Monday, November 12, 2012

Retro Con part 1

So, I had an awesome time at Retro Con this weekend. Rose and Tony did a great job putting the event together. I had fun talking to some of the guests and bought a bunch of toys. Just to recap, the goals I set for Retro Con were...

1) Get Autographs from all the Thundercats Voice Actors that are there
2) Buy lots of  cool Toys
    * at least one Silverhawks
    * at least one harder to find vintage MOTU (from the end of the line)
    * at least one really random toy
3) Hang out with my buddy Paul and his family who will be a retro video game vendor

I am happy to report that I was successful on all accounts.

The Retro Con guest list included The Angry Video Game Nerd, Larry Kenny (Lion-O), Peter Newman (Tygra), Gerrianne Raphael (Pumyra) and Mark Bellomo (Toy Book Author).

I'm not a big video game guy, so I skipped the Nerd. I talked to the Thundercats voice actors and got an autograph from Peter and Gerrianne. I have Larry's autograph from another show put on by Zoloworld. After that I went and talked to Mark Bellomo who has written quite a few awesome toy books. I picked up a copy of Totally Tubular '80s Toys and had it autographed. I also brought with me and got signed the 1st and 2nd edition of The Ultimate Guide to GI Joes 1982-1994 and Transformers: Identification and Price Guide.

Mark's table ended up being next to my buddy Paul's table so I actually got to talk to him off and on all day as well as listen to him talk to other people about toys. He was really cool. I will be posting a review of Totally Tubular 80's Toys as soon as I get a chance to read it. Mark's GI Joe guide is just referred to as "The Book" when Paul and I are discussing toys. It's a must have for any Joe collector. The same goes for the Transformer book, but it's hard to find.

Mark bought a ton of toys at the show. He's a toy collecting machine.

I bought a lot of cool toys, and they will be appearing on AFA all this week. (Maybe some next week as well - I bought a lot of stuff).

Here are some pictures from the show.

 Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine

 Remote Controlled R5-D4 -> a real hit with the kids

 Clone Trooper outside the Expo Center

 Transformers Megatron and Cosmos... Breaker from GI Joe is in the background

 Masters of the Universe Classics character: Horde Prime

 Dinobot Grimlock in Robot Mode (without his helmet on)

 Shot of the show floor

 Captain America

Show Organizer Rose Ward suiting up as Mandora the Evil Chaser from Thundercats


  1. That place must have been filled with good old vintage figures!Those Mark Bellomo G.I. Joe books are awesome.Can't wait to see what ya scored!