The annual FX! International Show is back at the Orange County Convention Center this weekend. This is the 20th year for the show.
The show runs Friday through Sunday. Most of the hall consists of dealers selling various collectable toys and action figures and comics from your childhood up to some not yet widely released stuff. You’ll find just about every kind of toy collectible here.
In addition to the toys, you’ll find many other happenings, such as comic book artists signings, a celebrity poker tournament, parties, costume contests, panel discussions and many celebrities. The guests range from true celebrities to some years-gone-by stars. You can even meet Scott Schwartz, the kid who got his tongue frozen on a flagpole in A Christmas Story.
Some of the top stars scheduled are Leonard Nimoy from Star Trek, James Marsters from Buffy and Angel, Julie Benz from Buffy and Dexter, Ray Park from Star Wars, Jonathan Frakes from Star Trek, the Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner and James Kyson Lee from Heroes. Visit the FX Web site for a full list of guests and events.
For Disneyana fans, there will be an official Disney pin trading event with seven exclusive designs available (see below). Pin trading will take place on the second floor mezzanine on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. They’re also touting a special display by Terry Higgins, “the foremost collector of Haunted Mansion pins in the world”, although I know a certain Disney podcaster and magazine publisher who may have him beat, or at least tied.
Disney fans may also want to check out the U.S. launch of Disney’s Stitch Experiment 626 Project Custom Art Tour. Some of the most popular Urban Vinyl artists will be on hand to show off their custom interpretations of a special DIY 10″ Stitch figure. Guests will be able to purchase limited exclusive minis of the Stitches created by the attending artists.
FX! International runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 per day. I suggest going on Friday if you want to buy hard to find exclusive items, going on Saturday if you just want to enjoy the show and most of the special events, and going on Sunday if you want the best deals on merchandise. Three-day passes are also available for $50.
Check our Photo Gallery from last year’s FX show. Check back next week for photos from this year’s show.