Hello there my kind readers. So as some of you might know, I’ve been attending the American International Toy Fair convention for the past six years and generally all of that coverage has gone over to the PiercingMetal.com website where I would focus on the superhero and monster movie geek stuff. However, with that said I decided a couple of years ago to share additional event coverage on The Chronicles for the vendors and companies that didn’t fit within the context of my Metal and Pop Culture site. Folks who are interested can click on THIS LINK to open a tag of said content. All of this leads me to this event being discussed in the narrative before you which focuses on a brand new convention to my eyes called the “Sweet Suite”.
The “Sweet Suite” is considered to be THE BIGGEST NIGHT OF PLAY and comes care of the fine folks at Toy Insider. This is connected to their “Blogger Bash” event which I shall discuss in a later post. “Sweet Suite” was all about toys for a traditionally younger audience and instead of in your typical hotel or convention center would be on this beautiful boat called the Cornucopia Majesty. I was excited because I had not been on a boat since a couple of years ago excursion with friends on the Circle Line and while this was going to be docked it was still cool.
My media badge sported the PiercingMetal branding since I’m more known for that outlet than The Chronicles, but perhaps in time that will change and this one will be as loud a voice as my Music Media one. Only time will answer that one. As you can see the badge says “Blogger Bash” and I guess this is because the “Sweet Suite” is only a smaller portion of this two day conference.
I’m hoping that you have been enjoying the posts from this years Toy Fair that I have been loading up here on the Chronicles of PiercingKen over the last few days. As I mentioned at the beginning of those narratives, our readers are going to get to enjoy even more from the Toy Fair thanks to this site since I will featuring posts from the companies that don’t fit all that well on the PiercingMetal.com site. This years event was super special because it was going to introduce a new side event that consumers could participate in and bring along the little ones – They called it “Play Fair” and I’m using this post to showcase the highlights. This was the first consumer accessible event connected to Toy Fair that had taken please because remember that Toy Fair is an Industry Only event and not open to the general public. Here we go.
The Play Fair event would run on the Saturday and Sunday on the same days as Toy Fair but was held way on the other side of the Javits Center in the area where we often find Artist Alley taking place during the NY Comic Con. The press attendees were welcome to explore Play Fair at their leisure but on the first day would have an unencumbered hour to browse and meet the vendors that were present. With a laundry list of appointments between Skeleton Pete and myself, we opted for the preview hour. As you can see the space was guarded by a giant Lego Incredible Hulk.
Here’s the space where the masses would soon assemble and everyone was rushing to get ready. It was beyond cold today with temperatures at around 5 degrees but with the wind it was even worse. Hopefully they get the folks lined up outside in the venue quick.
Folks who are following the main adventuring over on PiercingMetal.com are very aware of all the coverage that we gave to the NY Comic Con and Anime Festival 2010 which was held over at the Jacob Javits Center. If you are scratching your head then please allow me to refresh your memory.
We were here…..
and we were doing a little bit of this….
and while there was a ton of things to broadcast on the main site about this…..
there were some things that bore a little closer examination and were better served up in postings of their own. One such display was that of sculptor Nathan Sawaya who works with Lego bricks as his medium and calls his line of statues “The Art Of The Brick”. I took a bunch of photos from the Comic Con showcase but did not manage to get them all. Check it out. Continue reading Nathan Sawaya’s “The Art Of The Brick” Lego Exhibit→