So a couple of weeks back I went along to the Sydney Sci-Fi Pop Culture Fair in Granville also known as the Collector Mania Toy & Hobby Fair on an ultra rainy Sydney day. I’m talking serious water. Just non-stop awful rain…gum boots were really the only way to get around.
Inside however, was a lovely, cosy room decorated in nostalgic treats for the pop culture fiend. The travelling fair makes its way around Sydney so everyone has a chance to visit. The best way to keep up is by keeping an eye on their Facebook page.
Held at the Blouza Hall in Granville, I’ve never actually been to this venue before but it really has a certain charm about it. Kinda like stepping into a theatre of the 1930’s. Perfect for anyone looking for an event space for a similar styled event.
Anyway, with 63 tables, there was loads of retro goodies to feast on. There was so much to check out: comics, action figures, posters, DVD’s, magazines, trading cards, slot cars and of course, LEGO, Tv, movie and sci-fi collectables. One dealer just returned from the San Diego Comic Con and even had some show exclusives available.
Personally I like to collect female Lego mini figurines – just the cool ones really or the ones with elaborate costumes. So far I my favourites are Cleopatra, the Flamenco dancer and Geisha Girl.
I found this really cool official Finding Nemo Tank Gang ($5 for the set) that you’d normally find from those 20 cent machines inside of shopping malls. It might not be the most valuable collection, but I just found the set adorable. Each come in their own little aquarium that when you stack up, they look like all the characters are all in one lil ol’ aquarium together. Mine came in little plastic baggies, since it was hard to see, I thought I’d show you this one instead.
There was of course, Cosplay.
A friend of mine actually has a very old Winnie the Pooh bear that reminded me of this little guy. This would be perfect for the avid collector.
So much stuff. Must. look. through. every. box…
Ted! | A massive collection of trading cards | The ultimate Metroplex Autobot
This guy was trawling through this box of TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle) toys trying to find the perfect one | These Pop! action figures are just everywhere, there’s almost too many to collect | Aww, young at heart.
My brother is actually a really big collector of all things retro and absolutely loves coming to these kinds of events and he is nuts for TMNT and Transformers. There is something about the hope and faith that you have in looking in one more box to find that priceless treasure.
I don’t really know what this was meant to do, but it looks pretty cool. I tried looking through them, so I guess they are supposed to be like 3d image glasses?
Transformers and figurines in every colour of the rainbow
This guy had a serious collection of LEGO mini figurines. This is where I got my flamenco dancer figurine from… I want them all!
This dealer actually just came back from Comicon – the holy grail of collectors right?
I really enjoy events like this as it takes me back to the simpler time of childhood. I don’t think I’m the only one, it seems that there is just something about reliving the nostalgia of seeing and holding all your favourite toys from when you were growing up. Some might be trying to replace something that meant a lot to them or maybe it’s something you’d like to share with your children now and hope they have embrace it and have as much fun as you did with it.
You can see more photos from the Granville date, but the best way of experiencing all this is to go to a show and have a look yourself here
Check out the calender to all their upcoming dates and venues and also you can stay tuned in to all the latest on their Facebook page.
What’s your favourite toy or game from your childhood?