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After lots of consternation, I *finally* got my entry back from the GW Two Towers LOTR contest, over a month after the contest ended. UPS delivered the package with no prior warning from GW: I was shocked it actually came back to me! You see, somewhere around 3/8/03 Legolas disappeared off the radar....

Apparently no one at GW knew where he was - the local store manager was sure clueless (there's a shocker!) Brookhurst Hobby (where the regional final was held) only knew someone from GW had picked up all the minis... After weeks of frustrating phone calls and vague assurances, lo and behold I found out he's been partying in Baltimore all this time!!!!

The first I saw of my mini after weeks of frustration was the mini pictured in the GW official coverage of the contest! He'd been sent to Baltimore, even though he lost out in the regional final (?!?) Along the way he was handled by a pack of rabid monkeys (aka GW staff), who managed to break his bow, tweak the string, lose the arrow and crack him off the shield... Lovely. I don't feel special though, this isn't the only damage I've heard of from GW contests.

What was almost as amusing was that I got a winning slip for coming in 3rd in the regional, and a "thoughtful" gift certificate from Brookhurst Hobbies...

Yeah, unfortunately they decided it was only okay to make it last *one day*!!! Since I couldn't travel the 350 miles to Brookhurst to be present in person, this seemed kind of pointless, esp. considering I never even saw the "gift" until a month later. Ah, the joys of GW contests...

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All images and text (c) 2003 Laszlo Jakusovszky