One of the great things about New York is the many conventions and exhibits that you can find in the city. “The city” for those who are not in the know, is another name the locals have given to Manhattan. If you are going into the city, you are going into Manhattan.
For those who aren’t sure what a convention or exhibit is, I can only describe it as a gathering of like organizations (groups/companies) in one place to display their product(s), either for profit or to raise awareness. Generally for profit.
I attended my first convention this week at the Jacob Javits Center. It was a Toy Convention, and yes, that means that there were companies who were displaying their toys for all ages. There were baby toys, stuffed animals, weird gizmos, gadgets for kids and old school toys. There was even a paper football toy there. Except, instead of you making the football and having a friend hold their hands up as the goal, they have provided you with a leather toy shaped like the paper football and a toy goal post. It was cute, but what a way to take the creativity (and to some extent, fun) out of a childhood game.
My favourite part of the convention was the board games. There were tons of new board games and reinvention of old ones everywhere! There was an entire booth dedicated to Settlers of Catan, a game that I keep hearing about but have yet to play. They had the original Monopoly board, something that’s a bit hard to find now with all the newer versions being released.
There were so many different chess sets for any taste, my favourite was the Seelie and Unseelie courts set – well, I’m not sure it was called that, but it was a Faerie set.
There were a ton of action figures, spectacularly made. The intricate work that is put into the clothing and face of these action figures is amazing. I even saw some Tim Burton action figures. Does it make me odd that I want one? I mean, he does have a very macabre line of toys.
I enjoyed the few hours I got to spend at the convention, walking around and feeling like a kid in a candy store.
The best part? Well, since it was Valentine’s Day, the best part would be bumping into Edward Cullen … even if he was just a life-size cardboard cutout. “Why Mr. Cullen, you’re shorter than I thought!”.