5 Exciting Booths at RetroCon 2019 at Lucky Chinatown Mall

RetroCon 2019 had a successful  three day event from August 2 to 4, 2019 which held a trade show, bazaar, eyeball, comic autograph signing, live entertainment and on the spost raffle at the iconic Lucky Chinatown Mall along Reina Regente street and De La Reina street, Binondo, Manila. 

Funko Pop toys for sale

There were several booth selling toys, postcards, stamps, coins, soft drink bottles, poster, photograph, figurines, game console, stickers, comics, funko toys among others at the RetroCon 2019.

crowd at the RetroCon 2019 in Luckytown China Mall

Philippine Christmas greeting card probably printed circa late 1950’s to 1960’s

banknotes

5 Exciting Booths at RetroCon 2019

5.) Modern Vintage Collectibles– This is the booth which specializes on modern, vintage toys and other stuff which are collectible.

Mr. Jan Kevin Lao

4.) Pixel Hero PH– This booth specializes on pixel art, button pins and stickers with hundreds of different designs to choose from.

Ms. Christel Manalo and Mr. Glenn Mallari

3.) Dekada Collectibles and Antiques– This booth had a lot of items for sale. I have bought several old postcards.

2.) Kikosky Toys and Collectibles – Nice booth with a lot of interesting stuffs and collectible items.

Pugad Paboy comic books

Mr. Pol Medina Jr.

1.) Pol Medina Jr. and Comic book artists booth- One of the best time to meet these people who illustrate creative works of art.

RetroCon 2019 will be having a much bigger event slated next month at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

 

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20 Toy and Memorabilia Hauls at the Toy Convention 2019

A visit to the recent Toy Convention 2019, One cannot resists buying die-cast toy cars, stickers, toy figurine, posters, pins, manga, comics and other items which are collectibles.  Some of these items remind us of our childhood days.

20 Toys and Memorabilia Hauls at the Toy Convention 2019

20.) Disney and Funko Pop figurines– One of the most popular creators and innovators of licensed pop culture products. Among the items includes Jollibee, Darna and Spider man.

19.) K pop, Jpop and Chinese artists– Several merchandise bearing popular Korean pop, Japanese pop and Chinese pop artists can be bought at the event.

18.) Go Bots– These are popular cars initially manufactured by Tonka which can transform into robots. The incomplete set of about 50 sets sells for only Php 40,000!

17.) Kewpie dollsis a brand of dolls and figurines that were conceived as comic strip characters by cartoonist Rose O’Neill. At the recent Retrocon 2019, these toys were popular items sold.

16.) Hot Wheel die cast toys– One of the most popular toys for sale at the convention. Some mint condition sells an average of between Php 120 to Php 250.

15.) Cartoon Power Bank – Solid Business  takes  prides itself as the leading provider of office and banking equipment in the Philippines. The company is located at 303, 3rd floor Singson building, Plaza Moraga at the foot of Jones bridge in Manila.

14.) Tin Plates Creative metal tin design having different themes. Most of the desired collectibles came from licensed products.

13.) Posters– One of the most popular items sold at the convention. Collectors would categorized this into different categories, one of the most popular ones are movie posters.

12.) PEZ Toys– The name PEZ is an abbreviation of PfeffErminZ (German for peppermint). It is the brand name of an Austrian candy  which was first manufactured in 1927 and associated manual candy dispensers.Toy character head dispensers were introduced in 1955, after the candy was introduced in the United States.

Pez Toys for sale at Php 300

Colorful cartoon characters, anime characters. There is a local collecting community which specializes in these items.

11.) Mickey and Minnie Mouse – Popular Disney character toys in which several merchandise items are made. One of the most popular are stuffed toys.

10.) Coca-Cola die-cast toys– The soft drink brand is popular worldwide and some of the popular items made are die-cast toys, trucks, polar bear and commemorative bottles. There are several local collecting clubs which specialize this kind of theme.

9.) Bruder Trucks–  The are available in reputable department stores, toy shops and everywhere where toys can be bought. This includes agriculture machinery, emergency, commercial ones.

8.) Captain Barbell, Darna and Lastikman– Mars Ravelo’s booth- creator of these iconic Filipino fictional heroes had several items from t-shirt, pins, mugs, ID holder and tumbler for sale.

7.) Ballpen– This is one of the most affordable items at the toy convention.

6.) Viewmaster– This is the trademark name of a line of special-format stereoscopes . This was first introduced in the 1939 but the popularity of these became apparent in the 1960’s to the mid-1990’s.

5.) Comics– Local and international comic were popular items for sale and MUST buy at the convention. There were several comic book authors and illustrators that are present during the event.

4.) Pepsi can and products – Pepsi is an international beverage company. The company seldom manufacture collectible items even during the height of its popularity. Some collectors would hunt for these trademarks.

3.) Stickers– This come in many different kinds from collectible Voltes V stickers, anime , cartoon and self made ones. Buying stickers at the convention is very popular and affordable.

2.) Pins– Another very popular collectible items.

1.) Jollibee and other popular figurines- One of the most popular sold items. There are several FB group which specializes in these thematic toy collection.

Note : Special “Thanks” to Mr. Azrael Coladilla and Toy Convention 2019 organizers

12 Fun Things to Do at the Toy Convention 2019

Toy Convention 2019 is one of the most attended event in this part of Asia. It never fails to capture anyone’s interest, hobbies and those young at heart.

SMX Convention Center

Anatoy Body Structure

There were more than 300 stalls inside the convention with hundreds of exhibitor, food stalls, movie premiere, meet and greet, toy exhibit, performances, cosplayers, sellers among others.

staff, secretariat and organizer

DLSU-College of Saint Benilde

There is a long list of schedule in which the visiting public, pop culture fanatics can do fun things and participate at the toy convention.

12 Fun Things to Do at the Toy Convention 2019

Mr. Pol Medina

12.) Meet and Greet Famous, Budding Comic Artists– One of the most visited comic book artist at the Toy Convention 2019 is the booth of Mr. Pol Medina creator of the famous Pugad Baboy series among others. There were also international comic illustrators, artists and self published comics.

Mr. Raymund Bermudez

Mr. Raymund Lee

11.) Krem Top booth – ideal partner for coffee and coffee shake. The company provided small cup with free sip of their instant coffee with kreme top for those visiting their booth.

promodizers and sales staff of Alaska Corporation

Krem Top had in-house promo at the convention where 1 pack of krem top includes 1 free mug, plastic coaster holder and key chain for just Php 152.00

10.) Collectors Hive – an online community for collectors. Those who visited their booth had a chance to win some free toys, stickers and key chains.

9.) Manila Bulletin – The booth gave away some copies of their Going Places magazine, CrossTrain.Ph and planner.

davies paint

captain barbel

8.) Photo Booth– One cannot miss the fun for selfies and groupies. There were also on the spot raffles, contest and special freebies to lucky visitor.

7.) World Cosplay Summit’s Philippine leg finals was held. This contest brings together some of the best cosplayers in the country to compete for a chance to represent the Philippines in the World Cosplay Summit 2019 in Japan. One can have a fun time having their photos taken together with their favorite cosplayers.

combatron

cosplayers

batman imperial- 22 feet tall

6.) Life-size statues and Batman statue– having large life-size statues and large batman will surely pop-up one’s adrenaline.

Congressman Alan Peter Cayetano and wife spotted at the convention

5.) Celebrity Spotting– There were many local, international celebrities spotted at the convention. One can also have their photo opportunities and autograph taken for special ticket holders.

40% discount on Marvel Legends toys

4.) Bargain Sales – Several toy sellers, dealers, toy company at the convention. Some are giving away discounts ranging from 10% to as much as 50% discount on their toys or items for sale.

Art initiative

vintage die cast toy cars

Ravelo Komiks booth

There were t-shirts, customized items and toy convention memorabilias for sale.

Jollibee Funko toy booth

A special online campaign promo for Jollibee which issued a limited number of Funko toy.

games of thrones funko character figurine toys for just Php 1,400 each or Php 3,600 ( 3 toys)

Twirlie, Mr. Yum and Hetty

Ms. Fanny Kao from Taiwan

Ms. Fanny Kao is from Taiwan ( Republic of China) and make beautifully crafted toy figurines. She also created a limited edition Lonely Linus. This is her first time to participate at the toy convention in the Philippines. She also had a collaboration with Mr. Daniel Yu.

Mr. Daniel Yu from Singapore

Mr. Daniel Yu is an artist, sculptor, toy creator. He has been creating his toys inspired from Chinese mythical creatures, ghost, lunar cleric and lunar creeps for the past 6 years. This is his first time attending the toy convention in the country.

Rusho Toys

Pinoy Lug exhibit at the ground floor

3.) Toy Exhibits – There are more than 80 toy groups and thousands of toys on display at the 2nd floor of SMX Convention Center.

 Voltes V collector

The Clay Gough by G.A.GO

A visit to toy convention is incomplete without visiting these exhibits.

Mr. Mark Deutsch and Ms. Johanna Deutsch

2.) Happy Garaje – The booth had an interesting postcards, book marks and toy maker from Cebu . The husband and wife tandem is known for their wonderful works of art and nice toy figurine. The postcards were sold for just Php 50.00

Philippine Garrison team

1.) Philippine Garrison – The group had partnered with Make a Wish foundation and they have a photo booth where one can donate money for the causes of the foundation.

record crowd

Note : Special “Thanks” to Mr. Azrael Coladilla and Toy Convention 2019 organizers

Schedule of Activities at Toy Convention 2019

Toy Convention 2019 fans and visitors will be delighted that the biggest toy convention in the country is back. The event will be from June 28 to 30, 2019.  The event will be held at the iconic SMX Comvention Center, Pasay, Metro Manila.

Schedule of Activities

There will be around 300 stalls and exhibitors at the convention center. There will be toy displays, meet and greet with local and foreign pop culture celebrities, cosplay , on the spot raffle and others.

Program Schedule :

DAY 1
JUNE 28, 2019

TOYCON HALLS 1-2
12:00nn – Gate opens, Exhibitors booth and sponsors booth
8:00PM – GATE CLOSING

TOYCON STAGE
12:30pm Welcome to the PLAY HUB
1:00pm Horror panel – Block Z movie panel with Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia and Director Mikhail Red, Warner Bros universe
2:00pm Games, auctions
2:30pm EK Panel – toy collecting, cosplay, toy customizing, pop art
3:30pm Games, Auctions, Contests
4:00pm “PLDT (4pm-4:05pm)
LILA (4:05pm – 4:25pm)”
4:30pm The Glass O (4:40pm)
5:00pm SOULDRIFT (5:10pm)
5:30pm The Lock Pickers (5:40pm)
6:00pm Film-viewing

MEETING ROOM 1
12:30pm- 7pm Gaming Conference GDAP

MEETING ROOM 2
4:00pm – Press conference

POPLIFE STAGE in Halls 3-4
POPLIFE PROGRAM TO BE ANNOUNCED

DAY 2
JUNE 29, 2019

TOYCON HALLS 1-2
10:00am – Gate opens, Exhibitors booth and sponsors booth
9:00PM – GATE CLOSING

TOYCON STAGE
12:00pm PTGA Panel
12:30pm Marvel panel
1:00pm Designer Art Toys Panel
1:30pm Jedi Academy
3:00pm Bully Boy Collectibles
4:00pm “PLDT”,
“TOYCON Cosplay K.O. CONTEST”
5:00pm LookOut
5:30pm Lunar Rhythm
6:00pm Awarding Ceremony
6:30pm Project:Materia
7:00pm Kanjiru
7:30pm Asterysk

MEETING ROOM 1
12:30pm – 3:30pm Gaming Conference GDAP
5:00pm – Animation Council of the PH Film showing

POPLIFE STAGE in Hall 3-4
11:00am Ribbon Cutting
11:30am Welcoming Remarks
12:00pm Funko Jollibee Launch
1:00pm Funko Unboxing Video Awarding
2:00pm – onwards POPLIFE PROGRAM TO BE ANNOUNCED

MEETING ROOM 3-4
1:00pm-3:30pm Reika Meet and Greet / WCSPH Activities
4:00pm-4:30pm Dexie Meet and Greet

DAY 3
JUNE 30, 2019

TOYCON HALLS 1-2
10:00am – Gate opens, Exhibitors booth and sponsors booth
8:00PM – GATE CLOSING

TOYCON STAGE
10:00am Film-viewing
10:30am Games, auctions, contests
11:00am Tips on Toy Collecting
11:30am Wonder Woman panel
12:00pm Games, auctions, contests
12:30pm Batman 80th panel
1:00pm Jedi Academy
2:00pm “PLDT (2pm-2:05pm)
inFluux Esports Championship (2:05pm-3:00pm)”
3:00pm Funko Panel
3:30pm Rumble Royale
4:00pm International Toy Designer & Pinoy Pop Icon Awards
6:30pm V’s Project
7:00pm CH4U
7:30pm Aidoru Sozai
8:00 PM Contest Awarding
8:30 PM Raffle Draw

MEETING ROOM 1
10:00am-12:30pm “Animation Council
Film Showing of 2018 Winners”
1:00pm-1:30pM Reika Meet & Greet
2:00pm- 3:30pm WCSPH Nationals Craftsmanship Judging

POPLIFE STAGE in Hall 3-4
12:00pm Fightsaber Performance
1:00pm POPLIFE PROGRAM TO BE ANNOUNCED
4:00pm Japh Dolls
4:30pm-5:30pm World Cosplay Summit Philippines National Finals 2019

Note :Program subject to change without prior notice from the organizers of the convention.

Large 22 Foot Imperial Batman at the upcoming Toy Convention 2019

Batman and DC fans will be very happy that a giant 22-foot Imperial Palace Batman is a DC collaboration with Pop Life and China’s Imperial Palace Archives. This will be a  spectacular sight inside Hall 3 of the SMX convention center and will be a fitting tribute to the Dark Knight’s 80th anniversary.

This is one of the attraction at the upcoming Toy Convention 2019 from June 28 to 30, 2019 at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila.

Do not forget to buy your tickets to avoid the hassle of long lines during the event.