Attending DesignerCon 2018

Every year certain events come around and I think, “I should go to that.” Then, I either end up forgetting all about it or get too lazy to make the effort. For the past few years DesignerCon ended up on this list. I’d mean to go then totally forget about it until I started seeing pics on Instagram and by that point I’d be just too lazy to haul it to Pasadena to check it out. But this year, DesignerCon moved to a bigger venue – Anaheim Convention Center and I decided it was about time for me to see what all the fuss was about.

DesignerCon is a three day event devoted to collectible toys, unique artwork and designer goods. Founded in 2014 its grown exponentially and this year featured over 700 vendors offering a wide variety of wares.

Seriously. It took me over an hour just to take my first turn around the hall. I stopped at booth after booth and was so tempted to buy myself a plethora of prints, pins and plush animals. Since I do need to buy Christmas gifts I kept myself on a tight leash but did manage to treat myself to a cute pin from Doodle Dose

and a fun print from Rather Keen.

In addition there were fun pop culture treats like the Ghostbusters car…

and an art show celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park.

And then there was the Funko booth. Earlier, this year I was lucky enough to visit the flagship store in Everett, WA and was awed by the fantasy world within. Their DesignerCon booth was no different.

They recreated an old time grocery store! Inside you could taste test their new cereal (it’s fruity!) and purchase exclusive items all centered around Saturday morning TV (think He-Man, Hanna-Barbera and Looney Tunes).

It was super fun and, based on the lines, a real crowd pleaser. I know I couldn’t resist its siren call.

As often is the case, I left DesignerCon wondering why it took me so long to finally attend. With its wide variety of subject matter there’s something to please everyone and I left wishing I had endless funds to treat myself over and over again. I can’t wait to see what next year brings.


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