Kids and collectors alike were delighted to see ToyConNJ return to the Garden State this past weekend – for the fifth time – for two full days of fun. The event welcomed countless fans of both new and vintage toys and old school collectibles. Adults were able to revisit their youth while browsing through the immense collections brought by vendors and exhibitors from all over the country.
ToyConNJ, held at Parsippany’s PAL Building off Baldwin Road, encompassed four separate rooms and multiple hallways housing numerous vendors, selling anything from 60-year-old baseball cards to brand new collectibles. Even the avid comic book reader was able to find his favorite heroes and villains in collections supplied by a number of different vendors.
The event’s vendors even offered a variety of memorabilia from popular television shows and movies, like Supernatural, The Simpsons and Star Wars. With DC and Marvel movies and shows exploding in popularity in recent years, there was no shortage of favorites like Batman, Superman, Deadpool, Iron Man and other hero-based collectibles at this year’s event.
ToyConNJ also offered door prizes and auctions for everyone in attendance. Every half hour, a new raffle winner was announced. Prizes included a number of different toy-related items.
Tons of families traveled out to the event on August 27 and 28. While kids loved rummaging through bins filled with silly and ingenuous toys, adults loved reminiscing about their youth, when toys were complex and built to last. Parents were visibly elated to share these very special moments with their young children. The combination of new, vintage, and antique toys and games, comics, art, collectibles, and other memorabilia brought groups of like-minded individuals together to share the interests and items of their respective generations; ToyConNJ recognized no division, only connection.
The next ToyConNJ returns to Parsippany’s PAL building November 12-13, 2016. It will be another vast toyland with brand new and returning vendors featuring the state’s largest collection of toys and memorabilia.
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