NOTE: Schedule Subject To Change Without Notice, (so check the schedule every day!)

**You must bring a new, unwrapped toy to participate in all Crane Events**

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– 10am-6pm: CraneCon – Mini comic con including cos-players, comic books, panelists, and more


  • Toy Stars Collectibles– Toy Star Collectibles is a local San Diego Group that hosts Buy, Sell, Trade events in the greater San Diego County. Our goal is to help build the toy collector community and create a fun experience for everyone!
  • Face Painting by Leling 
  • The Vinyl Dead– We sell Funko, Kidrobot, The Walking Dead, Star Wars, Disney and more.
  • Southern California ComicsWelcome to San Diego’s largest retail selection of Gold and Silver Age comic books. We offer comic books for sale from the 1930’s to the present, but Gold and Silver Age are our favorites.  We will also have Mark Irwin (freelance artist for Marvel and DC) doing sketches for attendees.
  • Ascadia: Titans of Men Book– Ascadia: Titans of Men is a fantasy novel that does what good fantasy novels do—remembers history and our own human mythos. It reminds the reader that time creates a foggy glass to look through and that history, as with everything else, depends largely on perspective. This is the perspective of the supposedly uncivilized.
  • MJK Toys
  • Face Painting by Leling– Face painting and glitter tattoo artist.
  • San Diego Gunpla/Gundam Group– We are community of passionate Gundam fans who loves to build Gundam models (Gunpla). We are aiming to build a group portfolio of model kits for showcasing at local hobby shops and conventions.
  • Nerd Vault
  • Cessar Vargas and Mike Rosete from United Toy Collectors of San Diego
  • Duane Powell
  • Grunt 1B Comics Studio– An independent comic book studio in San Diego, California. Publisher, creator, writer, artist, inker, letterer and stay at home dad, Chad Cavanaugh is a veteran of the US Army Infantry and former sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Pixelated Geek– They’ll be running their YouTube Channel and selling Circut Jewelry and Bottlecap Pendants that our podcast co-host Elizabeth Wallace makes in her spare time.
  • Villainous Lair Comics– Your place for comics, graphic novels and collectibles in San Diego! Come on down and check us out!
  • Toy Addicts
  • At Ease Games San Diego’s largest game store is filled with all of your nerdly needs! Come by and see our massive collection of board games, card games and tabletop miniatures for yourself!



  • 11am-12pm:  Traci Hines and crew cosplay panel. Come out and see Traci Hines & her amazing friends Leo Camacho, Sarah Sterling, Jasmine Ladjevardi, David Rubilar & Darleen Centers-Romero & little Miley! They’ll be holding a panel onstage talking about all things Cosplay & Disneybounding
  • 12pm-1pm:  Meet Traci Hines and crew
  • 1pm-2pm:  Conversation with former Disney animator Terry Naughton who worked on animated films as Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, Lion King, Little Mermaid, and more!
  • 2pm-3pm: Professional artist and published children’s book writer and illustrator, Dr. Zhivago, teaches cartoon and animation classes at EastLake Elementary, Chula Vista. The class teaches students how to sketch characters and how to animate their drawings using modern technologies.
  • 3pm-4pm: Pixelated Geek– Geekdom 101.  Are you a fan of The Avengers movie?  Wanna learn more about The Winter Solider or Flash or Constantine?  Pg!’s Comic Issues Podcast is here to help with your introduction into Geekdom!  Join us as we help you get more from your favorite heroes and villains than you’ve ever imagined and explain how comics aren’t just for kids, they’re for EVERYONE! Action, romance, drama, horror, sci-fi, and more, comics have got it all.  If you’ve ever wondered how get a little geekier than come by as we’ll also be answering all of your questions and turning everyone into geeks!
  • 4pm-5pm:  Grunt 1B Comics Studio‘s Chad Cavanaugh who is independent and local comic book writer/artist/publisher who will show you how to DIY your own comic and how to get started in the comic book world



11am-3pm:  We have members of the 501st Legion: Vader’s Fistt joining us at the crane for photos!


  • Jamie Tobitt TI-67076 TIE Pilot
  • Mark Kinsey TD-50176 Sandtrooper
  • Todd Mullin DZ-8559 Tusken Raider or Jawa
  • Lesley Farquhar Wrangler
  • Jess Canseco Jedi-Tentative
  • Carol Christine- Mandalorian
  • Alejandro Benninghoff – Royal Guard




  • The Games in Gear truck will be onsite all day!
  • We are having an adult cosplay contest as well as a kid cosplay contest, so wear your costumes to enter the contest!
  • We are having a Nintendo Smash Bros Tournament
  • There will be reading times for kid friendly comics like My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Adventure Time, etc.


-6pm-(until supplies last)- San Diego Air and Space Museum, Balboa Park ticket (GENERAL ADMISSION including unlimited show in the first and best 4-D Theater in Balboa Park AND the special RIPLEYS BELIEVE IT OR NOT exhibition)  (One ticket, per person per new, unwrapped toy donated)

-6:30pm-7:30pm:  The Adams Band will be performing at the AJ’s Kids Crane


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