While San Diego Comic Con 2014 has come to a close, we are going to be sharing our coverage in the next few days. I have attended SDCC since the mid 1990's and have seen many changes over these years from seeing mainly comic books to the additions of the movie industry to unique designer toys. I have been a toy collector since the beginning of the original trilogy Star Wars figures from Kenner and collecting anything Star Wars to GI Joe, Masters of the Universe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and so much more in the 1980's. The 90's would introduce me to something amazing and toys would never be the same once I saw my first Spawn comic. The Spawn comic would lead me to the newest comic company, Image Comics that would have so many new stories that brought many of my favorite characters. With the success of Spawn, the creator Todd McFarlane would take his new popular character and bring him to the toy world introducing McFarlane Toys. McFarlane Toys would create the most detailed action figures I had ever seen and I would be on the hunt to get them all. McFarlane Toys lines would of course expand and I would say create a new innovation in the toy world to want to improve and have to compete with this independent toy company. The return of the Power of the Force was strong and Star Wars was back, keeping my childhood memories alive.
San Diego Comic Con would grow over these years not only being about comic books, but allowing the toy world to come in because of the influence in comic books and toys. In the beginning, there would be Mattel and Hasbro and a few other toy companies. McFarlane Toys would definitely move in strong and there then joined a company called Kidrobot. I remember walking by the Kidrobot booth and saying what in the world are these toys, but I was intrigued. I saw something small become a giant, which led into seeing a new kind of toy and collectible that could change all the time. For myself, Kidrobot would introduce the world of designer toys. I saw those one of a kind works of art for the first time and was amazed what was being created. The popularity of designer toys has grown very strong and has a very big influence in San Diego Comic Con and is well deserved, but I feel that it is still expanding with new styles and techniques.
One of our SDCC booth stops would be October Toys. October Toys consists of the team of George Gaspar and Ayleen Gaspar who have a great passion for toys, art, and design. They also have the very popular Toy Break weekly video podcast, which provides great information for the new toys and designs that are out there.
Here were the SDCC Purple Calaverita by the Beast Brothers, Flesh colored Dead Beet designed by Scott Tolleson and sculpted by George Gaspar, and Cavey.
Ayleen Gaspar, myself, and George Gaspar
Welcome to the World of Designer Toys! George Gaspar and Ayleen Gaspar of October Toys were terrific to talk to. If you have not seen what they have created or have not seen their Toy Break video podcast, you should check them out. They are also part of the team who created the DesignerCon that is held in Pasadena, CA each year in November.