Lonely Planet Writer

Reconnect with your childhood at Montreal’s retro toy convention this week

For many people, the 1980s and 90s were a time of great joy, with the prevalence of iconic television shows, cartoons, movies and computer games spawning a pop culture phenomenon that is still prevalent to this day. And now, people in Montréal have the chance to step back in time to truly soak in the nostalgic atmosphere, as the largest toy convention dedicated to that era is taking place this week.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Various action figures for sale on day 2 of the November Birmingham MCM Comic Con at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, UK on November 20, 2016 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/WireImage)
The convention will be dedicated to action figures, toys and video games from the 1980s and 1990s. Image by Ollie Millington

Called Retro Expo Montreal, the organisers of the event describe it as the best pop culture and toy event on the island. It is the biggest toy convention in Québec, including 80 tables and over 8000 square-feet dedicated to different collections, with the main focus being toys, comic books, video games and cosplay. Originally launched in 2014, this year’s event will take place on Sunday 13 May at Delta Montreal Hotel and Resort, and will be open from 10am to 5pm. The event will also see special guest speakers taking part, including comic book illustrator and colourist Thomas Deer and artist Erik Mullins.

Creative guests in cosplay will be in attendance at the event. Image by Ollie Millington/Getty Images

“I wanted to make a convention that was affordable in Montréal for not only the attendees, but the people who are dealers and displayers at the convention as well.  A lot of big conventions can charge a lot less for their prices but they don’t because of what a lot of people are just preconditioned to pay, I am trying to remind people they don’t have to. I also wanted to have a show dedicated to toys and action figures, especially those of the 80s and 90s, those golden years of the action figure boom that started with Star Wars and exploded into GI Joe, Transformers, He-Man, Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers and beyond,” Daniel Arseneault of Retro Expo Montreal told Lonely Planet Travel News.

Admission to Retro Expo Montreal is $5 CAD (€3.25), and children under ten get in for free. More information on the Retro Expo Montreal is available at the Gamers Canada website.