see these costumes, and so did the people at the Sideshow/Weta booth. I had been by there earlier in Jedi robes just to look at the incredible figurines and busts they will be offering, and was told by the sculptor present that if we came by in our LOTR costumes, hed let us take closeup pictures of the Legolas figurine and any others I wanted to get costume reference from. What a deal! However, when we went there to look for him, he was gone and wouldnt be back in time to see the costumes. Yet, he did live up to his promise the next day and I got to talk shop with him for a while. I regret that I dont know his name so I can thank him personally, but he was a great guy and very well informed about Wetas work on this project.