Kane County Fairgrounds, Kane County, IL
October 24, 2004
Story by Chris Rhoads (dustrho)

Saddled up the Dewback this morning on a solo mission, to infiltrate the Kane County Toy Show, located in Kane County, IL.

Upon arrival there was a very long line, but I was able to sneak in to the front of it because I met up (for the first time) with another Star Wars collector, Ryan Luxford (aka knashdx).  The toy show always has a wide variety of toys from several generations, but I'm there for only one thing... Star Wars toys.

Right off the bat I was able to pick up a Star Destroyer for $5, which was about three times bigger than your typical Action Fleet sized toys.  I'm not really sure what toy line it fits in, but it was an absolute must-buy especially for only $5.

My next find was my most precious of the day... a VOTC C-3PO which only cost me $15.  I know I probably could have held out a little bit longer, in hopes of having a fellow Sandtrooper help me out, but I just couldn't wait any longer.  Acquiring that figure completes my VOTC carded collection, and it obviously put a huge smile on my face.  There was one dealer there that had this very same figures on sale for $40!  I was very close to saying something to this guy, but I chose wisely to just continue further with my infiltration of the toy show.

Now, most people know that my primary focus in collecting Star Wars items is that I'm an army-builder.  Well, there was one dealer at the show who was selling all of his OTC figure at $5 each and VOTC figures at $10 each!  If it was something new, he was selling it at retail.  This was the first dealer I have ever seen who didn't mark something up to make a quick buck.  I was simply amazed by this guy.  Unfortunately he didn't have any really new OTC figures, but he had a TON of OTC Stormtroopers, so I picked up eight Stormtroopers and two Scout Troopers.  What a nice addition those soldiers will make in my Imperial Army.

LEGOs are also another area I have a strong passion in collecting, and I was able to pick up the Sith Infiltrator for only $12, which I thought was a pretty good deal.  This was one of the few Star Wars LEGO sets that I haven't acquired yet.

After spending about two hours at the show, I came home with several bags jam-packed with Star Wars items.  So, if anyone lives in the Midwest I would strongly encourage anyone here to make a road trip to attend future Kane County toy shows.  It will be worth your while.

Sunday, April 24, 8:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, June 25, 12:00 noon to 6:00pm
Sunday, October 23, 8:00am to 4:00pm

For more information about the Kane County Toy Show please go to their website at http://www.chicagotoyshow.com.  Tickets are normally $6 or $7.