WonderCon Anaheim 2018 Cosplayer Spotlight

Convention.Life's visit to 2018 WonderCon Anaheim brought us back in touch with some amazing cosplayers we haven't run into for a while, as well as some cosplayers we had the great pleasure of meeting for the first time.  Here are a few:

 @AlinaMasquerade as Rainbow Brite; @WindStriker007 as Ruby Rod from "The Fifth Element"; @VertVixen as Garrison from "Battle Chasers"; @natty.lou.creations as a stylized Dalek from "Dr. Who"

@AlinaMasquerade as Rainbow Brite; @WindStriker007 as Ruby Rod from "The Fifth Element"; @VertVixen as Garrison from "Battle Chasers"; @natty.lou.creations as a stylized Dalek from "Dr. Who"


Hailing from Arizona, Alina Masquerade rocked an inspired Rainbow Brite costume, throwing us all the way back to our favorite Saturday morning cartoons. She was also spotted in the classic Jessica Rabbit cosplay from Disney's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" as well as the Sorceress from the "Dragon's Crown" RPG video game.  This was our first time meeting her, but I'm sure it won't be the last.

Facebook: Alina Masquerade
Twitter: @AlinaMasquerade
Instagram: @AlinaMasquerade
YouTube: Alina Masquerade
For business inquires:
PO Box 41792
Phoenix, AZ 85080
Email:   alinamasquerade@gmail.com

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LeQuan Bennett was arguably the hit of WonderCon this year, with crowds regularly gathering in the aisles to take photos with Ruby Rod, from the film "The Fifth Element".  You can dress up like Ruby rod, and you can carry a cane like Ruby Rod, but LeQuan truly embodied the spirit of Ruby Rod.  Chris Tucker would be proud.  We were so happy to meet him.  We hope to see him again sometime in the future.  We are excited to see what comes next from this dynamic personality, coming out of Anchorage, Alaska.

Twitter: @WindStriker007
YouTube: WindStriker007
Instagram:   @WindStriker007
Facebook:   LeQuan Bennett


We had the pleasure of running into one of our favorite cosplayers VertVixen this year at WonderCon at the MatterHackers booth, bringing to life artist Joe Madureira's Garrison character from the popular comic book / video game "Battle Chasers".  The last time we ran into VertVixen was 2013 WonderCon, when she stole the show as one of the most realistic Wonder Woman cosplays we have ever seen.

Facebook: Vertvixen
Twitter: @VertVixen
Instagram:   @VertVixen
YouTube:   VertVixen Studios
Email:   vertvixencontact@gmail.com


Renetta Lloyd (aka Natty Lou Creations) comes to us from from Vista, California, and has designed and produced costumes for a number of theaters in the San Diego area.  The unique vision of her creations is only rivaled by her skill to actually bring the designs to life.  She was such a pleasure to meet in her inspired Dalek cosplay from the "Dr. Who" series.  WonderCon was her cosplay debut, but she handled herself like a veteran.  We cannot wait to see what comes next from this talented designer.

Website:   http://www.nattyloucreations.com
Facebook:   Natty Lou Creations
Instagram:   @Natty.Lou.Creations
Email:   nattyloucreations@gmail.com

LBCC 2017: Exhibitor Highlights

Long Beach Comic Con embodies the lifestyle of its namesake. Laid back, open and inviting, while giving you plenty to do without the feeling of haste. We enjoyed our time strolling up and down every aisle, stopping to really get to know more about what caught our eye. Below are some of many exhibitors we got to know:

PinkOwlet: Dana Duncan


By day Dana teaches Design and Illustration at Art Center in Pasadena, where her students refer to her as the digital dominatrix—she whips pixels into shape on a daily basis. Her well branded booth caught our eye and we were rewarded with visual eye-candy from patterns put on dresses to pins to fun greeting cards.


Gears & Roebuck - Rust Junk Emporium


Shannon Hoage started as a Prop Master's apprentice when she was 14. Her love for props and painting came together in what she likes to call wearable Steampunk. Most of her products use already existing toys, or masks, that are then repainted to have a worn metallic feel. Watching anyone who came by the booth, you saw a similar reaction when they realized how light the items were since they are not actual metals. Very comfortable indeed.


Tee No Evil


The brothers behind Tee No Evil - Zany Zombie Shirts, got the Kickstarter backing to make their dreams come true. These high quality shirts are hand inspected by them to ensure each one meets their standards. They want to make sure the quality matches the art, and the art is great.


Will Terry


Will Terry has been an illustrator for over 25 years with over 30 children's books and clients ranging from Time magazine, Pizza Hut, and MasterCard. He's now taking those skills to the masses for consumption in the form of prints while still finding time to run an online school.


What's next? Not a LONG wait.

If you feel like you missed out on the fun, you did. But you don't have to wait a year. The team that brought you LBCC has Long Beach Comic Expo, February 17-18 2018. Tickets just went on sale today, click here to get yours and we'll see you then.

"We are viewing SDCC as our coming out party for the METALS brand."

METALS is forging their lineup (see booth #3746 at SDCC)

In our recent visit with Anime Expo, we had the awesome surprise of running into the METALS display for Jada Toys. Their footprint was impressive, even more so was the amount of eye candy in the display cases. We were able to talk with Darryl Li (eCommerce Manager) and Michael Jimenez (Creative Services/Marketing Manager) to learn more about Jada Toys, the METALS line and their plans for SDDC.

METALS pre-production samples from Suicide Squad

For those just discovering METALS with Batman vs. Superman, Civil War, and Suicide Squad, can you tell us more about Jada Toys? 

Jada Toys is a leading manufacturer of authentically licensed and highly stylized toys, games, and collectibles. Jada works closely with major entertainment and vehicle brands to produce the innovative, patented items that our fans have come to expect. 

How did Jada Toys get started with licensed character properties and METALS?

The METALS line was born from the idea of changing the way fans and collectors perceive collectibles. We saw an opportunity to create something new that could differentiate us from the rest of what is currently being offered. Because Jada has always held expertise when it comes to working with die-cast, we saw it as a perfect opportunity to create something completely new. 

That Hulkbuster though…

Where do you want to go with these licensed properties? 

As with any brand, we look to continue to expand our vast portfolio to continue to bring to market everyones favorite characters in true METALS form. 

Upcoming lines for METALS: WWE and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Does METALS have other plans for exclusives at conventions or retail stores, other than the SDCC sets? 

Yes, we will be offering more exclusive items to be featured at different retail stores coming later this Fall. 

Anime-Expo was a great showing! What can we expect for SDCC and beyond? 

We will have many new properties and characters coming to the METALS line on display at SDCC. We are viewing SDCC as our coming out party for the METALS brand. Some properties to be on display include WWE, Star Trek, Dr. Strange, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles just to name a few. 

Find these 4" SDCC exclusive 2-packs at booth #3746. $30 each or both for $50!

Darryl Li has been with Jada Toys for two years as the e-Commerce Manager.
Michael Jimenez has been with Jada Toys for over 11 years and is currently the Creative Services/Marketing Manager.

To learn more about METALS follow them on Intagram at Instagram.com/Metals_Diecast or visit their website.