Toy collectors and fans from around the globe will come together in the name of fun, family and toy collecting as the much-loved Ultracon returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on Saturday, Aug. 28 and Sunday, Aug. 29.
The buzz around this year’s Ultracon is electric, as for the first time in more than a decade, the convention will host a reunion of the mega-hit cartoons Thundercats and Silverhawks. Larry Kenny, the voice of Liono (Thundercats) and Blue Grass (Silverhawks) will join Peter Newman, the voice of Tygra (Thundercats) and Quicksilver (Silverhawks) to meet fans and sign autographs.
Returning for its ninth year, Ultracon has something for everyone — fans of the cartoons, comic books and sci-fi series of yesteryear, as well as devotees of the eye-popping modern shows being produced today. Dozens of artists and production specialists from comic and cartoon dynasties like Marvel will also be on hand to meet fans and sign some of their work.
This year, renown comic book artists have designed conference exclusive comic covers for purchase. This includes Bob Mcleod (New Mutants), Joe Rubinstein (Wolverine) and John Hebert (Punisher: War Zone, X-men Adventures). Even better, the artists will be on hand to sign their work.
And, of course, there will be the toys. Star Wars to Silverhawks, She-Ra to Strawberry Shortcake and everything in between will be among the mountain of vintage and modern toy treasures for fans to paw through and find that special piece.
Ultracon Director Irving Santiago said the support for the convention among toy collectors and fans has continued to grow over the years.
“The enjoyment you see on the faces of fans when they find that prized toy, or shake the hand of a childhood hero like Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon is absolutely priceless,” Santiago said. “After a tough 18 months for many people, Ultracon is just the ticket to spread some summer cheer.”
Tickets are on sale now. Weekend tickets are $35, while a Saturday-only ticket is $25 and a Sunday-only ticket is $20. Kids under 10 enter free with an adult ticket purchase. Tickets and a full list of Ultracon attractions can be found at www.ultraconcity.com.