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Preview: DesignerCon makes long-awaited return to Anaheim Convention Center, November 12th-14th 2021

One of our favorite conventions of the year is set to make its in-person return to the Anaheim Convention Center in just over a week: DESIGNERCON.

The creator-focused show will once again be taking over Halls C and D at the Anaheim Convention Center over the course of Friday 12th-Sunday 14th November and – along with all the wonderful creators there including the likes of Luke Chueh, Camille Rose Garcia, Tristan Eaton, Tara McPherson, Camille Rose Garcia and Jorge Gutierrez – there will such notable manufacturers and distributors of vinyl and collectable figures including DKE Toys, XLARGE, Mighty Jaxx, MEDICOM, Pop Mart, MONDO and many more.

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We can’t wait to see all the creators in person again when DesignerCon kicks off at 5pm (for VIPs) on Friday November 12th. Tickets are now available at http://www.designercon.com

Below is the full press release including more details on the programming, some of the exclusives you can expect at the show and more!


DesignerCon Makes its In-Person Return as the First Live Event at the Anaheim Convention Center Since COVID-19

Friday, November 12, 2021
VIP NIGHT | 5pm-9pm
Saturday, November 13, 2021
VIP | 9am-7pm
General Admission | 10am-7pm
Sunday, November 14, 2021
General Admission | 10am-6pm
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802

Anaheim, CA (October 29, 2021) – DesignerCon, the largest toy and collectible event in the US, is back, bringing exclusive drops and more to fans live and in-person, following a year of virtual programming! As the first event to return to the Anaheim convention Center after over a year of halted conventions, DesignerCon 2021 is already generating quite the buzz, but, ever
thinking of their loyal attendees, they have gone above and beyond to ensure this year’s event is a well-received homecoming.

As expected, this year will be full of exclusive releases including those from Pop Mart, DKE Toys, MONDO, MightyJaxx, and so many more! 3DRetro will be bringing the vinyl Vultura Macabra by fan-favorite Camille Rose Garcia, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. As the only US show to host MEDICOM, DesignerCon is thrilled to announce the 2021 Artist Series BE@RBRICK pack featuring Junko Mizuno, Tara McPherson, Aaron Kai, Sket One, and Brian Viveros. Also in the works and soon to hit the convention floor, there will be a VIP Only BE@RBRICK designed by Scott Tolleson. The BE@RBRICK love continues with Lyrical Lemonade, Louis De Guzman, and Greg Mike.

That’s not all from Superstar artist Greg Mike, who takes his place at the helm as this year’s featured artist. Mike designed all 8 collectible badges for 2021, taking the experience to a whole new level from the very second attendees don their credentials.
DesignerCon and Popshop Live will continue their relationship from the convention floor this year. Popshop Live, an official partner of the show, will be showing off their technology to current and future collectors, demonstrating a new way to purchase exclusives.

The collectible revolution doesn’t stop there. In an effort to bring the most current and exciting experience to consumers, DCon has partnered with New Zealand-based non-fungible token (NFT) digital collectible app VeVe to dive headfirst into the world of NFTs! VeVe has put together a series of DesignerCon exclusives limited-edition digital collectibles from DesignerCon all-star artists, IPs, and brands. VeVe has curated both their own releases featuring pop culture favorites and DesignerCon exclusive drops with Tristan Eaton, Tara McPherson, Camille Rose Garcia, Jorge Guitierrez, and brands like XLARGE and Mighty Jaxx! Collectors can expect limited drop blind boxes for prices starting at $13 USD, featuring randomized 3D models of various 3D toy series’ curated by VeVe founder David Yu.

The tech excitement and advancement continues, with Eyejack App’s Prosthetic Reality Volume The AR company will bring together over 60 artists, animators and sound designers from around the planet to showcase Augmented Reality (AR) NFT Art. It’s the first book of its kind to combine AR, the blockchain, and traditional art, serving as a historical document to capture this moment in time and showcases a collective of artists at the forefront of art in the Metaverse.

With a varied and exciting slate of programming, the DCon Stage is also back for 2021. Ticket holders can expect panels with talent from Sony Pictures Animation, NFT expertise from VeVe, and a live set from DJ Jeremy Sole during the VIP party. Look out for details on a live art competition sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation on Saturday, putting their story artists up against DCon’s friends from Lincoln Design Co. The audience will have live input on the artwork, and sponsor Xencelabs will be giving away a free tablet during the show.

In order to host this incredible event in-person and bring the community back together in a safe and conscious way, founder Ben Goretsky and the DesignerCon team have been working closely with the Anaheim Convention Center. DesignerCon is updating their protocols as directed by the CDC and State of California. Be sure to bring a mask if you hope to walk the halls of this year’s epic convention. This long-awaited return to Anaheim is a landmark itself, marking a return to normalcy for many, not to mention the exciting new technology and programming!

About DesignerCon:

Founded in 2005 by Ben Goretsky, DesignerCon brings together artists, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in the designer toy/ vinyl collectibles market and has grown to incorporate everything in the design world including apparel, plush, printing, sculpture, designer toys, and both fine and urban art. The steady growth DesignerCon has enjoyed correlates with its popularity in today’s art nerd, geek culture; collectors and designer toy lovers alike wait through the night for new releases, pre-orders for new artist collaboration apparel are sold out within minutes, and artists use the convention as an opportunity to announce exclusive releases and collaborations. www.designercon.com

Dan Berry
Dan Berry
Dan Berry is a man of mystery, an enigma that flits from convention to convention like a spectre, like a spirit. His interests range far and wide: he cannot be determined, he cannot be defined, he cannot be contained. He's like the wind. He also is a Sagittarius and enjoys a nice Italian.

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