Toy collectors and pop culture fans gathered last May 30 at the Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila to witness the kick-off event for ToyCon 2015.
The “Grand Launch” offered the audience a glimpse of the country’s biggest pop-culture event, the Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectible Convention, which will happen on June 19, 20 and 21 at Megatrade Halls, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
Members of the Justice Ph discussed about the latest updates on the DC and Marvel universe. The panel discussion started with the TV series of The Flash and Arrow which is currently airing at The CW TV Network. Upcoming movies like Batman VS Superman and the AntMan, as well as the soon-to-be-released merchandise and comic books were also revealed.
Reimaru Files were also on stage about the latest trends in gaming.
TOYCON 2015 HIGHLIGHTS AND UPDATES
Event organizers from the Asian Comics, Toys, and Hobbies Collective, Inc. together with the representatives from iflix, Resorts World Manila, and Pacific Licensing announced the highlights of this year’s Toycon.
One of the major issues raised from the previous Toycon events was the security and crowd management. According to the organizers, they are still finalizing their plans for the security together with the management of Megatrade Hall. Another common concern was that of cosplayers crowding the common areas to change into and out of their costumes. A satellite venue and a dedicated washroom is planned to be set up during the event but no details were revealed yet.
It was announced last year that the venue for this year’s Toycon will be at the SMX MOA. The panel explained that while this was the original plan, there were two major events that were already booked for the month prior to their request. The organizers decided to retain the venue in Megatrade Hall as they are comfortable holding the event there. However, they will try again to push through with SMX next year.
Joining the panel is iflix, Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service which offers subscibers unlimited access to movies and TV series for a low monthly price. iflix hosts a number of American and South Korean TV series and movies and they are currently undergoing negotiations to acquire Japanese series and anime into their lineup.
The controversial “Party Night” will be replaced with the more child friendly “Quiz Night” for comics and toy geeks alike. Authority Hoodie will also host a fashion show featuring their DC licensed hoodies. Each entrance will have a unique decoration courtesy of DC, Marvel, iflix and Pacific Licensing.
Possible special guests would be the cast of Doraemon and 3 minions from the movie Despicable Me.
Iflix will also be giving away prizes to the winners of their FanFlick contest and Cosplay competition.
WORLD COSPLAY SUMMIT PHILIPPINES NCR QUALIFIERS
The event also hosted this year’s NCR Qualifiers of the World Cosplay Summit Philippines 2015. Only 3 groups participated in the competition with two advancing and will be competing against other teams from other regions in the Finals to be held at the HERO Face Off 2015.
HERO Face Off 2015 is set on June 6 at the Music Hall, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The winner of the Finals will be given prizes and represent the Philippines to the World Cosplay Summit Championships in Nagoya, Japan.
TOYS, TOYS, AND MORE TOYS
Big Boys Toy Store and Maxicollectors went all out with their toy displays. Action figures of characters from comic book characters, board games, TV series, anime, and all other fandoms were up for sale. Of course, Big Boys will not forget to bring its extensive line up of Funko Pop figurines which were a big hit among the attendees. The Gaming Library was also present to exhibit some of its notable tabletop games like the infamous Cards Against Humanity.
For those who have always dreamed of sporting their favorite superhero’s costume but can’t really go all out on full cosplay, Authority Hoodie showcased their Superhero Hoodies featuring DC characters like Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.
These and more will be available at their respective booths during the main event.