Jedi-Con 2004

The 2004 Jedi-Con took place in the CCD in Dusseldorf, a great location for events like this. The con was the setting for the first European meeting of the R2 Builders Club. All in all, there were 10 finished droids present, and about two and a half droids in parts. The attending R2 builders came from all over Europe: The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria and from Germany. We had three days of pure fun and talking droid. Marco Xeno-man showed off his brand-new scooter-motor-driven R2, which was unbelievably fast. I think this was the end of the area of the windshield wiper motor.....

First, here´s a short video clip from a live TV report that was broadcast from our room. Marco "Xeno-man" Groen is interviewed, while Wim "Admiral" Heirman can be seen working in the background. The video is in Real media 8.0 format, you´ll need the Real player for that. Size is about 5,7 MB, and coming from German TV, the Interview is mainly in German. Lots of cool R2 units in the picture though......

Setting up the exhibition

Arnd starting to set up the exhibition table

Setting up the droids

Above: R2 Builders setting up their droids. From left to right: Arnd Riedel, Marco Hammerand, Claudio Eckert and his friend, Thorsten Schneider.

R2 builders at work


Steven Sansweet signing Marco Hammerands R5

Steven Sansweet signs Marco Hammerand´s R5 unit

Start of the C-3PO suit

After having been unveiled at the opening show, my C-3PO is put up in the R2 builders display.

Our volunteer Nicole and "her" C-3Po suit

Our very brave volunteer Nicole, who saved C-3PO´s appearance in the opening show, with "her" C-3Po-suit. She did really fine, and acted 3Po just like Anthony Daniels.

R2 builderīs autographs

Several more signatures on the famous world-travelling R2 builder´s banner.

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Above: From left to right: Marco "Xeno-man", Michel Michielsen, Arnd Riedel, Wim "Admiral" Heirman, Marco Hammerand, C-3PO

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Beneath The Dome : Wim Heirman

Droidbuilders again

Above again from left to right: Marco "Xeno-man", Michel Michielsen, Wim Heirman, Marco Hammerand, Arnd Riedel

Don Bies Stance

Trying the Don Bies Stance

The boys having fun

The boys having fun (with the R2LA video DVD)

Marco Hammerands Gonk Show

Marco Hammerand´s costume contest show (a bit shaky due to the distance)

The winning Wookiee

The winning Wookiee costume. A great show presentation by the way with Chewie knocking a bunch of bad guys over like in the Death star detention block. For more on the costume see

More winning wookiee

Let the Wookiee win !

A friendly Chewie and my family

The friendly Chewie and my little family. I was involved a bit in the beginnings of this huge project, but just for a few parts.

Marco Hamerands Gonk Droid

Marco Hammerand´s Gonk Power Droid suit

A hairy visitor at the R2 builderīs room

A hairy visitor at the R2 builders room. His hairs helped to polish Xeno-man´s dome even further !

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