Dubbed as Asia’s longest running convention for collectibles, toys, anime, comics, cosplay, gaming and anything related to hobbies and collections, the Philippines Toys, Hobbles and Collectibles Convention (Toycon) will be celebrating their 15th year in a new venue, SMX Convention Center in Pasay.
Aside from the moving to bigger venue, TOYCON also promises a lot of awesome surprises for the local pop-culture fans with the TOYCON + Pop Life FanXperience courtesy of Chinese-based company Pop! Life Entertainment. Pop! Life is also bringing the “ultimate FanXperience” with exclusive show merchandise, exhibitions, international cosplay competitions, celebrity appearances, and much more.
The TOYCON + Pop Life FanXperience boasts the biggest dealer floor, covering two halls with around 240 merchants of various pop-culture merchandise, comics, accessories, cosplay merchandise, toys and collectibles. Anime fans are in for a treat as the 20-foot model of the iconic robot Voltes V will be displayed as part of its 40th anniversary celebration together with various memorabilia from its creator, Saburo Yatsude. There will also be an exhibit for the newest Funko Pop! toy releases and upcoming Suicide Squad movie by Warner Brothers Pictures.
Another most anticipated exhibit will be Excelsior! which will showcase some of the notable works by the former Marvel President and Chairman, Stan Lee. The exhibit would include vintage comic covers, movie props, rare memorabilia, original artworks, official merchandise and high-end licensed collectibles from the man who gave us Spider Man, the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Thor and Hulk.
International and local celebrities and artists will be gracing the TOYCON + Pop Life FanXperience like Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn, Twilight actors Bronson Pelletier and Kiowa Gordon, former Superman actor Dean Cain, Star Wars’ Daniel Logan and R&B/Pop Singer songwriter Frankie J.
A brand new concept of costume role play set to premiere at TOYCON + Pop Life FanXperience. CosFanX is the biggest and newest international Cosplay competition which pits the best cosplayers in Asia against each other in country eliminations, country finals and regional finals. Top prize in the local finals is P50,000 cash and the chance to represent the country in the championships to be held in Thailand.
Tokyo Underground Experience will transform SMX Convention Center into the mind-blowing, colorful and kawaii world of cosplay and Harajuku with performances from Sony Music’s DJ Kazu, Electric Ribbon and Yanakiku. Local bands Itchyworms, Tanya Markova and Parokya ni Edgar are also set to perform. An autograph session with the new Sang’gres from the reboot version of GMA’s Encantadia will also be held during TOYCON.
TOYCON 2016 will take place on June 10, 11 and 12, Halls 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Entrance and VIP Ticket are available at smtickets.com and at SM Ticket outlets nationwide. Tickets will be also available on the event itself.
TOYCON is organized yearly by the Asian Comics, Toys and Hobbies-Collective Inc. For more details, check out their official website and Facebook page.