BAY AREA BACKSTAGE
Rockin’ It at theSan Jose Super Toy Show
When you think of Bay Area Backstage you think of interviews with rock stars, moviereviews, footage and reports of the hottest and most kickass concerts and events; pretty much a full behind-the-scenes tour into the entirely different world that exists behind the curtain and off thestage, something most people rarely experience. But a toy show? A
show?? That brings tomind something like rampaging children with stressed out parents and ancient Barbie dolls sold atexorbitant prices to creepy serial-killer types by little old ladies. Who needs a backstage pass to
??More people than you would think.Why is that exactly? Because “Toy Show” does such a poor job at explaining what the event isreally like that it’s practically a misnomer. Yes, there are toys- there’s all the crazy things you usedto play with as a child and some things your parents might have played with, too. There’s alsovinyl records, sports cards, posters, video games, action figures, comic books ranging from GoldenAge to so new they aren’t even in stores yet, Matchbox cars, your old Star Wars lunchbox, originalart, that DVD you thought was impossible to find, autograph sessions with legendary authors,artists, and actors…and ridiculously priced Barbie dolls too.My point is that there are so many great things going on at these events that all kinds of people could enjoy if they only knew to look past the label of “Toy Show” and saw what it wasreally about! So that’s what I’m doing now; I’m doing what Bay Area Backstage does best andshowing you what really goes on at these shows, giving you a glimpse at a world most peoplewould never see.First off, let me give you some basic info about this event: It’s held at the Santa ClaraCounty Fair Grounds inside The Pavilion. There’s an $8 parking fee and $5 admission price for adults and it runs from 11am to 4pm, though if you’re a serious collector/shopper you can payextra to get in 2 hours earlier. The room looks something like a giant school cafeteria with harshflorescent lighting and linoleum floors, but that’s where the similarities end. All along the wallsand in rows going up and down the entire room are tables and tables packed with stuff. Boxes of comics and records, elaborate displays of vintage toys, figures, all kinds of art- it’s like the mostawesome stores you can think of exploded and all of their items landed in this room. It’s a bitoverwhelming and not unlike a smaller version of the Main Hall at Comic-con, which is probably a big part of why I enjoy it so much. I’ve found all kinds of great gifts for people at this show and
too many things that I wanted to get for me. I try to control myself but I have come home withcertain things I just couldn’t say no to… and if it wasn’t for the propinquity of Wonder-con and thefact that I need to save up for Comic-con I probably would have spent more.