Melbourne Supanova 2016

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Past weekend we loaded up and hit Supanova Melbourne without largest display set up to date. First up a massive thank you to TCCA Secretary Simon Chambers for the use of his personal collection and Glass Display. The selection of g1 and Masterpiece figures on display was impressive, and proved to be a massive draw to the table. However “Not For Sale” or “Display Only” signs really need to be printed up because I think ode were the most asked questions across the weekend.
Another big thank you needs to go out to Eugene and Pearce from Pleasant Surprises in Diamond Ck. They supplied us with a massive selection of new figures from MP10 to Mp seekers and even some g1 and Takara Combiner Wars Gift sets. We sold a lot of it, with very little TF related available on the con Floor it was good to supply fans with some of thier childhood favourites or new must have bots. Some even sold before the doors even opened.

Friday night I was delayed leaving home so didn’t arrive at the Showgrounds until 7:50pm. We had a great location on the floor, and even were able to drive into the building to unload stock and Simon’s large display case. There were some set up issues, the power supply for one hadn’t been set up, but that was fixed quickly and they even gave us two more tables so we could position all the stock behind us. We didn’t stay for long, with a podcast to record and a motel to check into we soon left to set up in the morning.
We left set up too late, arriving at 8am the con floor was loud with the sound set up. Unpacking figures and preparing the display case was time consuming, and ate up most of the prep time. With half an hour to go until doors open, we finally got around to the cable displays, laying out club merchandise and some of the small figures donated by club members son and out to the kids, and they all left with smiles on their faces so thank you to those that send is unwanted figures, they do go to a great cause.
Saturday flew by, going for a more g1 theme on display was proven in The Gold Coast to be a big draw. But in Melbourne we went to a hole new level. Fathers showing thier sons or daughters the figures they played with when hey we’re young,and even mothers seeing figures they had, still have or sold not knowing what they had done. A big thank you to all the club members that attended and came around to say hi. It’s always great to meet members first hand and put a face to a Facebook account. By closing we had sold over $700 in figures and made a small percentage for the club.

Sunday I call Family Day, with sports and other events done, families come down for a look around and we had a lot of kids call last the table. With some spare time we did a small rework of the display, loading the front tables up small loose figures for the kids. We also had a returning visit from Cliff Jumper, Sound wave and Shockwave. A big thank you to Melbourne Transformers Cosplay Page and the lovely lady who overheats just to share her Cliff Jumper love. It’s always great to see returning visitors.
As the day Progressed so did the sales, nostalgic trips to the past and meeting of club members. When 3pm hit I needed to pack up and head for home. It’s always sad packing up, and saying goodbye to friends. It was drawn out for a hour and a half. But The boys still had figures to sell so the table stayed set up until closing time.

In summery a big thank you needs to go out to Vic Rep Jordan Trevorah, Benny Broughton and Pop Curio Owner Chris Bell for helping man the tables over the weekend. A big thank you again to Simon Chambers for the use of his display and G1 collection and Pleasant Surprises for supplying us with figures to sell. Hopefully by the next event we will have Hasbro Retail stock to sell also.
Time will tell wether the member count will jump because of last two Cons, But it’s been a great experience and the countdown is now on to e next line up of Conventions.
So stay tuned.

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