August 19, 2010

Bandai America Incorporated Morphs the Event as Premier Sponsor


Pasadena, calif. – August09, 2010Go, Go Power Rangers! The second annual Power Morphicon will morph the Pasadena Convention Center into Ranger Central. Power Morphicon will feature exclusive panels, guest appearances, and a silent auction the weekend of August 27-29, 2010. More than one thousand attendees will enjoy expanded offerings this year, featuring a variety of engaging experiences including more than twenty specialty vendors, costume contests and a Power Quest Trivia Game. This year the convention welcomes the master toy licensee, Bandai America Incorporated, as the premier sponsor.  

The Power Rangers convention boasts an impressive roster of fan favorites from the iconic series, who will participate in panels and exclusive autograph signings. Special guests include Jason David Frank, Steve Cardenas, Karen Ashley, Barbara Goodson, Blake Foster, Walter Emanuel Jones, Matt Austin, Jessica Rey, Catherine Sutherland, Tony Oliver and many more. In addition, Bandai America Incorporated will be hosting a booth in the Dealers Room providing fans the opportunity to meet and take photos with two of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers characters on Saturday!  The Bandai America Incorporated booth will also include a rare look at a collection of Power Rangers toys, and offer limited giveaways. Additional vendors participating in this year’s convention include CS Toys International, RedStarRobot and AnimeBooks.com among others.

“The Power Morphicon convention is one of a kind, allowing our audience to get up close and interact with the guests at our panels, and maybe even learn a thing or two at one of our Ranger Events,” said Erin Coplan, Executive Coordinator for Power Morphicon. “We have everything the Power Ranger fans could ask for and a lot of surprises in store they won’t expect.”

“Power Morphicon is very excited to have Bandai at our convention,” said Chairmen Scott Zillner. “We believe in their commitment to the franchise, and having them at our event only enriches the overall fan experience.” 

“Bandai America Incorporated is delighted to celebrate fans’ devotion and enthusiasm for the Power Rangers brand at the 2010 Power Morphicon,” said Mark Schaffner, Executive Vice President of Toys for Bandai America Incorporated.  “The diverse fan base is a testament to the brand’s pop culture dominance for nearly 20 years, and we look forward to creating imaginative and innovative Power Rangers play experiences for many generations to come.”

Power Morphicon takes place, August 27-29, at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California. Children under 12 will be admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket and can have their badges signed by featured talent for no charge. Additional tickets, hotel and press information can be found at www.officialpowermorphicon.com .


About Power Morphicon

The one and only Power Ranger convention, created by fans for fans, celebrates the series, the stories, the actors, toys and more that made the brand a pop culture powerhouse and cherished property. For more information and the most recent event news, visit www.officialpowermorphicon.com .


About Bandai America Incorporated

A leader in developing engaging, quality toys that capture children’s imaginative spirit and provide endless “Fun For The Future,” Bandai America Incorporated is the manufacturer and master toy licensee of some of the most popular brands in children’s toys and interactive entertainment today.  The Bandai America Incorporated brand family includes Power Rangers®, Ben 10™, Harumika™, Tamagotchi™, Pocoyo™ and Teeny Little Families™ among other boys, girls, pre-school and hobby product lines.  Bandai America Incorporated is a subsidiary of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings (USA) Inc., an entity that resulted from the integration of Namco Ltd. and Bandai Co. Ltd. of Japan. Global interests encompass three strategic business units: toys and hobby, amusement facilities and content. The company is headquartered in Cypress, California.  Find out more about our expertise in connecting with kids in fun and fresh ways at www.Bandai.com.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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