Behind the Scenes – Comic Con
I’m usually one of the behind-the-scenes crew (the other crew member being Max) at Max Toy Company. If you get the wrong toy in the mail, you can probably blame it on me, a.k.a. the shipping department. When we decided to have a booth at this year’s Comic Con, I was fully prepared for the toy onslaught…
You Max Toy Club members attending the Comic Con – I’m so proud of ya’ll. Some of you came in your Max Toy Company t-shirts. Nearly all of you had your Toy Club membership cards with you, and had your membership number memorized. Members were able to pick up a free goodie at the Con. Those who cannot attend will get their freebie in the mail soon. Hopefully I don’t screw up the shipping.
What was the best part of the show? Meeting folks in the Japanese toy collector community. Yeah, really. Before the Con, I just knew your names and addresses. I was glad to finally put your faces to your names (or is that “your face to your name”?) and to find out more about your collections.
The toy makers were also super cool, especially our boothmates from Gargamel. So what if we didn’t speak Japanese and they didn’t speak English? Exaggerated hand gestures usually got the point across.
The worst part of the show? The food at the convention center. Enough said.
I didn’t spot any major celebrities, but I did spot a few B-listers, like Luigi and Princess Peach, as well as Napolean Dynamite.
Would I do it again? Heck, yeah. Even though my feet are swollen to triple size from all that standing. We’ve already got some exciting plans for next year’s booth. Sorry, I can’t tell you any of those plans, you’ll just need to wait till next July. If you weren’t able to make it to San Diego this year, you’ll definitely kick yourself if you miss out next year.
Keep checking the Max Toy Club website — my occasional mutterings may occasionally make their way to the site. And just to see if you are reading this, the first three people to send an e-mail to Mark saying that they read my article will get a free Max Toy Company t-shirt. Just let him know what size and color (black available in all sizes, red in limited sizes), and your mailing address.
And now a few pics of friends stopping by the booth…thanks everyone for your support ! See you next year Comic Con, July 2007 !!