Day 4 you say? What happened to day 3? Well I didn’t attend the con on Saturday, had to take my wife and daughter to see Yo Gabba Gabba Live! which was quite fun! Sometimes you have to make that sacrifice to make those you love happy, but it was a really cool show!
I totally missed all the happenings on Saturday and most of the signings on Sunday at the Tenacious Toys/Toy2R booth, so can’t really report on that. I did see some new customs at the booth, one was from Ian Ziobrowski titled “Crook ED the Cop”; how awesome it was, it seemed almost lifelike! That’s taking custom work to a whole new level! Also saw OsirisOrion’s custom 16″ Qee, now it’s one thing to see pictures of it on the web, but it’s another to see these in person and notice all the small details and intricate paint work and lines. Very impressive work from both these two great artists!
Next I stopped by the Art Whino booth, didn’t really get a chance to check out all the great artwork they had there, and there were plenty! Some of the cool things I saw:
Saw this steel dumpster at the booth and thought it would be awesome to customize; metal and very large as well! But at $200 it was too expensive for me and I really didn’t want to lug it back home on the subway!
Next went by the Trampt booth and saw this awesome custom from Sergio Mancini (winner of this year’s Munnyworld)
Also met Keegan from Trampt who showed and told me all about his site, which includes a library of customs that you can update and put information into it, basically a wiki for designer/custom toys. I thought it was awesome and created an account as soon as I got home. Go check it out at trampt.com – thanks Keegan!
Saw Simone of tokidoki fame (as usual a ton of fans waiting to get ish signed by him)!
Now I saw this guy and there were people wanting to take pics with him, but for some reason, I can’t seem to figure out who he is; anyone out there have an answer for me??
Why didn’t anyone try to stop this guy??
I also met up w/ my little cousins who I haven’t seen in awhile, but by the time I got there, they were about to leave, but it was great to see them! Bought the smallest one a Square Enix green Master Chief figure!
At the closing of the con, I hung around the Tenacious Toys/Toy2R booth and chilled w/ Benny, Steph, Kris (Kid Ink), and Nemo (1/2 of the Bad Applez crew). Packing up some of my left over “Circuit Death” t-shirts, I decided to hook up Nemo and Steph with shirts. Nemo’s always been way cool w/ me, so glad he liked the shirt. Check him out looking ballin’!
Gotta say, Steph looks like a model in my shirt – can’t ask for better promotion!!!
Nemo sketched this dope artwork for me:
I think my shirt gave Nemo some extra ‘mack’ powers!
I wish I could have stayed to help them tear down the booth, but I had to get home to my daughter. For some reason, I could never really find anything to buy at these cons, I don’t have the space for vinyl toys and just got things that caught my eye. Here are my swag from this year’s con:
Got the tokidoki Captain America NYCC exclusive cap; thought it was funky w/ the little wings on the side! Not sure if I’m ballsy enough to walk down the street w/ it, but for now, I think it’s kinda cool!
Blank Unicornos; thought they’d be interested to customize one day:
Midtown Comics’ “Good Ol Steve” Captain America exclusive t-shirt:
Tyo Toy’s Chinatown Dream Truck; saw this at the Art Whino booth, and when I saw it online, I thought it was pretty cool. I got it at a great price (price went up online) and will use it to explore my graffiti side one day (yea I used to dabble in graf a while back). I love how it really looks like a Chinatown truck (I’m so used to seeing those things), and it weighs and feels heavy! Great details and qualities, I’m really happy with this purchase!!!
Well that about wraps it up for my recaps at NYCC 2011! I kinda played it low key this year and had a really awesome time and glad to meet and chat w/ so many great people! Shout outs to go Benny & Steph of Tenacious Toys, Kevin Winnik from Toy2R, Kris Dulfer, Mr Munk, OsirisOrion, Nemo, JC Rivera, Matt Anderson, Rsin Art, Keith Poon, Keegan from Trampt, John “Spanky” Stokes, Zam Art and anyone else I may have missed! Hope to do this again next year and do it even bigger!!!