|Been around for 10 years and it's the first time I attended this show.|
|Graphic design/package art on Japanese items always looks amazing.|
|It wasn't just robots, there were action figure lines like GI Joe...|
|and import video games!|
|The two panels I attended were great!|
|[Left] This was the initial colorway release of the robot that would eventually become Omega Supreme in the Transformers toy line. [Right] I had a budget of $120 I wanted to stick to, but this Machine Robo base was AMAZING!|
|I believe this is the Brazilian colorway of one of the Jumpstarters from Transformers.|
|Flint Dille had some great stories.|
|Show Haul: A 3rd Party Soundtrack and some Decepticon Seekers that I got a great deal on.|
|This figure is about 4 inches tall, and is a killer 3rd Party option for Soundwave.|
So let's break down TF Expo.
Is it worth it?
Yes, from an attendee point.
If you're a pop culture fan, specifically into Transformers/Gobots/Japanese Bots, this show is right up your alley.
The vendors were all really friendly, and the artists had some amazing stuff there. I wish I'd brought more money to have picked up something from one of them.
This was the second time this show had been in this location. Attendance might have suffered from that combined with coming back since Covid's shutdowns. Its origins were in Witchita, Kansas, and then it moved to the Adams Mark in 2018, and Stoney Creek in 2019.
- One Ticket for TF Expo: $10
- There were variable upgrade tickets for extras
- The panels were a lot of fun, very educational, and well done.
- The Stoney Creek location is nice and open
- The vendors had price points from items for a few dollars to very cool high price rarities
- Parking was no problem
- The staff was helpful and had some cool and unusual custom exclusives for purchase
- I didn't know that there were any artists in attendance, maybe that info was announced, not sure.
- The lower attendance did affect the room ambiance some, but the show did have a new location
The Final Evaluation
I hope the show makes a return in 2023. It's a fun show, and if you are a family, it's affordable and very family friendly to attend. Like many smaller shows around this area, it's a good, lower cost experience before one tries going to shows like NakaKon or Planet Comicon.
And if you love robots, collecting, and other 1980/90s toys, this show is a pretty good one to attend for collectors in this niche.
I can't speak to the vending/artist table aspect, but a slower show is always harder to make sales at. Thankfully I did see some sales happen when I was talking to a few of them.
Thank you so much for reading, I am Mario, the Artisan Rogue, and until next time, remember to support artists and local businesses. Be kind to your fellow beings and always take the path less traveled. We all may live in times uncertain, but kindness, understanding, and believing in the good that is in most each and every one of us is what can bring about better days! Keep it real, you glorious bastards.
Illustrator, Voice Actor, Writer, Animal Rights Activist