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Behold the Power of Power-Con!

Written By: Abel Pinedo "Honest Abe"

September 17th, 2013

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I HAVE THE POWER…to give you my firsthand account of Power-Con 2013! Begun in 2011, Power-Con celebrates all things Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, and beginning this year, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as well.

As a kid I grew up watching He-Man and the Masters of the Universe religiously. I even saw the live action film with Dolph Lundgren. To a lesser degree, I watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and yes, I saw the first live action film as well. My Thundercats degree is lacking but I made up for it with the other two. I never collected the toys but I had friends that did and we spent many an afternoon creating our own adventures of He-Man versus Skeletor and the turtles coming to April’s rescue.

Walking into Power-Con, I really had no idea what to expect. I immediately got a positive vibe because outside was a full scale replica of the Ninja Turtles van! Dialogue from the cartoon and the theme music blared from the speakers. Way cool!

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Not ten seconds inside the ballroom, the eight year old in me begged to be let out.  The exhibit floor was comprised of three aisles; the first two aisles was artist alley while the rear aisle was comprised of vendors selling pretty much every Masters of the Universe, Ninja Turtles and Thundercats item imaginable. Everything from the latest toys to some hilarious foreign variations and bootlegs; if you were looking for it, chances are it was here.

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Matty Collector was on hand with a most impressive display of figures past and present. The two highlights were the display of their forthcoming Castle Grayskull playset (which is freaking HUGE!) and the Power-Con exclusive figure, Strobo. The line formed quickly to pick up this figure but it was well organized and I heard nary a gripe.  The only other major vendor on hand was IDW Publishing as they have the license for a whole new series of comic books and graphic novels based on TMNT.

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Many of the artists and original voice actors from all the series were on hand to sign autographs, take pictures and at a couple of panels they shared stories about creating their ‘animated’ voices.

Probably the highlight of the day was sitting in on the panel for “Toy Masters”. Toy Masters is the first ever feature length documentary about Masters of the Universe. Created by Roger Lay, Jr. and Corey Landis, the intention of the film is to delve deep into the history of Masters of the Universe. We got to see the first half hour of unedited footage from this sure to be fascinating documentary. The film looks at the question of just who came up with the idea for the toy line and how it all came together. I won’t go into spoilers here but it was intriguing and I definitely want to check it out when it is finally released. As of now it is aiming for the film festival circuit with a theatrical release date sometime off in the distant future.

On a side note, the panels were held in very small rooms that would seat about 100 people or less.  Seeing as how Power-Con is a much more specialized Con, this only added to the special-ness of the panels. They were much more intimate affairs.

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One other point of interest; tickets were relatively cheap but something on their website really caught my eye. For a lucky few, there was something called the Roast Gooble Dinner Package. It consisted of early entrance to the Con and priority front of the line access for panels and signings. The true benefit was the opportunity to engage in a sit down dinner with over thirty artists and creators from all three toy lines. If you are a die-hard fan, I can imagine this would be nothing short of heaven. Tickets sold out quickly and were $350.00 but again, for a die-hard fan, this would truly be a once in a lifetime experience. 

To sum it all up, the Con was small but very well organized and easy to navigate. I can see myself returning next year. It's truly a great covention for fans of all ages! Next year I'll bring even more cash so I don't empty my wallet so quickly on all the incredible merchandise. <Cue Skeletor laughter!>