Since debuting the Columbus Toy Show in 2003, James Ford and CTS Promotions have held pop culture conventions for six years. However, Sunday's event at the Sharonville Convention Center marks the company's first foray into Cincy as they try to rein in a new market of Midwestern collectors who might not want to travel to Central Ohio. This family-friendly con will offer a packed bill of recent and vintage products: action figures from franchises like Star Wars, Star Trek, Transformers and G.I.
Joe, dolls, cars by Hot Wheels and Matchbox, comic books, magazines, trading cards, models, trains and other miscellanea from the 1930s to the present. “It's a place where you will find collectibles for all ages; where people can meet friends (and) other collectors (to) trade stories and bring back memories of toys past,” says CTS co-owner David Barger. CTS is hoping to attract 1500 attendees to match the now-biannual Columbus show. Another incentive for arriving: “We have a special door prize drawing for people who dress up as their favorite character,” says Barger, adding, “Don't be surprised to see a full-sized Predator wandering through the crowd.” $5-$8. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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