That title up there is quite the mouthful, isn’t it?
Attending my first Red & White Calgary Comic Card & Toy Expo also gave me an eyeful. An eyeful of amazing toys, comics and video games at this one day event celebrating its 15th year of operation.
Located at the Red & White Club as part of the facilities at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium, it was high energy from the moment I arrived. Red & White Expo is a fun, one day gathering with a little something for everyone and the event management packed a lot into the venue with several tables for vendors to show off and sell their goods. From racks of comic books to Transformers, MOTU, Star Wars, TMNT, classic video games and the always present and popular Funkos, as well as door prize giveaways and a costume contest for kids under 12 at noon as well as for anyone 13 and over at 2pm.
While the venue filled up fast and there were tons of people roaming the aisle ways and perusing the tables, there was plenty of room to move around without bumping into other patrons. In comparison, Edmonton Collector Con which we attended back in March was also in a small venue, but unfortunately suffered from space issues, Red & White Expo didn’t experience these same concerns as foot traffic flowed freely from comics to toys and collectibles in a completely stress free environment.
I tell myself with every show I attend that I’m not going to buy anything, but who am I kidding, right?! Thanks to a friend of mine who was at the show earlier in the morning who tipped me off as I was in transit that not only was his friend Dave setup with a table there but that he also had a G1 reissue Starscream that he would hold for me, if I was interested. If I was interested…the sickness runs deep within, there was no way I wasn’t walking out of there without it.
There were so many other amazing items available for purchase not just at Dave’s table, but from every table I walked past, or in some cases lingered over, from an MP-44 Convoy that was on display to a Millennium Falcon that was going for more than half the price of my monthly rent. As tempted as I was, and while I have willingly surrendered myself to the collector’s bug, a man has got to know his limitations.
Access to the show was easy and straightforward. McMahon Stadium is right across the street from one of the LRT stations in the city for those who either don’t drive or live close enough that taking transit makes the most sense for them. However, if you are driving because you plan to fill your car with as many toys, video games and comic books as humanly possible, McMahon Stadium is easily accessible on a Sunday from anywhere in the city and there was ample parking for all in attendance.
While Red & White Expo is definitely a smaller and somewhat low key event compared to some of the larger shows I’ve attended, it was big on quality and excitement. Everyone attending was engaged, energetic and enthusiastic to take in the sights and sounds of the day. Having lived in Calgary for nearly as long as Red & White Expo has existed, I’m ashamed to admit that this was my first time attending, but it definitely won’t be my last.
PopLurker’s Red & White Expo Image Gallery: