November 16, 2009

OtaKai at Anime Overload Festival 2009

OtaKai at Anime Overload Festival 2009I'm like more than a week late in posting this due to work and all that but here goes!

November 8, 2009 marked the day of the Anime Overload Festival event that we have been preparing for for weeks. Since I am a part of the organizing committee, I met up with the other organizers and the ingress volunteers at 6AM in the SMX Convention Center.

OtaKai at Anime Overload Festival 2009As soon as we arrived, we started setting up the figures since the cabinets that we were to use haven't arrived yet. It was super fun assembling the figures, with the other members mixing and matching the nendoroids while posing the other figures in an ecchi way.

OtaKai at Anime Overload Festival 2009OtaKai at Anime Overload Festival 2009OtaKai at Anime Overload Festival 2009Then at exactly 10AM, people started pouring into the function room. We haven't even finished setting up the displays since the cabinets arrived a tad too late for our liking but people have already begun taking pictures of the figures that have been set up.

OtaKai at Anime Overload Festival 2009The main purpose of our display aside from the actual figures themselves is our "Originals VS. Bootleg" themed cabinet where we showed comparisons of original figures and their bootleg counterparts. Included in the display are the Nendoroid Light Yagami, Saber Holiday Ver., Play Arts Sora and the Fate/Stay Night Trading Figures.

OtaKai at Anime Overload Festival 2009We also gave out 4 kinds of flyers: 2 kinds for the OtaKai overview and the 2 others highlights how to distinguish bootlegs in general. We prepared more than 100 pieces of flyers and we actually ran out of them by the afternoon.

Too bad I wasn't really able to go around the convention as I had to man the booth at practically the whole time. A lot of people came up to us asking mainly about: 1) if we were selling the figures, 2) where to buy figures and 3) information regarding bootleg figures. There was even one guy who came up to one of our members with his Konata figma - asking if it was bootleg lol XD We became a "Figure Information Booth."

OtaKai at Anime Overload Festival 2009For my unexpected impulse buys, I was able to nab a Mushi King plushie though and another plushie who til this day remains anonymous to me. I was also able to buy 2 Mighty Muggs, a General Grievous keychain for the boyfriend and 6 Final Fantasy Creatures figures. The latter was a really good buy since all six only cost me and the boyfriend roughly $40. Yup, for ALL SIX.

It was a fun event, seeing all the people take pictures of our figures, asking us about them and the like. The egress was as fun as the ingress, especially since we packed up the figures together. In response to the AOF display, we had several new members sign up at the forums, introducing themselves as one of the people who approached us during the event.

Anyway, here are some of the pictures of the displays:

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Credits go to spade13th, ryanrocks, hubert0125 and moonfyre12 for the pictures!
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