By HAZEL REID

This year’s Auckland instalment of Armageddon, or #Auckgeddon as it’s referred to online, was quite special.  Not only as it is the Armageddon Expo organisers 25th anniversary year, but due to Covid we aren’t seeing any other events like this happening in the world right now. There was a nice sense of togetherness for people gathering in one place to experience all things gaming, film, animation, comics and entertainment, supporting other New Zealanders in the process.

My Sunday started fresh and early, ready to explore the normal expo goodies alongside the new additions as the event opened at 9am. In the lieu of international TV, film and animation guests the expo normally has an assortment of, there was a huge array of virtual panels featuring stars of Doctor Who, Vampire Diaries, Star Wars, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Smallville and Charmed alongside a few in-person guests from What We Do In The Shadows, Agent Carter and Wellington Paranormal.

Photo: Hazel Reid

We ended up doing two loops of the expo halls as there were so many different lanes to see. They were truly jam packed with all things entertainment and the creativity was oozing out of the building. There were 50+ offerings in the artist alley alongside multiple gaming areas, mini golf, ice skating, and more POP! vinyls than you’ve probably ever seen in one place. It felt like you were also regularly stopped in your tracks doing a double take of the cosplay that had just brushed past you – I think I saw the tallest Chewbacca ever and lots of other recognisable favourites like DC Comics’ Harley Quinn. The commitment of all the cosplayers (especially on a hot sunny day) was just simply impressive.

Photo: Hazel Reid

We then walked over to Hall 6. As an extra special feature, this year’s brick show was incorporated into the expo’s festivities. I was so surprised at these Lego builders’ creations and wowed at the time and patience it took to complete their pieces of art!. As an example of the impressive works on show, the Batman statue was made from over 35,000 bricks and took hundreds of hours to complete. A personal highlight was the impression of people enjoying a concert in outer space, as if they were in their own bubble (and on their own planet) which seemed very fitting for the current time we’re in.

A Lego makers impression of a concert in space!
Photo: Hazel Reid

After having the hiccups that come with Covid put their 25th anniversary event in jeopardy multiple times, the organisers managed to make the best of it. Not only putting on an event that is unlike anything going on elsewhere, but making the most of virtual technologies with over 45 panels across the weekend and a large display of gaming and local stalls. The next Armageddon event you can get amongst is Christchurch in March 2021, mark your calendars.

From tour managing boybands to working massive events and interviewing international talent, HAZEL REID is in love with the craziness that is the entertainment industry.

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