Hundreds of retro gaming fans feel the force as Collectorabilia returns to Leeds

Collectorabilia is coming back to the Marriott Hotel in Leeds. The Sentinel Squad UK with Harry Henden, six, from Middleton, Leeds, pose at the previous event. Pic: James Hardisty.

Collectorabilia is coming back to the Marriott Hotel in Leeds. The Sentinel Squad UK with Harry Henden, six, from Middleton, Leeds, pose at the previous event. Pic: James Hardisty.

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Hundreds of retro gaming fans will get a blast from the past as they descend on Leeds for Collectorabilia.

Visitors can browse and buy retro computer games, toys, comics and memorabilia and even meet Darth Vader and some Storm Troopers at the event at the Marriott Hotel on Saturday, September 19.

Leeds man Stephen Smith, director at Retro Events Limited, came up with the idea.

He said: “My aim is to spread the love of geek culture and retro gaming and make Leeds the geek capital of the country.

“My childhood was in the 80s, and I used to have the original Star Wars toys, Transformers, He-Man, wrestling figures, Marvel comics and Super Nintendo.

“So I thought it would be great to organise an event where all of these are on offer in one place.

“There’s a bit of everything really – for the big and little kids.”

The first Collectorabilia event was earlier this year and proved to be a huge success with 1,000 adults and 250 children through the door.

Stephen added: “The last Collectorabilia went really well, it was amazing to see all of these old toys and games on display.

“Seeing it all made me feel like a little kid again.

“That nostalgic glow is a great feeling and I want everyone to have that.”

Some of the money raised at the event by Sentinel Squad UK’s costumed characters will go to Heel and Toe – a charity for children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Entry to Collectorabilia is £2 for adults and children under 16 can attend for free.

For more information, follow @collectorabilia on Twitter or visit www.retroevents.co.uk.

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