A Power-Con 2016 Thank You!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been three weeks since Power-Con was in full swing! And I wish I was back at the show, as it was a fantastic time. Even though it’s been over two years since the last show, attendance was up 30% from our last Power-Con. And the line going outside of the main entrance of the hotel on Saturday morning was a telltale factor of how busy the event would be.

This year’s show saw the inclusion of official Masters of the Universe Classics Power-Con exclusives from Mattycollector and Mattel. And they proved to be an important attraction for new attendees. And based on the feedback we all received during the convention and then afterwards online from fans who came because of the exclusives, they were glad they came to the show. And many of you who attended sound like you’re ready to come back for another Power-Con which lifts my spirits immensely.

I’m not even going to sugar coat it: Power-Con is a LOT of work. It’s organized and put on by fans of He-Man and She-Ra. We all aim to put on a show that we’d want to see, and we feel we’ve been successful in doing that. Much like past shows, offering the exclusives was a learning experience. It was our first time doing it and I think, all things considered, it was smooth sailing.

Speaking of which, the future of a show like Power-Con is tied to things like toy exclusives. Since Power-Con focuses specifically on He-Man and She-Ra, it means we’ll have a more focused audience. So to put on a well-organized, professional show, that doesn’t have the attendance of a large-scale comic book convention, we will rely on exclusives moving forward. Therefore, if you had a great time at Power-Con, or you were happy with your shipment as a Non-Attendee, please let Mattycollector know. You taking a few minutes out of your schedule to share your positive feedback directly with Mattel about Power-Con and its exclusives via Mattel’s company website, or their Mattycollector Facebook page or Twitter account, is a big help to Power-Con.

While we’re talking about exclusives, I am so grateful for the help from other fans who took time out of their schedule to help pack and ship these figures out to Non-Attendees. If you had exclusives delivered, I think it’s clear we cared about the condition and shipping of your figure. They were well-packed and we all strove to get them out the door to you as quickly as possible. So I hope you’ll join me in thanking all the fans who helped pack and ship these, including:
• Daniel Benedict
• Johnny Bilson
• Chuck Bowles
• John Carroll
• Casi Clark
• Rachel Crockett
• Paul Justice Fletcher
• Danielle Gelehrter
• Bethalyn McKie
• Gunnar Sadlowski
• Matt Tyree
• Jill Vasquez
• Mark Vasquez
• Tim Wiess
• Mike Zolotorow
…and a number of other fans who helped us move boxes and product around during the show.

These fans wore themselves out to help. It just shows what an awesome community we have, where fans chip in to help other fans.

Along those lines, I’m asking every Non-Attendee to consider donating to the campaign for John Carroll’s Playtime Masters documentary. John came out and worked for an entire week, non-stop, to help pack and ship. He’s creating a documentary that archives memories about growing up with He-Man and She-Ra. He’s not going to reach his original $10,000.00 goal which was to also create and ship DVDs and Blu-Rays. But if he can reach around $3000.00, he can still create a fantastic documentary that he can share online with everyone. And who knows, he might interview you as well! So, if you are a Non-Attendee who is happy with your order, and how it was packed and shipped, please consider showing your appreciation to John by donating $5, $10 or even more to his crowd-funding campaign. You all can help make this awesome documentary a reality!
His campaign ends tonight, Saturday, June 25, 2016! So please click here to donate.

For the show itself, I want to thank the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach for once again going above and beyond for Power-Con. The staff there is the nicest and most generous group of people I’ve ever worked with at a hotel in all my years. And they always look forward to having us at their hotel. I may post the video of them unloading the exclusives for us out of the delivery truck. They had an assembly line of staff moving those into storage for us. Some were even wearing high heels while they did it. That’s just one of MANY examples of how amazing they are at the Torrance Marriott.

That brings me to the guest talent and exhibitors who came out to Power-Con. We had a number of repeat vendors, which is fantastic. It means a lot that so many people continue to support our small, yet very strong show, and we’re thrilled they do the type of business at Power-Con that has them coming back year after year. We also appreciate all the amazing talent who came out to meet fans, speak at panels, and hang out afterwards at the bar and in the hallways to give fans memories to last forever.

And then we have the incredible volunteers who bust their backsides to help out with Registration, watch and manage the lines, and much more. We appreciate all the volunteers who would take time from enjoying panels or walking around the show to come help us make it an amazing event for fellow fans. And we’re extremely appreciative of all the volunteers who help out year to year.

We’re also fortunate to have the members of the press who come out to report on Power-Con. From reports on the overall show, to interviews and panel coverage, they let others know what they were missing while also sharing some things you could have only seen at Power-Con. So thank you again to the fourth and fifth estates!

I can’t go without giving a special thanks to John Dorries (dorrmann, the Admin of the He-Man.Org forums). I can’t go into exact details, but if it had not been for John’s help on something major, we would NOT have had a Power-Con. So a huge thank you to John!

And we couldn’t have the show without the volunteer staff for Power-Con. We have a regular crew that many of you know by now. This year saw the return of Rachel Crockett, Daniel Benedict, Christina Eardley, Dan Eardley, Danielle Gelehrter, Jon Kallis, Bethalyn McKie, Matt Tyree and Tim Wiess, and the new addition of Casi Clark. They all help with planning before and during the show, and help to make sure the event runs smooth for attendees. If you know them online, or see them at a future show, please consider letting them know how you feel about all they have done for Power-Con.

Most importantly, thank you to all the fans who came out to the show. There were many first-timers this year and based on their feedback, I think we’ve picked up a number of new regulars for Power-Con. So I hope Power-Con 2017 is around the corner! And for everyone who attended, if you had a great time, please spread the word! Let other fans know what the show is like and hopefully you can help encourage them to come. Word-of-mouth is our biggest advertising tool, and we hope as many He-Man and She-Ra fans possible from across the globe will come out to experience what makes Power-Con so special for the rest of us.

It means so much that so many of you enjoy and support Power-Con. And it’s amazing that our fandom is so strong that a show like Power-Con can continue to grow despite not currently having a new movie for He-Man, or not having had a new cartoon in twelve years. He-Man and She-Ra have a special place in the hearts for so many fans across the globe. And I am eagerly awaiting the day when we can all get together at Power-Con to celebrate new entertainment on the big or small screen!

We’ll be doing a special Power-Con recap episode on the Roast Gooble Dinner podcast to talk about everything that happened at the show, including some fun stories many of you don’t know about. For example, wait until you find out why the Torrance Bakery made cookies depicting He-Man lifting a stack of pallets over his head.

Thank you again to everyone who came out to this year’s show, and we hope to see you all again at a future show, along with a lot of new faces. So, here’s hoping for Power-Con 2017. Until then, I wish you all a good journey!

Val Staples
Power-Con, Event Director

Local attractions for when you’re not at Power-Con!

Looking for things to do when you’re not having a great time at Power-Con? We have a starter list for you. Click here to check out our Local Attractions page on the Power-Con website. And be sure to look online for many more things to do while you’re in the Los Angeles area! The city and surrounding area are full of amazing destinations, events and attractions.

Joe Allard attending Power-Con 2016

Joe Allard is an independent artist, designer and creator that has been a leading professional in the toy, collectible and comic book industries for almost 20 years. Joe began his career coloring comic books for Marvel Comics in the mid 90s and eventually followed his passion in to the toy industry. Joe has designed and developed toys for pretty much everyone, including Hasbro, Mattel, Disney and Sideshow Collectibles. Joe recently designed and developed the line of Masters of the Universe vinyl figures from The Loyal Subjects; as well as had a hand in the designs for Mondo’s upcoming He-Man and Skeletor figures.

Join Joe at Power-Con: June 4 & 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Power-Con 2016 exclusive M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. Slime Green Trash Can Variant

Super7 is bringing M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. to Power-Con this June! The 2″ Masters of the Universe themed mini figures made their debut last year at San Diego Comic Con and were an instant hit with fans and collectors! But since the mashing of two iconic brands from the 80’s worked so well with the initial release, how could it possibly get any better? By making a new Trash Can assortment, that’s how!

This new Trash Can features Skeletor’s face imprinted on the lid and a wrap that will bring vintage M.U.S.C.L.E. fans right back to the past! The regular assortment will feature a clear Trash Can similar to the vintage 80s trash can, and will have a multi-colored Wave 1 figure assortment. More info will be coming about that soon from Super7.

Until then, fans get a taste of this new assortment with the Power-Con Trash Can variant, filled with new Slime Green colored M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. figures! The Power-Con Trash Can also comes in red plastic and an exclusive wrap that nods to the vintage 80s MOTU Slime vat!

The new Slime Green M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. Trash Can variant will be available ONLY at Power-Con this June 4th and 5th in Los Angeles, California for $25.00. One per Power-Con ticket, while supplies last, at the Power-Con Registration counter. Don’t miss out!

Justine Dantzer attending Power-Con 2016

The original creator and designer of the Princess of Power toy line, Justine Dantzer has designed and brought to market many other toy lines for a number of major manufacturers. Her credits include work on Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, and Play Doh just to name a few. Get an original sketch from the artist behind the most powerful woman in the universe and check out her other merchandise for sale!

Join Justine at Power-Con: June 4 & 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Garrett Sander attending Power-Con 2016

Garrett Sander is a Staff Designer at Mattel. He started his career at Mattel working in packaging design working on brands such as: Pixel Chix, myscene, and Monster High.  He moved over to product design to oversee the design of Monster High product after co-creating the brand. He currently oversees the production design of all Barbie animated content for the Mattel Creations team, most recently the design direction of Barbie Dreamtopia. He is honored to have been asked to bring this year’s fabulous SDCC exclusive to life!

Join Garrett at Power-Con: June 4 & 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Attendees: Important invoice being e-mailed to you on May 25th!

For anyone with a Saturday, Sunday, Weekend and/or Power Pass, you will be e-mailed your Power-Con invoice tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25th.

This invoice will have multiple barcodes on it. The barcodes are for the items you pre-purchased, including passes, t-shirts and toy exclusives.

You MUST print this out and bring it with you to the convention to redeem your passes and other items at Registration! You cannot show it to us digitally via a smartphone, tablet or other e-device. This new barcode invoice replaces the receipt you got when you first placed your order.

Depending on your mail settings, it’s possible that your barcode invoice may go into your Spam or Junk folder. So be sure to check that for your barcode invoice if you do not receive yours in your Inbox by the end-of-the-day tomorrow, May 25th. Also, please note that the barcode invoice will be sent to the e-mail address you used when you placed your original order.

This does not pertain to press, volunteers, exhibitors, or non-attendees. This is only for people with Saturday, Sunday, Weekend and/or Power Passes. As of Friday, May 27th, if you have not received your barcode invoice, then you may contact us with your first/last name and order number and we’ll help sort things out. BUT, be sure to check your Spam or Junk folder, as 99% of the time, that’s where your barcode invoice has ended up.

We look forward to seeing you at Power-Con on June 4th and 5th at the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach hotel in Torrance, California (South Bay, Los Angeles)!

Darren Sander attending Power-Con 2016

Darren Sander is a Project Designer at Mattel having worked on as a Packaging Designer,  and in Consumer Products on Packaging, Publishing, Illustrations, and Product Design; covering brands from Max Steel to Polly Pocket to Barbie to Monster High to Hot Wheels. He is also a co-contributor to the creation of the Monster High Brand. Currently he is a Packaging Designer for DC Superhero Girls and had the honor of being the packaging designer for the MOTU SDCC 2016 item.

Join Darren at Power-Con: June 4 & 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Exhibiting at Power-Con 2016: Playtime Masters

Playtime Masters will explore the stories and experiences of Masters of the Universe fans and their childhood memories connected to the brand. You can meet John Carroll at Power-Con, where he will be filming for Playtime Masters at his table during the show. Be sure to stop by and find out how you can participate!

And please click here to contribute to his crowdfunding campaign, which will help with the production of this documentary! Get it on a great thing while you can.

Join Playtime Masters at Power-Con: June 4 & 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Purchase your tickets today!