I had never heard of the SC Comic Con. But when I learned about it, I knew my weekend destination!
The SC Comic Convention took place at the TD Convention Center on the weekend of March 25 and 26. I arrived at about 2:00, and was greeted with a LOOOOONNNNGGGG line for admission. Luckily, the line moved quickly, and by 2:30 we were in. People were dressed to the max…I was wearing my humble Ace the Bathound shirt from the Legion of Collectors Box. But there were cosplayers everywhere.
I do have a frame of reference for comparison. The SpartanCon is little more than an event at the public library, where they have some authors and creators show up. It packs the library. Which isn’t small, but isn’t humongous either. I used to attend the MonsterCon. That was sizable, taking up floorspace at Furman University. And then HicloryCon was even bigger than that. But this event DWARFED those. Never have I seen so many vendors, artists, photo opportunities, and shop representatives in one place.
Me and the SpartanChildren walked around the place first, to take it all in. Then we started getting specific. SpartanTeen didn’t want to be there…he wanted to stay home and play Battlefield 4 all day. But the SpartanKid wanted some MegaMan stuff, and I was looking for sealed MTG product, as well as Masters of the Universe related items.
The quest for MegaMan was dismal. Right now, he just isn’t that hot of property, apparently. We found a place that had five different stuffed MM toys. But the SpartanKid passed on those. He has one anyways…stuffed things really aren’t his thing anymore. Eventually we found a metal bookmark. Shiny!
The quest for MOTU was hardly better. I eventually DID find some vindage items, but they were asking WAY TOO MUCH. Basically, polybagged figures for $20. I did see some other cool toys. One standout was G1 MEGATRON in package. Yes. The PISTOL version! $300! IN BOX. G1 MetroPlex was there as well, with a $600 price tag. It didn’t appear to be complete either. There were a few GI Joes of note…Cobra Commander, Zartan, and others.
It came down to sort of impulse buys. I ran across the ATRAXA, PRAETOR’S VOICE deck, but in JAPANESE! The vendor said $59. I said I might return, and I did. Homeboy tried to bump the price up to $79.99. But nope. I got it for $59. This is a deck I have been waiting to land at a big box store, knowing the uninformed workers at Wal-Mart and Target either don’t know or don’t care about the asking value. But I keep checking. And no luck. But to find this at the con, and in a foreign language, to me that is AWESOME. I have a review coming soon!
Finally, just before we left, some impulse purchases. The SpartanKid saw the Ocarina vendor…Now we haven’t played “Ocarina of Time.” But it is soon to be on our WII…(or maybe I’ll wait and download it on the Nintendo Switch? I think that might be my next big purchase.)
But the SpartanKid had never realized it was a real instrument. He was enamored with it. So we got it. And now he can play a few tunes. My final right-before-I left purchase was some armor pieces for MOTUC figures. It was the barbarian armor for VYKRON. It was a special find…I never wanted that stupid figure, but thought the barbarian look was a real compliment to Vikor. To find that Barbarian Armor polybagged for $10 was really nice. And the armor compliments the normally shirtless Vikor very nicely. I haven’t even put it on He-Man, like I thought I would! The helmet fits on Battlefield Teela…Longtime readers might remember that I modded my Teela, removing her hair so that she could wear the snake armor. That helmet fits pretty nicely on her head, making her a proper wife or sister for Vikor! (That same vendor had MOTUC Talon Fighter Teela polybagged for $75. No sale.)
I will definitely be going back to SC ComicCon. It was fun for me and the SpartanKid. And something cool to do!