ToyCon 2014 had basically remained the same and less of a hyped event despite the recent additions to it. We remember 2012 when there was even a shooting for an international Cosplay film at the event, which later on did not seen full film production. ToyCon 2014 had been more back to basics and the original purpose of the event and that is focusing on the toys, collectibles, novelty items and the people that love them.
More on Toys
There were tons and tons of booths dedicated to toys. We can see vast arrays of toys which you can buy for a lower price ranging from the most common to the rarest of them, and from the smallest to some of the biggest. This is in fact the season every year were toy collectors gather and scout for good buys among toys and collectibles. I would bet that it is even the more attended event compared to other toy sales in the metro.
The huge toy exhibits especially the Hulk statue near the Gallery entrance plus the Bummble Bee at one of the halls entrance was a simple reminder that ToyCon will always be dedicated for toys and it shoild be. We admire the organizers for remaining faithful to their main objective despite all the add-ons and challenges that they have to face.
ToyCon 2014 organizers had to experiment on a bunch of things. Most obvious probably is the addition of UNO Magazine into the media mix of Toycon and the talked about lapdance during the Night Out on Friday. Although, there are those which said that it should never had been done, we would say that the party is always a party and parents should know that party are for adults. Perhaps, what is out of place in this idea is the venue in which the party is conducted. Hall 3 is not a secluded area, thus people from all ages can watch and see the lapdance and the sexy inuendo that was introduced. Nevertheless, it was an experiment and those who are there should have also exercised caution and parental authority. The result and feedback on this experiment will bring additional learning to the organizing team.
The arrangment was also favorable for those who just want to do about their business and have some fun with their hobby as the stage is really set out away from most of the booths. Well, this would help the sellers and buyers to talk and understand each other more audibly since the sound system will not be overpowering them.
There were tons and tons of cosplayers inside and outside the Megatrade Hall. The new Mega Fashion Hall was also made into a seemless new hall by the cosplayers attending ToyCon 2014, however, it can be seen that Toycon put less focus on cosplay this year. Putting less focus did not elude its inclusion however. Anime Alliance were the once who handles the cosplay event and though it did went smoothly, we had some observations as well.
Disallowing usb devices from being used to submit BGMs from cosplayers put much of a problem among those who usually had USBs. Using CDs for submission had not been much of a standard lately. One suppose to be contestant for the group cosplay had to backout despite theur long practice due to this problem. We can understand the dilemma of he organizers since inserting a USB in a device or PC also opens up that device to a potential virus attack which can be a technical mayhem. Then again, an anti-virus I think could have solved this issue.
The numbers given were written using pentel pen and some were just hurriedly written. I remember when we were also doing that for some of our events and personally, I am surprised to see it at Toycon. Perhaps, time and other constraints prevented the organizers from coming up with a printed standardized numbers with logo which for many can also be a collectors item.
The highlight of the Cosplay COmpetition would be the finals for the World Cosplay Summit and surely all the five finalists gave the audience one hell of a show. It was obvious however that the 2 finalists from Davao were truly superb in terms of both their costume and their performance. Plus, more participants need to really join this competition so that not only NCR and Davao will compete in the finals.
The Individual Cosplay was also participated by more than 80 cosplayers and each of them truly put their effort into it. Sadly, not all of them got to perform using their BGMs. As for the group cosplay there were only two teams.
“The group cosplay performance was very good, personally I wa truly amazed by the group performing Star Wars. The only thing I was surprised was when they danced and the other judges and I really looked stunned asking why they did that.”
Congratulatons to Anime Alliance for a job well done especially for the World Cosplay Summit preliminaries.
The feel of Toycon personally is more Western. Focusing on the 75th Anniversady of Batman and western movies will always make this one a western-style convention. Surely, there is cosplay, plus the exhibit and promotion of the new Rurunini Kenshin movie, as well as the anime teaser on stage but that does not make the event have a “JCulture” feel.
Despite of this Toycon 2014 had effectively put a balance mix between the things that convention attendees would always love to attend. This is perhaps the deepest secret which Toycon has. If they have the right mix of the important ingredients then they will always be an epic event.
Toycon 214 broke new records in terms of number of attendees, as more than 27,000 people attended the 3-day event. Personally, there is nothing so much new to this years Toycon, but for next year it seems Collectibles Unlimited is brewing something new.
During the Toycon Epic Launch, they had hinted that the event might be moving to a new and bigger venue. The main question is how accessible is this new venue to the people who had loved Toycon for years?
Congratulations to Collectibles Unlimited and Anime Alliance for a job well done.
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