“UltraCon” 2013 Set for March 23-24, Hialeah, FL

Official poster for the 2013 UltraCon to be held March 23-24 in Hialeah, FL. (Graphic: Mike Rio)

Official poster for the 2013 UltraCon in Hialeah, FL. (Graphic: Mike Rio)

Ramada Inn, Hialeah, FL, site of 2013's "UltraCon" toy show. (Photo: Ramada Inn)

Ramada Inn, Hialeah, FL, site of 2013’s “UltraCon” toy show. (Photo: Ramada Inn)

Sandwiched right in between Joelanta and the national JoeCon 2013 in Indianapolis, is Florida’s largest toy, comic and anime show known unabashedly as “UltraCon.” According to UltraCon’s head organizer and longtime GIjOE fan, Irving Santiago, this year’s event will have something for everyone. Just look at what Santiago reveals in this press release:

“Ultra Con will feature collectors and dealers from all over the State of Florida, selling their collectible vintage tin toys & modern toys, Hot Wheels, vintage sports cards, comic books, vintage GIjOEs, and hundreds of 3 3/4” GIjOE vehicles & figures. There will also be UK Action Man figures from The 1960’s& 1970’s, Star Wars (old & new), Monsters (old & new), Godzilla, Transformers, Dragonball Z, Power Rangers, Marvel Legends, Marvel Universe, Toy Biz, and DC. Several dealers will be selling off entire Star Trek & Star Wars collections from The 1980s!

Irving Santiago during the Lobby Swap at Joelanta 2012. (Photo: Mark Otnes)

Irving Santiago during the Lobby Swap at Joelanta 2012. (Photo: Mark Otnes)

Wow! Sounds like an amazing opportunity for toy fans and collectors of all ages and interests. But that’s not all. Santiago went on to describe even MORE attractions at this year’s show:

“There will also be two “Ultimate Fighter” special guests at the Con; UFC’s Mike ‘The Wolverine’ Rio and MMA’s Luis Baboon Palomino. Both will be there to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. Creature Entertainment Comics will have a team there and we’ll also have a “Comic Book Alley” set up for local comic book artists to display and sell their artwork. Members of a My Little Pony club will attend. There’s also a cosplay costume contest with a $100 prize!”

Bottom Line: If you’ve got the time (and the money), it’s obvious where you should be on March 23 and 24th. The Ramada Inn is across from Westland Mall in Hialeah, FL at 1950 West 49th Street. Adults are $5, kids under 12 are free. Dealers can set up Friday afternoon from 6pm until 11pm. Showtime is 9AM to 5PM on both Saturday and Sunday. Parking is free. For vendor info, call Irving at 786-285-3738. Sorry, but sinkholes, alligators and anacondas will not be allowed to attend. HA!

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