Once in a although it’s best to remember what it really’s like as being a kid. Whether that’s eating a bowl of Lucky Charms in the morning, creating a sand castle or likely to Toy Fair and hosting a Geek Girl Sleepover.
Now we all know that which you’re thinking, “But Jill, I don’t live close to the sea!” That’s ok, you can purchase your personal sand and place it inside a major. Problem solved!
Oh, that wasn’t that which you were thinking? You had been taking into consideration the amazing concept that’s the Geek Girl Sleepover? I observe how the mind works. That’s ok though, I’ll excuse you. I’m able to know how considering this type of factor might get an individual excited. It sure as hell was among the best items to occur to me this season.
Just how did this Geek Girl Sleepover at Toy Fair really happen? Everything began like a joke I made on Twitter about getting a lot of Geek Women together and getting all of us sleep in Tauntaun sleeping-bags from ThinkGeek. Because well, why wouldn’t you? Ends up, ThinkGeek read my tweet and made the decision it had been something they wanted in on. A couple of emails later plus they had donated five, yes, FIVE, Tauntaun sleeping-bags in my experience in my event. There have been 3 small problems – who had been I likely to invite where were we really sleeping?
Ends up, the invitation part was easy. I put together a few of the coolest Geek Women within the tri-condition area plus they were totally lower for any nights nerdy shenanigans. My partners-in-crime were GeekGirls herself, Kristin Rielly in the Geek Women Network, Elizabeth-Amber from Amber Unmasked, Ali Colluccio in the Invisible Jetcast and Bookishbelle, Midtown Comics own comics/culture correspondent Zoë A. Gulliksen. And when I asked Zoë I recognized, “Duh, Midtown Comics totally must be associated with that as well.” A couple of telephone calls were place and not just were they sponsoring our accommodation, they’d asked us to take part in their weekly podcast too (more about that later). We did allow one male to get familiar with the sleepover, ThinkGeek’s mascot Timmy. She got in to the spirit of products by donning his Yoda costume.
It was really my first Toy Fair and so i was crazy excited. I couldn’t wait to obtain my grubby nerd on the job all of the newest and coolest toys around. Then I discovered I technically wasn’t permitted to purchase and/or touch the valuable toys.
After I heard that, just a little a part of my inner geek broke, never to appear again. However I persevered, a minimum of I’d get to check out and take images of each one of these fantastical a few things i’d eventually, maybe get the opportunity to purchase and have fun with.
My first stop would be a Hasbro event which was really happening pre-Toy Fair. From their licenses I had been most excited to listen to regarding their new The Exorcist and Marvel toys. And boy, have there been a great deal. Their type of vintage The Exorcist figures continues to be so effective they’ve them planned to carry on through 2012. Another large part of their offering were figures in line with the effective Clone Wars tv series, all new additions. Hasbro also announced on of the SDCC Exclusives with this year – a huge Deathstar action figure pack. It’s just too large it must be your carry-on for anyone who is flying back and forth from North Park this summer time. Also at risk-up was something I had been thrilled to see, a brandname-new, cheaper lightsaber. It’s likely to run about $35 and appears and sounds great for that cost. They’re also planning several Revenge from the Jedi figures, that’s right, I stated Revenge.
Around the Marvel aspect, while you’d have expected, there have been a lot of Captain America and Thor movie tie-ins available. Frisbee-like Cap shields, mission pack with parachute, a little, but awesome soft Mjölnir. There’s no X-Men: Top Class toys for the time being but they’re celebrating the discharge having a couple of much more of individuals comic packs. Comparable to their giant Galactus exclusive this past year in North Park, now at they’ll offer Sentinels created by Joe Quesada. They pointed out there’d be considered a couple of much more of them than there have been of Galactus although not a lot more consider getting them while/if you’re able to. There’s additionally a great searching new Fantastic 3 set, you could refer to it as 4 since it arrives with H.E.R.B.I.E.
After I finally reached Toy Fair my primary attraction was the Gemstone Select/Electricity Direct booth filled with happiness. The very first factor I saw was the planet premiere from the Eco-friendly Lantern movie lantern. It’s still strange searching for me however if you simply’re an admirer and were considering getting one, it might certainly cost your hard earned money. Ongoing to give my Eco-friendly Lantern obsession, I saw a completely new Red Lantern Guy Gardner (filled with chainsaw construct), Brother Warth, a complete group of Brightest Day figures and also the traditional Red Lantern and Sinestro Corps full-size lanterns. It had been type of funny to determine the Flashpoint figures already fully created thinking about the series hasn’t even began yet, though I had been bubbling readily to determine the company-new Harley Quinn figure that coincides with Batman: Arkham City. Talking about Harley, fans of her and also the Joker is going to be very delighted using the giant new Joker and Harley 1:4 scale museum quality statues. I additionally observed the brand new Ame-Comi minis and new Electricity World Online figures. Certainly one of my personal favorite pieces within the room was the attractive Cover Women from the Electricity World Starfire statue.
Other comic highlights at Toy Fair incorporated the Electricity and Marvel statues by Kotobukiya. Absolutely breathtaking. They likewise have some fantastic The Exorcist statues within their line too. Certainly one of my other favorite stops was the Funko booth which housed their POP line. They’re expanded towards the Marvel side from the comics realm in addition to The Exorcist plus they’re just like adorable his or her previous choices. In the Todd McFarlane booth, the only real factor I had been thinking about was The Walking Dead figures which were being premiered. Michonne along with a Zombie Roamer are members of Wave 1 and Ron along with a Zombie Lurker are members of Wave 2. The best part? The zombies have different bits in it which are removable so that you can show their decomposition as you can see fit.
After a stressful day searching at toys I couldn’t have fun with, it had been to your accommodation using the Geek Girl Sleepover crew to get involved with our nerdiest pajamas and also have potato sack-style races with this Tauntauns (I believe we might have scared a couple of hotel employees.).
These Tauntauns. I’m able to’t even precisely describe how awesome they’re. In situation you don’t be aware of history, they began out being an April Fool’s joke perpetrated by ThinkGeek on their own unsuspecting customers. Rather of claiming “oh shucks” when everybody recognized they couldn’t really be purchased, the geek community rallied until ThinkGeek acquiesced and also got the legal rights to really make sure they are. (Hmm, since I’m considering it, maybe I ought to have tossed a outburst at Toy Fair until I acquired to really have fun with the toys…)
We stacked the Tauntaun boxes to the luggage cart with some effort got them in to the room. The unpacking was memorable. I’d been spending some time in mine for more than per week however this was the very first time another women saw one personally. Nobody might get over what size and just how well-made these were. We eventually made the decision to mention our Tauntauns to provide them much more personality. Zoë named her’s Waffles, Kristin’s is Frank, Amber’s is Fluffer, Ali’s is Felix and that i named mine Bruce. For apparent reasons.
After that we headed to the Midtown Comics Grand Central store (without altering from our pajamas) to get familiar with their weekly podcast with hosts Thor Parker and Dimitrios Fragiskatos. One of many topics discussed were the potential invention of the Wookie snuggie, us explaining Twitter to Dimitrios, finding other men and women concentrating on the same tastes through the social media site and also the rage cat Dex-Starr. We made our picks each week and made the decision who our super hero best buddies could be (Kristin: Kid Dying, myself: Zatanna, Zoë: Josie and also the Pussycats, Amber: Ace the Bathound). Zoë and that i took part in a Midtown Comics podcast tradition by acting the “Final Words” of the comic character. They made the decision we’d reenact the final moments of Stephanie Brown in the finish of Free War Games, Finish Game. I performed Batman. Clearly.
Later on we’ve got the run of Midtown Comics for some time, that was awesome because the store was closed. We did just a little shopping, just a little browsing, just a little…attempting on Question Lady’s tiara. Oh, and three people almost put lower more than a special Physician Who t-shirt until we recognized there have been exactly three of these, within our sizes, at the shop. Crisis averted.
Finally it had been to hotel for gossip and girl talk. Night time topics incorporated Zoë getting very excited whenever a song from Scott Pilgrim versus. the planet came around the radio and just how addicted we’re to Twitter (at some point I observed it had been very quiet within the room and researched to determine everyone with this mind hidden within our phones). We really required questions from your supporters at some point as well as experienced the conversation about which superheroes we’d kill, marry or…you realize. Midtown shot some footage people plus we’d our very own camera to capture the after-hrs fun. Check out our nerd-filled madness.
You will find, there have been a couple of things we overlooked. A number of what went down in the Geek Girl Sleepover, remained in the Geek Girl Sleepover.
Overall, I’d say my first official Geek Girl Sleepover was a millionaire. If only I possibly could make it also bigger since several gals stated they’d have loved to go to. Maybe the next time! Enormous thanks visit ThinkGeek and Midtown comics to make this nerdy dream a real possibility. Oh as well as for individuals individuals wondering, yes, we did really sleep within the Tauntaun sleeping-bags that night. Plus they smell wonderful inside.
Lead image by Ron Gejon, others by Jill Pantozzi