TOYLANTA DATES AND TIMES
3pm-10:30pm
FRIDAY, MARCH 19
10am-6pm
SATURDAY, MARCH 20
SUNDAY, MARCH 21
10am-4pm

GENERAL ADMISSION

GENERAL ADMISSION

PREMIUM PACKAGE

Guests, Panels, & Events Subject to change!

Special Guests

\\Larry Hama

Larry is a writer, cartoonist, illustrator, actor, and musician who has worked in comics, tv & film.  He's best known as the writer of Marvel’s “GI Joe” & “Wolverine” comics. Most recently, he's the author of “The Death of Captain America” a prose novel for Marvel (hardcover) that features characters (Winter Soldier, Black Widow, Nick Fury) who are prominent in the new Captain America movie.

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\\Marty Abrams

Marty has lived and breathed the toy business for over 40 years. He started out in his family’s company, Mego, and has consistently made mega-hits with popular lines such as Magna Doodle, SkyDancers, Micronauts and early Nintendo launched in the U.S. There are now over 750,000 websites mentioning products by Mego, and its action figures are highly prized collectibles worth thousands of dollars. Mego Corporation manufactured the first comprehensive line of DC and Marvel characters, and there is even - believe it or not - a Mego Museum!Marty has been called the Father of Action Figures and a true pioneer of licensed products, once having his story and product gracing the cover of NY Times Magazine. He has also been featured in People Magazine, and there are no less than three books written about him. Now the head of I-Star Entertainment, he’s still filling mass market shelves around the globe.

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\\Dr. Mego

Over 20 years of providing MEGO fans with replacement parts!

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\\Larry Selman

  Larry Selman was born in Pennsylvania and raised in a military family. Following graduation from York Academy of Art in 1982, he built a successful career in the paperback novel illustration field. Collaborating with the top art directors and major publishers in New York and around the United States such as Bantam, Dell, Avon, Outdoor Life, New American Library, St. Martins and many more while establishing a reputation of excellence.

  As an illustrator his work appeared on many of the Classic Collection of GI Joe- over 125 pieces of box art in an 8 year span! Several ofthe illustrations received prestigious awards from the packaging industry.

  Leaving the illustration field he has been firmly established in the American historical art market for several years. Original works of art can be found at the US Army War College, Command and General Staff College Ft. Leavenworth and on bases and museums throughout the United States. He is the only artist to depict every era of American military history and every branch of service.
  Larry has also contributed to the Jurassic Park franchise with some amazing artwork!

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\\Tom Feister

Tom Feister is an Eisner award winning illustrator/ designer. His clients include Marvel Comics (IRON MAN, EXILES, FANTASTIC FOUR), DC Comics (LEGION, EX-MACHINA), Dynamite Entertainment (GRAND PASSION, TERMINATOR vs. ROBOCOP), IDW Publishing (GI JOE), Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Bento Box Entertainment (THE AWESOMES), and many more.  Currently Tom is a character designer for Floyd County Productions on an upcoming animated series he’s not allowed to talk about yet.

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\\Tim Effler

To say that Tim Effler is a legendary toy designer would be an understatement. With his work on brands like Kenner's Star Wars and Jurassic Park, his designs have not only made it into the hands of millions of people worldwide, but (have) also influenced the direction of the major films. Tim has worked with countless other major toy brands including The Six Million Dollar Man, Stretch Armstrong, DC Super Powers, Ghostbusters, Silverhawks, Beatlejuice, Dragon ball Z, Pokemon, and more.

\\Shane Matthews

Shane Matthews is one of the original inventors on the Nerf Air Jet Dart gun, some of the later Super Soaker water guns as well as many other toys and consumer products. He is an expert in product development and manufacturing and has acted as an advisor to dozens of startups and small businesses. Come hear Shane's story behind the development and invention of some of the best selling toys in the world.

\\Doug Miller

Doug'scareerintoyand product development has impacted millions (if not billions) of lives. He has worked on legendary toy lines like Kenner's Star Wars, including figures like Yoda, IG-88, and more. His career continued at Tonka with the GO Bots and Willow toy lines. From there, Doug worked on Viewmaster and ride on-vehicles at Fisher Price and Go Grippers and Oball at Kids 2.

\\Nate Maldondao

Nate Maldonado is a Creative Director and Toy Designer based in Atlanta, GA. With over a decade of experience in the toy and family promotional industries, Nate has had the pleasure of working with and illustrating for many brands, including Crayola, Silly Putty, Lowe's Build and Grow, and Westminster Toys.

\\Omar Gonzalez

Omar is a Toy Designer for Strottman International and leads varying projects from Chick-fil-a plush to Lowe's wood kits. He has also designed toys for brands like Chevron, Baby Einstein, Sesame Street, Oball, and more. He enjoys developing new and exciting play patterns to push the boundaries of play.

\\Brad Reese

Brad Reese has been designing toys and leading toy design teams for the past fifteen years. Currently, Brad is the Director of Product Development at CCA and B, the company behind all things Elf on the Shelf. Brad's work with brands like Disney, Baby Einstein, Hape and more have won awards like Toy of the Year, Best Toy 2018, and Dr Toy's 10 Best toys.

\\Kyle Yaklin

Kyle Yaklin is a special FX artist in the Atlanta area. He creates make masks, prosthetics, props and makeup for collectors, film, and television.

As a child he was greatly influenced by classic horror and monster movies. In particular “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” and the “Godzilla” franchise. These films and others in the genre influenced Kyle’s work not only in special-FX, but in his drawing and sculpture as well.

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\\Shane Morton

SHANE MORTON is the mad scientist behind the Silver Scream FX LAB. At the age of 3 Shane Morton saw King Kong (’33) and he has been a monster maker ever since. In over 2 decades as a professional in the horror business he has worked with such greats as Stan Winston studios and Rob Zombie. He has designed and built horror attractions and haunted houses all over the country, the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse, being his biggest and best. You can see his recent film work in the indie, grindhouse hit Dear God No!, the upcoming Mandy, and on television with Adult Swim’s smash hit, Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell, where he was the Art Director of Hell and supplied special effects and make-ups. He is the producer, writer, director, and lead actor of The Silver Scream Spook Show, which has been running for over 6 years now with 50 episodes and over 100 performances.

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\\Kevin Sexton

     Kevin has been a comic book artist for the past eleven years but, an artist for the past 44 years. He has completed his own line of comic books, 13 to be exact entitled: “Vampyres: Dalton Nights, Bigfoot, and Paranormal Chasers” and he is a self published and writer. He has now written, directed, and starred in 4 films based upon the Paranormal Chasers Books.

     Over the last seven years he has became a sculptor and has recently began producing his own line of action figures and trophies for local teams. His sculpting capabilities have grown and earned him awards at past conventions such as Wonderfest in Louisville, KY for his diorama of Indiana Jones.  He also won a “Merit of Fine Art” award on his sculpture simply titled Minotaur. He is currently working on several commissioned products included one for Santiago Cirilo of AMC’s Walking Dead, called “Zombie Headhunter”.
     He has 21 years of experience as a professional wrestler holding 17 title belts in his career. He is currently working with other directors as a stunt fight choreographer.
    For the past several months Kevin has been sculpting Vintage Star Wars toys, for a UK based company called Smith Lords Creations. He is their very first US base artist, plus he has sculpted the largest toy for the company to this date. Kevin is current working vintage style MEGO figures for Santiago Cirilo. They plan to also collaborate on a Dread Drake figure from Paranormal Chasers as well.

 
 
THURSDAY EVENTS

6pm Dinner at Hawg and Ale Smokehouse (Meet in Lobby)

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FRIDAY EVENTS

1pm-6pm Vendor load-in


3pm-6pm Registration for Commanders/Early Bird
(Lobby)

6pm-8pm Vendor Preview

8pm EJ's World Famous Lobby Swap
(Lobby)

9:30pm-10:30pm State of the Hobby Panel
(Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room)

SATURDAY EVENTS
* Room Trading (after show floor closes) will be posted on a Dry erase board in the Lobby.

7am-9am Vendor Refresh

9am-10am Early Entry for Commanders, Early Birds, & 2-Day Passholders

10am-6pm General Admission

11am-Noon MEGO: with Dr. MEGO & Marty Abrams PANEL

(Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room)

12:30pm-1:15pm The History of The Jurassic Park Toy Line PANEL
(Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room)

1:30pm-2:15pm Prop Guns with Robert Sienko PANEL
(Panel Room 2/Blair Room)

1:30pm-2:15pm Stories from Behind the Scenes of the Toy Industry PANEL
(Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room)

2pm-3pm Possum Kingdom Ramblers CONCERT
(Lower Foyer)

2:30pm-3:15pm History of Nerf Air Jet PANEL

(Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room)

2:30pm-3:15pm STAR WARS toy collecting GASWC PANEL
(Panel Room 2/Blair Room)

3pm-4pm When Ukuleles Attack CONCERT
(Lower Foyer)

2:30pm-3:15pm The History of the Nerf Air Jet PANEL

(Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room)

3:30pm-4:15pm Creating the STAR WARS vintage Bantha
(Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room)

3:30pm-4:15pm Coming up with the next Great Toy Design PANEL
(Panel Room 2/Blair Room)

4:30pm Cosplay Contest PANEL
(Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room)

4:30pm-5:15pm How to make a living as a Toy Inventor PANEL
(Panel Room 2/Blair Room)

TBD Sass Parilla The Singing Gorilla CONCERT
(location TBD)

7pm-8:30pm Joelanta Parachute Drop/Launch
(Lawn overlooking golf course)

7pm STAR WARS Lobby Swap/Vader Case silent auction winners hosted by Georgia Alliance of Star Wars Collectors
(Lobby)

8:30pm-9:30pm Film Festival

(Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room)

9:30pm-10pm Cody Lane Charity Auction
(Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room)

10pm-12am Radio Cult concert
(Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room)

SUNDAY EVENTS

7am-9am Vendor Refresh

8am-8:30am Chapel Service
(Panel Room 2/Blair Room)

9am-10am
Early Entry for Commanders, Early Birds, & 2-Day Passholders

10am-4pm General Admission

10:30am-11:45am Larry Hama PANEL
(Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room)

Noon-12:45pm Adventure Team at 50 PANEL
(Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room)

Noon-12:45pm Board Games PANEL
(Panel Room 2/Blair Room)

1pm-1:45pm Making Toys for Big Brands PANEL
(Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room)

1pm-1:45pm Diorama Making with Joey Tutor PANEL
(Panel Room 2/Blair Room)

2pm-2:45pm Toyfight: 80s Toyline Battle PANEL
(Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room)

2pm-2:45pm Transformers Collecting
(Panel Room 2/Blair Room)


4pm-6pm Vendor Breakdown

 

Panels

\\State of the Hobby Roundtable - Events & Panels Room/Sanford Room, Friday 9:30pm
Get an insight into new product lines and innovations in the one sixth hobby for the upcoming year from industry insiders, manufacturers, customizers and super fans.

\\MEGO - Events & Panels Room/Sanford Room, Saturday 11am-Noon
Come enjoy listening to Marty Abrams & Dr. Mego talk about MEGO. They will also have a table with items for sale!

\\Larry Hama - Events & Panels Room/Sanford Room, Sunday 10:30am-11:45am
Larry Hama will be discussing GI Joe and answering questions!

 

\\Adventure Team at 50 -
Events & Panels Room/Sanford Room, Sunday Noon-12:45pm

50 years of Adventure Team!!!

\\Making Toys for Big Brands - Events & Panels Room/Sanford Room, Sunday 1pm-1:45pm
Ever wonder what it's like to create toys for major toy companies? Come listen to the pros! Tim Effler, Doug Miller, Brad Reese, & more will explain the ups, downs, and everything in-between on what it's like working for the big hitters of the industry!

\\STAR WARS toy collecting - Panel Room 2/Blair Room, Saturday 1:30pm-2:15pm
Do you collect STAR WARS toys or just curious what it's all about! Join GASWC as they discuss their favorite and least favorite STAR WARS toys!

\\History of The Jurassic Park Toy Line -
Events & Panels Room/Sanford Room, Saturday 12:30pm-1:15pm
Tim Effler will discuss the history of The Jurassic Park Toy Line.

\\Stories from Behind the Scenes of the Toy Industry -
Events & Panels Room/Sanford Room, Saturday 1:30pm-2:15pm

Join Tim Effler, Doug Miller, Shane Matthews, more to listen to stories from behind the scenes of the toy industry.

\\Transformers Collecting - Panel Room 2/Blair Room, Sunday 2pm-2:45pm
Join Dusty and Rob as they talk the new Transformers toys and media coming in 2020! From Earthrise and Cyberverse to Botbots and more, this panel is more than meets the eye!

\\History of the Nerf Air Jet -
Events & Panels Room/Sanford Room, Saturday 2:30pm-3:15pm

Come listen to Shane Matthews walk you through how the Nerf Air Jet came into existence!

\\Creating the STAR WARS vintage Batha-
Events & Panels Room/Sanford Room, Saturday 2:30pm-3:15pm
Come listen as Kevin the Toy Smuggler talks about how he created the vintage Bantha from the STAR WARS toy line!

\\How to make a living as a Toy Inventor -
Events & Panels Room/Sanford Room, Saturday 4:30pm-5:15pm

Come listen to pointers from Nate Malondao, Doug Miller, Tim Effler, and Shane Matthews about how to be able to pay your bills by making toys!

\\Prop Guns - Panel Room 2/Blair Room, Saturday 2:30pm-3:15pm
What counts as a prop gun? Robert Sienko will talk to you about how to make one!

\\Coming up with the next Great Toy Design -
Panel Room 2/Blair Room, Saturday 3:30pm-4:15pm
How do the pros come up with ideas for new toys? Tim Effler, Doug Miller, Oscar Gonzales, & more will get together and talk about how the process works for them!

\\Diorama Making - Panel Room 2/Blair Room, Saturday 4:30pm-6pm
Joey Tutor will talk to you about how to create great dioramas!

\\STAR WARS Lobby Swap/Vader Case  - Lobby, Saturday 7pm

GASWC - Georgia Alliance of Star Wars Collectors present: VADER CASE ART PROJECT - Silent Auction

With the help of local Atlanta artist, Urbnpop.com, we have teamed up with various Artists around the city for our first ever Star Wars/Art benefit. Cases were donated by Atlanta Vintage Toys and various members of the GASWC. Artists graciously donated their time to create unique, one of a kind pieces. The unveiling of the project will take place during Toylanta on Friday March 20th and conclude during the GASWC Lobby Party Saturday evening. This is a 'Silent Auction' format however the creators of this event reserve the right to change bidding format via live auction or online bidding. 100% of ALL proceeds donated to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Thanks for all your support! Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/839873703122192/
 

\\ToyFight!  - Events & Panels Room/Sanford Room, Sunday 2pm-2:45pm

80’s toy lines battle to see which one is the greatest toy of the decade as decided by you!

\\Board Games - Panel Room 2/Blair Room, Sunday Noon-12:45pm
A discussion on board games.

 
 

Live Music

\\Radio Cult - Saturday, 10pm, Events & Panels Room

Since 2005, Radio Cult has performed over 800 shows including conventions, casinos, weddings, fraternity parties, corporate events and festivals as well as in bars, concert halls and other music venues from their hometown of Atlanta, GA all the way to Los Angeles, CA and London, UK. The members of Radio Cult LOVE to play in a band and it shows. When the band has fun, the crowd has fun and with Radio Cult the crowd really has a blast! So what are you waiting for? Check out Radio Cult today!

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\\Possum Kingdom Ramblers -  Saturday, 2pm, Lower Foyer

Have you ever wondered what nerdgrass sounded like? Here's your chance! Be forwarned- you will hear songs about outer space and cats!

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\\When Ukuleles Attack - Saturday, 3pm, Lower Foyer

While cave-diving off the coast of Uketania, three amateur spelunkers accidentally disturbed a nest of wild ukuleles.  The explorers were mauled savagely, but a side effect of the bites caused two of them to instantly become adequate ukulele players, and one of them to become a blue gorilla who plays bass for some reason.  More importantly, the toxins boiling in their blood now compelled them to team up and spread the venom of ukulele music far and wide, as the band When Ukuleles Attack.

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\\Sass Parilla, The Singing Gorilla - Saturday, TBD

Originally from the wilds of Borneo, Sass Parilla, the Singing Gorilla makes his home in Atlanta, Georgia. Refusing to do singing telegrams, Sass has set his sights on beating a better path for singing gorillas everywhere. You'll see him around town from time to time, as one of the few male members of the Doll Squad Burlesque Review, opening for and sitting in with friends around Atlanta, not to mention playing with fair regularity at the Star Bar in Little Five Points.

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Film Festival

Saturday, 8:30pm, Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room

Amazingly creative fan films from all over the globe featuring all types of toys and action figures in all shapes and sizes. This has been a big event every year, so please arrive early to secure your seats! If you'd like to enter a film for possible inclusion, please contact Tim Weeden.

Joelanta's Famous Parachute Drop

Saturday, 7pm, Lawn overlooking golf course
The Parachute Drop has been a long running tradition at Joelanta/Toylanta. Initially only one sixth GI Joes were given the honor but in recent years there have been a much wider variety of toys and action figures participating in this adventurous journey. From Monster High to Star Wars to GI Joe RAH and everything in between. The event takes place on Saturday night and all who have any of the 3 multiple day passes can participate. Be creative and let's see what you bring to the party.

 

Charity Auction

Saturday, 9:30pm, Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room
Every year many generous folks donate original artwork, custom figures and sought after items to be Auctioned off. Proceeds go to The Cody Lane Memorial Toy and Diorama Museum a 501 (c) 3 organization that runs TOYLANTA.

 
 

EJ's Lobby Swap

Friday, 8pm, Lobby
A fan favorite is EJ's Lobby Swap event created by TOYLANTA's MC himself Mr. EJ White. The event is open to anyone with a 3-day pass who can bring a tub of toys and collectibles to trade or sell with other attendees.

 

Pop Culture Car Show

TIME/LOCATION COMING SOON!
We are happy to announce that our Pop Culture Car Show will be back in 2020! Past shows have included greats like The Ghostbusters Quick Response Unit, The Batmobile, The Jurassic Park Jeep, and The Zombie Tactical Field and Response Team Vehicle. Come take some pictures and check out the merchandise!

 

Designer Toy Experience

Located in the "Designer Toy Experience Room"
on the lower level

With the advancements in mold making, casting, and 3D printing, creative artists and toy fans alike are making their own one-of-a-kind and limited run toys for their own collections as well as for sale. Toylanta celebrates their innovation with an entire room devoted to creators! Check out the Designer Toy Experience at Toylanta 2020!
Click here to see some of the Designers that will be in attendance!

Vader Case Art Project

Saturday, 7pm, Lobby

GASWC - Georgia Alliance of Star Wars Collectors present: VADER CASE ART PROJECT - Silent Auction

With the help of local Atlanta artist, Urbnpop.com, we have teamed up with various Artists around the city for our first ever Star Wars/Art benefit. Cases were donated by Atlanta Vintage Toys and various members of the GASWC. Artists graciously donated their time to create unique, one of a kind pieces. The unveiling of the project will take place during Toylanta on Friday March 20th and conclude during the GASWC Lobby Party Saturday evening. This is a 'Silent Auction' format however the creators of this event reserve the right to change bidding format via live auction or online bidding. 100% of ALL proceeds donated to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Thanks for all your support!
Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/839873703122192/

 
 

Gaming Room

Located in the Gaming Room (Lower Level)
The fantastic Southern Fried Gaming Expo is sponsoring the Toylanta Gaming Room! They will be hosting a number of table top games throughout the weekend! Check out information on THEIR show at: http://southernfriedgameroomexpo.com/

Cosplay Contest

Saturday, 4:30pm,
Events & Panel Room/Sanford Room

Ariel Allegro is an accomplished visual artist, performing artist and producer, cosplay hobbiest, classically trained musician, and parent to two small humans. A native Atlantan with a background that also includes special events, Ariel is excited to be joining the Toylanta team to head up the 2020 costume contest!

 
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