The October 18th Montreal Toycon: THIS WEEKEND!

This is a friendly Friday night reminder that the Montreal Toycon is less than 48 hours away! If you’re in Montreal this weekend, get down to the Courtyard by Marriott THIS SUNDAY THE 18th to get your hands on everything from Transformers to McFarlane Hockey figures, Sideshow Toys to Kotobukiya, DC Direct to Marvel Legends! No matter what you’re looking for, there’s a good chance it’ll be on sale from one of the dozens of dealers taking part in the show!

Naturally, we at CmdStore.com and ToysonFire.com will be there, selling a ton of the latest and greatest toys, plus some items for vintage and retro fans!

For more info, check the ToyCon Website, but here’s the quick rundown of what you should know!

When?

SUNDAY
October 18th, 2009
10am to 5pm

Where?
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT MONTREAL AIRPORT
7000 Place Robert-Joncas
St-Laurent, QC H4M 2Z5
Hotel Phone:
1-888-339-5333
(Near Mega-Plex
Spheretech 14 Guzzo)
(Metro Cote-Vertu + 121 Bus West)

How Much?
Admission: $4.00
Kids 5 and under: FREE

See you there!

Montreal Comic Con

A one-day Comic-Con will be held at Place Bonaventure on Sunday, December 6th 2009.

The confirmed guests: Colleen Clinkenbeard and Monica Rial (voice actresses in anime movies) and Lloyd Kaufman (American independent film director, producer and actor).

More guests will be announced soon.

Sunday, December 6th, from 11:00am to 6:00pm

Place Bonaventure, room 200-N
800, rue de la Gauchetière Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H5A 1K6

As a prequel to this convention, please make sure to drop by the Montreal ToyCon which will be held on Sunday, October 18th, 2009. Click the banner below for more information:
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Fan Expo Reports are in!

Well, we’re back! Our trip to Fan Expo was, thankfully, a big success and we also had a blast seeing all the fans, creators and celebrities doing their thing on such a huge scale. Even though there were some isues with crowd control and bottle-necked line-ups, we all had a blast and we’ll be sure to throw some photos up here, too.

For now, here’s a Top 10 list from AOL entertainment that pretty much sums up the awesome weekend we were lucky enough to have!


Canadian sci-fi, horror, comic, and gaming fans of all stripes donned their geekwear again this weekend for the annual Fan Expo convention. Held every year, it’s the closest thing us Canucks can get to the US’ Comic Con. (In many cases, visiting celebs voiced their preference for Canada, though. So there.)

There was no dearth of costumes this year, and I counted at least 20 Storm Troopers. Honestly, just hire those guys (and gals) to be your security next year. I think the 5-year-old boy dressed as Batman would have provided better security than the staff at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, who inexplicably held back crowds of people on Front Street, citing capacity concerns. I mean, they were kidding, right? The place is the size of a zillion airplane hangars. Luckily nerds are generally adept at the art of argument, and before you could say ‘Yoda’ they were in.

But I digress – I’m making it seem like a bad time, which it wasn’t. While it was lacking some of the star power of last year, there were still some killer guests. Here are the Top 10 things that rocked at Fan Expo 2009.

1. Leonard Nimoy’s voice. Hearing ‘Star Trek’s Spock speak is like soothing salve for nerds everywhere. Even at the age of 78, Nimoy is as quick as ever – anecdotes and funny jokes free-flowed out of his mouth. As an aside, did you know he directed ‘Three Men and a Baby’?

2. Linda freakin’ Hamilton. Seriously, you thought she rocked in ‘Terminator 2’? She’s even better now, and she’s aged like a fine wine, both physically and in terms of personality. Hearing her unabashedly diss ex-husband James Cameron was itself worth the price of admission. Also, it was refreshing to see a room filled with more women than men.

3. The costumes. No matter how many times you attend Fan Expo, the costumes never get old. There’s nothing cuter than toddler Storm Troopers, especially ones that dress in tandem with their accompanying parent. Also, consider this a shout-out to some of the crazy detailed costumes I saw, mostly of characters I’m not familiar with. [Photos to come…] My favourite? A human-sized original Nintendo controller.

4. The ‘Tron: Legacy’ booth. When film companies take successful 80s movies and remake them, I get nervous and immediately wary. But I have to say the new ‘Tron’ film looks incredible – it takes the effects the 80s version WANTED to have, and does them to perfection. A definite must-see next year.

5. Lounge ‘rooms’. In the midst of the chaos that is the shopping booths, there were little resting stations set up with body-sized pillows and comfy chairs. In a stroke of organizational genius, the Fan Expo folks provided a place to rest your feet. A definite necessity after painstakingly sifting through back issues of comics (and waiting in line for hours).

6. The t-shirt tower. Much like the Dark Tower of Mordor, in the centre of all the booths, rises this structure. It stands at least 20 feet high, and is covered with T-shirts displaying anything even remotely nerd-related, from ‘King of the Hill’ to ‘Battlestar Galactica’ to ‘South Park’. Even if you’re not interested in purchasing anything, it serves as a great meeting location if you get separated from your group.

7. Mary McDonnell’s presence. I totally flaked and missed her Q&A, which I am still kicking myself for. But I did see her briefly as she was signing autographs. There’s something mythical about that woman, as if she carries an aura around her. I’m still suffering ‘BSG’ withdrawal, in case you can’t tell.

8. Bruce Campbell’s rabid fans. I thought ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars’ fans took the cake, but it seems that movies like ‘Army of Darkness’ and ‘Evil Dead’ can still be a draw – and a big one at that!

9. The comics and anime selection. I won’t profess to be an expert on either topic – in fact, I’m far from it – but I was amazed at the sheer selection and volume of these. You could easily immerse yourself in the books and not be done reading them all by the end of the year. I suddenly felt very small and out of the loop.

10. Nerd love. Using the term in the kindest way possible (since I too am one), there’s just something about a bunch of strangers bonding over their love for a specific show/star/genre. It’s always nice to know that you’re not alone in your obsession with an obscure character from a 1970s B-horror movie.


Montreal ToyCon Show – Comic Books, Toys, Sci-Fi Convention

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We are just a week away from the next Montreal Toycon Convention. We are expecting a good crowd. We will have costumed characters roaming the convention aisle so make sure to bring your camera and have your picture taken with Darth Vader. You can take as many pictures as you want…it’s free!

We will also have members of the local Lego Club displaying their creations. From remote controlled lego vehicles and creatures to grand Star Wars dioramas, you will see some amazing displays.

All dealers tables are sold out….so you can expect a good variety of comics and toys to buy.

Here’s info on the show:

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2009

Time: 10am to 5pm

Location: Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 7000 Place Joncas, St Laurent, Quebec, H4M 2Z5

Admission: $4 (Kids under 5 free)

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The NEW YORK COMIC CON

This year, the New York Comic Con attracted 77,000 people, up a whole 10,000 from the 2008 show. On Saturday, it was actually sold out and–trust me–the place was absolutely packed with people. And it didn’t help that there was a Travel Show taking up the other half of the building, so that any legroom NYCC needed wasn’t available. So while it was a little hot and sticky as we rubbed shoulders (and the rest of our bodies) with Batmen, Hellboys, Rorschachs, Poison Ivies and more Jedis than you can shake a stick at, a good time was definitely had by all. There were premieres and panels, a ton of comic books for sale, action figures for sale and for show, interactive displays, videogames (including the hugely-anticipated-by-me DCU Online) and a really impressive talent list over in Artists’ Alley.

It was awesome.

For a better sense of things, and a better look at the convention than my paltry words can easily provide, here are some pictures…

And if the still photos aren’t enough, check out Rachel Maddow’s February 10th report on the convention, located right here: Click me!

Montreal ToyCon – Toy and Comic Book Show May 3, 2009

Montreal ToyCon May 3, 2009 Sunday

Montreal ToyCon May 3, 2009 Sunday

The next Montreal Toy and Comic show will be held on Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 from 10am to 5pm.  Be there or be square!

What will you find at the show:

  • Tons of Action Figures, Statues, and Toys (ie. Transformers, Star Wars, GI-Joe, Marvel, DC, McFarlane, Neca, & more).
  • Comic Books
  • Costumed characters (Alliance Imperiale) of your favorite Movie, Anime or Comic book
  • Customized Lego creations on display from Quelug Lego Club
  • Clubs (be sure to join one of several different clubs attending…Concept, MonSFFA, & more)
  • Door Prizes announced every 2 hours

We have several stores displaying at the show:

Are you a dealer or retail store that wants to display at the show?   Tables (six feet long) are only $45 each (taxes included).  Check out the Montreal ToyCon website for more details.

Next Date for Montreal Toycon will be in May 2009

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We have been getting quite a bit of questions on the next show date of the Montreal ToyCon.  We are currently looking at relocating the show to downtown Montreal.  To try and keep the dealer table and general admission price down, we do not plan to have the show at the Convention Center (Palais des Congres) or the Place Bonaventure.  These two locations cost a fortune to rent and frankly…are a rip off.

We firmly believe in keeping low cost tables for the dealers so they can display a wide variety of products as well as offering great prices to the public.  The success of this toy and comic book show depends on all the hard working dealers who offer rare collectibles at a very reasonable price.  Of course, the show is also dependent on the scores of happy dedicated customers attending.  The combination of both has resulted in a great successful show thus far.

We would like to thank all our exhibitors:

Lego Club (QueLug). It was a pleasure meeting all these Lego experts and seeing their creations was a real treat.  We hope they return to the May 2009 show.  We have some cool pictures of their display.  Photos

501st Legion Quebec Garrison (Alliance Imperial). These are the costumed characters as pictured above.  From Star Wars Stormtroopers to Transformers, they really looked great.  Most of the costumes were homemade but they look so realistic, it was impressive.  You cannot buy these costumes at a store.  You can take a look at some of the photos from the show.  Bravo…guys and gals…can’t wait to check out their new costumes for the next show.   We desperately need to see Darth Vader.   Photos