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The Cybercon Expo

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The Cybercon Expo

"On April 5th of 2003 fans J.E. Alvarez, Alex Weiner and Fran O'Boyle held their first fan-oriented convention at the Holiday Inn in Cherry Hill New Jersey. Born out of a desire to produce a great fan experience without a high cost of attending and with no desire to compete with other conventions, even to the organizers it was a surprising success as fans enthusiastically turned out in drones to attend." (From the Cybercon website)

Wizard World Chicago!

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Wizard World Chicago!

Wizard Entertainment, the publishers of Wizard, Toyfare, Inquest, and Toy Wishes, held their annual Wizard World Convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, in Chicago IL. This event usually attracts thousands of fans, big companies, and great looking booth girls. Yowza! They did not disappoint this year! It was a great convention with something for everyone. Whether you are a fan of Comic Books, Video Games, Toys, or Role playing Games, they had it all here. They also held the Wizard Fan Awards, where the "Best Action Figure line" went to the Marvel Legends! Congratulations to Toy Biz on this one. They really deserve it.

San Diego Comic Con 2004

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San Diego Comic Con 2004

Have you ever wondered what heaven would be like? I often do and I think I have an idea, first let me say "Wow" to the 2004 San Diego Comic-Con.

This was my first experience at one of the best conventions in the world and my first time in the beautiful city of San Diego . With that being said let me start by giving you a visual image of what I saw at this wonderful convention.

Marvel characters hit the slopes!

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Marvel characters hit the slopes in the fall of 05'

Marvel characters hit the slopes!

Tyler Sports, a division of Spencer Reed Accessories, Ltd, proudly announces a licensing agreement with Marvel Enterprises, Inc. to produce snowboards, snowboard helmets & snowboard bags.

Super 7: Magazine, Retail Store, Toy Producers

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Super 7: Magazine, Retail Store, Toy Producers

What is Super7? Who is Super7? These are a couple of the questions before me as I started to delve into the vinyl Japanese monster-laden world of Super7. I first heard about Super 7 sometime last year from the enigmatic purveyor of one of the oldest Japanese toy stores still in existence today: Kimono My House in Emeryville, CA.

Heroes Club

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Looking at Toys as Art

Heroes Club

When thinking about a toy store in the San Francisco Bay Area to spotlight for Eternal Collector, one immediately came to mind: Heroes Club in San Francisco. Opened in 1987 by Robin Kwok, Heroes Club has won numerous awards including:

" Best Place To Find an Intergalactic Police Force 2002" San Francisco Weekly .

"Best Figure and Model Shop 2000" Japan Trade Commission .

"Best Manga Toy Shop 1996" San Francisco Bay Guardian .

Amok Time

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Strolling down memory lane

Amok Time

One of my fondest memories as a youth was the anticipation of walking into the now defunct Playworld toy store. My palms would get sweaty and my heart would beat faster as we entered through those sliding doors and breathe in the fresh scent of brand new plastic and rubber toys. I could've walked around for hours and never got bored. Of course I always found a way to con my mother into buying me a new toy to show off to my friends. Well I'm not that little boy anymore and Playworld is no longer around but as an adult I find myself re-living those same feelings every time I walk into Amok Time.

Toy Tokyo

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Toy Tokyo

Nowadays, many toy collectors have lots of options when it comes to where to purchase their next collectable item like, Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target, or the local comic shop, but one store in particular caters to those collectors who are looking for the out of the norm toy and collectible, especially if you're a collector of Japanese toys. Toy Tokyo located at 121 2nd Avenue on the Second Floor in New York City has an array of toys and collectibles to make any grown man drool. I met with Peter Kato, manager of Toy Tokyo who was gracious enough to take a few minutes to talk with me.

Jim Hanley's Universe

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A Journey Into the Universe of Comics

Jim Hanley's Universe

Hailed as New York City's best comic shop in 2001 by The New York Daily News, Jim Hanley's Universe is any comic book fans dream. With two locations in Manhattan and Staten Island Jim Hanley's Universe has a full range of comic titles and related merchandise that is available to anyone. Carrying mainstream comics from DC and Marvel as well as Manga, Graphic Novels, Small Press, Indie and Mini Comics including an extensive back issue collection and lets not forget the Statues, Toys, T-shirts, DVDs, Trading Cards, Books and more!! I met with both Rich Hafstead who is one of the founders and Ron Hill who's been the senior store manager since 1985.

Old Skool Japanese Toy Store: Kimono My House

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Old Skool Japanese Toy Store: Kimono My House

If you're into Japanese toys and live in the Bay Area or are just visiting, it would be well worth your while to drop by Kimono My House. Located on the roof of a warehouse in Emeryville, California, finding Kimono My House is half the fun. Open since 1980, Kimono My House is the oldest Japanese Toy Store still in business in the United States. They are also the first retailer in the United States to exclusively import Japanese anime and toys.

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