Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Philippine Toy Con 2011 (June 19)

Toy Con is celebrating its 10th year this 2011 and continues its objective to promote the interest in collecting hobby.

It amazes me how it grows into a large community of collectors, gathering for old time's sake
and of course shopping for rare finds and to add more goodies in their shelves at home.

Age didn't really matter when you attend this convention.  There are kids, teenagers, young adults and even 
parents come along to share the same interest.

So you'll be pretty much expecting that the place will be VERY crowded.  I got there early so I enjoyed taking pictures of what's already in display.  Also, don't forget to save up money when it comes to this event.
You'll never know you might stumble upon something rare plus there are merchandise being sold for a lower price.  If you ever see tons of gunpla model kits on display in every shelf, you can't help but horde.
There are toys which you don't normally seen at the mall, so this is the opportunity to grab one.

So while you stroll around, there's a Minute Pulp Juice and Coca Cola Zero booth to give you unlimited drinks.  There are food booths inside, including Mang Inasal.  

There's also a koi fishing booth. (Sorry forgot to take a picture of that, my bad!) So you'll get to try
a well-known Japanese activity.  I watched kids enjoying their time catching one with a very thin net.

Gundam Display
My main goal in attending the Toy Con are the gundams. There were a lot of gundam model kits on display. Of course there are model kits on sale as well. Although most of them are in their actual price. There is only one booth I saw that sells low priced model kits with a reasonable discount.

Freedom Gundam statue
Gundam 00 in different scales
1/60 PG Gundam 00

Other Toys
Of course there were other toys aside from the gundam model kits. There are figures of super heroes, anime characters, transformers, kamen rider, etc.

Green Lanterns

Kamen Rider heads

Of course, who could forget the cosplayers? My favorite group is the Justice League.  Awesome cosplayers and the Wonder Woman cosplayer is such a babe that most of the photographers wouldn't leave her alone.  Since it's already crowded inside, mostly the cosplayers hang-out outside so I didn't get a chance to see others.

Allen Walker

War Machine

Kamen Rider Ixa

Hope and Lightning
Justice League


Lacus Clyne

Other Attractions
There are a lot of attractions to see in Toy Con other than the displayed toys. There's a panel discussion on stage, band performers, cosplay contest, etc.

Band performers
Panel discussion
History of comics

Other Merchandise
These are some of the other stuff you can buy aside from the toys. There are comic books, stuffed dolls, manga, spoof shirts, body accessories, etc.

Plants vs Zombies 
Chikara Hats!
Stuffed toys
Comic books
Spoof shirts
Sculpyman of Buhawi Studio.  It starts out as plain clay then it's up to you to design and mold it.
It is made out of Sculpy Polymer Clays.

So at the end of the day, despite the crowded place, it's still fun to attend this convention.  Expect to get tired after doing a lot of strolling but with company, you'll surely have fun.  I hope the ToyCon next year will add more attractions and games to be more interactive other than just go shopping and walking around the place.  I'll make sure by that time, I'll bring home a lot of goodies.

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