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    And there's one in every crowd...

    this was my second mego meet and I don't know if its me, but I was disappointed. I didn't see any of the figures I saw last year, there was one dealer who had a incredible WHIZZER figure for sale, was hoping to buy one.


    And I believe JOHN, from Time Traveler wasn't there this year. And I didn't get to the opportunity to meet and talk to Paul Wasson, and Thank him for the FF Flying Bathtub! and to see when he will have more Supermobile's. I was very much a fish out of water and everyone there seemed to be in their own little clic, and I didn't know how or want to interrupt anyone doing there own thing. Most of you have history with each other and for newbies' it's hard to fit in. One reason why I didn't go to the Thursday pre gig and Friday opening.


    I did see Austin, he said HI, good to see him again! I did meet Art Baltazar, we have some friends in common. the auctioneer was nice enough to let me eat in the room.


    I really wanted to find someone to work with on doing some custom figures for me.


    Sorry it I upset anyone.


    Jorge.

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    Oh and I was waiting for a PRICE on a Mattel RODAN, and I was waiting, and waiting and waiting...


    No one ever got back to me.

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    Sorry you were disappointed. I have a question and a comment:

    You say "I didn't see any of the figures I saw last year." Well they probably were sold between last year and this years meet. Is there something in particular you were looking for? Were you looking for customs? Were you looking for original Mego? Re-Mego?? Vintage lines like Big Jim/Rookies/Captain Action/GI Joe (60's/70's/80's) I think there were plenty of dealers, me being one of them, that had vintage and there were plenty of dealers that had Re-Mego as well as plenty of customizers. Just curious as to what may have been the problem.

    My comment is this... you should have gone to the pre - Meet party. Met quite a lot of newbies and trust me there are no egos at the Meet. Also, we tell everyone and anyone that may be staying in the hotel or just hanging out after the show that the Mego Suite was open to ALL. You probably would have found that half to 3/4's of the room in the suite were working on customs. Art was literally at the table next to ours at the suite working on a Beta Ray Bill, a Cyclops, and a few others. There were dremels spinning and a lot of painting going on from Friday to late Saturday night. I hope you come again next year and take advantage of the Mego Suite and the pre-Meet Party.
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    I absolutely won't speak for the show runners but this is disappointing to hear. A ridiculous amount of work and planning went into this, and one of the core principles is to welcome new friends and collectors into the family. As someone who has attended the last eight meets I can attest to two things without hesitation. This show is EXACTLY what you make of it and there are no cliques to speak of. If there are then I am definitely not cool enough to be included either. By your own admission you skipped the two most social activities available. Saturday is a flurry of activity, auctions, sales, interactive panels, contests, door prizes and excitement.

    If I remember correctly, I'm fairly certain I made it a point to ask your name and introduce/welcome you and your wife. I normally make that an emphasis as I can never have too many friends or new members of my extended family. From day one in 2008, I made friends that I'll have for a lifetime. That's the power of this show, and it bugs me that didn't happen for you.

    I can't speak to merchandise or vendors but we have the coolest and most knowledgeable group of collectors and pop culture geeks on this planet. I hope you will consider coming again as I'd love for you to experience the wonderfulness of this community as I have.
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    Not that I'm a MM expert by any means, but I would suggest--as someone who attended Saturdays-only in West Virginia:

    *It's kind of manic, you have to butt in a little and ask/remind folks of things. I found everyone to be friendly, but spread a little thin at various times, because everything is going full-tilt by Saturday.

    *Items can vary from year-to-year, if I really wanted something, I'd be a nag about it. That's just me. I kept an eye out for business cards and carried a blank index card for dealer info. Last year when I couldn't attend, an organizer at the meet contacted me unprompted about some parts I wanted, so folks do care and reach out. Another year, I horned in and shared a bit of table space for some sales.

    *I felt a bit as you did my first year, but more on my toes the last year in Wheeling and it was great fun. As members have noted above, I was always encouraged to attend earlier and mingle more.

    I'm glad you attended Jorge and hope you don't feel too discouraged to do so again. I think any convention is 50% what we make of it, and 50% how it's organized, so it's a learning experience for all.
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    Hey Jorge, sorry to read this. For what it's worth, I attended for the first time this year having never met a soul and had the exact opposite experience as you.
    Please read my post. I found everyone welcoming and kind and went out of there way to help me. I certainly failed to see any evidence of any cliques, just friends happy to see each other.
    I'm sorry we didn't get the chance to meet. I would have tried my best to include you as Rob did for me.
    Sorry dude. I really had a fantastic experience for a newbie.

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    sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy yourself. Gotta say, I’m not 100% sure we met - and I tried to spend some time with new folks. Grimmjohn, Dumbldor, rche, Brown Bear come to mind... There was a husband and wife who had a little boy - they came to my table and asked me to paint a Frankenstein head for their son, which I did gladly. Sadly, I did not get their name.

    My first meet was weird - no doubt there. I am a bit anti-social and it took a bit for me to come out of my shell.
    But come my 2nd meet...the gloves were off.

    Sure, most of us bring stuff for a table, but it is funny how a lot of the stuff or money just goes from one set of hands to the next...round robin. lol

    This thing is more about the people. That’s why it keeps getting extended by some - getting in on Thursday night is not enough time, so some choose to come in on Wednesday...I am betting 99% that I fall into the Wednesday crowd next year. I feel spread way too thin.

    I am one of those who slips into a depressive state when it is all over and I return home. Seriously. It really, really bothers me to be home and I don’t want to do a single thing - except work on a custom, hit the boards non-stop, look at all the pics - anything except going back to the real world. It’s wednesday, and I am starting to come out of my funk...but I am really looking forward to an Ohio meet and/or roadtrippin’ to Bossart or megowgsh’s homes to hang out, eat, work on customs.

    Toys for this event are just a bonus.
    It’s the people.
    next time, just come up to me, grab my sleeve, and get my attention. ;-)

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    Aside from re-stating what everyone has said, I realize it's daunting, just just introduce yourself and give your museum name. You'll make new friends instantly, we are a welcoming bunch. This was my 9th Meet and I've seen new people (including myself at my first one) welcomed at each and every one.

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    Sorry to hear about your experience... My Brother and myself went 6 years ago for the first time. Not being well at the time we spent maybe an hour at the Friday night set up and didn't stay long after the Group photo on Saturday... We knew NO one but were made to feel very comfortable by everyone we encountered. Off the top of my head Berto, Paul Wasson, Scott A, Scott P, Brian Leitner... So many more who's names I Didn't know... The next year we went back, Almost all of the faces I mentioned were there and we got to know even more people Chris the Toy man, Austin WGSH, Brian H and Steve, the Gordy's it's been an ongoing Family Reunion every year for us... Everyone has been absolutely a Fantastic to My Wife and Daughter every year... I really hope you give it another chance it really is a fantastic event.

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    I was all over the place on Saturday....mixing it up and chatting with everyone. I guess I would ask why you never introduced yourself to me?

    That being said, had you gone to the Thursday event at Aw Yeah and come in on Friday and introduced yourself, you would be amazed at how many people you could have talked too.

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