I take for granted that everyone goes camping. I grew up doing it and have continued to go my entire life. While we don’t go nearly as often as I would like, we manage to go at least a couple of times a year. The older I get, the more I have come to understand that most people don’t go camping or even visit what I consider the outdoors. Now we primarily do what is called “car camping”. We load almost every convenience into the truck so we’re not necessarily roughing it. At least we don’t camp in campgrounds, opting to 4-wheel into the backcountry. There are much more hardcore people that carry everything they need in a backpack and hike to their spot. Then there are the people that basically drive an apartment into the woods and call that camping. It doesn’t matter how you do it, I just suggest you try it at least once in your life.
The way people collect can be equally as diverse as the way people choose to camp. And just as with camping, there’s no really right or wrong way to do it. I think this year’s Power-Con demonstrated this. The big two, Hasbro and Mattel, were nowhere to be found, but in their place was an amazingly diverse group of indy toy makers. The Four Horsemen had an extremely impressive setup highlighted by their amazing life-size Ogre. Fresh Monkey Fiction showed off some great new entries to the BBTS-sponsored Monster Force line. Mondo continued their stellar reputation with a flocked Panthor and Filmation Trap Jaw. My favorite by far was Creative Beast Studio, makers of The Beasts of Mesozoic. It looks like, besides just redecos and buck reuse, they most likely had an absolutely brilliant idea all along.
See you in the hills…Slick
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