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Toycon 2014: More on Toys, New Experiments, Less Cosplay, More Western

Toycon 2014: More on Toys, New Experiments, Less Cosplay, More Western

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.

New Experiments

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.

Less Cosplay

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.

More Western

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Toycon2014_Naruto_Cosplayers_Review(11)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 2015

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.

Share your experience

Who would ever forget Hentai Kamen’s performance on stage, or finding that rare toy you had long been searching for, or meeting your idol, and many more…

Since there are more than 27,000 people who attended Toycon we want you to share your experience with us. What do you think of Toycon 2014? Just add your comment and we would love to read about it.

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The Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) Toycon 2014 Media Team

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Brief Overview of the World Cosplay Summit (WCS)

WCS_2014The World Cosplay Summit (WCS) is tagged as the most prestigious gathering and competition among cosplayers in the world. It is set every year at the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) in Nagoya, Japan. Cosplayers who really wan to showcase their talent both in cosplay performance and craftsmanship are aiming for a shot to be an official representative to this event. Besides that however, little do we know that ordinary people can also attend and enjoy the annual WCS event.

WCS 2014 will be composed of 25 participating nations with 20 competing for the World Cosplay Championship. Observer nations include the Philippines, Hongkong, Vietnam, Taiwan and Portugal. Official countries participating in WCS 2014 are Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan. Each team can have 2 cosplayers coming to Japan.

The representative for this year for the Philippines is Sora No Katsuo from Davao. They won against 4 other finalists during the WCS Philippine Finals during the 13th Toys and Hobbies Collectible Convention at SM Megatrade Hall.

Official representatives from competing nations will get a chance to compete for the World Cosplay Championship.

“The WCS Championship is a competition that rewards both the ability to make costumes and perform on stage. There are two types of judges: celebrity judges, who mark the stage performances, and international judges, who mark the craftsmanship of the costume.

The celebrity judges each award 10 points for performance, 5 points for Faithfulness to story and characters, and 5 points for the costume impact on stage; 20 points in total. There are usually five celebrity judges, resulting in a total mark of 100 points.

The craftsmanship judges panel awards 100 points. This number is then multiplied by the number of celebrity judges, and then divided by 10 to make the score compatible with the marks of the celebrity judges. If there are five celebrity judges, this brings the total mark for craftsmanship to 50 points.”

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If you want to be an official representative, you have to win in the preliminaries that will be conducted in each country. Preliminaries in the Philippines are being facilitated by the official partner organization, Anime Alliance Philippines. The preliminaries usually starts September and culminates into the finals, usually held at the annual Toys and Collectibles Convention.

As an aspiring WCS representative you have to not only be good in cosplaying your character and having an outstanding performance on stage but also be a good crafter. You have to be the one that created your costume and you must impress the judges on this. Besides that, there will also be a question and answer portion where you have to represent yourself and prove that you are indeed a qualified representative for your country.

If you think that the finalists are the only once that can go to the WCS in Nagoya, Japan then read this. You can also join the World Cosplay Summit as a spectator or cosplayer. There are a number of ways to participate in the event. Find out how, and enjoy the world’s best cosplay festival!

In order to attend all you have to do is have all necessary documents including a valid passport and Japan VISA plus a ticket to the event. Here are some of the events which you can attend.

NAGOYA Anison Fes 2014 will be held on Friday, August 1st (Fri) at the Nagoya Civic Assembly Hall, 1 Chome 1-3 Tsurumai, Showa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 466-0064. Event starts at 5:00pm and ticket price is at 6,800 yen.

If you want to watch the World Cosplay Championship on August 2, 2014 you can avail a ticket price from 1,500 to 2,800 yen depending on your seating.

  • 1F Seat: 2,800 yen with WCS original merchandise, 3 goods (Original hand towel, WCS 2014 pin badge, WCS 2014 Temporary Tatoo)
  • 2F Seat: 2,000 yen with WCS original merchandise, 2 goods (WCS 2014 pin badge, WCS 2014 Temporary Tatoo)
  • 3F Seat: 1,500 yen with WCS original merchandise, 1 good (WCS 2014 Temporary Tatoo).

 

Venue for this year’s World Cosplay Championship will be at the Aichi Arts Center Concert Hall from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

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Whether you will go to the WCS as an official representative, a guest cosplayer or just someone who wants to see the event, I am sure that the experience will be very rewarding.

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Good luck to Team Sora No Katsuo in their journey to WCS 2014 at Nagoya, Japan. Check out the local website of WCS through Anime Alliance Philippines at wcsph.animealliance.asia.

For more info on the World Cosplay Summit please do visit www.worldcosplaysummit.jp/en/

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ToyCon 2014 Epic Launch – A Successful Launch

ToyCon 2014 Epic Launch – A Successful Launch

Naruto Cosplayers PH media team was at Resorts World, Manila last May 31, 2014 to cover this year’s ToyCon Epic Launch. ToyCon, one of the biggest event every year for toys, comics, and hobbyist gathering and known as the biggest Pop Culture event in the Philippines. The said event, organized by Collectibles Unlimited and Resorts World Manila, the launching had been successful and showed a great start for what the event would be on June 20-22, 2014.
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