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Toy Convention Poplife FanXperience 2018

Toy Convention 2018 which is dubbed as the country’s premier toy and pop culture event . It is also Asia’s longest-running culture convention for toys, collectibles, and various pop culture fandoms, announced the latest line up of guests for this year’s highly-anticipated event.

There are between 50,000 to 70,000 expected attendees in this year’ convention. There are a lot of pop culture icons to grace the event.

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Two Power Rangers, a Peter Pan Fire Lord, a lycan (ie. werewolf), and a legendary comic book creator are coming to TOYCON POPLIFE FanXperience 2018 on June 8-10, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

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Leading the list is comic book industry Hall of Famer Neal Adams, whose reinvention of Batman’s look to the blue-and-gray color scheme highlights his work and influence during the 1960s and 1970s, aside from creating Batman villains Ra’s al Ghul and Man-Bat, and revitalized other titles such as Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and X-Men.
Filipino-American actor Dante Basco will get to meet his kababayan fans. He played Peter Pan’s sidekick Rufio in the 1991 movie Hook alongside Robin Williams, and is the voice actor for the fire-bender Zuko in Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, Jake Long in Disney’s American Dragon: Jake Long cartoon series, as well as various video game characters.

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Two actors from the Power Rangers franchise will share the TOYCON 2018 stage. Jason David Frank played the Green Ranger and the White Ranger in the 1993-1996 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series and its other iterations over the years. Michael Copon’s breakout role was playing the Blue Ranger in last year’s Power Rangers: Time Force movie, but he was also known for his roles in the TV series One Tree Hill.
American actress, fashion model and beauty queen, Kelly Hu will join Toycon, he’s popularly known to play as Sorceress Cassandra in The Scorpion King movie, then Kelly played a villain in X-men 2 movie as Lady Deathstrike, the mutant with adamantium finger claws. She did voice roles for characters in Phineas and Ferb, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Green Lantern:Emerald Knight. On TV she played as Pearl on CW series The Vampire Diaries and also in Arrow tv series as China White.

According to Cholo Mallillin, Event Marketing Head for TOYCON PH, this year’s event aims to give Filipino pop culture fans a playground experience with a community that shares their common interests.

“What we want to give TOYCON fans every year is a sense of belonging to various fan communities. We bring in guests and experiences that bring fans back to why they collect toys, cosplay, read comics, or rewatch their favorite TV series or movies in the first place,” Mallillin said.
Mallillin added that more guests and attractions will be announced in the coming days and even on the opening day itself.

Sikat Ka Toy

Among the other attractions in TOYCON 2018 is “Sikat Ka Toy!”, the Philippine’s first ever toy design contest. Artists and toy aficionados can submit their designs by June 2 for a chance to receive more than Php 30,000 worth of prizes and the opportunity to have their winning toy design produced for limited sale. Toy designs for the Sikat Ka Toy! contest can be emailed to toyconph@gmail.com by June 2, 2018, and contest mechanics are on toyconph.com.

Toy Exclusives

Other attractions for this year include toy exclusives from the popular Funko toy line, as well as toy exhibits and launches from global designers, Anatoy from South Korea, Coarse from the USA, Deewy from China, Playhouse from Thailand, and Hidden Fortress Manila featuring the works of premier Pinoy toy designer Quiccs Maiquez.

Highlights:
The biggest gathering of Toys, comics and merch exhibitors in the country
The biggest toy display by the Philippines Toy Group Association
International celebrities and guest from PopLife FANX
International toy designers from Philippines, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and USA
Toy exhibit by XM Studios, Sideshow, Prime One and Hot Toys
Visual art exhibit by Toym Imao
Arts and Comics artist Alley
Filipino Comics Legends Exhibit
ABS CBN Display
Cosplay K.O.
Solar, Jack TV and MTV display
Sinag Animation Presentation
TMC mini cinema showing Tokyo Ghoul, Fist of Fury and The Wailing
TRESE Toy Launch
The Creator Stage featuring online creators and celebrity
Gaming Stage
Sound Arena Stage featuring: KISSBEE, HYOLYN and APL DE AP
Warner Bros. presents Teen Titans and The Meg
Action figure and toy customization contest
Sikat Ka Toy! Philippine toy design competition
Toycon Exclusive – TEQ63 Manila Killa by Quiccs
Toycon Exclusive – Toycon Minifig by Pinoy LUG
Pinoy Pop Culture Icon Award
AND MANY MORE…….

TOYCON 2018 + POPLIFE FANX is sponsored by Maxi Collector, Legendary Beast Studio, XM, Filbars, Great Toys Online, and Gaming Library.

Supported by Kramer Toy Warden, Warner Bros, Tagalized Movie Channel, Sinag Animation Studios, Anotoys Collectibles, Hubbyte Toys and Collectibles, Dreamworks Dreamplay, City of Dreams Manila, Shopback, Halimaw Studios, Big Boys Toy Store, KidsCompany, Bandai, Gundam Build Divers, Devant, Tamashii Nations, Good Smile Company, Jinio, Comic Odyssey, DC Superheroes Cafe, Food Panda, Bruder, Xend and Oishi O Wow.

Media Partner with ABS CBN, Expat Philippines, WheninManila.com, Manila Bulletin, MTV Philippines, Jack TV, PSICOM Publishing, Retro 105.9, Clickthecity.com and the Philippine Bloggers Network.

Event Partner with TEQ63, Anima Alliance, Philippine Toy Groups Association and Ex-Link Events

TOYCON POPLIFE FanXperience 2018 regular day passes and FanX VIP Experience passes are available in all SM Ticket outlets or through www.toyconph.com.

 

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Collecting kokeshi wood dolls for friends

My first encounter with the kokeshi wooden doll was in the late 1980’s when an aunt who traveled to Japan gave a wooden doll to my younger sibling.

We just refer them as Japanese dolls. These were made of wood and painted in red and black. It was simple and unlike the barbie or rag dolls which was popular kind of dolls in the country before.

I remembered that the wooden doll is just kept in a container. It would take more than a decade or so before we would encounter these types of wooden dolls during a doll festival hosted by the Japanese embassy. I again encountered these doll few years later in Museo Pambata.

An in depth documentary posted in youtube channel by Mr. Travis Wall – This was aired by NHK (Japanology) few years ago.

Early History

We learned that these dolls have originated from Japan in the middle part of Edo period (1603–1868) maybe around late 1700 or possibly early 1800 and the first recorded wooden dolls were made within the Tohoku region . Some historians would say that these may also influence the development of matryoshka doll .

The first kokeshi dolls were made from discarded wood and are primary targeted the children and parents . These often bought as souvenirs after families would take a dip at the hot spring resorts within the northern regions.

After the second world war , collecting kokeshi dolls became more popular as more people could travel across the country. Even foreign tourists would bring these wooden dolls for souvenir items.

The fad for collecting these wooden dolls eventually started to peak by the 1950’s to late 1970’s. Thus almost every known prefecture in Japan would boast several designs. craftsmen and artisans would eventually have their own different interpretation, thus adding more creative styles.

The fad seem to wane down by mid- 1970’s up until early this millennium when newer kokeshi doll designs began to solicit more interested in the traditional dolls. The rise of the social media would add to the fever of collecting these kawai items, as collectors would post interesting finds in their social media accounts.

A minor drawback for these dolls was some people believes that it harbors evil spirits or spirits of babies.

Collector Friends

I have at least 3 friends who collects kokeshi dolls. One who started collecting them few years ago while she was attending high school . Another friend started collecting just a few months ago which were bought mostly from Japanese surplus stores found in Metro Manila. While another friend started collecting just this year.

The phenomenal growth of kokeshi doll collecting in the country was due to the influx of Japanese surplus stores which carry some of these wooden dolls. Some are also brought home by OFW’s from Japan as gifts or display items in their homes.

Although this is not my cup of tea , I manage to collect about 15 items bought from Ms. Lexa Lo , She is an online seller of kokeshi dolls and other items from Japan.

It took over 1 month filling up the orders and the transaction went on smoothly. The items were shipped via local courier The Express Guy  and took just 1 day before we got the items.

These kokeshi doll have find their way to collectors which collects and treasure them. Happy collecting.

 

 

 

 

Exciting Exhibits and Collectibles at Manila Hobbies and Collectibles 2018

Hobby at Worx proudly presents Manila Hobbies & Collectibles Convention 2018, this January 20 and 21, 2018 at SM Megatrade Hall 3. This event is a two-day festivity of collectors and toy enthusiasts. Over 50 booths of toy sellers and retailers from all over the Metro will be present. An array of toys and collectibles that will surely be enjoyed by hobbyist, collectors and casual goers alike. An exciting line of activities will be presented to attendees:

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(1) Collectors display and exhibit of life-sized statues
(2) Toy auctions
(3) Gundam Caravan
(4) Artist Alley and,
(5) Many more suprises await you

For more details, kindly official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/officialhobbiworx/

9th Collection 2017

Collectors and and toy hobbyists would be happy to know that Collecticon 2017 which is on its 9th year.

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Hobby at Worx proudly present. Collecticon 2017 this September 16-17, 2017 at SM Megatrade Hall 3. This event is a two day festivity and gathering of collectors and toy enthusiasts. Over 50 booths of our toy sellers and retailers in the Metro. Series of activities that will sure be enjoyed by hobbyist and collectors. Exciting line up of activities which includes (1) Collectors display and exhibit of life size statue (2) Toy auctions (3) Gundam Caravan (4) Artist Alley and many more suprises await you.

For more details kindly visit:

Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/officialhobbiworx (Official _ Hobbiworx)

Ticket Price still Php 100.00

Highlights of the First National Swap Meet

There are different collecting groups and collectors went to the first National Swap Meet held at Function Halls 1-3, SMX Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.  The Philippines Toy Group Association’s first major event.

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There are a lot of toys on display and for sale . Some will remind childhood days and nostalgia from the past.

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Waycool Geek also had booth during the event. Aside from toys they also have collectible trading cards and NBA cards for sale.

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Another seller present is Mr. Derrick Ko of Retro Toy Collection  Most of his toys are from the 60’s, 70’s , 80’s and mid 1990’s

There are still a lot of collectibles that are quite left out during the national swap meet. Overall had a fun and exciting day hunting for collectible stuffs. Try to visit the National Swap Meet 

 

National Swap Meet at SM Aura, Taguig

Collectors in different fields there will be a 3-day swap and eyeball meet from August 25 to 27, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway, BGC, The Fort, Taguig City.

Among the activities includes auction, booths, features, display, talks, games and raffles.

There will be more than 100 toy collecting groups that will be at the ” National Swap Meet”

Toys For Marawi -Donation for Marawi

The 1st National Swap Meet exercises social responsibility through “Toys For Marawi”, an initiative of the Philippine Toy Groups Association that will donate toys for the children of Marawi. This activity aims to address the pressing need for mental stimulation and psychological healing for the children traumatized by the ongoing conflict in Marawi.

The 1st National Swap Meet is produced and organized by ArtisteSpace in collaboration with Philippine Toy Groups Association and the invaluable support of its partners – The Dark Knight PH, Toy Collector’s Lounge, SHFiguarts Philippines,Southside Transformers, Robot Pilipinas, The Mighty CollecTHORS PH, Red Toys, P.D.O.S., Digimon PH Collectors Club, TS 118, PH Star Wars Empire,Playmobil Collectors Philippines, Southern Dollies, Doll Collectors Swap & Sell,Dollvisoria, Barbie Filipino Friends, From Famous to Forgotten Super Robot,Vintage Voltes V DX Collection, Monogatari Series Philippines, MUSICars,PinoyLUG, Toy Collectors of Cavite United, Macross PH, KeithG Bricks, Voltes V Int’l Fan Page, SICness PH, DC Collectors Philippines, Pinoy Batman Kolektors,Gunpla Chuva, POSK & Juansix+ Let’s Volt In Group, DCPH, Comic Artists,Robot Collectors Haven, 3A Manila, Pinoy MInimates and sponsors – GSM, San Jose Builders, Taters and Chimara.

 

 

 

Tales of Matryoshka Dolls

Tales of Matryoshka dolls started when i was a teenager, I have a distant aunt ( on the maternal side) who just collected a couple of sets of the famed Matryoshka dolls . It was part of a few items displayed at the second floor of apartment and commercial stall somewhere along Salazar street within Binondo district, Manila.

According to her , the dolls were bought sometime in the early 1980’s from a Russian who sold some Matryoshka dolls during a bazaar in Makati.

It was selling like pancakes since there were few items sold in the country during the early part of the Russian- Philippines diplomatic relations. Being a license jewelry appraiser and Chinese plaque maker was the key in meeting some foreign dignitaries or joining a bazaar.

It was late 2005, when i saw again the dolls at the display cabinet. I felt like those dolls are quite eerie since they were facing the sala set near her room, I felt like those were voodoo dolls. They have large eyes!

She asked me if i have some friends or relatives who would love to buy the set including an old vintage cabinet made from narra ( a hardwood variety ) art deco era around 1940’s and a Fuk Luk Su figurine set . She badly needed the money , But i have no friends who would collect those nesting dolls , Fu Luk Su and even the narra cabinet could not be sold immediately.

Business is getting bad and eventually there were a lot of bad credits and paying off her debts is the priority. Her father ( technically i called him great grandfather ( tai kung kung  ) because he is over 90 years old ! was the original owner of the cabinet.

Eventually, great grandfather or tai kung kung died a year after and they were evicted by the association who owns the the unit that they were renting since the 1940’s . They are not able to settle the rentals for more than a year. Most of the items were used as payment to settle some of her bad debts. This it was not enough, since outstanding debts runs into millions of pesos ! According to her story, there were 2 old time regular ” suki ” jeweler from the province who borrowed some jewelries ( in millions ) paid in half  , since the jewelries would be shown to her buyer. Eventually, the bank cheque issued bounced and jeweler could not be found.

It was the same story of a Cebu based fashion accessory owner who also owe her about Php 450,000 worth of real jewelries and only paid her in fraction , Mostly useless fashion accessories which was never sold.

her health failed and she died last year.

History

  The Chinese crafted nesting boxes , gift boxes or surprise boxes that date back to the Song Dynasty, around 1000 AD or a little bit earlier sometime around 950 AD  These boxes were both functional and decorative. Sometime during the 1700s they applied this concept to a set of dolls and the first nesting doll was born.

Chinese nesting dolls are similar to the nesting dolls that are common today.  In the original Chinese sets the smallest doll held a single grain of rice normally or  prosperity or fruitful. There were a lot of meaning an symbolism behind the rice.

Due to trade relations between China and Japan. Some of the nesting boxes or surprise boxes were adopted by the Japanese and new dolls were created sometime around the 17th century .

The outer most doll was Fukurokuju the Japanese god of happiness and longevity. Daruma dolls originated in the city of Takasaki, around the mid- 1760s.  They are a hollow Papier-mâché doll and often have a wooden mold to create their shape.

How did it Come to Russia

Some historians and dolls collector would trace their roots around 1880s to 1890’s when Savva Mamontov discovered a set maybe from Japan.  Mamontov was a wealthy supporter of the arts and wanted to revive Russian folk art.   One of his artists, Sergei Maliutin created the first Russian set with the help of Vassily Zviozdochkin.

Eventually it became a fad and it became a popular gifts . Some Eastern European countries also adopted the nesting dolls and there are clubs and associations which collects and exhibits the dolls.

 

Collector Friend

A friend who will be celebrating her birthday next week ,collects different kind of dolls, one of her bucket list was a Matryoshka dolls. Her passion started when she was a teenager with some barbie dolls she acquired as a birthday present. Her collection quickly expanded into dolls from other countries.

I saw 2 sets posted in a swap and buying site . The item quickly caught my attention. After a few days and a couple of delays ( due to heavy monsoon rains ) I was able to meet the dealer/ collector and paid the stuff. According to the collector, He got the item from Japan few years ago and decided to unload the item.