Review: ToyCon 2016 (June 11, 2016)

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ToyCon 2016 – Clockwise: Enterbay Michael Jordan | With the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook | Happy 39th Birthday Voltes V! | Dean Cain answers some questions for his fans. | Psyched for Suicide Squad. | Voltes V exhibit.

ToyCon 2016 or is it ToyCon/PopLife Fan Xperience 2016 now?

Regardless, everyone knows that it was partnership that was borne from the success of last year’s AsiaPOP Comicon.  The formula: Bring in international celebrities/personalities in order to enrich our pop culture experience.

The caveat of course is that this “enriching experience” would almost always entail an additional expense which eventually presented itself in the form of a 400% increase in one-day ticket prices[i] and a 233% increase for three-day passes.  Other meet-and-greet packages were also announced but their sizable cost would only warrant the attention of the true fans of the celebrity guests.

Now, I am happy for those who can afford to shell out some hard cash to have an audience with our international guests…but what about us who are only really interested in seeing the hobby merchants?  Why make us pay so much more for people or acts that we have no real interest in seeing?

I surmise that the only fair way around this is that if the SMX Convention Center will still be the future home of ToyCon, then the organizers should allot one of the mini-halls on the second floor to the toy and comic merchants. With this concession (and a reduced entrance fee), it would—in my mind—become a more legitimate ToyCon wherein comic/toy enthusiasts and sellers can engaging in shoptalk. No flash. All hobby.  Just the way it should be. Continue reading “Review: ToyCon 2016 (June 11, 2016)”