June 16, 2009

8th Philippine Toy Convention

8th Philippine Toy Convention

June 13 and 14 marked the 8th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention for 2009. It was held in the Megatrade Halls 2 and 3 of SM Megamall. The entrance fee was Php100 (around $3) for a day's pass.

Basically, the ToyCon here in the Philippines is just one huge bazaar.

8th Philippine Toy Convention

So I met up with some Otakai people who went to the ToyCon at around 11 AM. We quickly headed to the Japanimation booth to get some cheap toys. There were too many people and the venue was too small to accommodate the hobbyists, the vendors, the cosplayers and the spectators whom I don't know why they are there for.

Now I don't want to sound like an elitist but there were some people there who definitely seemed like they were spending their money on toys just because they think it makes them "cool". It was annoying because they kept hogging the area around the booths, shouting the name of the gashapon/trading figure they were holding. Then there were a lot of parents towing small children who probably went to the ToyCon because of the word "TOY".

It was a bit surprising that there were quite a number of anime-related figures as compared to the previous ToyCons. Well it still is a given that Western toys were predominant, especially with the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie (coming to local theaters on June 24!) and the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie.

8th Philippine Toy Convention

There were some interesting displays though but not that much interesting cosplayers. I did see a group of K-On! cosplayers and how I wish I didn't see them at all. I didn't take that much pictures this time since there were too many people and too little sights. Oh but they did arrange the Hall's Function Room as a display area where the hobbyists showcased their collections and customs. Some 1:1 busts of superheroes were also on display (woot! Hugh Jackman is lurrrve~) and a diorama of WWII (I think) was on the center of the area. I enjoyed looking at the customized Mighty Muggs since I collect them myself, and it was amusing to see a Manny Pacquiao Mugg for some reason~~

Anyway, here's the rest of the ToyCon pictures:

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What's a ToyCon without the hauls, right?

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Gundam SD Sangokushi Set v(^V^)y

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A set of what looks like something from The Romance of the Three Kingdoms~

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A nameless samurai. I know I saw him somewhere I just can't remember ~.~

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(L-R) [Ichigo Mashimaro] Nobue, [Samurai 7] Shimada Kambei, a Shinto/Buddhist(?) statue, [Azumanga Daioh] Sakaki

I love this shot!

8th Philippine Toy Convention
Yay Trooper~
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