The Outer Space Men. The booth was part history, part sales, and all enthusiasm. It was staffed by Gary Schaeffer (a superfan who affectionately calls himself "The Money") and none other than Mel Birnkrant, the creator of the original toy line.
|The sale case|
The Four Horsemen got together and put out their own licensed version of the toys - pictured above. The figures employ the Glyos system of parts, making heads, hands, and other pieces not only interchangeable with other figures in The Outer Space Men line, but also with other toys using Glyos parts. The figures are well known to indie toy collectors and create a bridge spanning more than 40 years between the original and new lines.
|Check out the Pez dispensers!|
|Another display case|
|In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the line. This glossy graphic novel, which is based on the toys, was sold at the booth and is available for purchase (along with other awesome stuff) on the official Outer Space Men website.|
|Poster given away at the booth|
|They were also giving away this poster, which I was happy to get signed by Mr. Birnkrant.|
|Here's Mel Birnkrant himself, next to a cardboard figure of one of his characters.|
Stay tuned for an interview I filmed at the booth with Mel Birnkrant. Coming soon...