If you have never been to a "Toy Show" you're missing out. Just the ability to walk around and see your childhood at every glance is a magnificent nostalgia train ride. The 3rd semi-annual "Too Groovy Toy Show" was no exception. Everywhere I looked I saw pieces of my childhood. G.I. Joe, Star Wars, Transformers, Legos, He-Man, Go-Bots, Hot Wheels, Battlestar Galactica, Video games, Comic books, even sports cards; a person could go bankrupt trying to recapture their youth in this place!
Bob Novotny, Steve Appleby and Patrick Senatro, co-founders of the Too Groovy Toy Show were on scene to manage show as well as sell some of their own wares.
Personally I worked the first two "Too Groovy Toy Shows" selling copies of my "War in the Backyard" novels. I always found it hard to make a profit because I had to restrain myself from spending what I made from my books, on all the awesome toys and collectibles that surrounded me. So this show, I came as a journalist, father and all around Fan Boy! My son who is 5 came with me and it was really cool to tell him about the toys, the cartoons or comics they came from. Which ones I used to have etc...
It was also cool to learn from the vendors about the toys. These guys and gals have a treasure trove of knowledge when it comes to their passions. For instance, The Atari Guy! I learned more about vintage consoles and gaming in 10 minutes of talking to him then I ever thought possible.
"One of the hardest things about selling vintage consoles is getting them functional" he says. "Replacement parts are scarce, and trying to get the more popular titles is a real challenge..." he added. He also gave me a really cool piece of trivia. Did you know that Howard Scott Warshaw, creator and programmer of classic Atari games "E.T., Indiana Jones and Yars" is now a Psychologist in Silicon Valley and focuses on therapy for programmers. To help them deal with burn out and stress? How freaking cool is that?!
It wasn't all vintage and original toys present though. My new friend here took a 1960 Deluxe Toy Company tank and rebuilt the entire thing to include, paint job, wiring and custom gun barrels to make a 12" scale G.I. Joe Mobat tank with 12" Custom "Steeler" Action Figure! I always loved "Steeler" from G. I. Joe! Of course I did, he's from Pittsburgh, PA!
This was the first show in their new venue and the consensus among the vendors and patrons was that the space was ten times better than the first two shows. With more parking available and more vendors attending, the astronomically low price at the door, $2.00; allowed more money to flow between patrons and vendors.
"We have already outgrown this venue. We have over 30 vendors and we're going to need to start finding a bigger space it looks like..." Patrick said. Fellow Blogger, Writer and extremely talented artist Rose Quayle was also on hand selling her #Cronies art. Rose is a very talented artist and writer and you NEED to check out her BLOG Yello80s.
I can't wait until the next show! Pat, Bob; GREAT JOB!
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