To paraphrase Orwell, some toys are more equal than others. Sure, there'll be Beanies, Barbies, and Belles up for grabs at the Phoenix Toy Show & Collectors Swap Meet, but this expo is more about way-cool shit like Todd McFarlane/Spawn, Gundam, and anime. Baby boomers can shed nostalgic tears over childhood goodies such as Hot Wheels, G.I. Joes, and Golden Age comic books while boomer sires salivate over rare remnants such as cap guns, battery-ops and wind-ups, Western ephemera, and '50s-era robots and space toys. Point is, with 150-plus dealers showing wares, you can find just about anything that runs, jumps, slays, pees its pants, or shoots fake flames through its snout.
Sat., Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 2007