Calling all Ontario collectors! Toy show this weekend in Toronto

This Sunday, head over to the 11th Annual Action Figure Expo to get your collecting fix in the GTA. This show will have tons of cool stuff going on, including several special guests. Former professional wrestler Rocky Johnson (the father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) killed it on his own part in the 1970s and 1980s, and he’s here now to help you relive some WWF memories. Principal and seminal writer for the G.I. Joe comic-book franchise (and writer for other series such as Wolverine and Elektra) Larry Hama will be signing autographs and greeting visitors all Sunday. It’s the G.I.’s 30th anniversary this year, so what better way to celebrate?

The show will be held on September 28 at the Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre (6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s free parking, and bring a toy donation for Toys for Tots if you want to get in early. The show will feature a huge selection of vintage 1980s toys, as well as all that’s hot now from the franchises of Masters of the Universe Classics, Star Wars, Transformers and the like.

Can’t make it to this one? Make note in your calendar of the Ontario Collectors Con on January 26, 2015. Don’t miss these important chances to connect with other collectors and industry heavyweights!

LarryHama

Larry Hama, American comic book artist and writer for the G.I. Joe franchise, will be meeting fans in Mississauga on Sunday.

Canadian Action Figure Expo

Action Figure Expo

The 10th annual Canadian Action Figure Expo returns to the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel 600 Highway 7 East, Richmond Hill, Ontario on September 29th, with free underground parking.

The show features a huge selection of vintage 80s toys and all the latest releases from today such as Transformers (vintage and Japanese imports), Masters of the Universe (vintage and modern), Star Wars (new and vintage), GIJoe (vintage and modern), Super Heroes (Marvel Universe/Legends, DCUC etc), Power Rangers, Wrestling, and tons of other Action Figures and collectibles.

Bring a toy donation for a child in need this Christmas and get in 15 minutes early! You can also find information on reserving a discounted hotel room here: http://www.actionfigureexpo.com/hotel-information/

Like AFX on Facebook and follow AFX on Twitter for the latest news on this event and a chance to win free tickets!

The 501st Canadian Garrison and Ontario Ghostbusters will be joining them for free photo ops.  To get more information check out http://www.actionfigureexpo.com/ and RSVP to the Facebook Event.

Don’t forget to keep November 3rd, 2013 free because the Montreal ToyCon will take place as planned.

TFcon 2013 in Toronto

tfcon-toronto

TFcon returns to Toronto this year due to last year’s overwhelming success.  The event will be held from July 26th to 28th at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre in Mississauga.  TFcon is Canada’s annual Transformers collectors’ convention, and is the largest fan-run Transformers convention in the world. Transformers aficionados will be able to feast their eyes on a wide selection of Transformers collectibles and artwork, hear from an array of speakers and enter the TFcon costume contest.

Date and Location:
Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre
6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario

Friday July 26th, Saturday July 27th, Sunday July 28th

Additonal info, please visit: http://www.tfcon.ca/

Tickets:
All tickets will be available at the door or order tickets online at http://tfcon2013.eventbrite.ca/. No charge for children under 5 years of age. Admission includes a pass to Canada’s Largest Dealer Room for Transformers merchandise, access to all TFcon panels and events, free autographs from all TFcon 2013 guests, and opportunity to win hourly door prizes.

Toronto ComiCon

GET READY, TORONTO!

On the weekend of March 9th and 10th, Toronto plays host to the TORONTO COMICON, a show featuring some of the most awesome guests from comics, film, television and beyond! Patrick Stewart? Jonathan Frakes? LeVar Burton? YUP. Them and the whole Star Trek TNG cast! Sean Astin! Michael Hogan! And that’s only from the realm of TV and film celebrities. Amazing comic guests include Joe Jusko, Katie Cook and Ty Templeton!

And we’ll be there too! If you’re looking for awesome figures and collectibles, be sure to swing by BOOTH 622, where we’ve got six tables full of awesome figures, plush toys, games and statues. It’s going to be rad and we can’t wait to see you!

For more info, visit the official site!

Transformers TFcon 2012 Convention in Toronto July 27 to 29th, 2012

TFcon in Toronto 2012

TFcon – Canada’s 11th Annual Transformers Collectors Convention is July 27th to 29th, 2012 at the Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre- 6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario with free parking.

Join us for the Transformers costume contest, Live Script Reading, Art Contest, Charity Auction benefiting Make-A-Wish Canada and much more, check out the Event Schedule for TFcon 2012 for full details.  The convention exclusive figure is Shafter limited to 500.

TFcon 2012 features Canada’s largest dealer room for Transformers merchandise, question and answer panels and autograph sessions with many special guests including Transformers Voice Director Wally Burr, Transformers Creator Bob Budiansky, Transformers voice actors Scott McNeil and Neil Ross, artists Derrick J. Wyatt, Andrew Griffith, Matt Moylan, Dan Khanna, Josh Perez, and Silas Zee plus Hasbro Canada, Jim Sorenson, Chris Ho (Vangelus) and Ben Dolle (Peaugh).

For more information check out http://www.tfcon.ca/ and you can RSVP to their 2012 Facebook event here.

TF Con Transformers Show

CANADIAN GI JOE CONVENTION : AUGUST 10-11

Canadian GI JOE fans, GET READY! We’re only a few weeks away from the biggest, baddest G.I. JOE convention yet and it’s all going down in Toronto at the Sheraton Toronto Airport.

Not only is it the best place to buy, sell, collect and trade, but there are EXCLUSIVE figures being made available just for the convention. So far they’ve announced TRACTION, with the next exclusive hitting the web on Wednesday, July 4th.


Code Name: TRACTION
Primary Military Specialty : xxxx xxxxx Driver
Secondary Military Specialty : Explosives
Birthplace: Summerside, Prince Edward Island

For more info, check out the Facebook event here. See you there!

2012 Canadian 80’s Toy Expo in Toronto

80s-Toy-Expo-2012

The 2012 Canadian 80s Toy Expo will be April 1st, 2012 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel.

Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel
600 Highway 7 East,
Richmond Hill, Ontario

Website: http://www.80stoyexpo.com/

The show features a huge selection of vintage 80’s toys and all the latest releases from today such as Transformers (vintage and Japanese imports), Masters of the Universe (vintage and modern), Star Wars (new and vintage), G.I. Joe (vintage and modern), Super Heroes (Marvel Universe/Legends, DCUC etc), Wrestling, and tons of other Action Figures and collectibles.   Make sure you will be there!

Revenge of the Nerds: Fan Expo Mismanaged?

We had a blast at this year’s Fan Expo! There were brilliant costumes, amazing deals and celebrities from the worlds of comics, film and television ready and willing to meet with their adoring fans. Unfortunately, though, not everyone was able to have so awesome an experience: lines, overcrowding and overselling resulted in some angry attendees, including a few who couldn’t even get in with VIP passes. The troubles were enough to get the attention of journalists and The Toronto Star has a story on the upset at the con!

Fan Expo organizers, activate your force fields: a revenge of the nerds is brewing.

Hundreds of gamers, superfans and sci-fi geeks are fuming after a mismanaged weekend at Fan Expo Canada, a popular annual convention celebrating pop culture.

Eventgoers say this year’s three-day convention was marred by hours-long lineups. On Saturday afternoon, crowds became so unmanageable organizers had to shut down door sales and temporarily lock out ticket holders, prompting hordes of frustrated fans to start chanting for refunds.

While the Fan Expo has always seen its share of organizational glitches, loyal attendees say this year’s convention was by far the worst.

“This is very hard for me to admit: I wanted to cry in frustration,” said 28-year-old Mike Dodd, who covered Fan Expo for his website, This Week in Geek. “Sure there’s been hiccups previous years but this was a friggin’ joke.

“I’ve never seen people so demoralized. A sad nerd is not a good thing.”

The annual pop culture convention, which attracted just under 60,000 people in 2009, has been rapidly gaining popularity and this year saw record numbers thanks to a star lineup, including comic book creator Stan Lee, Adam West (TV’s Batman) and Star Trek’s William Shatner.

Organizers were “definitely overwhelmed” by this weekend’s crowds, said Aman Gupta, president and CEO of Hobby Star Marketing, which operates Fan Expo.

Gupta said a scheduling conflict forced this year’s convention to move from the south hall of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to the north, which has smaller capacity. Organizers also tried to shorten last year’s lineups by hiring 85 more staff and doubling their ticket entry points. The problem is, the improvements worked a little too well.

“We took last year’s problems, we solved them extremely well to the point where it hurt us in a different area,” Gupta said. “We need to find that happy medium.”

Clara Nigh has attended Fan Expo for four years and preordered a $60 deluxe weekend pass, which was supposed to give her in-and-out privileges. But on Saturday, Fan Expo’s most popular day, Nigh left the convention centre to grab some lunch; when she returned, hundreds of people were waiting outside locked doors.

A security guard told her no one was allowed back in until patrons inside started leaving.

“That line wrapped around the block,” she said.

Sunday’s wait times were better but lineups still snaked around the block, Nigh said. And to make matters worse, she added, staff members were still selling tickets.

“I thought, ‘money grab,’” Nigh said. “How can you take people’s money when you can’t guarantee them entry? When you can’t even guarantee people who prepaid months ago?”

Gupta said door sales were shut down for about three hours Saturday when the main level of the convention centre exceeded capacity.

The weekend was just as tough on staff and volunteers, he said, and two of his publicists actually broke down in tears.

“We’re really sorry and we’re going to do absolutely everything we can to fix this problem for next year,” Gupta said.

But for 27-year-old Stephen Bryce, who made a YouTube video railing against the disorganization of this year’s event, nothing will ever get him back to the Fan Expo.

“If someone did lose their temper in that crowd, all hell would’ve broken loose,” he said. “We very much had the impression the people running the convention were flipping us off and laughing at us, saying, ‘Ha ha, we got your money, we can do what we want with you.’ ”

Come see us in Toronto at FAN EXPO!

Starting today at 4pm, FAN EXPO opens its doors to legions of fanboys, fangirls, professionals, creators and celebrities from the world of comics, sci-fi, film, television and more! There’s a ton of stuff to see, panels to enjoy and collectibles to snag: you’ll definitely want to check this out if you’re anywhere near Toronto this weekend.

Boasting a guest list that includes Felicia Day, William Shatner, Adam West and many, many more, it’s an event unlike any other in Canada and one convention you won’t want to miss!

We’re going to have our own table, so if you want to snag some of the very cool mercgh we’ll have with us, come by our table! We’ll be CmdStore and Toys on Fire in the vendors’ section of the con!

Back from the Toronto Comicon….

CN Tower in TorontoAnother convention in the books…and we are freakin’ exhausted.  It was a disaster from the day we got into Toronto.   We got to the Toronto Metro Convention Center at 7:30 am and didn’t  get inside until 10:15 am.  Nothing was going right.   The show opened to the public at 11:00 am and we finally finished setting up at 2:30 pm in the afternoon.  We had no sales until then.  We forgot our product scanner back home and could not hook up our POS (point of sale) system.  At the end of the show, we were the last ones out.  We finally got back home at 2:30 am in the morning.  Didn’t know that taking a Red Bull would keep me up all night long!

On the plus side, we met several regular customers at our booth and schmoozed with some costumed chicks and dudes.  It was not a good show…but we tried our best to have fun.

We don’t plan to return to this show.  However, we do plan to be at the FanExpo 2010 in August.  Our man….Stan Lee will be there signing.   We hope to see you there!

Stan Lee