In the recent years, Hasbro has been more aggressive promoting the Transformers brand and as such, has been issuing licenses to more official third party figure manufacturers. All they require is that these releases don’t have any transformation gimmick as it will intervene with Hasbro’s Transformers business. This gave rise to figures being released by the likes of Hot Toys and threeA, each providing their own take on these very iconic characters. It’s no surprise that Comicave Studios, a relative newcomer in the high-end collectible market, would also want to expand their market base outside their Iron Man-based figures by also acquiring the Transformers license. And as result, here is their first foray into the Transformers brand. Released as part of their Omni Class line, but at 1/22 scale instead of the more common 1/12, is Optimus Prime from TRANSFORMERS Age of Extinction.
Last year’s ToyCon 2015 closed on an optimistic note. With the promise of moving to a better location, everybody was geared up of what the organizers are planning the following year. AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2015 then happened months after, presenting the local pop culture community of an experience akin to the major conventions elsewhere. While the latter show was very much at its infancy and needed improvement, it certainly posed as a challenge to the ToyCon organizers for being the premiere pop culture convention in the country. In response to this and to celebrate the 15 years of fan entertainment in the country, the organizers together with POP! Life Entertainment of Salt Lake Comic Con present the 15th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention, or for a more catchy name, the ToyCon 2016 + POP Life FanXperience. Continue Reading: 15th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention
|Mobile Suit Gundam
The Gundam franchise has already endured more than 35 years of longevity but that doesn’t stop it from churning out more stories (and model kits) that are, in one way or another, a derivative of the original Mobile Suit Gundam. However, the audience can only take so much variations of the ‘Earth vs. Colonies’ setting and they’ll eventually get tired of it. Add to that the fast-changing trends in Japanese animation that production studios must catch up to remain relevant. This led to the recent Gundam series going out of the established mold and told a broader scope of stories while maintaining the key elements that constitute a Gundam series. Written by Mari Okada directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai the same tandem who worked previously on titles such as Anohana and Toradora!, Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS promised to tell a fresh and different story with elements found in most modern animated series. Continue Reading: Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS (Season 1)
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? Continue Reading: 14th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention
|GUNDAM RECONGUISTA IN G
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Gundam franchise, original creator Yoshiyuki Tomino was brought back to do a new series 15 years after Turn A Gundam. It was also the first time that two Gundam series were being shown at the same time, this along with Gundam Build Fighters Try. Yoshiyuki Tomino has been developing this project since 2007 with early concepts revolving around space elevators. During that time, the story wasn’t meant to be directly connected to any Gundam-related work, though that has changed upon its reveal as a 35th anniversary project. As such, expectations were high coming into the series. Besides the fact that Yoshiyuki Tomino is directly penning the story, the premise is also connected to the Universal Century timeline, the original setting for the initial Gundam works. However, the series became very polarizing that by the time it ended, mentioning it in various outlets would lead to quite the discussion in one way or another. So the question now is, how come GUNDAM Reconguista in G ended to become one of the more disappointing entries in the franchise? Has Yoshiyuki Tomino lost the storytelling prowess that he used in Mobile Suit Gundam which made it the landmark series that it is today? Continue Reading: GUNDAM Reconguista in G