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“Pop” In Culture

By Ed Tucker


Collectibles  shows  are  nothing  new  to  the  gang  at  Retrorama  Collectibles  in  Jacksonville,  Florida.    Most  of  the  current  staff  worked  with  a  similar  group,  the  North  Florida  Toy  &  Collectibles  Association  back  when  these  types  of  shows  were  all  the  rage  in  the  mid  to  late  90’s.    Then  a  selling  phenomenon  called  eBay  knocked  the  collecting  world  for  a  loop  and  all  but  the  largest  and  hardiest  of  these  shows  fell  by  wayside  almost  over  night.  It’s  been  over  a  decade  since  eBay  overturned  the  landscape  and  some  interesting  changes  have  been  on  the  rise.

 

According  to  Retrorama  co-founder  Dan  Tuchmann,  “we  found  that  dealers  were  growing  tired  of  all  the  rules,  regulations,  and  fees  associated  with  eBay  and  they  really  missed  the  days  of  in  person  shows”.    Sensing  that  the  time  was  right  in  Jacksonville  to  bring  these  shows  back,  Tuchmann  partnered  up  with  some  fellow  collectors  and  the  Retrorama  Collectibles  Show  was  born  in  early  2012.    “It’s  a  different  world  now  than  it  was  close  to  twenty  years  ago  when  we  started  doing  this  the  first  time”  said  Tuchmann,“the  economy  is  down  but  people  are  still  looking  for  affordable  entertainment  they  can  take  their  families  to  and  nostalgia  shows  are  perfect  for  that.”   

 

In  addition  to  being  fun  for  all  age  groups,  collectors  are  always  going  to  want  to  collect  and  no  amount  of  virtual  reality  on  a  computer  can  compare  to  actually  holding  an  item  in  your  hands  before  deciding  to  purchase  it  or  not.    Collectibles  shows  are  also  great  places  to  make  new  friends  and  share  information  about  the  hobby  of  collecting  with  like-minded  people.  After  all,  most  dealers  are  collectors  themselves  and  everyone  enjoys  talking  about  their  collection.  “I  consider  us  very  fortunate  to  have  the  mix  of  vendors  that  we  do”  says  Tuchmann  “we  have  a  lot  of  people  who  come  to  the  show  looking  for  information  on  items  that  they  can’t  find  elsewhere  and  our  dealers  are  always  happy  to  help  them  out.”

 

Variety  also  plays  an  important  part  in  the  Retrorama  Collectible  Shows  so  you  wouldn’t  be  surprised  to  find  original  twelve  inch  G.I.  Joe  figures,  movie  posters,  records,  or  even  vintage  clothing  and  jewelry  all  in  the  same  room.    With  so  much  on  display,  it’s  also  easy  to  find  items  that  fit  almost  any  budget  so  young  and  old  alike  can  add  to  their  collections.    While  it  isn’t  a  hard  and  fast  rule,  the  Retrorama  shows  try  to  put  the  emphasis  on  vintage  collectibles  from  before  1990.  “We  encourage  dealers  to  stock  quality  and  unique  items  that  are  least  twenty  to  twenty-five  years  old  or  older”  said  Tuchmann,  “we  realize  that  popular  culture  can  be  a  broad  theme  so  we  don’t  mind  if  they  have  some  more  recent  merchandise  but  we  find  that  most  customers  at  our  shows  are  looking  for  the  kinds  of  items  that  aren’t  easily  available  elsewhere.”    As  the  old  saying  goes,  everything  old  is  new  again!

 

The  Retrorama  gang  has  pulled  out  all  the  stops  for  their  next  show  on  August 10th,  2014  at  the  Ramada  Inn  Conference  Center  in  the  Mandarin  area  of  Jacksonville.    In  addition  to  an  expanded  lineup  of  dealers,  they  have  gone  out  of  their  way  to  lin-up  in  some  very  special  guests.    “We  look  for  guests  who  haven’t  been  at  every  show  in  the  state  for  the  past  five  years”  Tuchmann  boasts,  “people  have  already  had  multiple  opportunities  to  meet  those  guests  so  we  look  for  ones  that  will  be  unique  to  this  area”.

   

We Got the Fishing Nets Ready and we caught Ricco Browning the last Original Universal Monster!  Our Celebrity Guest of Honor, having the distiction of being the only actor to play the creature in all three movies.


With  so  much  going  on  it’s  a  little  hard  to  believe  the  admission  price  is  kept as low as possible but,  as  Dan  Tuchmann  is  quick  to  point  out,  “we  try  to  make  our  shows  accessible  to  as  many  people  as  possible,  we  know  these  aren’t  easy  times  for  a  lot  of  folks  but  we  also  realize  that  if  they  have  a  good  time  without  blowing  their  budget,  they’ll  be  back.”  Parking is free and advance adult general admission is $5.00 that's 50% off through July 1st, 2014 then it goes to $10.00 per adult admission, children 12 and under are free with adult paid admission or $2.00. It’s  a  trip  down  memory  lane  for  some  and  a  chance  to  peruse  for  fantastic  finds  for  others  but  it  all  boils  down  to  a  lot  of  fun  for  everyone  at  a  Retrorama  Show.


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Celebrity Guest Ricco Browning
The Last Original Universal Monster
Director Don Coscarelli

Actor and Stuntman Ricco Browning

Ricou Browning (born November 23, 1930) is an American film director, actor, producer, screenwriter, underwater cinematographer and stuntman. He is best known for his underwater stunt work, playing the Gill-man in Creature from the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature and The Creature Walks Among Us. Other actors portrayed the creature on land. He is also the only actor to have portrayed the creature more than once. He is the only surviving Gill-man actor, and the last surviving original Universal Monster.

Browning worked at Wakulla Springs in the 1940s amd learned to perform in underwater newsreels conceived by Newton Perry, who later took Browning along when he opened Weeki Wachee.

Browning directed the underwater scenes in James Bond's Thunderball (1966 Academy Award winner for special visual effects), underwater scenes in Caddyshack (1980) and coordinated marine stunts in an episode of "Boardwalk Empire" (2010). Iin 2006, Film Florida awarded him its first Florida Legends Award. A Florida native, Browning was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2012.

Browning started a career in water shows, moving on to produce shows. He moved into movies in 1954, playing the underwater role of the Gill-man in Creature from the Black Lagoon (while Ben Chapman played the monster on land), a feat he repeated in two sequels. He continued in movie production and joined Ivan Tors' studios in Florida, where he was producer on Flipper (1963) and the writer on the following television series. He directed Hello Down There (1969) and Salty (1973). He also worked as second unit director, stunt coordinator and underwater sequence director on a number of features, including Island of the Lost (1967), Caddyshack (1980), Thunderball (1965) and Never Say Never Again (1983).

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David Polk

Mr. Polk is a Florida native who got his start in films with Cop and a Half starring Burt Reynolds and the Central Florida lensed television series Second Noah. In recent years he has specialized in cult films like The Deepening, Scream Farm, The Hospital, and the soon to be released Fat Chance. He will be joining us all the way from Nashville for his second appearance at a show in his home state.

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SPECIALIZING IN:
Vintage Toys, Lunch Boxes, and Games

Vinyl Records

Collectibles Trains and Accessories

Barbie dolls and Accessories

Vintage  toys  from  the  1950's  to  Now

Vintage To Modern Toys

Comics, Toys, Vintage Rock T-shirts & Clothes

Charitable Donations for Kids Medical Needs

Retro Card Game Artwork

Comic Book and Custom Artwork

Sci-Fi Collectibles

Vintage  Collectibles  of  all  Kinds

Action Figures and Action Figure Series

Vintage Star Stars, Star Trek, and Toys

Coke, M&M, Advertising Etc.

Vintage Vdeo Games

Pop Culture, Mego, and Action Figures

Star Wars, Action Figures, and Vintage Toys

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Hot Wheels, G.I. Joe, Legos

Star Wars, He-Man

Vintage Toys and Action Figures

Star Wars

Action Figures, Comics, Toys

Vintage and New Action figures

Borad Games, Movie & TV  Collectibles, Disneyana, Ephemera

Vintage Clothing

Golden, Silver, Bronze Age of Comics

GI JOE, Action Figures, Star Wars, Movie & TV Collectibles

B-Movie  DVDs;  SCI-FI,  HORROR, &  others

Golden,  Silver,  and  Bronze  age  of  comics and Toys

Toys and Comics

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Sci-Fi Collectibles

Toys, Cards, and Comics

Vintage to Modern Video Games & Action Figures

Golden,  Silver,  &  Bronze  age  of  Comics

Golden and Silver Age Comic Books

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The Retr-O-Rama Collectables Show. Sunday, February 9th, from 10am - 4 pm at the Ramada Conference Center in Mandarin. Go to www.jaxretrorama.com for more information.
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February 8th, 2014 at Latitude 30 in Jacksonville, Florida: The Lost Contient (1968) on the BIG SCREEN at 6PM in a luxury dine-in theater followed by a Q&A with star Suzanna Leigh. Then at 9PM it's the original Phantasm followed by a Q&A with director Don Coscarelli! For tickets, or more information, visit www.JaxRetroRama.com. Don't Miss It!
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