Occasionally, our ever-expanding pool of intrepid “Field Reporters” makes our work here at The Joe Report all too easy. In this particular case, “Mighty” Michael Milstead of the DFW GIjOE Collector’s Club provided us not only with great photos, but also an extensive, well-written review of the recent GIjOE show held in the Dallas-Ft. Worth “Metroplex” area. Milstead’s insightful, first-person account reveals intriguing details that we could have never have provided without his assistance. Here then, is his report…
“The DFW GI Joe and Action Figure Show was long overdue. I note that because the DFW GI Joe Collectors Club finally stepped out of the shadow of simply sponsoring numerous annual conventions and instead hosted a convention all our own. What a whirlwind of activity these past months of planning and advertising have been. Whew!”
“This inaugural convention was held on Saturday October 6th in Carrollton, Texas at the First Christian Church of Carrollton. The doors opened early Saturday morning to a day that promised to be both cold and gray with threatening skies. Thankfully the forecasted rain held off, and as promised, Joe and his action figure friends were out in full force to spend their Saturday pass at the show.”
“The show itself consisted of more than 18 dealer’s featuring items from every era since Joe’s inception in the mid 1960’s. If Joe wasn’t your “thing” he was kind enough to bring his brethren with him as every major and minor category of 12” and 3 3/4” figure were present. Whether it was a 1/18th scale aircraft carrier or a 1/6th scale Jeep you could find it at this show, and if you couldn’t, then you probably didn’t need it!”
“I know for a fact that hundreds of Joe’s, assorted action figures, and vehicles found new homes as I watched attendees carry them out by the literal arm loads. In one particular case it took a dolly to get the ENORMOUS boxed GI Joe Defiant out the front doors!”
“The DFW GI Joe and Action Figure Show was a HUGE success. I would like to thank all of you that attended and supported our very first show. I also want to thank all of the vendors that participated in the show as well as the members of the club for which none of this would have been possible.”
“Over the past few days I have read numerous posts pertaining to feedback concerning the show and all of them have been extremely positive. If you missed this year’s show you missed an excellent one! I have it on good authority, and you’re reading it here first, that the DFW GI Joe and Action Figure Show will return bigger and better in 2013. Thank you all again for your support!” —Michael L. Milstead
Superb work, Michael. You thanked us for our support, and we thank YOU for your report! But that’s not all, Joeheads! In another informative account of the day’s proceedings, ace field reporter Keith Holmes provides us with these additional insights…
“It might appear egotistical of me to declare the show a success, but, if you look at the scope of what we were trying to accomplish, you can see why I think it was a success:
1. Have a show sponsored by the DFW GI Joe Collectors Club in 2012. We did this within 3 months with a zero budget!
2. Sell 23 vendor tables. We sold 26 tables!
3. Raise funds to pay the church for the use of the building. We met our goal and paid in full!4. Make the dealers happy enough to come back for another show. The majority of the dealers I talked to said they would come back and participate in another show.”
“I felt that this last goal was one of the most important. Having attended many shows over the years, I’ve noticed that it takes only one bad show to scare dealers off for the next couple of years.We tried our absolute best to minimize risk and costs to the dealers.
I’ll be following up with the dealers here shortly on what they liked about the show and what they didn’t. There were a few dealers that I didn’t talk to and would like to get their feedback on the show.
It’ll be several months before location and dates are established and locked in for 2013 show. We’ll do our best to incorporate the best features of our original location and expand those things that will make the show even more enjoyable next year. We look forward to seeing you again next year!”—Keith Holmes
Sounds like everyone had a great time and the DFW club has garnered some very valuable show-hosting experience. We can’t wait to hear what their plans are for 2013. Congratulations, DFW Club members on a job VERY well done!