June 19th, 2011
Toycon is on its 10th year and as usual, they are celebrating it at the SM Megatrade Hall. The event is running for 2 days (June 18-19, 2011). I attended Toycon yesterday. Even though I only stayed for 4 hours, I was able to take lots of pictures and enjoy the experience, I even bought a hat!
There were tons of people! It’s actually tiring as you have to sneak in just to be able to walk through the aisles. But what do expect? It’s Toycon! Every hobbyist, toy collectors and anime lovers wouldn’t wanna miss the event! Especially this year that Toycon is celebrating 10 years!
I arrived really early and I was able to catch the opening ceremonies wherein famous cosplayer, Alodia Gosiengfiao was special guest. I was hoping to get a good shot of her but there were too many people. I’m sure more people could have been there if it was a bit later (it was 10AM when the event started).
Toycon reminds me a lot of Ozine Fest. Both have shows, contests, galleries, games and cosplayers. I actually can’t tell the difference between those events. I’m not really knowledgeable. I started attending those events because my friends love them and I love to practice my photography skills too.
In Toycon 2011, there were life-size statues of our superheroes. Famous personalities like Wolverine, Superman, Batman, etc.
As I walked around, I even saw the ‘lil cute figurines of our favorite iPhone games, Plants vs. Zombies and Angry Birds!! Sooooo cute!!! I almost bought one but I realized I don’t have budget to buy. Also, they are a bit expensive
Lots of other stuff being sold too. Things like comics, books, t-shirts, mugs and of course, toys. Toycon is truly a haven for toy collectors & hobbyists.
There were items for sale for us girls too! The cute lil keychains, pouches and tons of accessories. Perfect for those looking for accessories to complete their cosplay getup. I, myself, bought a hat and I got it on sale at 50% off!
Two stalls caught my attention. I guess they really stood out among the stalls that were exhibiting in Toycon 2011. One is the Manikako which is a doll shop that sells doll kits. You can custom-made the dolls and accessorize them. There were several sizes available too. Perfect for those who are artistic!
The other one was the stall that sells cute hats. I was about to get one then I realized there’s nowhere I can wear it to. If I wear it outside, I will definitely look stupid hahaha! The only place I can wear it is if I’m in a costume party.
The hat were too cute that I decided to just wear one for a few seconds. This picture is enough souvenir for me
The boy wizard, Harry Potter, was of course there! I can’t wait for it to be shown next month. Green Lantern, a movie that is being shown right now in the theaters, also has tons of merchandise! All of them are being sold at one of the stalls in Toycon 2011.
Some people may have forgotten Thor but not me! When I saw this collectible, I was just in total awe. Unfortunately, it’s sold out and can’t be bought for the meantime.
They also have other superheroes in the collection like Odin, Iron Man, Star Wars and Batman.
I almost tried to cosplay yesterday but I backed out. I wanted to research about the character I’m portraying but I wasn’t able to get the information on time. I may attempt next time but I’m not sure. Here are the cosplayers I was able to take pictures of. I especially love the kid, she was too cute!
Last but definitely not the least, there’s the GameOPS booth (in partnership with Back2Gaming). I hope you were able to go to their booth as they offer you a chance to play Streetfighter 4 and Marvel VS capcom 3 games via Xbox & PS3 using awesome LED and 3D TVs from LG! I was also able to see the popular band 1:43 in the booth (they stayed for an hour there yesterday).
Another great event I attended! I wish I have more energy as I used to have. Unfortunately, I get tired quickly that I wasn’t able to stay till the closing time hehehe
Way to go Toycon! Hope it’ll get better next year!
10th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention
June 18, 2011 – June 19, 2011
Megatrade Halls, 5/F Mega B, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Doña Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Philippines