Calling all fanboys and fangirls: The Bakersfield Collector-Con is returning for its sixth year this weekend.
The two-day convention will be held at the Rabobank Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, with all things toys, comics, collectibles and more available to browse and purchase. Fans can also meet a variety of special guests, most of whom will be there both days.
Celebrity guests include: Michael Copon, who played the Blue Power Ranger on "Power Rangers: Time Force" and Felix in "One Tree Hill"; Vernon Wells, who played the pink mohawked unhinged warrior Wez in "Mad Max 2"; stuntman Nick Palma, best known for playing Michaelangelo in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze"; Margo Apostolos, who played an Ewok in "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi"; and Danielle Kennedy from "Narcos" and "Insidious: The Last Key."
Other guests who will be there are Disney cartoon illustrator Len Smith; artist Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons and her husband, Rikki Simons, a voice actor, writer and artist; TV actor Rico E. Anderson; actor and producer Ryan T. Husk; and Michael S. Rodriguez, a writer, director and producer of independent horror movies.
Director Philip Cable will also be at the convention but not just as a guest. He will be shooting a scene both days for his upcoming film "Night Mistress." Attendees will have the chance to meet him and possibly be an extra in the movie. Tracee Lee Cocco, another guest at the convention, will star in the upcoming film.
Local face-painting artist Azucena from Shine Face and Body Art will also be at the convention, along with Lonnie Pelley, known as the Central Valley's cleanest comedian. Local Star Wars and superhero cosplayers will also be in attendance.
No convention — comic or collectibles — is complete without a cosplay contest, so come dressed up for a chance to win a cash prize.
Saturday evening after the convention, from 5 to 10 p.m., there will be a concert with music from Second 2 None, Stereo Citizen, Missing Autumn, Hate Drugs and Kaybab. The show is free with paid admission to the convention.
Throughout both days there will be raffles, with proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley.
Of course, the event is a collector convention, so expect to see lots of unique toys and art based on genre favorites. Don't forget your wallet.