Seattle was a blast. The organizers of Emerald City Comicon are class acts. They invited us to their show with open arms and greeted us with generosity, kindness and hospitality. We want to thank the entire staff of Emerald City, in particular Kristina Rogers and Joe Parrington. We look forward to coming back next year with another spectacular display.
As the first leg of the Hunger Games Costumes Tour, ECCC was a huge success for us. Even though many attendees were aware of our presence — our marketing efforts have been paying off — we still got plenty of new exposure and we were able to further extend our message. By far the greatest satisfaction we experienced was seeing the delight from fans when they saw the costumes. The range of emotions were moving. From shouts of joy to utter delirium, fans soaked in the display and reveled in the character costumes worn by their favorite stars.
We are also especially proud of working alongside Food Lifeline. Hunger Games fans demonstrated their magnanimity by helping to raise 735 meals over the three day weekend to combat hunger in the Western Washington area. Hunger is obviously a serious problem, not just in our state and country, but also throughout the world. Every little bit helps and awareness is the first step. We look forward to working with Food Lifeline again in the future, as well as with its national affiliate, Feeding America, when we take the Hunger Games Costumes Tour eastward.
Now, we set our sights on what’s ahead of us. We have a busy schedule with the Monsterpalooza Charity Auction and C2E2, both in April. First up, our attention is on Monsterpalooza. We are thrilled to work with Eliot Brodsky to bring a live auction to his show, which is the largest and most respected horror/fantasy/sci-fi convention in the country. All the industry professionals attend and there are always a few famous faces in the crowd. Proceeds from our auction will benefit charities with whom we have partnered. Generous consignments have come from many of our friends, such as HMS Productions, eFX Collectibles, ScreenUsed, Outpost Collectibles, Movie Prop Hero, Section 9 Entertainment, FX Toys, Darkwoods Productions, Collector’s Edition, Theme Park Connection and Van Eaton Galleries. The catalog is currently in production, but we can share with you a few of the goodies we have in store, which include an original stretching poster and piece of wallpaper from the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, a vintage To Catch a Thief one-sheet poster, a 1/45th Scale Replica of Captain Nemo’s Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a bound script of The Mist from the personal collection of director Frank Darabont, limited giclée prints from Gris Grimly, Alec Baldwin Hero Ring from The Shadow, a stunning “Heart Box” inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs created by HMS Productions, and much more. The catalog will be available in about two weeks.
Then after Monsterpalooza we go back on the road with the Hunger Games Costumes Tour in Chicago at C2E2. Not content to rest on our laurels, we will be conducting the Vintage Toys and Pop Culture Auction, which our friends at C2E2 will be hosting. The catalog for this auction is also currently in production. Admittedly, we are having a lot of fun and being quite nostalgic with this catalog. Part of this auction will include one of the largest ever assembled collection of AFA-graded vintage Star Wars action figures. All the major figures will be represented: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Obi Wan, Yoda, you name it. We will also have 1960s Star Trek toys, Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joes, original art, and a nice section of CGC-graded comics, including an Amazing Spider-Man #1 and Fantastic Four #1. One of the neatest featured items will be a 1978 Kenner Stretch Serpent complete in box, one of only 5 known examples. The highlight of the sale will be a rare 1978 hand-painted Kenner Sears catalog prototype hardcopy Darth Vader 15″ scale figure. This is the holy grail of Star Wars collectibles. The catalog for this auction will be available by the end of the month or early April.
As you can imagine, we have a lot of fun doing what we do. However, none of it will be worthwhile unless we can share the joy and in the process give a little back to the less fortunate. We highly value our partnerships, in particularly with the charities that we are currently working with and will be working with in the future. We are extremely lucky to be working in our field. Perspective keeps us anchored and we try not to forget that.