Updated: December 13, 2005
2005-12-03 - SAN JOSE TOY SHOW
On Saturday December 3, 2005 Larry Lee Moniz and I attended the
Santa Clara County Fair grounds toy show. Over 165 toy dealers
attended this one day event, showcasing vintage toys. This
show is hosted by Joe at the Time Tunnel collectible store here
in San Jose. Formally called the "Humdinger Toy Show" Joe has
brought new meaning to this show, and keeping with vintage toys
instead of newer toys shown at past shows. I saw many new dealers
at this event, and some old friends too.
I saw a tin mechanical man robot that I received from my grandparents
one Christmas. This was a very cool toy, and the robot had a neat
movie screen photos within the chest. I quickly picked-up this
toy, while Larry took a few photos of me reliving my youth.
We met Martin Martinez of "Modelers or Mice" where he builts awesome
dioramas. He had some great stuff, and I wanted to buy them all.
Ranging from Gort, Star Trek, Forbidden Planet, Lost in Space, and
others. I quicking purchased a mini Jupiter-2 on an alien planet
base, and a very nice built-up of the Flying Sub. Martin came all
the way from Phoenix AZ, and I hope to see him again at a future event.
We also made friends with Paul Loughridge of "LockWasher Designs". Paul
had a wonderful table of home-made collectibles. Using odds and ends mostly
from the kitchen or garage, Paul created robots and ray guns. This stuff
was fantastic, and each item was one of a kind.
At this event we met up with Jerry, Jeff, & Darryl, which truly had the
best table in the house. Ranging from Star Trek, Super Heros, signature
plaque collectibles, and other goodies worth drooling over. We later went
to Sam's Barque for a lip smacking dinner. We chatted about good times at
conventions, memories of Jonathan Harris, and future merchadise we hope to
create and sell on our website.