Monday, June 15, 2009

Toycon 2009 Megapost: Day 2

Continuing my coverage of the 8th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention (aka Toycon 2009), I came back on the second day to finally shop in peace, since I don't have to do anything for HERO TV today (I think). I came in at the unusually early 1130PM, and while the longest line in the world I had the honor of witnessing yesterday wasn't there anymore, the venue still had enough people to render the air conditioning useless.

I went to the HERO TV booth first, it being smackdab in front of the entrance, and found people happily snapping away with their cameras, posing with our life size Voltes V and Astro Boy statues.

Hero TV Booth Toycon 2009
Since it looks like it's gonna be a slow day, I decided to roam the rest of the convention floor to see if there was anything new. I checked out the gallery of toy photography again to take a closer look and what I saw where pretty awesome. Some of the entries are pretty awesome, and the Haruhi Suzumiya scene blasphemously reenacting the Last Supper cracked me up.

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There seemed to be more toys today than yesterday, or it's still the same and my lazy eye is playing tricks on me again. Still, there were more than enough toys to sell to every man, woman, child, pet chihuahua (there was one in the venue!) and man-child to play with.

Statues Toycon 2009
It was then that I found what I was looking for since yesterday...a Mikuru Asahina Figma! Would have wanted to complete the set and get Haruhi too, but I still have to look for that Yoko Revoltech!

It's really hard walking around a giant room full of toys with little money to'd wish you could buy everything. Seeing Theater Works' entire display of 12" Hot Toys, er, toys just made me openly weep.

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It was then that I noticed something I didn't notice yesterday...a separate conference hall full of toy and statue displays from members of Pinoy Toy Kolektors forum!

Here are some statues and busts by fatboystudios. It doesn't show it, but that Michael Jackson bust was literally sweating, like he just came out from the game of his life. That's too much realism for me, dawg.

fatboystudios Toycon 2009
I love dioramas, and this exhibit featured a huge one...I don't know what the diorama's about, but it's like Black Hawk Down with GI Joe figs, down to the miniature terrorists, great looking buildings, guns a-blazing and real sand!

Hell, there's even a small diorama of that memorable scene from The Ring, complete with miniature VHS tape and strobe lights!

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There weren't just toys in the ToyCon. There were the usual hats, clothes, statues and some pretty random bread with faces.

Breadou Toycon 2009
That was enough weirdness for me, so I went back to the HERO TV Booth, which by then was reduced to a ghost town. Nobody was coming in anymore, with people more interested in War Rock or looking at where Alodia last left a footprint. How do I turn this around?

Why, getting pretty cosplayers as unwilling booth girls, of course!

Two of my lovely members from the Hero TV Forums, dressed up in full cosplay, decided to help out, politely welcoming the people outside to take pictures inside our booth, without us even asking. Whaddaya know, it worked! A couple of minutes later, the place was packed! With a cute wink and a smile the girls managed to get even the most grizzled con-going veterans to take pictures next to Flash Bomba and Dragonna!

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Isn't that nice of them? Well, a few hours of padding our number of visitors for today and it was time to call it a day. ToyCon 2009 looked to be a huge success, despite the looming financial crisis hovering over everybody's wallets. People had fun, my friends had fun, I had's all good in the end.

And I didn't come home empty handed for once!

And that ends my coverage of the great ToyCon 2009. If you have any questions, comments, or just want to brag about all the swag you got when you were there, drop me a comment and let's talk about it! Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

ToyCon 2009 Megapost: Day 1

Nothing stirs so much fanboy glee like making a chick in a European maid costume hold your lightsaber while making it look like she's beating you up. Score one for self-esteem brother! But I's the 8th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention, also known as TOYCON 2009, where self-esteem isn't altogether needed, only a big wad of your last paycheck, a camera, and hopefully a whole canteen of clean drinking water, as I will learn soon enough.

For those not in the know, the aforementioned and affectionately called ToyCon is THE convention for the complete geek package. Toys, statues, anime, and stuff you didn't realize you's all there. And even if there are like tons of toy conventions scattered throughout the year, you're nobody unless you've been to this one.

I was still nobody when I got to the venue at the ungodly hour of 10AM. What waited outside was, I honestly kid you not, the biggest waiting line I've ever seen in my life. It looked like it fucking looped Megamall twice! Thank goodness HERO TV was a major sponsor!

Toycon 2009
Inside was even crazier, as the venue was packed with all sorts of people with money to burn, and for good reason. This was toy nirvana, people. You wouldn't realize how much your salary means to you unless you find yourself spending it on all the latest and coolest toys and the rarest finds. 2Rats helped burn through your pockets with toy bargains out the wazoo.

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Maxicollector didn't make things any easier either.

Maxicollector Toycon 2009
And beside it was the curiously called Alodia's Edge, where people were physically struggling to get in. I wonder what could be inside?

Oh, it's Alodia again.

Alodia Toycon 2009
Anyway, the stuff I was looking for (a Revoltech Fraulein Yoko Movie Ver. and a Mikuru Cheerleader Figma) wasn't there. You could hear my wallet's sigh of relief a mile away!

There were also toy exhibits like those hipster Snitch vinyl toys, Stikfas, Transformers toys (both movie and cartoon versions) and an exhibit to the late great Alfredo Alcala, one of the first few Filipinos who broke into the American comics scene drawing some legendary comic book runs from both DC and Marvel! If there's anything to be proud of for being a Filipino, it's this one.

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Believe it or not, I cosplayed as Itsuki Koizumi from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya on Day 1!

But unfortunately, my first was also my worst, as I seem to be so bad at cosplaying that nobody recognized who I was cosplaying as. I'm not fucking Light Yagami, people! My pants aren't even the right color for the guy!

It got so bad that I had to pull a hapless Haruhi cosplayer to demonstrate who I was. And unfortunately I could not convince her to stay beside me to identify me at her expense.

Haruhi cosplay
Speaking of cosplayers, there were fewer of them today than I'm used to. Maybe because ToyCon is more of a toy collector's thing than an a cosplay convention, but what few we got were awesome.

Superman cosplay Toycon 2009Stormtrooper cosplay Toycon 2009

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Standing in the HERO TV Booth for four freaking hours takes a lot out of you. Good thing some of my good friends from the Hero TV Forums were there to ease the suffering a little. Or did they?

Death Note cosplay
And I just found out that one of the legendary Joker cosplayers right now is actually my college schoolmate! When you've done the Joker this good, where else can you fucking go? Where else can anyone go?

All in all it was a fun day. Saw lots of people, ogled at lots of toys, and met lots of friends from high school to was like a freaking reunion! Who knew toys can bring together people from the most disparate walks of life?

Up next, drama, dioramas and total devastation! Stay tuned for Day 2!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

The new Batman and Robin?

Sir Azrael just pointed out to us some preview pages from Batman and Robin #1, written by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, the team who gave us what apparently was the biggest thing to happen in comics since Power Girl, All-Star Superman.

Batman and Robin #1
It kicks off the 'newest era of the Dark Knight' by introducing to us the victors of DC's recent Battle of the Cowl, where a buttload of Batman's supporting cast fought each other for the right to wear the legendary cowl of Batman, after the original's apparent demise in Final Crisis. I don't know why I think this, but I honestly think this is a refreshing change of pace for the Bat books (despite not reading enough as I should). The new Batman doesn't have the emotional scarring and shoulder chips that Bruce had, and the new Robin isn't as, well, Robin-like as all the other guys who've taken to wear green panties or tights beside ol' Brucie.

Not only that, Grant and Frank has effectively challenged Grek Pak and Fred Van Lente to a 'sound effect battle', with salvos like this:

Batman and Robin #1
Drop the mike up in this mother--!

Anyhoo, check out the seven page previews by clicking on these words.

EDIT: And I now know that it came out yesterday. Which makes me an excited ass. :(

EDIT 2: By some serendipitous stroke of luck, one of our bosses brought to the office all three issues of Battle for the Cowl. Will review later coz it's fucking awesome.

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