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After the Kon: Things You Might Have Missed at the ToyconPH 2015 (Warning: Image Heavy)




Childhood nostalgia. Fan geekery. And a whole lot of fun! This is how I can describe this year's ToyconPH 2015! This was the first time I'm attending the ToyCon despite having heard of it before as I was more of an anime fan than a geek back then and I have very little interest (and very limited budget) in buying toys. I'm really glad that I got invited this year to be a part of the Biggest Toy Convention in South East Asia.

ToyConPH 2015 was held at the SM Megatrade Halls in the 5th Floor of SM Megamall (Mandaluyong City) last June 19-21, 2015. The event was so big that aside from occupying Megatrade Halls 1, 2, and 3, ToyCon also added the Meeting Halls A and B as their event venue.


It was a mishmash of several events happening all at once and I honestly found it difficult to stay in one place alone. Hall 1 contained all the toy merchandise booths with stuff toys, nendroid figurines and Funko Pop figures dominating the merchandise in most shops. If you're hungry or looking for comics and cosplay stuff, you can head over the entrance at Hall 2 where the food stalls and other non-toy merchants are located. A lot of activities were happening every hour at the Main Stage found at Hall 3. And if you were looking for fellow toy collectors or like to take pictures of the collections by other people, the Toy Gallery at the Meeting Halls A and B would had been your sanctuary.

Next year's Toycon PH promises to be bigger and better as they cap their 15th Anniversary by holding the event at the SMX Convention Hall in SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City!

Here's some of the things that you might have missed during ToyconPH 2015:

On Stage
Geeks battle for fandom supremacy in the Pop Quiz

Nobita's moment with Shizuka and Damulag (Giant) being "too friendly"



Merchandise

Take the ToyCon 2015 vibe to work
Recycling at its finest: bottle caps into accessories
That moment when you notice the male doll was
hugging male dakimakuras (body pillow)

Finally after years of searching, I got to try using Neopiko pens
for coloring! (I need to work on it though.)

Art books and manga drawing books were also sold.
English version of famous manga magazines were also up on sale.
Why they put that cat head on Len's body is still a mystery for me.
Super discounted comics. I even got 5 comics for Php 100 (not in picture).

Like what the sign says.

Comic book signing for Rocketgirl by Pocket Fulla Pillz

When you need bangs but don't wanna go for a permanent haircut.

If you are familiar with these smilies then it means
you spend too much time on Facebook Messenger.
When someone asked Funko Pop if they have
Batman in pink, they took it as a challenge.
Aww hell no Kitty.
Lost the Marauder's Map on the way back from Hogwarts?
Get a new one right here!
Hello I am Baymax. Your personal health companion.
 Now stay still while we perform your "operation".
Cosplay

Cosplayers everywhere!
Korrasami FTW!

Simon looking for a certain little vampire girl.

Full artillery Gundam

Kawaii first time cosplayers with their mommies.
Demon Homura and (sleeping) R2-D2

Two Predators taking a time off from their hunting duties.


Toy Gallery












Unique Finds



 
Nostalgia trip with the old school console games and jams from the classic turntables

The Alcala Legacy (Masters of the Universe comics), The Hulkbuster Armor,
and the Minions photo booth
(UPDATE as of June 23, 2015: The photo booth backdrop and letters 
has been relocated to a smaller but nearby SM mall.)










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