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See You at Designer Con 2013!

I’ve been a faithful attendee of Designer Con the past couple of years and this year will be no different, except that it will be going for 2 days instead of just one! I may only attend one day, but I haven’t decided on that yet. Anyways, I was also asked to provide some pre-show coverage, which just means to me that I should copy over the info they sent, since I personally don’t really know what will be happening there. I can also share a little animated ad that they have on their YouTube channel to tell more about what is happening this year:

Designer Con is where art intersects with geek – it’s for toy collectors, art collectors, those into everything from Star Wars and Star Trek to pop surrealist artists such as Travis Louie and Kathie Olivas. It’s also a perfect event for pre-Xmas gift recommendations.

Event website:

Here’s a link to a press release with focus on a Star Wars inspired group art show and toy drive for the LAFD.

You’ll find the vendor list here – it’s ginormous!
The first event blast from a couple of months back – and an announcement about the on-site installation of the deck of the Starship Enterprise!

Starship Enterprise

Star Trek fans rejoice! New Starship, a nonprofit California based foundation, is restoring the Paramount created Enterprise-D Bridge and bringing it to the show! Come take your pictures on the bridge and help the foundation by donating for a shirt or a membership. Find out more about the bridge and foundation at

Designer Con 2013
November 9th & 10th, 2013

Nov. 9 (Saturday) : 9 am – 6 pm
Nov. 10 (Sunday) : 9 am – 5 pm

Pasadena Convention Center, Exhibit Hall
300 E. Green Street,
Pasadena, CA 91101


Via web: One day tickets – $5, Two day tickets – $10

At the door: $7.00 each day

Previous Designer Con Press:

Designer Con 2012 Photos:

Designer Con was founded in 2006 under the name Vinyl Toy Network. The show was created to bring together artists, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in the vinyl toy/collectible figures market. The first show was in an 1,100 sq. ft. meeting room at the Pasadena Convention Center and has now grown into a 50,000 sq. ft. hall with over 150 vendors, art & custom shows, live demonstrations, and much more. Designer Con now incorporates everything in the world of design, including apparel, plush, printing, sculpture, designer toys, and art ranging from fine to urban. The show was founded and still run by companies who are also vendors which is why we strive to provide a fun, safe, comfortable environment for fans, artists, and vendors to meet!
One of the most exciting things about this year’s Designer Con is that it’s two days! That means twice the fun with a whole weekend to meet your favorite artists, check out live presentations, and find interesting new toys and goodies.
I found this part of the event pretty cool!

DKE Toys 5th Annual Graveyard & Garage Sale
Proceeds go to Los Angeles Fire Department “Spark of Love” Holiday Toy Drive
Saturday, November 9 & Sunday, November 10, 2013 9am – 5pm

Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena CA 91101

What does a toy distributor do with damaged toys? Turns them into a fundraiser of course!

All year DKE Toys puts broken toys under the stairs in the DKE warehouse in what has become known as “The Graveyard.” At Designer Con 2009 DKE Toys had their first ever Graveyard Sale to incredible results. Now DKE is back with more fun stuff this year!

Come shop for two days only at Designer Con 2013 in Pasadena in this lot of missing box, broken piece, smudged, fudged, no arms, vinyl and designer toys all at Crazy Eddie discount prices and feel good about it! Proceeds go to the Los Angeles Fire Department “Spark of Love” Holiday Toy Program.

In addition visit the DKE Garage Sale where DKE will offer all kinds of action figures, new and loose from Star Wars, Transformers, GI Joe, Power Rangers and more. Dig through books, magazines, posters and other fun knick-knacks. Who knows what you will find!

Pieces and parts are great for DYI customizers and who doesn’t like a good toy sale?! Come buy some of our junk at drastically reduced prices and make the holidays a little brighter for some LA children.

DKE TOYS: Dov Kelemer & Sarah Jo Marks are Co-Founders of DKE Toys, the largest independent wholesale distributor of designer toys, limited edition art objects, collectibles, and gifts in the world exclusively representing hundreds of artists, designers, and boutique manufacturers. DKE also curates art shows, writes books, appraises and buys collections and toy closeouts of all shapes and sizes.

DESIGNER CON is an art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art.

DKE Toys is also presenting the following events at Designer Con 2013:

  • The Super Suck Up 2! Customized Sucklord figure editions by actual artists!
  • The Third Annual Suckathon featuring The Super Sucklord and The Crystal Pharaoh broadcasting LIVE and UNCENSORED from the DCon stage. 2-4pm each day. Watch at
  • The 99 Deaths of Jar Jar art show!

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