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Sci-fi heroes and villains to land in Edinburgh in aid of sick children

Sci-fi heroes and villains to land in Edinburgh in aid of sick children

Big names from Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Predator will descend on Edinburgh for the inaugural Capital Sci-Fi Con in 2016.

Taking residence in the Meadowbank Sports Centre, the event welcomes some of the most iconic heroes and villains from sci-fi movies, TV and comics across the ages.

Dave Prowse (Darth Vader), Ian Whyte (Predator) and Ross Mullan (Doctor Who/Game of Thrones) are just some of the special guests confirmed to attend.

Comic guests include Viz Comic co-founder Simon Donald, DC and Darkhorse writer Yishan Li and Tanya Roberts, who inked on the Star Wars: Clone Wars comics.

And it's all in aid of Childrens' Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), a Scottish charity which provides hospice services for terminally ill children.

Running from February 27 - 28, the event will welcome traders selling geeky collectibles and toys as well as local artists who will take part in live draws.

Guests can take part in cosplay competitions, dip in to a Tardis-shaped photo booth, attend guest panels and marvel at sci-fi-inspired art exhibits.

But that may pale in comparison when given the chance to meet your idol at a three-course dinner with the stars.

The event is expected to draw between 3000 - 5000 visitors, with proceeds from ticket sales going towards hospices across the country.

Organiser Keith Armour has collected around £3000 for CHAS so far, and plans to organise a Christmas toy drop-off to Rachel House and Robin House in December.

By day, Keith is an expert in costume design and creation, as well as Scotland's events co-ordinator for worldwide Star Wars costume collective Rebel Legion - an organisation that also does a great deal for charity.

You can see Keith dressed in his 8ft Wookiee costume below.

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After losing a family member earlier this year, Keith was inspired to tackle an ambitious project for a charity close to his heart.

"Two years ago I organised a toy drop at Rachel House and went along in costume. I went around meeting the families there and I was just amazed, by the staff as well as the children," he said.

"You see the kids' faces just light up when they see you dressed as a character from a movie, they think you're the real thing. I had children and parents coming up to me to give me a hug.

"We see that all the time through the Rebel Legion events. I actually know a lot of actors from sci-fi movies through going to conventions and movie screenings, which made organising the Sci-Fi Con much easier.

"I lost my uncle this year - he took me to see my first Star Wars film, so I wanted to go big to honour his memory."

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Keith added: "It takes £6m to run these hospices in a year. I'm hoping people will come along once they see it's for charity."

Tickets for Capital Sci-Fi Con can be purchased now through the event website.

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