Pin Trading

Pin Trading is a great way to add to your Otafest experience! Our pins are beautifully designed by local artists and most often feature our amazing mascots, Seph and Aurora. By trading pins with Otafest staff and patrons, you can collect the designs that you love the most!

Most of our designs are available at our merchandise desk but some are only available if you trade with Otafest staff! By trading a pin that you purchased, you’ll be able to get one of our staff designs. These special designs can be found throughout the convention however some are only available at certain events and times. These limited quantity pins are harder to find but will make your collecting experience more enjoyable and rewarding if you find them!

Pin Trading began at Otafest 2013. Any pin purchased at any previous Otafest is able to be traded. You can trade any pin with our O-Wing logo on the back for any other pin. Our full list of pins that are currently released are available at the bottom of this page.

May 11 - Calgary Seph

It’s a few days away! Otafest 2015 is just about here! You still have a little time to pre-register for your pass and get access to our pre-sales exclusive wristband pickup event on Thursday, May 14. No waiting in line on Friday to get your pass; you can begin enjoying the festival right away, and with our Artist Alley and Vendors opening on Friday this year, you will get to browse their merchandise before anyone else!

Otafest loves Calgary! It’s the greatest city in the world and we are proud to be a part of it. It’s a city that is proud of it’s past while looking forward to the future. Seph puts on her cowgirl boots and poses for us in front of many iconic landmarks of Calgary in this Stampede inspired design by Cindy Chen.

It’s time for us to say so long to another series of Otafest pins! Thank you so much for being a fan of Otafest and we can’t wait to see you on Friday! See you then!

Calgary Trivia: Did you know the Calgary Tower was opened iin 1968?

May 4 - 100th Pin

Hello everyone! We are so close to Otafest 2015! Today we have a special pin release for our pin trading fans!

Pin trading was introduced 3 years ago at Otafest 2013. Never in our wildest dreams did we ever think it would be as successful or as popular as it has become. Since then, we have run 4 cons, had many pin trading parties, and visited other many different cities and towns with our pins, bringing special designs along the way. Its hard to believe but we will have over 100 different designs! To celebrate, we are releasing a special design recognizing our 100 different pins!

This pin will be available in limited quantities and only during posted times at our merchandise table. Because of it’s limited release, this pin is $10.00 and is only available in a gold finish. A limit of one pin per person will be strictly enforced.

Next week: Our last pin release before Otafest 2015! See you then!

Seph Trivia: Did you know that Seph has a pet cerberus?

April 27 - Lost in Space

We’re a few weeks away from Otafest 2015! It’s the final stretch before ticket prices go up to our at the door rate! Take advantage of our pre-sale discount by buying your tickets before May 1st!

A mysterious girl lost in space! Vari the Angel of Space joins us as our official guest mascot for Otafest 2015! Found floating in the darkest part of space, Vari has no recollection of how she ended up there. But her presence causes a great danger to the rest of the cast! Will Vari be able to prevent the end of the universe? Vari’s shyness and unease can be seen in this design by Cindy Chen.

Next week: We leave space and head home! See you then!

Vari Trivia: Did you know that Vari naturally sparkles in moonlight?

April 20 - Captain Aurora

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the Otafest Pin Trading Blog! We are getting very close to Otafest 2015 and we want to make sure you are a part of it! Tickets are available on our ticket page at a discounted rate until May 1st! Make sure you get yours today!

The queen of Borealis trades her crown for a sword! Aurora the Angel of Dawn enters the battle! Her kingdom ransacked and her greatest treasure stolen, Aurora heads to space in search of the love pirates. Will Aurora be able to find Seph and take back what rightfully belongs to her? Aurora’s focus and cuteness reflect in this design by Cindy Chen.

Next week: A miraculous girl floating in space! See you then!

Aurora Trivia: Did you know that many fans of Aurora want to see her paired with Mio?

April 13 - Hearts

We are back with our 5th update! We are getting so close to Otafest 2015 that our entire team is getting super excited! We hope you are excited as well! Make sure you take advantage of our early bird ticket sale and save $10 off the price at the door by purchasing your tickets before May 1!

Today’s pin release is a special one. Why? It’s actually two pins that come together to make one! Seph and Aurora join together to form a super cute heart! And the best part of about these pins is that you won’t have to wait long to get them. These pins will be available for the first time at our booth at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo! Visit our booth to get these pins and any others that you may have missed along the way! We will also be selling pre-registration without any service fees so be sure to pop by our booth and say hello to our friendly staff!

Next Week: The queen makes her appearance! We are thankful she wasn't too upset about the delay! See you then!

Otafest Trivia: Did you know that there have been Otafest events that have run in June and September?

April 6 - Admiral June

We are excited to be back with our 4th pin release for Otafest 2015. All of our releases for Otafest 2015 will be available with a silver back or a rare gold variant! Be sure to look out for our pin trading staff if you are searching for a special design. Make sure you are a part of Otafest 2015 by purchasing your pass on our ticket page before May 1st!

The unrelenting force of justice is carried through her blade! June the Angel of Time returns to Otafest 2015 to lead the Borealis armada! Furious at the betrayal of her queen, nothing will stop June as she takes her revenge on the love pirates. Will June be able to defeat the false prince? June’s fury and tenacity are visible in this design by Cindy Chen.

Next week: The Queen makes her journey to space! See you then!

June Trivia: Did you know that June is nearsighted and is nearly blind without her glasses?

March 30 - First Mate Mio

Hello everyone and welcome back to the Otafest Pin Trading blog! It’s week three and we are back with a new design that is sure to please! If you have pins from any previous Otafest set or pins from our friends at Animethon or Nishikaze, you can trade them to get our latest designs or for that one pin you've been chasing after! Just look out for our pin trading staff while you are at Otafest 2015. Purchase your pass to Otafest 2015 today!

Our guest mascot from Aurora 2014 returns! Mio the Angel of Energy shows her true identity as the first mate of Captain Seph! Mio faithfully follows the orders of her captain as they search the galaxy for treasure, but the pain in her heart will not cease. Will Mio be able to reconcile with Queen Aurora? Mio’s confidence and carefree attitude shine in this design by Cindy Chen.

Next week: The Admiral of the Borealis Armada is coming to extract justice! See you then!

Mio Trivia: Did you know that Mio is not very confident when it comes to romantic relationships?

March 23 - Pirate Seph

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the Otafest Pin Trading blog! It’s week two and we will show off the next pin of the 2015 releases.

If you missed a pin from one of our previous sets, Otafest 2015 is the best place to go to try to find them! Be sure to look out for staff and attendees wearing their pins with pride! Make sure you are a part of it by purchasing your pass to Otafest 2015 today!

Our first character pin of 2015 is none other than everyone’s favourite Angel of Death! Seph returns to the Otafest Pin Trading blog as the legendary Captain of the Love Pirates! After stealing the Borealis Stone from Aurora, Seph heads off into Space in search of the greatest treasure of the universe. What will she find in the depths of space? Seph’s playful attitude and adorable smile radiate in this adorable design by Cindy Chen.

Next week: A captain needs a first mate! See you then!

Seph Trivia: Did you know that Seph does not like sour foods?

March 16 - Twinkle-Wing

Hello everyone and welcome back to the Otafest Pin Trading Blog! We are so excited to be back with for Otafest 2015 for our third year of pin releases! Are you excited to see them all? We hope so! Once again we will be releasing a new pin design each Monday leading up to Otafest 2015. We have some great surprises along the way so be sure to check back!

Our first design for Otafest 2015 is our Twinkle-Wing! Our famous O-Wing logo returns in this space inspired design. When the day gives way to the night, people young and old look up into the sky to see the great beyond lit up by bright stars. This O-Wing pin allows you to take the light with you as the starbursts reflect in a silver or gold finish. Our O-Wing designs continue to be our most popular pins so we are pleased to give you a new O-Wing offering with this design by Paul Kiemele.

This pin will only be available to those who have pre-registered for Otafest 2015. If you have purchased a weekend pass or a VIP Pass, you will be able to purchase this pin, We will not have this pin available for trade! If you have not purchased your pass yet...why not? Head over to our tickets page today to purchase your pass!

As limited quantities are available, you may only purchase two pins per pass. You will be required to show your wristband at the merchandise booth to purchase this pin.

Next Week: We head to space to meet the captain of the love pirates! See you then!

Otafest Trivia: Did you know there were 100 different logos designed for Otafest before the O-Wing was chosen?

Seph's Road Trip Pin #3 - Thief Mio

Hello everyone! We've made it to Edmonton safe and sound so it’s time to show off the last pin on our road trip! This and the two already released sweetheart pins are available today at A Taste of Animethon 2015!

Last time we were in Edmonton, we released a set of 3 adventurers who were off to save the world! Warrior Seph, Mage Aurora, and Archer June if you recall. But our three heroines have a new member of their party that they would like to introduce! Please welcome Thief Mio!

Mio-chan is cunning, stealthy and quick! She loves to take treasures away from her enemies but she’s not interested in attacking directly! She’d be good to pair with someone like June! This design was created by Vicky Xiao!

Thank you very much for being a part of our road trip! We hope you enjoy the designs and we can’t wait to show you our new designs for Otafest 2015!

Mio Trivia: Did you know that Mio is jealous of June-sensei's looks?

Seph's Road Trip Pin #2 - Sweetheart Aurora

Hello everyone! It’s been awhile hasn't it? Welcome back to the Otafest Pin Trading Road Trip! It’s been an hour since our last release so it’s time for another! Each of these designs will be available at A Taste of Animethon 2015 in Edmonton.

Our second design is Sweetheart Aurora! It's not like Aurora wants you to be hers so don't get any weird ideas! Aurora’s true feelings are written on her face in this mind blowing cute design by Amy Zhang!

Next: Lets add another member to our party! See you in an hour!

Aurora Trivia: Did you know that Aurora is pretty good at playing the trumpet?

Seph's Road Trip Pin #1 - Sweetheart Seph

Hello everyone! Welcome to the Otafest Pin Trading Road Trip! Each hour while Seph journeys to Edmonton we will show off a brand new pin! You won’t have to wait long to see the designs we will have at A Taste of Animethon 2015!

Our first design is from a new artist and it’s a sweet one! We would like to introduce you to Sweetheart Seph! Why tell someone you love the when you can show them with candy? Seph is ready to be your valentine in this adorable design by Amy Zhang!

Next: I think you know who! See you in an hour!

Seph Trivia: Did you know that Seph not a fan of spiders? Seeing them gives her the shivers!

Released Pins

Collabs
Collaboration with Animethon
Collaboration with Animethon
Collaboration with Kumoricon
Aurora 2014
Staff Pin
Staff Pin
Staff Pin
Staff Pin
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Other Events
Otafest Table - Animethon 20
A Taste of Animethon 2014
Pin Trading Party 2013
Otafest Table - Animethon 21
Otafest Table - Animethon 21
Otafest Table - Animethon 21
Otafest Table - Animethon 21
Pin Trading Party 2014
Pin Trading Party 2014
Otafest 2014
Aurora 2013
Pre-Registration Pin
Otafest 2013
Staff Pin
V.I.P Pin
Merch Desk
Merch Desk
Maid Cafe
Maid Cafe
Merch Desk
Merch Desk
Pre-Registration Pin
Merch Desk
Staff Pin
Staff Pin
Merch Desk
Merch Desk
Staff Pin
Staff Pin