Well that’s it for another San Diego Convention. I posted well over 3,000 pictures. Yeah yeah yeah I didn’t have much to say concerning them. I figure you can make your own commentary concerning what it is you like and don’t like. For me though this may have been my last trip to the Con. It’s too small a venue for what should be the gem it once was. Whoever is running the show isn’t telling the fans the truth in my opinion. I see ZERO evidence of expansion. I do see more and more venues (hotels and such) being used to house exhibitions related to the show. I also don’t see a lot of new stuff being offered. Yes Sideshow Collectibles is by far the best booth to visit! They have never failed to amaze me with their plethora of product. As for the rest it’s just more of the same year after year. Mattel seems to coast through now. Begging fans to subscribe to figures they don’t want or product they aren’t told they’ll get for their dollars. Hasbro is the big guy on the block. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Transformers and Marvel always having lots to offer fans. Yes Anime showing Play Imaginative’s Super Alloy figures was a breath of fresh air. While expensive they sure look super cool. Time will tell if they take off with the fans.
Diamond Select Toy’s offerings were very nice. Mini Mates, 10 years old now, are still going strong! Hopefully we’ll see them for another 10 years. Gentle Giant’s statues were as nice as ever. What’s so different year after year? For me the crowded conditions, lack of respect for press. Everyone has a smart phone with a camera and/or an Instagram, Twitter or You Tube account.
I’ve been writing for AFTimes for almost 20 years now. I do this for the readers of this site and nothing else. No fame, no fortune, just the hobby. However as age begins to takes it’s toll just how many of us remain? How much stuff do we have in cellars, attics, mint in package? I came to the conclusion a while back that just possessing something just isn’t enough anymore. Not being able to appreciate that what I have isn’t satisfying for me.
I don’t know. Maybe the end is near for my writing career. I like the Designer Con in Pasadena, CA and the New York City Con more now. The artists making their own products and the innovation is more to my liking. We’ll see. Somewhere ahead is the end. I’m just not certain how many miles ahead that might be.
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