This past weekend I attended the Columbus Toy Show for the first time in my decade of living in Central Ohio.
Back in San Jose we had the Humdinger, which was an awesome toy show held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Well, it started off awesome…in the late 90s it started to go downhill a bit. But, heck, it was still a great venue to see a ton of vintage toys…even if you couldn’t afford to buy them.
Although I’ve been to a bunch of comic conventions in the past ten years, not to mention flea markets and garage sales, I hadn’t been to a good old fashioned toy show. So, I was excited to finally make my way downtown to the Veteran’s Memorial Building for this semi-annual event.
The Columbus Toy Show probably seemed like heaven to Star Wars and vintage GI Joe collectors. There was a ton of stuff from both lines, including a boxed USS Flagg!
The show wasn’t huge, and ultimately I didn’t buy a thing. I was mighty tempted by an SDCC Sgt Slaughter. But, I had promised myself to not spend more than the cash I brought…and he was more. I heard the nearby ATM calling to me, but I stayed strong. I hope Hasbro’s loose plans to reissue him in some form to retail next year come to fruition. Maybe with a new Warthog, perhaps? A collector can dream, can’t he?
The highlight of the show for me was seeing a few of the original Outer Space Men figures. They were missing their accessories, and were pretty beat up (as was the Sgt. Storm from the Major Matt Mason line) but still commanding a hefty price. I hadn’t seen these toys since I was very little, so it was exciting to me to see them again.
The next show is in April 2011, and I’m either going to attend or get a table myself and try and pare down the collection a bit. Either way, I’m planning on being there.