Back in June we attended the Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza for the first time. We were impressed by the amount of diverse Pop Culture and collectibles items available as well as the overall 'Family Friendly' feel of the show. This past weekend we attended the Winter edition of the Comic Con and were once again impressed by this little show located in the town of Wilmington, MA.
The show is the brain child of Gary Sohmers, who created the Collectibles Extravaganza in 1986 and has produced over 150 of these collectors and fan events. Gary is also known for his appearances on PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow” over the past 13 seasons as the appraiser of pop culture, collectibles and toys.
In addition to the hundreds of vendor tables, there were also plenty of cosplayers, kids events, panels, photo ops and autograph opportunities. This weekend's show featured a list of celebrities which included Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Lew Temple (The Walking Dead), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Billy West (Ren & Stimpy), and Jerry Casale and Josh Hager from the 80's new wave band DEVO.
Also available for photo opportunities were the original Batmobile from the 1966 television series, a full-size replica of Doctor Who's TARDIS, and the Chariot and Robot from the 1960's television classic Lost in Space.
As with most conventions, the collectibes available for purchase were the highlight of the show. While Pop! vinyl figures from Funko were easily the most sought after collectible, there were plenty of other rare and in-demand collectibles to be had. Godzilla, Beatles, Comic Books, Hot Wheels and of course Star Wars items were gobbled up by collectors almost as fast as the dealers could put them out on display.
Game Underground, a local company specializing in vintage and modern video gaming systems was on hand, having set up a free gaming arena where the young and young at heart could play games ranging from Battlefront to Duck Hunt.
To sum it up, the show was a blast. I had a great weekend hanging out, meeting some of the cosplayers and vendors and even walking away with a couple of new additions to my collection! So a huge THANK YOU to the staff and everyone involved with this year's Northeast Comic Con and I can't wait until next December when this show arrives back in the Boston area.