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William Shatner Among Celebrities at Eternal Con

William Shatner speaks to fans at Eternal Con on June 16, 2018 in Uniondale, N.Y. Photo by Joe Nuzzo.

This weekend sci-fi stars, super heroes and villains, including Captain Kirk, Superman, and The Incredible Hulk gathered at NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, for the sixth annual Eternal Con.

The comic book and sci-fi convention is similar to the bigger New York City-based Comic Con, but on a much more intimate level. Noted celebrity guest William Shatner, who played the iconic role of Captain Kirk in the original version of Star Trek, was on hand for meet and greets, autograph signing, and a fan Q&A. The convention also celebrated two key milestones for the Superman franchise.

“2018 marks several milestones in Superman’s history – not only being the 40th anniversary of the Richard Donner film, but the 80th anniversary of the appearance of Superman in Action Comics No. 1, which was released in June 1938,” said Eternal Con founder Frank Patz.

The convention also featured a tribute to Margot Kidder who played Lois Lane in the 1978 Superman movie. Kidder was set to appear at the convention but passed away May 14 at age 69.

Of course, the convention featured many fans attending in costumes of their favorite shows and movies. Costumes ranged from Star Wars Stormtroopers to the movie demon Krampus. The convention also featured a cosplay contest for those attending with a $250 gift card for the winner.

Children who attended had the chance to attend light saber training and received a free light saber.

The convention also featured a car show featuring the Bat Mobile, the DeLorean from Back To The Future, and the bottomless car from The Flintstones. Fans of the Doctor Who series also had the opportunity to take a photo inside the Doctor’s time travelling Police Booth known as the Tardis.

The convention lived up to the hype as guests, including Shatner, were seen walking through the convention floor stopping to talk with and meet fans.

Photos by Joe Nuzzo.

Long Island Company Wows Star Wars Fans With Otherwordly Furniture

Tom and Theresa Spina, owners of Regal Robot, sit on their Star Wars loveseat (Photo by Joe Nuzzo).

At a convention where attendees dress up as their favorite science fiction movie characters, it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd, but one Long Islander did just that—with his furniture.

Among the many vendors selling memorabilia and collectibles at the fifth-annual Eternal Con—a convention dedicated to pop culture, comic books and movies—was Regal Robot, Long Island-based company that manufactures officially licensed Star Wars-themed desks, coffee tables and love seats.

“I wanted to make Star Wars furniture that was really three dimensional and cool,” Tom Spina told the Press during the convention earlier this month at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. He recalled that he’s been “making things has ever since I was as small as I can remember.”

The showstopper was the $9,999 Dewback loveseat modeled after the giant lizard-like creatures that stormtroopers rode through the desert on Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet, in the original Star Wars movie.

The loveseat is more sculpture than furniture, but fans couldn’t deny its wow factor. As fans walked by, they couldn’t help but stop and pose for pictures on the loveseat, which is crafted with painstaking attention to detail. Spina said the loveseat is created using an actual scan of the actual original model used in the 1977 Star Wars movie.

Also on display at the Regal Robot booth was a Star Wars coffee table that is a replica of Han Solo frozen in carbonite from the 1980 movie The Empire Strikes Back. The table can also be made into a mahogany desk. Wall art and Star Wars director’s chairs were also on display for fans with a thinner wallet.

Having created masks and props since he was a kid, then pursuing a career in movie prop restoration and wax figure creation, it was an easy fit for Spina to start creating unique Star Wars furniture that stands out as a collectible.

Most of the collectibles are made on LI by hand, which makes each piece a bit unique. All of their items are made in the USA.

Regal Robot mainly sells to fans and collectors via word of mouth and online. On the horizon, Regal Robot is taking to wholesalers to bring these products to larger audiences. But for now, fans can find them at