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

Toy Drive 2014

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.

Today in Glendale, AZ: Arizona iCon Toy Show and Pop Culture Convention

We just quickly wanted to let you know that the new Arizona iCon Toy Show and Pop Culture Convention is at the Glendale Convention Center from 10:00am to 8:00pm TODAY.

We hope to see you there as we will have many interesting items for sale.

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Phoenix Comicon Begins Today! See Us There!

Phoenix Comicon 2014 Banner

Just a reminder that Toy Anxiety will again be at this year’s Phoenix Comicon. Look for our logo and stop by and talk to our team at the largest action figure store in Arizona.

toyanxietylogoWe have some amazing items with us at the show. Look for the large Toy Anxiety Las Vegas-style sign and stop on by. Tell Dan you saw this on the blog; you never know what he might do.

Here are some of the Television and Movie Stars that will be attending.

Phoenix Comicon 2014 Television and Film Stars Attending

TODAY: Black Friday (Nov. 29th) (In Store Only) 15% Off Store Wide

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Black Friday (Nov. 29th) (In Store Only) 15% Off Store Wide

Cyber Monday (Dec. 2nd) (Website Only) 20% Off Site Wide (Does not Count Towards Boxed Figures or Pre Orders)

Coming in December!

Toy Drive 2013 Flyer

If you have not attended this event in the past, you must check it out! We will have several costuming groups representing many familiar characters from Star Wars to Super Heroes and more! Kids and adults alike will have a great time visiting and taking pictures with everyone in their awesome costumes! We encourage you to wear yours as well!

As mentioned, this is a Toy Drive, so we will be accepting Toy donations, which will be distributed locally to children in need. Toys are especially needed for younger boys and girls as well as items for teens. All toys need to be new and in their original packages (if applicable), but not gift wrapped. Anyone who donates a toy will be given a storewide SALE sheet for in store purchases of up to 75% off*. Even if you don’t plan to purchase anything, any donations will be appreciated.

Also, anyone who donates a toy will receive a raffle ticket for which you can win a variety of great prizes. Drawings will be held often all day during the event, though you must be present to claim your prize.

We look forward to seeing everyone, and please spread the word. The more donations the better.

*Sale does not apply to any consignment items and cannot be combined with other coupons or store discounts. Sale applies to in store items (no Internet), and only items on the floor (no backstock).

TODAY! Phoenix Toy Show: Mary Anne’s Toy Fest – September 21st, 2013

Mary Anne's Toy Fest 2013

Photos from Today’s Toy Anxiety 2012 Toy Drive

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The Toy Anxiety Gang

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The Raffle Item Table

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Superman donated a bicycle to the toy drive.

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TODAY! Toy Anxiety Annual Toy Drive and Sidewalk Sale 10am – 3pm

You Never Know Who You will Meet at the Toy Anxiety Toy Drive

You Never Know Who You will Meet at the Toy Anxiety Toy Drive

Just a reminder that our Toy Anxiety Annual 2012 Toy Drive & Sidewalk Sale will be held today from 10am – 3pm.

Lots of sale items, many of our friends in costume, and most important, our toy drive to help those children less fortunate.

Happy Birthday to Us! Toy Anxiety is 19 years old today.

Toy Anxiety

It’s Here! Phoenix Comic-Con Starts Today!