Story and Photos by: Tyler Bedard
TO THE FRONT!
We got there about a half an hour before the doors opened to the public and there was already a long line outside the doors. However, they had a separate door for the press this year and after quickly registering we were on the event floor ahead of the general public. After running into an old high school friend, Phil Fraboni who is a member of the 501st, we headed over to the 501st display to take a few photos. There was no sign of Anthony Forrest yet and unfortunately we failed to meet up with him later on in the day. We then visited the Ontario Ghostbusters and Steampunk and displays that were directly behind the 501st. By that time the masses had started to flood the main hall so we headed inside.
Once inside I decided to cover the exhibitors first. Hasbro was mostly advertising their Redakai line but did have some Star Wars toys on display. They also had their popular Lego play area where adults were able to take a break while their children played. Next to Hasbro was the Space Channel booth where they were giving out plenty of free stuff and advertising their fall line-up. Primarily Doctor Who. Teletoon had the most Star Wars stuff with complete backdrops where you could take pictures with members of the 501st. They were constantly running episodes of the Clone Wars and had an advanced screening of season 4's premier episode on Friday night for those who were able to attend. Across from them was Lucasfilm's booth which basically consisted of a huge poster advertising the Star Wars movies coming on blu-ray with the movies playing beside it.
Image Comics attended for the first time. They had a huge 4-sided backdrop with plenty of books and comics for sale as well as a few artists signing. Unfortunately there were no props though. The Real Steel robot props were a crowd pleaser though. There were 3 of them on display as well as a huge Lego of Haggard from the Harry Potter franchise.
The rest of the exhibitors consisted mostly of gaming. There was the new WB Batman game which drew long line-ups for a chance to play the demo, Nintendo 3DS cube, Ubisoft Ghost Recon, Rocksmith authentic guitar game, PS3 Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception had a huge display, Xbox 360 bunker, as well as some motion capture games, dance games and LG 3D televisions which had their girls giving away microwave popcorn in a stylish way. Rue Morgue was there with their usual ghoulish display. The vendors made up the rest of the horror genre with plenty of masks, creepy contact lenses, and other props to make your Halloween a success. There were also plenty of actors and artists signing for the horror crowds.
Anthony Daniels and Gary Kurtz were about the only Star Wars guests there this time around. But there were plenty of other guests from the ever-popular fellow Canadian William Shatner to Lee Majors, the Six Million Dollar Man and Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden from I Dream of Genie. Line-ups for signing were well organized and there was plenty of room to get around the whole exhibitor floor compared to the last time I attend.