I love Five Points Fest. There, review over, please enjoy your day. Just kidding, I'm kidding; but in all seriousness I look forward to this event every year and it does not disappoint. This year Sharon and I didn't purchase a lot, but for me I was just as happy to be there and talk to everyone as I would have been to come home with a lot of stuff. So without further adieu, here is my annual bullet pointed thoughts on this year's event:
- It was great seeing old friends and meeting so many new people. For me, the day was very inspiring not only seeing everyone's creations but in laying the groundwork for my own. Conversations were had, ideas were exchanged, and there are things in the proverbial pipeline. Does water run through the pipeline and if so does having things in it threaten to clog the system? Great, another thing to worry about.
- The layout of the venue was really good and I never felt like things got congested. They got a little hot and I got a little sweaty, so anyone that I hugged I apologize to. Oh, and it's great that no one feels the need to cosplay with giant angel wings and swords like at other conventions because I've nearly lost an eye before to an impromptu photo session that happened as I was walking. I'm not trying to let someone dressed as a anime character rob me of my depth perception.
- We didn't eat at the food trucks again this year because they were a little too exciting for my broken digestive system. Instead, we took a walk to the Manhattan Three Decker Diner which was about the most old school Brooklyn thing I've ever experienced. You could even feel the subway as it passed underneath, which reminded me of those beds you used to see in movies that vibrated when you put a quarter in them. I've never stayed anywhere classy enough to have tried one in person, but I imagine it's just as exciting.
- There was such a crazy mixture of toys and vendors that I've only ever seen online before. And I love to see what people are interested in versus prior years, and it does seem to fluctuate greatly. One particular booth that would normally be sold out and have a ton of people trying to flip their products on eBay still had items left at closing on Sunday. Was it a matter of them making a lot more to combat the resellers, or has the hype died down enough regular folks can now collect them, without even having to be wealthy rappers?
- I love that the event has truly stayed focused on the word of designer toys. There are plenty of other conventions that feature all that other stuff and it warms my heart to not see a single booth selling Pop Vinyl figures. Don't get me wrong, I own a bunch of them, but I stopped going to a major convention in NYC because EVERY booth is nothing but Funko resellers. It's boring, I can get them from Walgreens if I want them, and I just need something different. Five Points is that difference.
I want to thank Clutter Magazine for putting on such a great event and for having me at the show. I just uploaded a whole bunch of pictures to Facebook so if you want to see what you missed you can check out www.facebook.com/TheToyViking