The Convention Quadrant: RangerStop 7 Review!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! You’ve waited and it’s time for…

RangerStop 7 Review!

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts, opinions, and observations of the lead writer of this blog. Understand that not all thoughts are the same and that she’s honest on what she has observed. You’ve been warned.

So, RangerStop has come and passed and man it was fast but we did had a blast! It was also Gondras’ first year going to this thing and he also had a blast at this thing and got to witness what I had a year ago and during 2015. We did stay at the Wyndham which that’s first!

Hotel: The Wyndham has gone through renovations during 2014 I believe and they knocked some of the buildings down and expanded the main lobby area and there were a ton of ramps and mini stairs added to that area too. When we got there to check in we did have to ask someone for directions to get to the main Registration desk since we did have a room. The good thing is that we did get the event discount which was not bad for just two nights. I felt that the room was bigger than I remembered staying back in 2011 and 2012 where it felt like there was more space to it. Plus, it was just the two of us rather than more people and well reason for just the two of us is that press can only have two people for each team which is pretty fair. We hardly got to hang in the room until Saturday night because we had so many panels and of course talking to people about interviews and so on. This is a very busy convention for us and I’m happy it is and keeps our coverage going. The convention did stick to a small area in the hotel area near the bar inside the lobby and pool area which I did have to find my way back for Power Rangers after Dark but I did use the Aira app to guide me until a tourist helped me to the building. Speaking of events…

Panels & Events: Man, where to start? Friday started off with the Disney Rangers panel where we had cast members from the Disney seasons of Power Rangers. It was a nice start and it did go into more of a thirty minute break in between panels until the night event happened. I felt that the panels were more organized with how they were scheduled and didn’t waste time in starting where if a guest is missing for a bit for a meal or a photo op they do show up a little bit late. Melody Perkins did have to go off during the Psychos vs. Space Rangers for her photo ops but did show up again. I wished she was there for my question that I asked Chris K. Lee about who would win in a fight, Andros or Karone? You will see that in the video! I think the best panels happened to be the Magic Source Mystic Force and the John Tui Experience because it gave a past cast from the Mystic Force season to reunite and of course with John Tui’s thing we got to have a nice chat about his work. One thing we did attend was the Robert Axelrod Memorial. As you guys know, Robert Axelrod has provided the voice to many monsters and Lord Zed in Power Rangers and voices in many anime like in Digimon as an example. Karen Ashley asked for any video that people may had with Robert but I only had the recordings of him coming onstage doing his Lord Zed voice at Omni Year 1 and his panel since I was the only other person at it. Gondras and I did say some words even though I was blubbering like a kid since it did bring a touching memory even when I met him to get my Season 1 Part 1 signed by him and didn’t know he charged but he said since I was Press I wasn’t charged. Really nice of him and wishing I did interview him but knowing a convention schedule being packed for him it was already hard as is. There was also a Memorial for the Red Ninja Storm Ranger’s actor that weekend but didn’t attend that one unfortunately.

Vendor’s Room: It felt a bit small in the select few of vendors. I know it’s a Power Rangers convention but I felt there could have been a bit more. We did purchase two things for ourselves which I got the Solaris Knight t-shirt at John Tui’s table and Gondras went off and bought himself the Doggy Cruger badge from SPD since they were selling them during Saturday and had some left. To be fair I was wearing my SPD shield Sunday. Speaking of guests!

Guests: All the people they have invited were some of the nicest people we’ve met. Karen Ashley even ran into me before the con started when I was waiting for Gondras so we could head for the room after checking in. There is one thing I didn’t know until this convention and that is a new custom and that is Polynesian men give women they first meet a kiss on the cheek. John Tui is part Polynesian and when he gave me a kiss I was a little flustered and surprised and he explained it during his panel about that and glad to know that since if I ever meet Jason Mamoa or The Rock I’m ready! We did get to interview most of the Space cast but the others we got to talk to were booked for the rest of Sunday so hoping we get a chance on Skype. I still need to finish up Time Force since we did interview the guy from Jungle Fury and mentioned that I haven’t watched it yet, also mentioned the main interesting reason of watching it was that one of the masters in that season is blind, I am going through Time Force as I’m writing this review. Thank you Net Flix!

Verdict: CONVENTION ACCOMPLISHED! I feel like this year also earned the Accomplished rating again since this year it was so organized for a smaller convention. We not only got to interview a good portion of the In Space Cast but also crossed off a voice actor off the list of possible people to interview and that is Wally Wingert who played Psycho Blue also Tallest Red in Invader Zim, and any Bleach fans still out there, Renji! It was an amazing time like last year and hoping that we get to go to the one in Atlanta next year because well Gondras had to point out that they will be having Bulk and Skull and Chris Sabat for the Pop Culture side since it is also a Pop Culture convention besides Power Rangers. And when you get Chris Sabat to a convention hijinks ensue! Especially with the picture they shown as his character, All Might from My Hero Academia. Oh man, why do I have an image of All Might taking on a Power Rangers monster? Anyways, it was an amazing convention and if we can’t go to Atlanta, we can always come back for Press at the Orlando one and hoping they are at the Wyndham again since I feel like it is a better place to hold it at and of course in case of phone charging there are more outlets to find because that was a drawback for me at the Holiday Inn.

Needs for Improvement? I would have to agree with an attendee that the Vendors Room should be bigger in a way since they have more space to use. Not only that, they should expand on Vendors since they are expanding slightly into pop culture and feel that need some more vendors especially ones we can afford. The one in the hall was selling a bunch of the Legacy items but they were really pricey. I think her Serpentara, for example, was in the $300 range, ouch! Also, would be kind of cool to get more artists in on this, there was one stand that had an Eric from Time Force print but they weren’t at their stand which was kind of sad because I wanted to know how much for that print which another thing, if you’re running a stand have someone there. A nice little tip.

Well guys that is it for this review! It was an awesome convention and glad we got to go to this one this year. Definitely want to catch it again next year, hoping either Atlanta or Orlando since it has been a blast. Stay tuned for our many videos from this year plus our interviews with some of the guests on our YouTube Channel! Next up, I will be reviewing the Amazon Echo Ear Buds that were released and have been trying them out especially during RangerStop! Until next time stay beautiful while traveling the vast universe!

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