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samurainoir
Jun 7, '15, 2:30 AM
I have to get up in 2 and half hours to head to the airport, and I'm still completely buzzing from the wonderful whirlwind that has been the past few days.

First off, a standing ovation for the folks behind the scenes that Made This Happen... Steve, Brian, Scott, Art and all the folks from Aw Yeah Comics (and anyone else I'm forgetting). They managed to keep everything we love about Mego Meet intact... the close family camaraderie, the upbeat atmosphere, The Mego Suite experience, the hands on experience with the customs community, all the goodies, and more. But then bump it up many, many, many notches. So many new and diverse faces showing up, so much more space, having the hotel and event space in one, being near a major travel hub, and a city with so much to see and do (and eat). New dealers with astonishing ranges of amazing things on display.

This is the Mego Meet we've been dreaming about.

Thank you each and every single one of you that attended, all my friends old and new. Too numerous to mention, but know that each and every one of you made this an incredibly special event and important milestone in the Mego Museum community. My sincerest Canadian apologies if I was occasionally a bit scatter brained or flakey during this MM... there was just so much going on, so much to see and do, and so many people to chat with, that it was a little overwhelming at times to keep track of everything going on, and give everyone the time and attention they deserved. Know that y'all mean the world to me, and this remains my favourite event of the year because of you folks.

As I alway say, when else will you be surrounded by so many like minded folks that truly "get" you? This is our little piece of heaven right here on earth... now in Skokie!

darklord1967
Jun 7, '15, 4:22 AM
Two months ago, while speaking with my wife, i expressed tentative interest in attenting MEGO MEET this year for the first time. Now, I say my interest was "tentative" because truth be told, i consider myself very socially awkward. I feel infinitely more comfortable hunched over my workbench working ALONE on my newest custom toy than socializing in a crowd.

But my wife encouraged me to go. She knew how much i missed being away from the mego customizing hobby during a long 7 year illness... and how happy it made me to return to the hobby now. So with her prodding (i think she wanted me out of the house), I agreed to go to Skokie.

On thursday afternoon, i flew to Chicago, excited, but a bit nervous since i didnt really know what to expect.

Early on friday afternoon, i left my hotel room and went down to the lobby level to go to the meet. From the moment i arrived at the main desk of the meet and was warmly greeted by Paul and Steve, all my trepadations melted away. As I paid my admission fee and waited for my name tag necklace to be made, i was already eyeing the open doorway to my left which clearly led to a colorful toy dealer's room beyond. When i stepped through that door, i turned into a six year old again.

I couldnt stop smiling. i couldnt stop gawking.

A bombastic voice over to my left caught my attention, and i looked over to see a burly, intimidating looking gent explaining to an interested visitor how he prints character costume designs directly onto fabric prior to it being cut and sewn into finished bodysuits for MEGO figures. Intrigued, I walked over to watch the demonstration and i read the fellow's name tag. It read "Austin". "Austin Hough!!" I blurted. He looked up from his demo, glared at me, and in a deadly serious voice ( that was not at all serious) he grudgingly expressed how impressed he was that i pronounced his last name correctly. For the entire weekend, any time i walked by his table, he had another cheerful, witty jab to throw my way.

In short order, i was priviledged to meet... Face to face for the first time... The likes of individuals that i had only ever chatted with as anonymous personalities here on the forum:

There was Sean, a charming and affable young man, showing me the finer points of his incredible 3D printer, and the brilliant head sculpts he was producing right on the spot. Soon after, he brought me over to the customizer's main room to meet his father Chad... The incomparable Noelani72. While casually walking through one of the dealer rooms, I literally bumped into Brue for the first time... Legendary cosplayer and all-around nice guy... and met his beautiful little girl too. Seconds later i was reunited with my old buddy Blue Meanie, who I hadnt seen in years.

My eye caught the zica / castaway toys display, and standing in front of it was the consummate gentleman David Lee, a man who Ive admired for a long time due to his brilliant work with the Castaway products and the Awesome Zica bodies. Here he was blowing my mind by telling me how much he admired my humble custom works!

There was MegoKnignt, generously sharing his tips for creating some of the cleanest-looking mego boxes Ive ever seen, and performing a most impressive demonstration of hair flocking!

There was the legendary Scott Arendson, cheerfully greeting me... a man who so generously assisted and encouraged me more that 15 years ago when i was just a novice beginner at this hobby, and he was already a well established name in the mego community. There was the Trekman101 And his charming wife, warming my heart as I saw him share his customizing hobby with his young son...

So many new friends... too many to name them all (apologies to all who I missed). I loved meeting each and every single one of you. You made my weekend trip one I'll NEVER FORGET!!! Thank you all so much for fueling a much-needed fire in my gut!

Already counting the days till next year's meet...

palitoy
Jun 7, '15, 8:13 AM
It was a trip meeting you Roberto!

SentientApe
Jun 7, '15, 10:09 AM
I must add to the applause for this event. As I have already stated ad nauseum, a long-standing schedule conflict prevented me from attending on Saturday, but I cannot begin to express how incredibly happy I am to have attended during the informal Friday set-up.

If only I had brough along more cash ... or a credit card ... but then it is probably a fiscally good idea that I did not.

I, too, was intrigued by the fabric press (oh, what I could accomplish with such a device!!), and the 3-D printer. I was slightly disappointed that the event consisted of little more than two dealer rooms, and yet more than that might have overwhelmed my senses and my financial means. There were so many desireable goodies, it was hard to decide. In the end, I spread my meager cash rather frugally, but am extremely happy with what I brought home -- including my boxed BRICK MANTOOTH! At the end, I even sacrificed my last $2 bill.

It was nice meeting Brian face-to-face, and reconnecting with Art (in both real-life as well as introducing our 1:9 scale selves) -- and everyone was super-nice and amiable, but I forgot names almost as fast as I learned them... It was wonderful meeting EVERYONE!

If this event is again held here in the area, I will attend. This was enjoyable enough for me to consider travelling to attend it held elsewhere. I don't have enough words to compliment the various parties involved in organizing this year's Mego Meet -- my only regret is that it conflicted with a long-time obligation.

Argh... this is one of the more difficult posts that I have ever writtten, as I want to write endlessly all my minute praises for the event (and those responsible for organizing it), as well as my frustrations that I could attend only so briefly, but I am already repeating myself. Kudos, Kudos, Kudos all around -- not the least even to those who make the trek to the Mideast from all corners of the map just to attend. I look forward to meeting you all again...

pmwasson
Jun 7, '15, 11:41 AM
Great seeing you again Ed, although we never seem to have time to hang out. I'm looking forward to helping with all future crazy projects.

Cornelius POTA
Jun 7, '15, 4:19 PM
Zealous... wish MMMF 2015 was 1/4 of what MM Skokie was.

Oh well, will save up my pennies, and get to Skokie one day.

I'm so happy that ya'll had a great turnout and from what I have been reading sounds like everyone had a great MEGO time in Skokie.

SentientApe
Jun 7, '15, 4:38 PM
I look forward to meeting you all again...

...Did I speak too soon? I ran into one of you at the Kane County Flea Market today!

samurainoir
Jun 7, '15, 5:36 PM
Two months ago, while speaking with my wife, i expressed tentative interest in attenting MEGO MEET this year for the first time. Now, I say my interest was "tentative" because truth be told, i consider myself very socially awkward.

I think many of us have all been there at one time or another when it came to that huge leap of faith in travelling to Mego Meet for the first time. I know for me, I had no idea what to expect since I did not know anyone in "real life" when I arrived at my first Mego Meet.

and believe me, NO ONE is more socially awkward than me, given the amount of times I STILL find myself with my sneakers planted firmly in my mouth at the Meet.

I just wanted to thank you for allowing me to see your customs work in progress, including the Batmobile. I feel honoured and privileged to be able to see what you had cooking up, and look forward to seeing more of your incredible innovations.

samurainoir
Jun 7, '15, 5:56 PM
Great seeing you again Ed, although we never seem to have time to hang out. I'm looking forward to helping with all future crazy projects.

Paul, this is one of those embarrassing forehead slapping moments for me... especially since you ALWAYS come through for me time and time again. On my big list of regrets, it was always my intention to circle back to your table, to give all your new goodies a more thorough once-over, and I almost certainly owe you a sit-down lunch and leisurely conversation somewhere yet again (Portillo's!). Please accept my sincerest apologies and rain-cheque for next year, because you know there is nothing I'd like more than to talk-shop with you given how brilliant your customs gear is and how much in awe I am of your creative genius with your materials.

Brue
Jun 7, '15, 9:16 PM
Ed - thank you for coming.

Lily loves everyone at MM, but you have been someone she looks forward to seeing every year since customizing with you several years ago.

-Oh yeah, I love talking to you as well.

Prior to knowing actual Canadians, I took "Canadian Bacon" as historically accurate:

We talked about the exchange rate-
Highway Patrolman: I do have to fine you. That will be a thousand dollars Canadian, or 10 American dollars if you prefer.

On my paranoia that Canadians are taking over the USA
Edwin S. Simon, NBS News Anchor: The Canadians. They walk among us. William Shatner. Michael J. Fox. Monty Hall. Mike Meyers. Alex Trebek. All of them Canadians. All of them here.

Edwin S. Simon, NBS News Anchor: Think of your children pledging allegiance to the maple leaf. Mayonnaise on everything. Winter 11 months of the year. Anne Murray - all day, every day.

On Toronto:
Boomer: There it is, men. Toronto.
Roy Boy: It's beautiful. Like no other city I've ever seen. It's like Albany. Only cleaner.

Brue
Jun 7, '15, 9:17 PM
Darklord

-You have a golden voice. And a golden personality. Glad to meet you. Wish I had made it up to see your Batmobile.

cjefferys
Jun 7, '15, 10:40 PM
I think many of us have all been there at one time or another when it came to that huge leap of faith in travelling to Mego Meet for the first time. I know for me, I had no idea what to expect since I did not know anyone in "real life" when I arrived at my first Mego Meet.

and believe me, NO ONE is more socially awkward than me, given the amount of times I STILL find myself with my sneakers planted firmly in my mouth at the Meet.



Oh come on, I'm much more socially awkward than you are, my good sir! :smiley1:

This was my first Mego Meet, and I loved it! Huge thanks to the folks who put this all together, I had a great time! It was a bit overwhelming for me, aside from my good friends Brian and Ed (thanks very much both of you for introducing me to many other folks!) I did not personally know anyone there, so it was kind of intimidating, and in the best of times I'm usually not exactly a social animal. But I had a tremendous time finally meeting and talking with many of you, I met so many great people, you guys are awesome! To those who I wasn't able to do so, or didn't get a chance to be introduced to, I'm sorry for that, there were so many people it was overwhelming, but I hope to rectify that in future meets!

And personally, I have to give a big shout out to rche and his wonderful son who showed up at zero hour right when the main show was closing down at 5pm. I'd felt that we'd really bonded over the last five years or so in our mutual love of Mexican action figures and it was a tremendous pleasure to finally meet you, thanks so much for making the trip (I'd almost given up at that point! :smiley1: ). And thanks for bringing your Ledy 12" Star Wars figures, they blew me away!

darklord1967
Jun 8, '15, 1:20 AM
I think many of us have all been there at one time or another when it came to that huge leap of faith in travelling to Mego Meet for the first time. I know for me, I had no idea what to expect since I did not know anyone in "real life" when I arrived at my first Mego Meet.

and believe me, NO ONE is more socially awkward than me, given the amount of times I STILL find myself with my sneakers planted firmly in my mouth at the Meet.

I just wanted to thank you for allowing me to see your customs work in progress, including the Batmobile. I feel honoured and privileged to be able to see what you had cooking up, and look forward to seeing more of your incredible innovations.


Thanks a ton my friend! That is so Very nice of you to say. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and chatting with you! Your words of encouragement and support were are real source of inspiration and motivation to me as I make my return to this hobby.

darklord1967
Jun 8, '15, 1:35 AM
Darklord

-You have a golden voice. And a golden personality. Glad to meet you. Wish I had made it up to see your Batmobile.


Thank you Brue! That is very generous of you to say. You're a real gentlemen, and your little girl is absolutely adorable!

And fear not about the Batmobile. After the very generous leads and offers of help i got from awesome friends at MM 2015, I have a strong feeling that the Mego Museum community will have an opportunity to see this toy actualized and on display by MM 2016...

Bronxboykev
Jun 8, '15, 7:49 AM
Sam/Ed there are no words My Canadian Brother... You are truly a salt of the Earth Human Being... Your presence and personality brings a shining glow to this event and you are one of the many reasons I make it a point to make it to the meet!!! Till 16 my man!

samurainoir
Jun 8, '15, 9:24 AM
Lily loves everyone at MM, but you have been someone she looks forward to seeing every year since customizing with you several years ago.


I'm just happy she convinced you to come! I've gone enough years now that it's simply amazing to see all the kids that have now grown up with Mego Meet.

Someone mentioned you had a klller Reverse Flash costume on at one point. Hopefully we'll see pics of that posted at some point.

(and one of the all time funniest photo bombs in Kev's photo BTW!)




We talked about the exchange rate-
Highway Patrolman: I do have to fine you. That will be a thousand dollars Canadian, or 10 American dollars if you prefer.



My favourite scene from the movie!!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDGkQiwh_qg

samurainoir
Jun 8, '15, 9:29 AM
Thanks a ton my friend! That is so Very nice of you to say. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and chatting with you! Your words of encouragement and support were are real source of inspiration and motivation to me as I make my return to this hobby.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep posting your progress!

I can't wait to see the Batmobile and Batman figures complete. Seeing the innovative leaps you are making with the hobby now is akin to seeing Flatt's customs for the first time back in the day.

samurainoir
Jun 8, '15, 9:33 AM
Sam/Ed there are no words My Canadian Brother... You are truly a salt of the Earth Human Being... Your presence and personality brings a shining glow to this event and you are one of the many reasons I make it a point to make it to the meet!!! Till 16 my man!

I can only say the same about you, and your wonderful family! Everyone is always talking about how super cool the Fiore clan is. The only proof we need is the pictures taken towards the end of the day that you posted on facebook, with you surrounded by awesome people (and people literally jumping into the photo from all directions!).

samurainoir
Jun 8, '15, 9:45 AM
And personally, I have to give a big shout out to rche and his wonderful son who showed up at zero hour right when the main show was closing down at 5pm. I'd felt that we'd really bonded over the last five years or so in our mutual love of Mexican action figures and it was a tremendous pleasure to finally meet you, thanks so much for making the trip (I'd almost given up at that point! :smiley1: ). And thanks for bringing your Ledy 12" Star Wars figures, they blew me away!

I'm so glad to have met rche as well, and it was so great to see those Ledy's in person. I'm glad we had a chance to dine with him and his son, and that he was able to at least come and experience, and socialize in the Mego Suite.

Brian and I were just chatting in the car, and we were saying about how it speaks volumes that someone would travel that distance to catch the end-of-a-show, just to meet and hang out with you.

Also: continuing our proud tradition of fumbling around a strange city, not-quite-lost.

Mego Milk
Jun 8, '15, 12:51 PM
AW YEAH!
Big fan of the Darklord!

great to meet ya.

darklord1967
Jun 8, '15, 2:15 PM
AW YEAH!
Big fan of the Darklord!

great to meet ya.

The pleasure was entirely mine good buddy! :D

Gabicho64
Jun 8, '15, 3:28 PM
Thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcome at my first Mego Meet! For way too long I have viewed the forum but never really took part in the forum. I was excited to see that the Mego Meet would be held in Skokie this year. I live in Chicago so it was extremely convenient for me to attend. I did not know what to expect. Iím happy to report that I truly enjoyed the event, have spread the word to my friends and will definitely attend next yearís meet.

What truly struck me was the feeling of comradery and openness. Everyone I spoke to was very friendly, engaging and informative. I was afraid that not knowing anyone I would just wander the meet and quickly leave. Happily I stayed for hours and spoke to many interesting folks who all shared my passion for Mego. As someone else commented, it was great to be in a room where everybody got you and I will add - you did not have to explain why you still play with toys.

Regrettably I canít remember names to save my life; otherwise I would mention you all by name and thank you all for being so inclusive. It was very evident that all the persons selling items were collectorís first and really cared about the quality of what they were selling and in being fair with their prices. I bought a good amount of things and held off on breaking my bank.
Finally just a quick thank you to ďDr. MegoĒ and family and Plaid Stallionís head honcho (Mr. Canada).

Looking forward to Mego Meet 2016!

Gabe

Hulk
Jun 8, '15, 4:10 PM
Serious Kudos to everyone involved! Although some of this is old hat, the logistics behind moving this show from Wheeling to Skokie were more than any of us can imagine (except for those who did it). Awesome job. There isn't remotely a way that we all can repay those efforts (beyond taking on more ourselves next year). As a group, we need to do more to allow those everyone mentioned, especially STEVE MOORE, do less and play more.


And I second regretting not finding Darklord at the end of the day Saturday to see that Batmobile. To think, I was so close! Whenever you manage to complete that, I think you will be required to give a talk on the process and just to let us stare and gawk at it! Hopefully next year. (PS - Your Darth Vader voice was so much fun to listen to.)

darklord1967
Jun 8, '15, 4:27 PM
And I second regretting not finding Darklord at the end of the day Saturday to see that Batmobile. To think, I was so close! Whenever you manage to complete that, I think you will be required to give a talk on the process and just to let us stare and gawk at it! Hopefully next year. (PS - Your Darth Vader voice was so much fun to listen to.)

Tanks a ton, buddy! That is so nice of you to say! It is my goal to have the electronic Batmobile fully complete, up and running in time for MM 2016.

VintageMike
Jun 8, '15, 4:36 PM
Big props to all for this awesome event. While I hesitate at saying "best ever" it may have been. So many great things came out of this move. I'll get to it in the eventual recap, when I recover!

Donkey Hoatie
Jun 8, '15, 5:15 PM
Had a fun time checking out all the stuff for sale and a number of other things at MM. Wish I could have stayed longer than just a couple of hours. Tried to buy something from as many booths as possible before I had to bail around 1:00. Bummed that I missed the custom auction, but looking forward to the show coming back next year. Having MM in essentially my own back yard was a really nice treat.

Thanks to everyone for all your hard work!

Blue Meanie
Jun 8, '15, 8:14 PM
I'm bummed that I missed this gentleman at the show. I guess he didn't want to distract people from the show:

https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/v/l/t1.0-9/11401404_410375115800862_3038815148980287477_n.jpg ?oh=f98a4dfc500741693f5e3db04870feee&oe=55E7E6B0

I may have sold to him and didn't even know it. I've never met him. One of the people on the list to meet at the comic cons. It's the signature above Doc Megos :yes:

Brue
Jun 8, '15, 8:21 PM
Wait, what?
I knew he liked Megos. i know he knows Huckabone. But I too really couldn't pick him out of a crowd.
Was he wearing a Batman shirt?

cjefferys
Jun 8, '15, 9:11 PM
He was in and out of there really fast...

palitoy
Jun 8, '15, 9:14 PM
yeah, he was a blur. He got recognized.

cjefferys
Jun 8, '15, 9:17 PM
I feel kinda bad for him, he just wanted to take part in a hobby he loves, without worrying about being mobbed or something. The price of fame, I guess...it sucks though.

WannabeMego
Jun 8, '15, 9:55 PM
yeah, he was a blur. He got recognized.

OK...which one of you Megoheads scared him off?!

Was it you Ed??? ...LOL

ScottA
Jun 8, '15, 10:00 PM
OK...which one of you Megoheads scared him off?!

Was it you Ed??? ...LOL

I'm sure he said he was sorry, lol.

cjefferys
Jun 8, '15, 10:05 PM
I'm sure he said he was sorry, lol.

Of course! That's what we Canadians do, I think it's a law or something!

rche
Jun 9, '15, 12:28 AM
...

And personally, I have to give a big shout out to rche and his wonderful son who showed up at zero hour right when the main show was closing down at 5pm. I'd felt that we'd really bonded over the last five years or so in our mutual love of Mexican action figures and it was a tremendous pleasure to finally meet you, thanks so much for making the trip (I'd almost given up at that point! :smiley1: ). And thanks for bringing your Ledy 12" Star Wars figures, they blew me away!

It was a real pleasure to meet you as well, sir. Hope I did not talk your ear off too much. Cip and I had a great time and got to check out some robots at the science museum before we left on Sunday as well. He told me it was pretty fun listening to a bunch of grown ups talking about toys.
Glad to bring the Jawa and Raider along. Not much use to have weird old toys if there is no one to share them with. I had a great time chatting with everyone about the 'through the looking glass' feeling of collecting non US versions of vintage toys.

rche
Jun 9, '15, 12:39 AM
Ha Ha! yes - it takes a certain crazyness to put the hammer down for x amount of hours and hit the doors at closing time. :)
Truthfully, I was there to meet as many of ya'll as I could and I wasn't too worried about missing any grand purchases. Megomuseum has been a good freind to me over the years, and I was happy to finally put some faces to the virtual voices that run through my head when I read the posts here.
Glad to share the LL love with those that were around to check out my toys. Hopefully we can get a Vader on your shelf soon.



I'm so glad to have met rche as well, and it was so great to see those Ledy's in person. I'm glad we had a chance to dine with him and his son, and that he was able to at least come and experience, and socialize in the Mego Suite.

Brian and I were just chatting in the car, and we were saying about how it speaks volumes that someone would travel that distance to catch the end-of-a-show, just to meet and hang out with you.

Also: continuing our proud tradition of fumbling around a strange city, not-quite-lost.

samurainoir
Jun 9, '15, 11:23 PM
Hopefully we can get a Vader on your shelf soon.

oh thanks so much. drop me a line whenever you have one ready! (it was a real kick to see the lightsaber)

I don't know if I mentioned, I've recently jumped into Box-making if you were interested getting repro boxes made.

samurainoir
Jun 9, '15, 11:24 PM
OK...which one of you Megoheads scared him off?!

Was it you Ed??? ...LOL

Nope, not me. Although I got to hear the story first-hand.

The plan for next year, if he does show up again... EVERYONE PRETEND NOT TO RECOGNIZE, HIM EVEN IF YOU DO!!!!!!
Leave the man alone to do his Mego-shopping in peace.