FEATURE: 14th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention
Apparently covering ToyCon is now becoming an annual deal despite posting this particular feature article one month after the event concluded. For 14 years in a row, people have been gathering every June to celebrate the pop culture event that is ToyCon and this year is no exception. To the uninitiated, ToyCon 2015 (or The 14th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention) celebrates pop/geek culture through a 3-day event which includes toy displays and exhibits, live bands, cosplay competition, and of course the dealer room. Most collectors probably are looking forward to the dealer room because of the opportunities to further expand their collection, as well as discounts. So if they’re doing this for 14 years straight, how come people never get tired of it? Furthermore, what makes people come back year after year?
||Much like last year’s ‘coverage’, this will be mostly random snapshots of the booths, exhibits, and other shenanigans that happened during the event.
But first things first. During the 14 years that ToyCon has been opening the show floor, one aspect has always remained constant — the location. Because of its convenient proximity at the center of the metro, ToyCon has made the Megatrade Halls its home. However, it is becoming more apparent, especially during the latter years, that the venue is becoming inadequate for the ever increasing crowd that goes to the event. With this, the event organizers have promised that they’ll be moving to a new and better location for ToyCon 2016. Hopefully this will now diminish the otherwise great experience that the show brings.
Now 2015, and the next couple of years, will be amazing as far as movies go. Marvel has capped off Phase Two of their cinematic universe with the AVENGERS Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. Star Wars is also slated to make shock waves this December with STAR WARS The Force Unleashed. Then there’s BATMAN v SUPERMAN Dawn of Justice which is the first time that the the "DC Trinity" will make an big screen appearance. As such, many of the booths and displays featured various collectibles coming from these properties.
As far as the actual toys are concerned, the regulars of previous years make a return with better displays. Name it, they have it — Transformers, Gundam, Lego, 1/6 collectibles, anime-based figures — and so much more. Oh and Funko’s ever growing Pop! line of bobble heads. And while they’re undeniably cute, they’ve got to stop at some point. These things are flooding everywhere!
This collector was able to get some loot from the event. It isn’t exactly a splurge but more of purchasing items that are harder to acquire on retail or hobby shops. Took the opportunity to grab a couple of exclusive and missed model kits. Some stuff present last year are still present today, including the expensive Ambush and Noisy Boy figures from 5" Jakks Pacific Real Steel line.
And of course, cosplay. Wasn’t able to snap that many shots though managed to get a couple that really stood out, at least to this collector.
There’s no denying that ToyCon just keeps on getting larger as years pass by. With the promise of a bigger and better location, it is a no-brainer that this collector will return next year for ToyCon 2016. So to those planning to start on their own collection, whatever that may be, there’s no better time to do it than now.