Yello80s at Too Groovy Toy Show 2015

Ready to take up the drums in a hair band!
Ready to take up the drums in a hair band!
Well, let’s say Yello80s participated in the Too Groovy Toy Show 2015, because I always attend and write a review. This time, however, I had a table. Me, a table! But let’s get on to the actual review now, ;P The biannual Toy Show took the leap to a larger venue this fall and overall the jump seemed to do it good. Previously the show had been hosted at Messiah Lutheran but with extra vendors signing on it proved a little too cosy. There was ample space at Homestead Park UMC just a few streets away but the lack of wireless access and a veritable cellular dead zone made card processing all but impossible (NOTE: I was later informed the cellular problems had to do with an issue Verizon and AT&T were having. Of course I have AT&T !). Luckily with a $2 admission, most buyers brought cash and there was little grumbling about payment options. The tables were full, the toys were out to play and the people spilled in promptly at 10am with 70 visiting in the first hour. The event, spearheaded by Too Groovy Toys’ Bobby Novotny, Steve Appleby and Patrick Senatro, was fearlessly catered by the Flying Novotnys (as I call them in my head) minu Betsy this year but still tackled with aplomb. A that’s a good feat- don’t ever get between people and snacks at a show.  Dream Team Ana Senatro and Gianfranco Abbatemarco managed crowd control at the admission table. This was my first year in the thick of things and I came in at the last minute with my My Little Cronies buttons ( which you can now order online right here! ) to practise before the Tekko show hits Pittsburgh in April 2016. What strikes me at this particular event is the diversity of patrons. I had attended the Wizard World con when they came a few weeks ago and the demographic was pretty tight- mostly 16-40 year olds and very little children comparitivly. At Too Groovy the atmosphere was more relaxed (although there were a fair share of serous collectors who picked through every bin and knew every shade of paint colour of every Matchbox car ever made). I had visitors from toddler to grandparent and the kids took things apart, inspected and played with encouragement everywhere. Of course the grown folk did too, being that this is a world where it is perfectly acceptable for adults to want, buy and play with toys for their own enjoyment and not for the sole purpose of spoiling someone pre-puberty. That’s what I enjoy about a smaller show- there’s no intimidation from artists or sellers. One can enjoy the imagination and design of playthings not regulated to a shelf in the basement or box in the attic. A toy isn’t happy unless it’s loved. This year we missed regulars Nicole and Frank Tibbitt (who were ulta-busy with larger endeavours and will be back next time around), Spike Bowan who did stop by to spend some cash on his adorable son (and of course, himself!),m and Penn Hills Game Exchange (the loss of their vast video gaming inventory was certainly felt). Though not the focus at the Too Groovy Show, there were no cosplayers as in previous shows. I was stressing pre-show because my outfit hadn’t arrived in time (of course the wig came the morning of!) but in hindsight it was probably better. Leave that for Tekko. I will say though that as a first-time vendor it was odd and thrilling to meet people acquainted with my work outside of Yello80s  (The Book of Moon , KRoseQuayle.com  The Quayle Sisters). I think I generally put things out there for my own enjoyment and imagine some invisible people somewhere on another planet notice-not living breathing people in front of me! So let’s get to the toys: oh so many. I noticed there were some very nice Star Wars pieces but not a ton of chatter about Star Wars which was surprising in the wake of the upcoming film and Toys ‘R Us releases in recent weeks. As with the usual die cast pieces (some nice vintage metal British sets and miniatures, Matchbox and Hot Wheels and some older pieces I couldn’t help thumbing through on a break), Atari Guy brought his vast collection of all things vintage video, Patrick Senatro broke out the big Star Wars sets, Steve Appleby headed up the Japanese front, Too Groovy Toys brought a nice mixed selection of old and new, C. Todd Brick covered for Lego and Harlyn Silver had an excellent 80s mix. There was also a bigger focus on comic books this year and I heard a lot of chatter about these as well as superhero figs. As for me, I came home with some treasures of course, more than I’d planned but then that’s the point isn’t it? I fall in love with toys and they have to come home and live with me! Vendors who attended the Too Groovy Toy Show are as follows: Too Groovy Pop Culture Toys Yello80s Steve Appleby Patrick Senatro Kevin Walker C. Todd Brick D & E Collectibles Giant Man Comics The Atari Guy M.A.S. Sports Cards Warp Zone Mike Migliozzi Mr. and Mrs. Getlak Nick Donato Ernie Gorring Harlyn Silver Jason Carney Jason Shorr South Hills Modelers Association Ernie Keegan Adam Smith Rich Dalzotto Mike and Veronica Brighton I do not have a date for the next show yet but tentatively Spring of 2016 is on the table. More updates as information comes in. A special Yello80s thanks to my fellow vendors and as always Bobby, Janet and Ben Novotny, Steve Appleby, and Patrick and Ana Senatro for making it a great first show! See you next time!

Too Groovy Toy Show this Saturday, October 10

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Featuring toys like this!
Too Groovy Pop Culture Toys is hosting another toy show this Saturday the 10th October in a new, bigger location at Homestead Park United Methodist Church in Munhall, PA. The show runs from 10am-3pm. Lots for all ages from the serious collector to the casual appreciator of all things playful. Please see the flyer below for details and we hope to see you there! At this admission price there’s no reason to miss it!           11924962_706976426075219_7319035209548451668_n

Too Groovy Toy Show coming October 10

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Featuring toys like this!
Too Groovy Pop Culture Toys is hosting another toy show this October after the success of the last show held in May. Be sure to come out to the new, bigger location at Homestead Park United Methodist Church in Munhall, PA on 10th October from 11am-3pm. Lots for all ages from the serious collector to the casual appreciator of all things playful. Please see the flyer below for details and we hope to see you there!   11924962_706976426075219_7319035209548451668_n

Too Groovy Toy Show coming October 10

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Featuring toys like this!
Too Groovy Pop Culture Toys is hosting another toy show this October after the success of the last show held in May. Be sure to come out to the new, bigger location at Homestead Park United Methodist Church in Munhall, PA on 10th October from 11am-3pm. Lots for all ages from the serious collector to the casual appreciator of all things playful. Please see the flyer below for details and we hope to see you there! 11924962_706976426075219_7319035209548451668_n01

Too Groovy Toy Show coming October 10

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Featuring toys like this!
Too Groovy Pop Culture Toys is hosting another toy show this October after the success of the last show held in May. Be sure to come out to the new, bigger location at Homestead Park United Methodist Church in Munhall, PA on 10th October from 11am-3pm. Lots for all ages from the serious collector to the casual appreciator of all things playful. Please see the flyer below for details and we hope to see you there! 11924962_706976426075219_7319035209548451668_n

Too Groovy Toy Show coming October 10

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Featuring toys like this!
Too Groovy Pop Culture Toys is hosting another toy show this October after the success of the last show held in May. Be sure to come out to the new, bigger location at Homestead Park United Methodist Church in Munhall, PA on 10th October from 11am-3pm. Lots for all ages from the serious collector to the casual appreciator of all things playful. Please see the flyer below for details and we hope to see you there! 11924962_706976426075219_7319035209548451668_n

Too Groovy Toy Show coming October 10

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Featuring toys like this!
Too Groovy Pop Culture Toys is hosting another toy show this October after the success of the last show held in May. Be sure to come out to the new, bigger location at Homestead Park United Methodist Church in Munhall, PA on 10th October from 11am-3pm. Lots for all ages from the serious collector to the casual appreciator of all things playful. Please see the flyer below for details and we hope to see you there! 11924962_706976426075219_7319035209548451668_n

Too Groovy Toy Show coming October 10

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Featuring toys like this!
Too Groovy Pop Culture Toys is hosting another toy show this October after the success of the last show held in May. Be sure to come out to the new, bigger location at Homestead Park United Methodist Church in Munhall, PA on 10th October from 11am-3pm. Lots for all ages from the serious collector to the casual appreciator of all things playful. Please see the flyer below for details and we hope to see you there! 11924962_706976426075219_7319035209548451668_n

2015 Too Groovy Toy Show

Vintage TMNT
Vintage TMNT
Yello80s attended the 2nd annual 2015 Too Groovy Toy Show on 2nd May at Messiah Lutheran Church in Munhall, PA. Doors opened at 10am and the show went on til 4pm. Though the main 80s attractions seemed to revolve around TMNT and Care Bears, there was enough variety to entertain visitors of all ages with Lego sets and pieces from C. Todd Brick, plenty of diecast  and model sets vintage and new from South Hills Modelers Assocation, vintage and new Star Wars a’plenty from Too Groovy Pop Culture Toys , Jason Shorr and JMA Toys and Collectibles, GI Joes of all years from D & E Collectibles,  Japanese robots and collectibles from Materialist Zen, original art and character jewelry by local artist Nicole Tibbit, original soft toys by Lucky Squid Studios, video games and consoles from Warp Zone and the Atari Guy, and  local writers and members of Indie Authors of Mon Valley, J.P. Bidula and Spike Bowan.  Many thanks to organizers Bobby Novotny of Too Groovy Pop Culture Toys, Patrick Senatro, and Steve Appleby of Materialist Zen. Additional thanks to kitchen help and organisers Janet, Betsy and Ben Novotny. Below you’ll find the business cards of most but not all of the vendors who sold this year and we deeply missed Penn Hills Game Exchange but they were unable to attend and we hope next time we’ll have their presence and endless video game knowledge on board. This year had a sort of sophomore atmosphere- which makes sense seeing that it was the 2nd show for Too Groovy Pop Culture Toys! The show was small enough to allow for less established vendors to have a first-time chance but has grown enough from last year to hint at possibly a bigger venue next time around. Informality ruled the day with plenty of families milling about but also a lot of technical toy talk going on as well. Authors Spike Bowan and J.P. Bidula were on hand to talk grass roots publishing and some Star Trek cosplayers and Junior Members of Star Fleet were spotted on the grounds making sure all abided by the Prime Directive. It’s not clear right now if there will be another show this year or if there will be a larger show next year around this time but Munhall community needs to get behind the event which is bringing new visitors to the area. In the meantime take a look at some of the goodies I found:

Nostalgia Overload at the Too Groovy Toy Fair

courtesy Too Groovy Toys
courtesy Too Groovy Toys
Tables are going fast so if you’d like to show your collection or sell toy-related merchandise please contact Bobby Novotny at 412-339-4812. Just looking to peruse and add to your collection? Come on down, we’ve got a little something for everyone. ans we need YOU to help make this the grooviest toy fair ever! See you at the Too Groovy Toy Fair October 4 10-6pm, see flyer for additional details. *Cash preferred. TooGroovyToys.com