FEATURE: 13th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention
It’s that time of the year again. And for the local toy collecting/hobby scene, it can only mean one thing. For the 13th time, ToyCon 2014 (or The 13th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention) has brought together collectors and pop culture enthusiasts for three days of celebrating the hobby — which ultimately meant buying more loot. Aside from the dealer room, other highlights of the convention include the now-expected cosplay competition, live bands, game demos and an exhibition room where local hobby groups get to show their stuff. On that note, this is not supposed to be a comprehensive review of ToyCon 2014 or something to that effect. These are merely random outtakes and snapshots of interest taken from the show floor.
||Wasn’t really looking for any specific figure this year so it was basically anything goes. The only purchase for this year was a Revoltech Evangelion 13 (i.e. the pseudo-upgrade of Evangelion 01). Arigatoys Collectibles had a buy-1-take-1 deal on their Revoltechs so together with a friend, got the aforementioned figure for $25. The Star Wars and Kotobukiya Bishoujo displays were also from this booth.
Moving to the exhibit hall, the centerpiece this time was an awesome diorama from the Philippine Lego Users Group (PHLUG). What caught this collector’s attention though (aside from that cute girl from the Zoids corner) was "History of Convoy" from the Transformers Pinoy Collectors group. They had most, if not all, versions of Optimus Prime/Convoy from the original Generation 1 to Age of Extinction, and kind of highlighted the ones still needed to be acquired — G2 Hero Optimus Prime & Sports Label Optimus Prime.
Finally, there’s this seller who has the 5″ Jakks Pacific Real Steel figures for sale. Still needed Ambush and Noisy Boy for the CATALOGUE and he has both. The only problem is that they’re being sold at ridiculous prices, $70 and $90 respectively (the latter being part of a two-pack). Granted, both were released in limited quantities, they’re still not worth the asking price. Will probably just hunt them at the next Christmas Toys and Collectibles Fair.
||Also on display were the costumes of Kenshin Himura, Aoshi Shinomori and Sanosuke Sagara from the next two installments of the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy, "Kyoto Inferno" and "The Legend Ends".|
ToyCon has shown for 13 years that the local toy collector/hobbyist community is still going strong. Heck, the sheer number of tables in the dealer room made a friend realize just how large the local demand for toys and collectibles is. So the question of whether to return next year is a no-brainer, especially after seeing these three below.