SM Megamall – Megatrade Hall # 3 , Mandalyong City , Philippines
SM Mega Trade Hall # 3
Collecticon 2014 in partnership with SM Megamall , its sponsors and media partners had once again staged its event at Mega Trade Hall # 3 . The event used to be held at the Robinson’s Place Midtown– Ermita in Manila for several years , until a change of schedule to give way to a moon cake event prompted the organizers to look for an alternative venue .
1/4 scale model of spider man
There is an entrance fee of Php 100 for the general public , A raffle stub will be given and a chance to win a spider man figurine to be raffled-off at the end of the 2- day event. We decided not to enter our raffle stubs just to give some chances to others , It is our own small way to help the show.
Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Visit :
Mr. Ronald Tan is a comic artist
5.) Comic and Book Artist Meet and Greet
There are over 2 dozen comic artists and illustrators that were present during the event. I saw some friends like Mr. Henry ” Pogi ” Chua and Mr. Dennis Kho during the convention. We also took some time in strolling around the exhibit , commercial booth , stage and food area.
“Search for Weng Weng” comic
Mr. Henry Chua bought some comics and had a chance to let Mr. Ronald Tan signed an autograph . Mr. Henry is a also a blogger , a comic book, toy , poster and stamp collector. He bought a couple of comic books, some posters, batmobile , a coke van and toy figurine at the site. While it took me some time in choosing a couple of hot wheels die- cast toy .
BIG J Sausages
Mr. Henry treated me at the Big J sausage booth . They have Ilocos longganisa , Boston Franks and combo meal package.
4.) Retro Toys
One reason to visit the event to to find some retro or vintage toy for SALE. A lot of them are already considered as Collector’s Item . There are also some booth selling toy spare parts.
3.) Meet and Greet Doraemon
We were able to see some anime characters like Doraemon and his friends Nobita Nobi performed during the exhibition. There are the usual ” Bring ME” contest which entice participants of the show to bring a 1 peso coin, a new generation Php 1,000 bill , a poster .
Some of the lucky winners get a chance to win some Doraemon stuff toys, posters and among other items.
There is also the usual on-the spot auction , K pop sing and dance , cosplay and forum style question and answer , gundam toy kit assemble contest, photo booth and on-the spot raffles.
2.) Toy Collections and Exhibits
Transformer Pinoy Collectors
Transformer Pinoy Collectors is a group of Filipino toy collectors that specialize their collection to Transformers.
The Simpsons characters on display
The Simpson is a popular television char cater created by Mr. Matthew Abram “Matt” Groening . Since its debut on December 17, 1989, the show has broadcast over 550 episode and its 25th season began on September 30, 2013. The Simpsons is the longest -running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and in 2009 it surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running American scripted prime-time television series.
Revenge of the Toys – The Simpson’s collection
The Simpson’s figurine toy collection is owned by Mr. Benz / Bjie
1.) Superman vs Batman
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is an upcoming American superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Superman and Batman. At least there are some sort of a teaser .
Note: I am expecting that there will be more improvements in the upcoming Collecticon 2015 . There is not much publicity going around , traditional and even in the social media . If it was not for my friends joining the commercial exhibits , cosplays and exhibits , I would be totally clueless . The upside is that with fewer people bumping and shoving around , It made us easier to buy toys and merchandise items that we like. It was like a leisurely walk in the park . I would still prefer the old venue , there are more cosplayers and more people attending . I am pretty sure that commercial stall tenants have reported brisk sales at the old site .