April 6, 2008
Story and Photos by Josh Long (jlcmsu)


Today’s patrol took this trooper to a interesting event here in the Kansas City area. I decided I’d take a peek at what’s going on at an event called Planet Comic Con. It’s a much smaller event than when I make my yearly trip to San Diego Comic Con. So I wasn’t really sure what to expect knowing that it would be roughly a quarter the size of what I see in July.

The guest list was quite small but they did manage to grab a couple of Sci-Fi folks fans have come to love. Walter Koenig who played Pavel Chekov in the Original Star Trek series was present to sign autos. This for me was cool as I’ve never seen anyone from the original series before, and seeing one in my backyard was really something I didn’t expect.

Star Wars was represented by a couple of people willing to sign autographs at this event. The first was Tome Kane who was a late addition. Mr. Kane is the voice of Yoda in the upcoming Clone Wars movie and series. However, the big name at the show was Mr. Kenny Baker aka R2-D2 himself signed autographs and took pictures with the fans. I’ve seen Mr. Baker in San Diego a couple times but again seeing him locally was a real treat for this Star Wars fan.

The show had other guests as well many small comic book artists and some D-List type folks. It was cool to see so many people showing up to the event to sign even if not all of them where the next big thing or had been the next big thing some years go.

Product wise the show was mostly comics. Not that this is a bad thing but this trooper was more curious to see if he could find a deal on something he jus couldn’t live without. Seeing so many vintage items was a real treat and seeing items like a vintage R2 figure or original Optimus Prime was something I almost pulled the trigger on.

I was surprised at how many of the higher end items I saw at the show. Gentle Giant had several things there I saw a few Zuckuss busts, Red Royal Guards, and even a Chewie Mynock Bust. One of the high end items I almost purchased was the Attakus Sandtrooper statue but at nearly $400 I had to hold off with so many items coming my way. Sideshow Collectibles was quite well represented product wise at the show. I saw several 1:6th scale figures there such as SDCC Vader, ROTS Obi-Wan, Mace Windu, Bib Fortuna, and Kit Fisto. There where even some Premium Formats there like General Grievous and Darth Maul. Marvel fans had a few hot products to drool over at the show. I found three of the Adam Hughes Women of Marvel Comicquettes. The two I almost bought myself where the Mary Jane and Emma Frost pieces. They also had the new Black Cat piece but it wasn’t on my hit list. The best product I saw was the new Thing Premium Format! He’s huge! The paint and detail is just insane on this guy. If he wasn’t $325 I would have found a way to take him home with me.

Overall, the show was a nice tune up for me as I get ready for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. It was much smaller event but it was so much fun seeing some stuff I’ve never seen before, and I got a chance to take my Dad with me. So the event really was a nice chance to hang out with him. It has me ready to go for July when we bring some of biggest news to hit the internet all year.

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