Inaugural Toys on the Hudson Show Draws Hundreds to Jersey City

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Comic book and Toy show draws hundreds to Jersey City waterfront hotel

Toys on the Hudson recapA Jersey City NJ hotel was crawling with superheroes, villains and enthusiasts Thanksgiving Weekend as hundreds came out for the “Toys on the Hudson” comic book and toy show.

Held at the Westin Hotel at Washington Boulevard and Sixth Street, the three-day event had everything a comic book and toy junkie could dream of, including thousands of collectibles, panel events,  several celebrities, the Batmobile and an auction.

The show is the brainchild of Phil DeMario and Mike Spino, business partners, long time friends and toy collectors who for the past 21 years have organized similar shows in Wayne, NJ  and decided, this year to bring a larger event to Hudson County.

“Everything that’s in here is about family,” said DeMario, whose passion for the trade began when he was a child collecting Toys & Comics in the Jersey City area.

In all, 100 dealers participated, DeMario said, and crowded the entire 18,000 square foot second floor of the luxury hotel with 173 tables topped with various action figures, comics, toys, movie memorabilia, collectibles and even original works created by local comic artists and authors.

“The entire family can get together and enjoy this hobby,” said DeMario, adding that some of the profits from the fair will be donated to the New Jersey Relief Fund, the Red Cross, the ASPCA, and Autism Speaks.

Among those in attendance was Geri Reischl, the former television star who played Jan Brady on the classic show “The Brady Bunch.” She posed for pictures with fans and promoted her pop album, “1200 Riverside.”

Former WWE wrestler and St. Peter’s University alumnus Andrew “The Reinforcer” Anderson was also at the fair talking up his upcoming championship match against Greg “The Hammer” Valentine to be held Friday at Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City.

Anderson, a 43-year-old toy fanatic, was staffing a table of collectibles he picked up over the years while traveling on the road, including a “giant Godzilla everyone is drooling over.”

For fans of vintage superheroes and classic DC comics, the fair brings back memories of younger days.

“I love it, this is great,” said Chris Santiago, 33, from Passaic. “I’m just being brought back to my childhood.” With him were his two sons, 6-year-old Christian and 14-year-old Nick, who were excited about the Power Ranger action figures and showed no interest in their father’s favorite 1980’s GI Joe.“I’m just trying to introduce the old to the new,” laughed Santiago.

Attendees are welcomed to submit feedback about the show to Phil at

Toys on the Hudson Arrives for Black Friday Weekend 2012

November 20, 2012 by  
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Finally after a year and half in the making Jersey City New Jersey’s largest combined Toy and Comic show has arrived. Hosted at the beautiful Westin Newport Hotel, 479 Washington Blvd Jersey City NJ 07310 phone 201-626-2900, the entire second floor of 18,000 square feet, over 150 tables will be packed with Celebrities, Guests, Comic Artists, Appraisers, Film Makers, Authors , Toy Manufacturers and Sculptors, and dealers with thousands of current and vintage Toys, Comics, Movie Memorabilia, Sports and Non-Sports, DVD, Bond & Spy Stuff, Horror-SciFi and Monster Collectibles, Robots, T-Shirts, Prints, Posters, Lobby Cards, High Quality Photos, Hot Wheels, Star Trek, Star Wars, Action Figures, Vintage Disney, Transformers, Advertising, Gaming, Gumball, Marvel, X-Men, Sponge Bob, Mego, PEZ, GI Joe, Barbie, Baseball Cards, Records, Slot Cars, Die-Cast, Resin Masks, Swords, Movie Props, Vintage Paper, Wrestling, Japanese Toys, Anime, Collectibles and so much more ….

Events include hourly door prizes, free give-a-ways, guest panels, photo ops with the 1966 Batmobile, The 501st Legion and Mandalorian Mercs Star Wars Characters, Benjy Greenberg as The Joker, Riddler and The Penguin, Real Life Superhero Wedjat and Marissa Jade as she releases her newest comic, and Pizza Tossing 101 classes with the famous seven year old Pizza Boss-Michael Testa.

Saturday Evening get together with the celebrities & guests at Michael Anthony’s restaurant, on the waterfront, across the street with bar food buffet & soda included for $25.00 each.

Here are some of the Celebrities and guests who have promised to be there:

  • David Harris & Apache Ramos from the Warriors.
  • Geri Reischl from the Brady Bunch.
  • Ian Petrella from “A Christmas Story”.
  • Paris Themmen from Willy Wonka.
  • Bruce Tango from the Ghost Hunters.
  • Billy Garcia from Survivor and Forsaken.
  • Steve Savino from TheToy Hunter.
  • Andrew “The Reinforcer” Anderson.
  • Michael “The Pizza Boss”.
  • DeadDavesRadio—Lee Platt & Dave Miller.
  • The “Asterplace” —Japanese Anime Rock Band

Toy Guests, Comic & Fantasy Artists, Film Makers and Authors:

  • Captain Action Toys
  • Erik Sheets & Steven Defendini Toy Sculptors.
  • Comic and Fantasy Artists, Ken Bald, Craig Blake, Marcus Boas, Jim Kyle, Rusty Gilligan, Mindy Indy, Geekboypress, Super Sox Shop, PBS Media, Javier Cruz Winnik, Joe Orsak, Will Torres, William Olmo, Mina Sanwald, Ed Coutts, Sam Grinberg, Mas Mediastudios, Emilio Velez Jr and Stamayo Studio.
  • Film Makers and Authors, CJ Henderson, Douglas Brode, Rik Meyers, Ted A. Bohus, Dave Baumuller, Horror Biz, and R. Allen Leider.
  • Superheroes For Hospice will be selling thousands of Comics where the profits go directly to hospice care and Real Life Superhero Wedjat will be collecting non-perishable food items for the needy.

A portion of your door admission will go directly to Autism Speaks and there will be several opportunities for you to donate towards winning some high end show items where the proceeds will be divided amongst the ASPCA, The American Red Cross, and The NJ Relief Fund for Super Storm Sandy.

Show opens Friday Evening 11/23 at 5 PM with a special “Shop While The Dealer’S Set Up” night @ $15.00 This is an optional night for guests and celebrities so many may not be there. Show opens Saturday 11/24 and Sunday 11/25 with an early admission 9 to 10AM of $15.00 and regular admission 10 AM to 5 PM of $10.00 A full three day pass is available for $20.00 and $35.00 party included.

Check the web site at For more detailed information or call 973-726-9897 or email


Toys on the Hudson Offers a 2012 Holiday Shopping Alternative for the Tri-State Area

November 8, 2012 by  
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Toys on the Hudson offers Holiday Shopping Alternative

New Jersey’s Family Toy, Comic & Collectibles Show Held Thanksgiving Weekend

Toys on the HudsonJersey City, NJ (November 23 to 25, 2012) Toys on the Hudson is pleased to announce the tri-state area’s first family-focused toy & comic fair. Developed as a shopping alternative to Black Friday, Toys on the Hudson offers families and collectors an opportunity to discover unique gifts, meet celebrities and enjoy photo opportunities on more than 18,000 square feet of floor space.

Featured will be over 100+ tables of vintage and current hard-to-find toys, comics and collectibles covering unique gift ideas for lovers of movie and TV memorabilia and props, vintage Disney, anime, small antiques, action figures, tin, sports & non-sports, Barbie, gaming, transformers, star wars, American & Japanese toys, T Shirts, dime store and arcade, military, trains, dolls, magazines & books, die-cast, hot wheels, vending & gumball, posters, original art, classic monster collectibles and so much more.

“We’re excited to offer a fun, alternative family activity during the busy post-Thanksgiving weekend,” said Phil DeMario, co-promoter of Toys on the Hudson. “This is a great event for both families and seasoned collectors who are looking for a different shopping experience and unique gift after they’ve fought the mall crowds.”

Many celebrities will be on hand including Steve Savino from the Toy Hunter TV series with visits by Jordan Hembrough, The “Pizza Boss” TV Pizza Tossing sensation Michael Testa, The Brady Bunch’s Geri Reischl, A Christmas Story’s Ian Patrella, Bruce Tango from Ghost Hunters, David Harris & Apache Ramos from The Warriors, Survivor’s Billy Garcia, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Andrew Anderson “The Reinforcer”, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and many more movie and TV celebrities. Toys on the Hudson will also offer great photo opportunities for families and fans with the Batmobile, the Joker, the Riddler, the Penguin and Star Wars costumed characters.

There will be many free give-a-ways, hourly door prizes, charity auction items, and celebrity Q & A panels scheduled all throughout the event. Several first day issues have been scheduled by Comic Artists and Toy Manufacturers. Most of the wall displayed Movie Memorabilia will be given away free at the show closing on Sunday.  A end of show auction is in the planning stages and will be announced on the web site and at the show.

Toys on the Hudson Welcomes Celebrities from Ghost Hunters, The Warriors, Survivor, and More in November 2012

The Warriors Cochese

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“Toys On The Hudson”… The promoters of This Year’s Thanksgiving Weekend Big Event want you to know that the show is not just about “TOYS” but a total collector’s event Fun Packed for the entire family. There will be up to 150 tables of Vintage and Current hard to find Toys, Comics, Movie Memorabilia, Disney, Anime, Small Antiques, Action Figures, Tin, Sports & Non-Sports, Barbie, Original Art, Monster Stuff and Collectibles of all genres covering the entire 18,000 square foot second floor.

Many Celebrities have signed on including cast members from Ghost Hunters, The Warriors and Survivor with surprise celebrities being added weekly. There will be photo ops with The Batmobile, Joker & Riddler, Star Wars, Wedjait and other costumed characters. Several film makers will be on board showcasing their films and perhaps looking for new talent. Kids will meet Michael “The Pizza Boss” the seven year old national talent who will teach them how to toss pizza. The entire Grand Ballroom has been transformed into a Comic Collectors dream with over 50 tables of Comics and Related merchandise. Many of the best know Comic Artists, Writers and Authors have signed on and will be releasing “Special Show Firsts” as will several Toy Manufacturers and Sculptors. Attendees can bring a toy or collectible and have it appraised by one of the many appraisers on board. Dave & Lee of Dead Dave’s Radio station will be on hand broadcasting live. Our dealer’s come from far and wide and will showcase merchandise on up to 150 tables that is affordable to all. For the “serious-must have first” collector the show opens Black Friday Evening at 5PM with a special “Shop While The Dealer’s Set Up” buying event. The show will be supporting several charities: Autism Speaks, Superheroes for Hospice, RLSH Food Collection by WEDJAT, Freedom Powers To The Rescue, and Animal Humane Societies. The three day event starts on Black Friday 11/23 at 5PM and runs till Sunday Evening 11/25 at 5PM at the Westin Newport Hotel, on the banks of the Hudson River, adjacent to the million square foot Newport Mall, 495 Washington Blvd Jersey City NJ 07310. Hotel is accessible from PATH, NYC and all NJ public transit. Parking adjacent to hotel and is validated by some local restaurants.

Vendors and Guest’s there are still plenty of prime table locations available but going fast.

Detailed information can be found at or email Phil at or phone 973-726-9897

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Toys on the Hudson (November 2012)

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Convention Toys On The Hudson
Convention Website Address
Dates 11/23/2012 – 11/25/2012
About This Convention:

Friday-Sunday, November 23-25, 2012 – Jersey City , New Jersey – Toys On The Hudson, Toy, Comic and Collectibles Show – Held at the beautiful Westin Newport Hotel, 479 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ  07310.

The Hotel and The Waterfront are accessible from all major highways and within walking distance from the PATH Trains, the Light Rail, the Ferry and Bus Lines. The Hotel has attached parking and is a stone’s throw from the million square foot Newport Mall, Restaurants, Night Life and Attractions. Special Hotel rates are offered to those attending the show. Black Friday evening 11/23/2012 at 5PM kicks off the show with a special “Shop while the dealers set up” night followed on Saturday and Sunday with full show days. The show will feature about 150 tables of all types of Vintage and Current hard to find Items such as Toys, Comics, Movie Memorabilia, Sports, Non-Sports, Advertising, Action Figures, DVD, Gaming, Music, Dolls, Paper Collectibles, Art, Books and Magazines, Die Cast Cars and Trucks, Hot Wheels, Trains, Care Bears, Webkins, Small Antiques, Original Art, Autographs, Star Wars, Posters, Monster Magazines and Movies, Sci-Fi and Horror Related Stuff and much more. This is a full collectibles show with free appraisals, celebrities and guests related to the Toy, Comic and Collectibles Industry. Check our web site at for total information.

Hours: Friday 11/23 5pm to 11pm, Saturday 11/24 10am to 6pm and Sunday 11/25 9am to 4pm. Early Admission $15.00 with General Admission: $10 per adult; Children under 10 free. A Saturday Evening Hotel get together and Sunday Collectibles Auction are in the planning stages. For more information contact Phil De Mario, PO Box 4094, Wayne NJ 07474-4094, (973) 726-9897, or email us at

Venue Name Westin Newport Hotel
Venue Address Westin Newport Hotel
479 Washington Blvd
Jersey City, NJ 07310
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 150
Anticipated Attendance 3000
What category best describes your convention? Collectibles
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? – Anime
– Comic Books
– Gaming
– Horror
– Science Fiction and Fantasy
– Sports

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