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The Canadian Toycon

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GTA ToyCon

Canadian ToyCon is part of the larger GTA Collector Events, which operates throughout the Greater Toronto Area. One of the affiliated events is the popular GTA Comic-Con. So, what is the Canadian ToyCon? ToyCon is a convention that meets every month in two primary locations: ToyCon in Burlington, and Collectors Con in Mississauga (GTA Comic Con meets in Oakville, at the Oakville Conference Centre). ToyCon celebrates and displays “action figures, comics, collectibles, toys, figurines, dolls, artwork and more from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today” (ToyCon). So of course, you can expect a wide variety of toys and collectibles here, both the familiar, the new, and the rare. It’s a great place for enthusiasts and collectors to hang out, browse, meet fellow enthusiasts, and even add to their collection. Indeed, every ToyCon has vendors, exhibitors, and artists set up at tables throughout the premises. You can find rare toys, unique merchandise, collectors’ items in mint condition, and more. While these things are true of all ToyCons, each event usually has its own special theme, as well, so you can also expect special guests and Cosplayers.


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Events

As noted, there are multiple ToyCon events throughout the year. The dates and locations for upcoming major events in the 2018 season are as follows:

Sunday, June 17th in Burlington (Burlington Holiday Inn)
Saturday, July 7th in Mississauga (DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel)
Sunday, August 19th in Mississauga (DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel)
Saturday, September 15th in Burlington (Burlington Holiday Inn)
Monday, December 31st in Kitchener (Kitchener City Hall)

As noted, these events do have slight variations from one another, beyond the simple facts of changing locations and different groups of attendees and special guests showing up each time. The July 7th event, for example, is being billed as the ‘All New Mississauga Comic and Action Figure Con’ – a perfect occasion for anyone with a love of comics, action figures, or both (as is usually the case). Let’s take the June 17th ToyCon as an example, and look at some more of the specifics. Admission is $5, and the hours are from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Specific things to expect are “Vintage to Modern Toys and Collectibles,” “Comics and Artists,” and a costume contest at 2:00 pm (costume contests are usually one of the favourites parts of a Comic Con, and ToyCon offers up its own version).

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Kitchener New Year’s Eve ToyCon

Because WRX Property Group is based out of Kitchener-Waterloo, and because New Year’s Eve can be such a fun time in general, let’s take a closer look at this particular convention. First off, don’t think that because it’s located in Kitchener that it’s only for Tri-Cities residents, as opposed to inhabitants of the wider GTA. No, the Kitchener New Year’s Eve event is worth the drive. This is the fifth consecutive year that Kitchener will be holding the New Year’s Eve event (clearly, something’s working!) and they’ve reached some incredible heights in the past. Just to give you a taste of themes over the past few years: 2014 was ‘Flashback to the Future,’ an 80’s themed night with vintage arcade games and more; 2015 was ‘Force Fan Expo,’ and yes, that means the Force (may it be with you); 2017 was a ‘Cartoon Party,’ which included some fan favourite Vehicle Displays inside (including Scooby Doo’s iconic blue and green Mystery Machine, and the Flinstone’s famous foot-powered car, which showed pre-industrial revolution vehicular transit was possible, provided you had thick enough calluses). They sound pretty exciting right? Well there’s one more detail: they were Free Admission.

Details are still forthcoming in terms of what this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations will centre around thematically, but there are a few things we can let you know. Admission will still be free. It will still be right in the heart of Downtown Kitchener, in Kitchener City Hall. It will run from 6:00pm to midnight. And of course, there will be the highlights of any ToyCon here: there will be hundreds of tables with toys, comics, collectibles, and more. Past years have featured Retro Arcades, with arcade games galore. There will almost certainly be costumes, too. This is part of the wider Canadian ToyCon event series, so you can expect rare and unique toys, vendors, fellow fans, special guests, live entertainment, and dancing – just to list a few. Monitor this page (click here) on the Kitchener Events website for updates.


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Becoming an Exhibitor

Because WRX Property Group is based out of Kitchener-Waterloo, and because New Year’s Eve can be such a fun time in general, let’s take a closer look at this particular convention. First off, don’t think that because it’s located in Kitchener that it’s only for Tri-Cities residents, as opposed to inhabitants of the wider GTA. No, the Kitchener New Year’s Eve event is worth the drive. This is the fifth consecutive year that Kitchener will be holding the New Year’s Eve event (clearly, something’s working!) and they’ve reached some incredible heights in the past. Just to give you a taste of themes over the past few years: 2014 was ‘Flashback to the Future,’ an 80’s themed night with vintage arcade games and more; 2015 was ‘Force Fan Expo,’ and yes, that means the Force (may it be with you); 2017 was a ‘Cartoon Party,’ which included some fan favourite Vehicle Displays inside (including Scooby Doo’s iconic blue and green Mystery Machine, and the Flinstone’s famous foot-powered car, which showed pre-industrial revolution vehicular transit was possible, provided you had thick enough calluses). They sound pretty exciting right? Well there’s one more detail: they were Free Admission.

Details are still forthcoming in terms of what this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations will centre around thematically, but there are a few things we can let you know. Admission will still be free. It will still be right in the heart of Downtown Kitchener, in Kitchener City Hall. It will run from 6:00pm to midnight. And of course, there will be the highlights of any ToyCon here: there will be hundreds of tables with toys, comics, collectibles, and more. Past years have featured Retro Arcades, with arcade games galore. There will almost certainly be costumes, too. This is part of the wider Canadian ToyCon event series, so you can expect rare and unique toys, vendors, fellow fans, special guests, live entertainment, and dancing – just to list a few. Monitor this page (click here) on the Kitchener Events website for updates.

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Becoming an Exhibitor

Exhibitors at ToyCon can easily register on ToyCon’s website. There are a few terms and conditions to read through, as well as the specific table requirements and prices for each of the main locations (Burlington and Mississauga). So if you’re hoping to sell some merchandise at ToyCon, or if you’re an artist looking to engage with fans, click here to find out all you need to know!

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Conclusion

There are several ways to make sure you don’t miss out on anything Canadian ToyCon-related. You can follow the Canadian ToyCon on Twitter (click here); join their group, or browse their posts and pictures, on Facebook (click here); peruse their Instagram pics (click here); or simply visit their primary website (click here).

We’re not playing when we say that Canadian ToyCon is a lot of fun. If you’re a fan of movie, comic book, anime, or video game memorabilia – this might be the place for you. If you’ve got an extensive collection of action figures that you’re looking to expand upon, discuss, or show off; or if you’re intrigued and beguiled by rare toys, both classic and modern – this might be the place for you. If you’re just looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon (or, particularly in the case of Kitchener’s New Year’s Eve ToyCon extravaganza) an evening, with Cosplay, special guests, and plenty of likeminded attendees – this probably is the place for you!

Written by Will Kummer

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