The 11th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention or TOYCON 2012 is on its third and last day today (Sunday, Father’s Day, June 17, 2012), brought to us by Collectibles Unlimited. Head on over to SM Megatrade Halls 1,2 , 3 & Conference Rms A & B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong, Philippines for the country’s longest running and biggest pop-culture event.
In store for today is the group cosplay competition where Alodia is poised to do an intermission number apart from being one its judges. We were also told that the Kamikazee band will perform onstage at around 2PM. From my experience during the second ToyCon day on Saturday (yesterday, June 16, 2012), although a good number of hobbyists, fans, collectors, and friends have spent what could be a big chunk of their mid-year bonuses on rares, collectibles, and novelty goods (toys, comics, memorabilia, and games) being mostly sold at discounted prices inside ToyCon, there are still a lot to be had and owned for those only planning Father’s Day gift spending rampage on Sunday LOL.
As a long time anime fan and crazy action figure collector, the exhibit area located in Conference Rooms A & B could be either a blessing or my ultimate demise. I can observe at close proximity already released figs that I had been eyeing for a good part of the year and judge whether lusting over them is overrated or not. What’s frightening is wanting to own other toy lines that I have no intention of ever collecting from what I have seen because drool worthy is what most of those amazingly detailed and expensive looking toys are. My friendly advise: let the faint in self-restraint beware LOL.
The exhibit area is where I spent most of Saturday, taking photos (shown below in the gallery) of huge sculpts (like the Sentinel), scale models (like FPJ as Panday), Hot Toys, dioramas, old and well maintained/loved collections, and even gashapons. A few meters away in the selling area is where you may find some of the not so rare toys from the exhibit.
As mentioned, the group cosplay competition happens on Sunday. I have only taken photos of two cosplayers today, those of my good friends Monique and Lyron. Both, if I may say, are still very passionate about their craft. I promise to take more photos of the better cosplays at ToyCon 2012 today.
Note from the organizers: cosplayers are encouraged to go in the venue and utilize the “six huge themed exhibit spaces: The Anime Planet, Superhero Stars, Movie Nebula, Toy Supernova, Gaming Galaxy and Kids Constellation, all of which make up the Cosplay Universe.” From experience, photographers, the general public, and cosplayers engaging in photo ops in the corridors outside the Mega Trade Halls are being told by guards to vacate the area to minimize disruption of foot traffic flow.
The P100.00 entrance fee for ToyCon 2012 is so much worth the bargain, sights, and experience inside the event area. There’s also a gaming booth by Amped where registered players may get a chance to win in-game rare items. Below’s the activity schedule for June 17, 2012, ganked from the ToyCon PM website.
|TIME||DAY 3 (JUNE 17, 2012, SUNDAY)|
|10:00 AM||Registration for COSPLAY UNIVERSE group competitions|
|Emcees welcome & Sponsors acknowledgements|
|11:00 AM||Games – Bring Me /|
|Sponsor segments – ABS CBN Publishing|
|Panel discussion – GI Joe: 30 years (TS-118)|
|12:00 PM||Film showing – Fan films|
|Games – Batman Trivia|
|Panel – Angry Woebots|
|1:00 PM||Sponsor segments – SMART|
|Games – Hero Up Daddy|
|Panel discussions – Toys for the Big Boys: Statues, Hot Toys, Scale Models (Pinoy 1/6)|
|2:00 PM||Band Performance|
|Sponsor segment – AMPed Fest|
|3:00 PM||Band Performance|
|Sponsor Segment – ABS CBN Publishing|
|4:00 PM||COSPLAY UNIVERSE group competition|
|Intermission – Alodia|
|5:00 PM||COSPLAY UNIVERSE group competition|
|Sport That Dark Knight Look|
|6:00 PM||Band Performances|
|Film Showing – Animation and Fan films|
|7:00 PM||Awarding of Cosplay and Contests|
|8:00 PM||Raffle draws and games|