JediCon WV and Marx Toy & Train Show

This Father’s Day weekend includes a few shows for collectors.

Jedi Con WV is June 16th from 10am to 4pm at the New Martinsville United Methodist Church in New Martinsville.  Admission is $1 and all proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network.

The event will have a lightsaber demonstration and training by Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, guests speakers Kim Simmons (Kenner Star Wars toys photographer), and Jason West who will be talking about Jawa focus collecting, a silent auction, and guest apperances by the Garrison Corellia of the 501st Legion and Mandalorian Mercs Black Mountain Guard.


The 20th Annual National Marx Toy & Train Show is at the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling.  The show is June 15th 8am to 7pm and June 16th 8am to 5pm.  Admission is $10, for student 3-17 admission is $5.

Events include guest speakers, group photo, Custom’s Contest, pizza social, and a chance to show off your unusual or rare Marx items.


A Sports Cards and Collectables Show at the Charleston Town Center from June 15 through June 17th.  The show is open during mall hours and is hosted by Select Cards & Collectables.  Tickets are $10.

On Saturday from noon to 2pm they will have College Football Hall of Famer and Mountaineer great Major Harris signing autographs.  They will also have an expert comic book grader, David “Speed” Jones, there, he will grade your first comic for free and varying charge after that.

All of these events are great for collectors.  Just depends on what your focus is.


19th Annual Marx Toy & Train Collectors Show

The 19th Annual Marx Toy & Train Collectors Show will be this Friday June 23rd and Saturday June 24th at the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling.  Learn more about Marx toys at the Marx Toy Museum website.

Friday goes from 9am to 4pm, reg starts at 8am.  There will be speakers at 11am and 1pm, a commemorative group photo session at noon, and a Toy & Train Custom’s Contest which are voted on by the attendees themselves.  After the floor closes there will be a pizza social at the museum for all.

Saturday goes from 9am to 3pm, reg starts at 8am and the museum closes at 5pm.  At noon there will be a Show & Tell for everyone and anyone to show off their favorite rare or unusual Marx Toy or Trains.

There will be over eighty vendor selling favorite Marx toys like figures, playsets and doll houses made of all materials, trains and accessories of all sizes, vehicles, games, and so much more.  A sub section of the dealer area will be devoted to JohnnyCon, for the toy line of Johnny West.  There will be an on-site auction. 

Tours of the Kruger Street Toy Museum will take place from 9am to 4pm during the convention and will be open for you to visit any display.

Dealer tables are $30 for the first and badge, $20 for every table after that.  Adult admission is $10  and student admission is $5.

Fans of classic toys or just those who like to learn and talk about them should try and make a trip up to check this out for buying and socializing.


Marx Convention 16th Annual Marx Toy & Train Collectors National Convention

The Marx Toy & Train Collectors National Convention (I think they win longest con name in the state) was started in 1998 by the owners of the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum.  It is a way to preserve the history of the Louis Marx & Company who made toys in the Ohio Valley.  This year’s con is Friday June 20th and Saturday June 21st at the Kruger Street Museum in Wheeling.

They have already sold out of vendor tables for this year, but non-table holders who wish to register should call 304-242-8133.  Your pass to the con will also serve as your pass to the museum.

Thursday night will be for set-up and regular museum tours.  Anyone in town can stop by to pick up registration and tour the museum.

Registration opens up at 9am on Friday and table holders may unload and set up at this time.  The swap meet opens at 10am and goes till 4pm, this will be open to attendees only.  At noon a group photo of everyone will be taken in front of the museum and copies will be made for purchase afterwards.  There will be a workshop at 3pm.  At 6pm an informal get-together/dinner will be held.

On Saturday the swap meet will be open from 9am to 3pm, for attendees and museum visitors this time.  A workshop on Unusual or Rare Marx will run at 11am.  At 1pm Bill Felege a former artist/toy designer from the Marx plant will speak.  Another to be determined workshop will be at 2:30pm. From 3-5pm will be pack up and last tours of the museum.

Another fun looking show for collectors of old toys and those interested in the history of them.  Anyone who is a Marx enthusiasts will want to be here.  Unfortenatly I have other plans that weekend.


Mego Meet 2014

Mego Meet, the collector community of the 1970’s Mego toys get together, will return again at The Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling this June 6th and 7th.  There will also be door prizes for kids and adults, displays, sellers, presentations, an auction, a party suite with food, and the train and toy museum will open during the weekend

Mego Meet is a chance for the Mego toy collector community to get together in person to trade and buy parts and action figures, attend sessions designed to educate and answer questions about the Mego Corporation and the toys they made, but more than anything a chance to connect with friends and fellow collectors live and in person, instead of over the internet.

Things start Thursday night, when people who show up early gather at the Hampton Inn lobby to hang out and chat.  Around 6 or 7pm a group heads out to eat then return to the hotel to open the Mego Suite.

Friday night from 5pm-10pm deal setup, a swap meet, a pizza party and general hang out will be going on.  Informal stuff with good company.  Then everyone heads over to the Mego Suite.

For Saturday the doors open at 8am.  A series of panels will be held from 9am to 5pm on EMCE Toys, vintage vs. repro, and more.  A group dinner will be held at 6:30pm and then back to the Mego Suite once again.  The custom Mego auction is on Saturday as well, helped out by The

Registration is $20.  This includes both the Friday night reception/swap meet and Saturday’s main event.  Spouses and children are included with the pass.

Find out more at the site, the forum, and the Facebook page.

This is something I definitely want to check out one year.  Toy, comic, and sci-fi fans will should all be able to find something interesting to add to their collections.


2013 Mego Meet: Mego Toy Collectors Convention

Mego Corporation was a toy company that was very big in 70’s with lines like the “World’s Greatest Superheroes” with both DC and Marvel, Plant of the Apes, celebrity dolls, Star Trek, and more.  Its figures are some of the most sought out by collectors in the world.  Customizers based on Mego’s 8 inch interchangeable bodies are popular as well.

Mego Meet is the gathering of Mego collectors and customizers to buy and trade parts and figures, attend sessions on design or about the Mego Corporation and their toys, and hang out to meet each other.  It is run by the Mego Museum website and other friends.

The 2013 Mego Meet be at The Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling, West Virginia on June 7-8th, with some early bird events on Thursday the 6th.  

On Thursday night around 6 or 7 PM you will be able to find a group to go out to eat with then go up the Mego suite at the Hampton Inn and hang out there.

Things really get started on Friday.  Reception starts at 5 PM.  There will be a swap meet, pizza party, and dealer set.  You can check out the museum during the day before 5 PM.  Informal kind of day.  At 10 PM it is back to the Mego Suite.

Saturday has more things planned out.  Doors open 9 AM.  There are speakers and panels from then till 5 PM.  Topics include EMCE Toys, silk-screening demo, resin casting, 3D printing, and more.  An auction of rare and custom action figures will also be held to raise money for the Mego Museum site.  The Big Toy Auction  will be helping out with the auction.  At 6:30 PM there will be a dinner at local restaurant.  Then back to the Mego Suite one more time.

The Official 2013 Mego Meet Exclusive Figure is Synderman.  Synderman was the spokes character for Hero Worlds Distribution in the 70’s.

Registration for the meet is $20 and includes spouse and/or children you might bring.  Dealer tables are $35.

Mego Meet looks like a chance for some nostalgia, even if you do not remember Mego figures.  Something to stop by and check out if you have the chance.