'Transformers' and moreFans of the movie “Transformers” will see two of the movie’s prop cars if they attend the first Roughrider-Con in Dickinson. Jorge Guzman of Dickinson is showcasing his lifetime collection of toy, movie and comic book memorabilia during the show.
By: Linda Sailer, The Dickinson Press
Fans of the movie “Transformers” will see two of the movie’s prop cars if they attend the first Roughrider-Con in Dickinson.
Jorge Guzman of Dickinson is showcasing his lifetime collection of toy, movie and comic book memorabilia during the show.
The Roughrider-Con is a take-off of Comic-Con International in San Diego and the New York Comic-Con — conventions of pop art collectors and vendors.
The Roughrider-Con, a one-man showing of Guzman’s collection, is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the multi-purpose building behind McDonald’s. The public may view his collection or purchase items he has for sale. It’s free to attend.
“It’s basically my life’s collection, but I’ve graduated to bigger things — I buy movie prop cars,” Guzman said.
He said the collection is equal to five vendors and he’s hoping to make it an annual event.
“Anyway, I’ve had this stuff forever, and my main concern is to find enough tables to display it,” he said.
Roughrider-Con will feature a costume contest at 5 p.m. Sunday. The first prize is a night’s stay in the Celebrity Hotel and Casino, Deadwood, S.D.
“People may dress up as their favorite superhero or favorite character,” Guzman said. “Our family is big into Halloween and we have some very accurate costumes for sale. We’ll be looking for the best original, overall presentation — from kids up to adults.”
The show will feature the yellow costume of the heroic Autobot, Bumble Bee, which the Guzmans made with fabric, plastic and metal. Guzman walked in the Roughrider Parade as the Bumble Bee, much to the delight of the children lining the streets.
“The kids were going insane,” he said.
There’s opportunities to have pictures taken with Bumble Bee, Rick Grimes from the “Walking Dead” television series and other characters.
Roughrider-Con will be highlighted with the showing of Bumble Bee car No. 3 (also known as Beater Bee) and Deception Barricade, as seen in the 2007 Michael Bay film “Transformers.”
Guzman said there were three Beater Bee Camaros used for filming. Car three didn’t survive production due to damage while filming a stunt. Guzman and his wife, Amy purchased it at an auction. The car has been under restoration since it came to Dickinson in April.
Kirk Peterson from Bass Ackwards Studios, Dickinson, was among those who helped with the restoration.
“Actually, I made his pretty car ugly,” Peterson said. “I air brushed all the rust to give it a distressed look, like the car from the movies.”
Peterson studied some 50 reference shots of the vehicle before taking the air brush to the paint.
“It’s something new and original I’ve done,” he said.
Three and a half cars, known as the Barricade, were made for the movie. They were 2005 S281 Saleens made by SMS Supercars of Corona, Calif. The first three were sold at auction for charity, while the half car was purchased by the Guzmans. The half car was used for the first scene where Barricade traps Sam and examines him with an alien eye through the driver’s side head lamps.
Following the Roughrider-Con showing, Bumble Bee and Barricade will join other elements of the Transformers collection on loan to the Celebrity Hotel and Casino, Guzman said.
Growing up in California, Guzman become a collector of pop culture memorabilia including “Masters of the Universe,” the “Transformers,” “Lord of the Rings,” “GI Joe,” “Hot Wheels,” “The Walking Dead,” “Star Wars,” “Batman,” Battlestar Galactica,” “Spider-man” and more.
Guzman said he’s never had an opportunity to attend a Comic-Con, but it’s on his bucket list.
His motivation in hosting a Dickinson show is to share his collection with the public.
“My kids have friends over and when they see the Bumble Bee in the garage, their faces light up,” he said.
Guzman, who works as a night plant supervisor at Baker Boy, credits his wife for supporting his hobby. Their family includes children, Ethan, Jameson and Ashlyn.
“Amy allows me to be a kid again and help bring smiles to all the kids and full-grown kids in the Dickinson area,” he said.
Guzman welcomes other collectors of pop culture to enter the show as vendors. For details, call Guzman at 701-590-5686.