I ate my words today.
What I thought would be (at the most) a half-day event–The Gathering 11th TAGCOM [Toys and Hobbies Convention]–turned into a whole day affair.
Yep. The Fam and I ended up staying from 11 am till closing.[i] Even I can’t believe it myself.
It was loads of fun. Lots to see. But we were all dead tired by the end of it all.
A fun and fulfilling kind of tired.
Despite only occupying what seemed like a very generous 3/4 of the Megatrade Hall 3, there seemed to be a little something for everyone. Character beanies and dinosaurs aside, what stood out for me was the amount of Godzilla merchandise spread out among the vendors. There was a ton and I’m sure they have been around, but for me, it was like they all appeared out of nowhere.
The feeling is very similar to what first-time parents experience when they “discover” the baby section of the department store for the very first time.
There was this one foreigner who scooped up–what seemed to be a rare–Space Godzilla for P1400. He immediately turned and gave someone in the crowd a high-five.[ii]
I’m pretty new to the Godzilla game but I’ll be knowledgable soon enough…that is after my son indoctrinates me into the Godzilla ways.
Other notable finds that I saw were several Fallout 4 5″ Vault Boy 111 Bobbleheads and a number of convention priced DC Collectible Batman: The Animated Series figures.
[i] It’s a good thing I didn’t put a bet on staying only for half the day right!
[ii] I guess he got it for a song.
[iii] Purchased the following back issues: The Avengers 287-292; Captain America 285, 292-295, 297, 302-303, 312, 322, 330-331, 336, 340, 349, and 351-352; Iron Man 228; and finally the elusive Quasar 32.