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Hero Con Toy Show – Toyz in the ATX

Temple of Geek was in Austin Texas on Saturday attending the Hero Con Toy Show. There were vendors from all over Texas with amazing toys. We also got to see some kick ass cosplay as well!

We got to the show at 9:30 and noticed not all the vendors had not arrived yet but were there shortly later with awesome toy goodness! We walked around and browsed some of the amazing merchandise on display. We also met some interesting people!

As we wandered around the conference center, there was a table that caught my eye. There was a small diorama on display that had several Star Wars figures in the cantina at Mos Eisley. In the diorama, I noticed that the Bride of Frankenstein was at the bar while the Rocketeer, Commander Riker, and a Macross character were casually sitting at a table. It was a fun little piece on display from the Austin Toy Museum. Chris was there explaining what the museum is and told us that it opens next week!

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We were told to come back to the Austin Toy Museum table later when the operations manager Josh arrived. So we decided to walk the floor and get pictures of cosplayers. We ran into Ginger Mika as Starfire and Gareth West as Robin. There was DC cosplay abound with Shannon Brewer as a kickass Deathstroke and a fantastic Deadshot worn by ActuallyAshley44. There was even some love for Gundam being shown by Colony Drop Cosplay! The Disney Princesses were represented by Rapunzel and Anna by Glitter Princess Entertainment and there was even a pretty sweet gender bending Venom by an unknown cosplayer.

The vendors had toys from every decade represented. There were GI Joe, Star Wars, Marvel, DC and evn POP! Vendors were a little light on the Transformers but I can over look it this time. There were two featured artists on site, Ken Salinas and Dale Carroll.

After walking the floor, we went back to the Austin Toy Museum table and met with Josh Eggebeen. He explained a little more in detail about the museum and invited us for a private tour. We exchanged business cards and I informed him that I would be in touch.

This was a great toy show put on by Hero Con. I know they work really hard to put on a great convention and it truly shows. I am looking forward to July 2 & 3 when they will be putting on their annual comic book convention. This was a great first year toy show and I cannot wait to see what they have in store for next year!

Slade started Temple of Geek in 2012 with his friend as a podcast. Since then, it has become a lot more. His obsessions are Transformers, Star Wars, Classic Video Games, Superheroes, and comedies.

Slade’s life was turned to the Darkside when his father gave him a gift in 1985. He was presented with the leader of the Decepticons, Megatron. Since then, Slade has become a collector of the robots in disguise.

The only other thing that comes close to Slade’s love of Transformers is Star Wars. He has met a few of the cast over the years. Slade’s one goal in life is to meet with George Lucas and just discuss movies with him.