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TODAY: Toy Anxiety’s Annual Toy Drive & Sidewalk Sale Event

Toy Drive 2014

Coming Soon: iCON Toy and Popular Culture Convention (Glendale, AZ)

iCON Glendale 2014

iCON is Arizona’s newest Toy and Popular Culture Convention!  We launched back in June of 2014 and had an amazing first show with a sold out vendor room and attendance of over 2,000!  We had so much fun that we’ve decided to do it again with a holiday theme!  What better time of year to celebrate Toys and Popular Culture than the Holiday Season.  Both our Vendor Room and Programming focus on the Toys of yesterday and today as well as the Pop Culture icons that inspired them.

Celebrating Modern and Vintage:

  • Action Figures

  • Video Games

  • Comic Books

  • LEGO

  • Anime

  • Card Games

  • Die-Cast Vehicles

  • Models

  • Artwork

  • Dolls

  • Sports

SAVE THE DATE: The Annual Toy Anxiety Daniel S Bracken Jr. Toy Drive and Sidewalk Sale

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Hello everyone!  As the holidays approach, and our Annual Toy Anxiety Daniel S Bracken Jr. Toy Drive and Sidewalk Sale draws near on Saturday, December 6th. It’s time to collect donations for the event.  Every year we receive a large pile of toys that are taken by some of our favorite local costuming groups that attend our event and distributed to those in need through local charities and to children at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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Every year as our event becomes more well-known, we tend to get messages from people wanting to know how they can contribute.  Whether you are local, out-of-state or international, it is possible to do so.

All toys must be brand new and still in their original packaging, no opened or used toys.  Please no plush or fast food premium toys though.  Toys for older kids and young teens are especially needed.  You may also donate cash, which will be used by us to purchase toys that will be donated.  We take this seriously, and we promise all cash donations will be used for this purpose by either buying a large selection of cheap toys from our own stock at a non-profit price point, or simply visiting the local Toys R Us.

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Here’s how you can donate:

  1. Stop by our store during open hours and drop off any toys you would like to donate.
  2. Send cash donations via PayPal to donations@toyanxiety.com.  It wouldn’t hurt to note with the payment “Toy Anxiety Toy Drive Donation”, but only donations should go to this email address.
  3. Purchase an eGift Certificate on our Website in the amount you wish to donate.  Be sure to include the comment “Toy Anxiety Toy Drive Donation”.
  4. Send toy or cash donations through the mail to:
                         Toy Anxiety
                        13825 N 32nd St STE #15
                        Phoenix AZ 85032
                        USA
 No one should feel obligated to do this, but anything no matter how small is appreciated.

All donations must be received before Saturday December 6th in order to be collected in time.  All donations are final and non-refundable.

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Next Weekend: Kikori Con in Flagstaff, Arizona

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Kikori Con Event Registration

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2014 Halloween Statistics Infographic

Readers:

Every year, halloweencostumes.com brings us “Creepy Calculations,” a visual compilation of some of some of Halloween’s freakiest facts. This year is no exception! What are some of the 2014’s most popular costumes? How much money will Americans spend decorating their homes and filling our bellies with sweet candy treats? Who do people trust more to give them costume advice: friends, family, or Facebook??

Happy Halloween!

Michael

2014 Halloween Statistics

 

 

Next Weekend: Phoenix FearCON 2014

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Phoenix FearCON – November 1 & 2, 2014

Saturday Nov 1, 2014

12:00 PM (ends at 12:00 AM)

$10 – $110

The Fear Farm

2209 N 99th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ

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Visit Toy Anxiety at Phoenix Fearcon!

Tomorrow (Saturday): Mary Anne’s Toy Fest

Mary Annes Toy Fest 2014

Coming in September 2014: Mary Anne’s Toy Fest

Mary Annes Toy Fest 2014

September 20, 2014, Phoenix, Arizona.

Mary Anne’s Toy Fest, North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N Central Ave, Phoenix AZ 85012.

3652 Productions, 1805 N 21st Place, Phoenix, AZ 85006; Jim or Mary Anne Grimes, 602-267-9526602-267-9526; fax 602-267-0500; hwn864@cox.net.

Admission: $3.

Show Hours: 9am-2pm

Today: Phoenix DinoCon Stomps its Way into Phoenix

Phoenix DinoCon

From The East Valley Tribune

By Zachary J. Hillenbrand*, Special To GetOut East Valley Tribune

This weekend, dinosaurs will once again roam the earth as Phoenix DinoCon — the nation’s only pop culture dinosaur convention — returns for its sophomore year. It promises to be bigger and better than before.

Having outgrown its hatchling phase at Arizona Museum of Natural History, which featured three vendors and 100 attendees, this year’s convention takes place Saturday, Aug. 2, A.D. 2014, at Phoenix Center for the Arts, which accommodates up to 400 guests who will experience a whole new level of dinosaur awesomeness.

According to Julia Zolondz, founder of Phoenix DinoCon, the convention will include a Velociraptor Vendor Room with 14 local artists, crafters and business owners with a variety of content “that must be at least 75 percent dinos,” a Diplodocus Demo Room with interactive activities, and a Tyrannosaurus Theater that features a series of speaker panels covering new topics such as kaiju — giant Japanese dino-monsters — and the Dinobots from the “Transformers” franchise. Although the event is suitable for those 12 and up, Phoenix DinoCon is truly geared for adults.

“The panels are not just a discussion about why dinos are so great, it’s debate,” Zolondz said. “We say the event is for those 12 and up, but the attendees that are 21 and over will have the most fun. We go into the who, what, where, why and when.”

The convention tries to accommodate what attendees want to get out of Phoenix DinoCon while maintaining its unique niche as a pop culture convention. As a result of a survey conducted at last year’s event, Phoenix DinoCon has increased its price from free to $5, the amount attendees said they would pay for a convention of last year’s size.

Phoenix DinoCon 2014 provides opportunities to discuss dinosaurs with like-minded fans and pop culture dinosaur experts. Attendees will get a first-hand look at the “Jurassic Park” T-rex from Sedona sculptor and VFX artist Michael Trcic, talk with geologist Melanie Dolberg about why dinosaurs are so appealing, and investigate with author Khurt Khave the steampunk dinosaurs that have stomped their way into Victorian-era science fiction.

Guests can also create their own “Jurassic Park” mini-notebooks, vote to determine the next inductee (Godzilla or the T-rex from “Jurassic Park”) into the Bookmans and Phoenix DinoCon’s Hall of Distinguished Dinosaurs, and even demonstrate their knowledge in a dinosaur-themed version of Phoenix Comicon’s annual Ultimate Geek Smackdown.

Zolondz said that the event’s main goal is for attendees to have fun, “but we also want to let people know that it’s OK to not ‘grow out’ of dinos. We want to make an event where people can say ‘I’m going to that because I love dinos’ and to just give in and have fun.”

Zolondz said that dinosaurs used to be her biggest phobia, but realized it was kind of silly, and watched all the “Jurassic Park” movies in a row to help overcome her fear. “And now I love them and became obsessed with dinosaurs,” Zolondz added. “I just think they’re so cool. They seem so confident, just lumbering around like a bad—. It’s almost like they’re unstoppable, so I try to live vicariously through them. I really admire their attitude.”

Admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased at PhxDinoCon.com or at the door on Aug. 2 upon availability. After-party tickets to a screening of the ’90s B-movie “Adventures in Dinosaur City” are available for $9 at TheFilmBarPhx.com.

Zachary, a senior at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is an intern for GetOut. Contact him at (480) 898-6514(480) 898-6514 or tribintern@evtrib.com.

Happy Independence Day From Toy Anxiety

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