Philippine Toy Convention 2014 Highlights

SM Megamall , Megatrade Hall  1, 2, 3, Mandaluyong City , Philippines

SM Mega Trade Hall #2

It was a privilege that i was invited by the organizer to cover the ongoing 2014 Philippine Toy Convention . I guess this is not just the biggest gathering of toy collectors from different parts of the country but also the biggest gathering of pop culture in this part of Southeast Asia.  There was a long queue line from the second floor of the mall up to the Mega-trade Hall area.

SM Mega Trade Hall #3

The entrance fee is Php 130 and there are discount for senior citizens . What makes it more exciting is that there are a lot of FREEBIES and Raffles for the attendees .

Pinoy Coke Fanatics exhibit

Pinoy Coke Fanatics is a group of about 400 active members which collects Coke and its promotional items from different parts of the world. The group is not connected with Coke Philippines and are just composed of  ordinary collectors . This is also the first time that the group was given a large exhibition area by the organizers of the toy convention. Early birds who went to the exhibition were rewarded with coke collectible items courtesy of the members .

Ms. Roselily Buduan

The group is led by Ms. Roselily Buduan , She was invited as a guest exhibitor at the recent Coke Festival held in Malaysia and was also featured in a Malaysian -Chinese newspaper where her extensive collection of coke and its promotional items were featured .  Fellow bloggers and freelance photographers were busy taking photos and interviewing the members.

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Mr. Dwayne Miranda

 Dwayne Miranda is a fellow coke collector , he specializes in miniature coke items , polar bear and  commemorative  Olympic pins. The crowd reception was very warm .

polar bear collection

This are just a sample of the extensive collection of Mr. Dwayne Miranda. He also one of the volunteer member who manned the PCF exhibit booth.

UAAP promotional coke bottles

chucky dolls

 Charles Lee Ray (also known as “The Lakeshore Strangler“, and nicknamed “Chucky“) is a fictional character although he was modeled after the true life story of Robert the Doll and the titular antagonist of the Child’s Play  series. Chucky is portrayed as a notorious serial killer whose spirit inhabits a Good Guy doll and continuously tries to transfer his soul from the doll to a human body.

Ms.Alyka Binuya

Ms. Alyka Binuya is one of the gorgeous and friendly staff / model of  Retro Toy Collection: https://www.facebook.com/retrotoycollections

I have known Mr. Dennis Kho for several years and he had been collecting toys since year 2000, while his younger brother Mr. Derrick Kho also started collecting toys since his childhood days. They started joining toy conventions and toy fairs for several years .

Ruroni Kenshin cos players

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story

The manga initially appeared in  Shueisha ‘s Weekly Shonen Jump from April 11, 1994, to November 4, 1999.

Sonosuke Sagara costume

born Higashidani Sanosuke, is a main character in the Rurouni Kenshin  series. A former member of the disgraced Sekiho army  in his youth, Sanosuke spent the years after the Meiji revolution  taking out his frustrations as a “fight merchant” under the name Zanza, all the while hating the Ishin-Shishi that framed and murdered his comrades as well as the flawed Meiji government that they created. After meeting Kenshin , however, Sano is able to put his feelings aside and end his fighting merchant days – instead taking up with Kenshin’s group at Kamiya dojo.

The Rurouni Kenshin manga has sold over 55 million copies in Japan as of 2012, while its anime has ranked among the 100 most watched series in Japan multiple times.  There will also be a movie version to be released on September 2014 this year in the Philippines.

Mr. Alfredo Alcala

There is a small gallery of comics where Mr. Alfredo P. Alcala  (August 23, 1925 – April 8, 2000)  He was born in  Talisay , Negros Occidental Alcala was an established illustrator whose works appeared in the Alcala Komix Magazine. His 1963 creation  Voltar introduced him to an international audience, particularly in the United States. Alcala garnered awards in science-fiction during the early part of the 1970s. He also had illustrated some Batman comics.

batman figurine and toys

One of the special highlight of the convention is the special exhibit area dedicated to Batman’s 75th anniversary . There are limited batman t-shirts raffles, merchandises and exhibits.

vintage toys

There are also groups of vintage toy  collectors from matchboxes, tomica, tonka , barbie dolls and among others.

guardians of the galaxy

Philippine Toy Convention is not complete with its own roster of cos players , band players and sexy magazine autograph sessions  .

UNO magazine

But having a large multitude of people does have its downside too, It is crowded and in some areas you cannot feel the air-condition. The second day crowd and attendees reach over 13,000 visitors!

exhibitors

toy sellers and exhibitors must be very happy for they are having a big exposure and brisk sales! A visit to toy convention is incomplete without having some sort of a loot of the day. I have bought some hot-wheels toys (carborator 2014 edition)  , coke die-cast toy and some comics .

Ms. Nina Ricci Alagao- Flores ( Bb. Pilipinas- Universe 2000 )

Note: Those coming to the toy convention are advise to come early . There are a lot of sellers which sells affordable items.  I cannot wait for the Philippine Toy Convention 2015 edition!!!!!

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