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The Miniature Figure Collectors of America show is probably the premier figure show on the east coast of the United States. I've been going for more than 10 years now, and it's always inspiring to see just what our brother and sister hobbyists are capable of. 2007 was no exception. While the overall model count seemed down a little from 2006, the quality of the pieces on display was, if anything, even higher.
And so, the weekend of May 4th and 5th saw me once again make my annual pilgrimage to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania for the MFCA (Miniature Figure Collectors of America) show.
Every year the show is host to some of Europe’s finest figure painters and sculptors. This is your chance to see in person some of the amazing pieces you see in all the hobby magazines. It is truly astounding.
The highlight for me has become the group photo of site members from here on Historicus Forma and our friends at planetFigure. It’s my chance to meet many of the people I only know via the Internet. The only drawback is that we all tend to disperse quickly once the picture is taken. That said, we are exploring organizing a better gathering next year: either a bull session in an empty corner of the hall, or getting everyone to show up at the hospitality room one evening.
The huge vendor area at the show is not to be missed. With most all of the major figure dealers in attendance along with base manufacturers, t-shirt and DVD vendors, and general model dealers, there’s plenty of opportunity to spend lots of money. And isn’t that the real reason we go to shows?
The big news this year was the announcement that the show is moving next year. It’s moving east to a new facility in Wilmington, Delaware. Also changing is the date from the traditional first weekend in May. In 2008 the show will be held on the last weekend in April. Be sure to check their web siteweb site for updates.
If you even think you could attend this show, I strongly urge you to do so. You will not regret it.
"Last of the Mohicans" by Marion Ebensperger-Ball