The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention or TOYCON is a highly-anticipated annual event which celebrates the diversity of collecting as a hobby

which is highlighted by the launch of upcoming blockbuster movies, the latest games and gadgets, awesome advances in animation, comics, anime and manga

and the sensation of the latest releases in toys and collectibles. It is a gathering of collectors, cosplay enthusiasts, gamers, artists and musicians

all bonded by a common passion. It is simply put the biggest pop culture event in the country.

See you this June 30-July 2, 2017 at the SMX CONVENTION CENTER HALLS 1-4, SM MALL OF ASIA, Manila, Philippines

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

part 2: The Joker action figure for the Dark Knight movie



This is the look needed for a Heath Ledger version of the Joker for the Dark Knight movie, as you can see that the figure's detail on the face is good than the other figure we saw last time in my other blog post for the Joker action figure, I think they worked on a new sculpt or a new toyline. Probably they made this new figure line for collectors and adults, and it looks like that your kid won't love this toy, because it is scary and disturbing.

also the images below are figures that I saw in the Dark Knight group Facebook, I've seen them before in the Toy Fair 2008 and also at the Lego trade show here in Manila, but the most interesting to see is the action figure above with the Heath detail on it.



first figure is for the new anime-nated movie Gotham Knights, you can check out the youtube for a 10 minute preview of it, Batman in Anime style, and it says on the net that the new animatedmovie will launch in DVD on July 2008. Second photo is from the Lego toy line 'Batman" pretty comic features and very cute, the Joker is included in the Tumbler car Lego set and the funny man has his own vehicle to fight with Batman, the Last photo is a Joker playing card replica that was used in Batman Begins, the card might be included in the Joker figure line, I just don't know which toyline because all of these are from the Toy Fair 2008.

the buzz is that, the toys might be available on May or June 2008.

Btw, theres a new trailer for the Dark Knight, and it will be on March 7, according to some movie sites and it will be launched together with the 10,000 B.C. movie, wow! I love to see 10k BC but the Dark knight movie still excites me more than watching 10k BC. check your local theaters for the schedule of the release of the movie 10,000 B.C.

READ MORE HERE

Saturday, February 23, 2008

LEGO Systems Unveils New Products to Inspire Creativity at the 2008 American International Toy Fair

Press Release
Source: The LEGO Group

Saturday February 16, 8:07 am ET

-Iconic construction toy brand kicks off year of milestones in its history of inspiring children to become builders of tomorrow-

NEW YORK, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The LEGO Group, the world's leading construction toy company, continues its legacy of inspiring and developing the builders of tomorrow by unveiling 135 new products for builders of all ages at the annual American International Toy Fair in New York City. The 2008 line is one of many ways the company will commemorate a year of milestones, including the 50th anniversary of the original LEGO® brick, the 30th anniversary of the LEGO minifigure, and the 10th anniversaries of both LEGO MINDSTORMS® and FIRST LEGO League. New products will be on display at Booth #1347 in the Jacob Javits Convention Center, February 17-21.

"Our 2008 product line is broad and exciting, while staying balanced between classic themes and licenses, and will capitalize on the market momentum we have gained," said Soren Torp Laursen, president LEGO Americas. "New Indiana Jones and Speed Racer licenses add to the proven and continuing success of our licensed lines such as Star Wars, while new LEGO Agents joins classics like City, Castle and BIONICLE, to round out a portfolio that will inspire builders of all ages."

Laursen continued, "In a challenging year for the entire toy industry, we saw an increase in consumer demand for LEGO products in 2007, driving very healthy and balanced sales across many of our key lines, including core themes and licensed properties alike. We're proud that classic, creative LEGO play continues to be embraced in today's ever-changing marketplace, and look forward to celebrating this coming year of milestones with our growing LEGO community."

This year's LEGO portfolio will inspire the builder inside everyone:
Proven evergreen themes get a "brickover" as new models, characters and storylines are introduced in continuing LEGO themes. LEGO MARS MISSION(TM) reveals another alien obstacle to the space miners' new constructible transforming vehicles. Medieval castle grounds play host to a new battle between trolls and dwarves in LEGO CASTLE(TM). The LEGO EXO-FORCE(TM) struggle with the robots for Sentai Mountain continues with new battle machines and vehicles.

Classic LEGO build and play gets even better as a new police HQ and force hits the LEGO CITY(TM) streets, while the Coast Guard sets up dock in the city's waters. Six new pull-back jumping racers, four new Ferrari sets, and four Tiny Turbos playsets make it hard for car buffs and LEGO lovers to resist the high-speed building fun of the new
For children who like to build and rebuild, new LEGO CREATOR(TM) kits offer 3-in-1 building instructions for multiple models from the same kit in cool themes like vehicles, houses, animals and boats.
Licensed Building Fun (ages 6+)
Recreating the classic franchise and the forthcoming television series, LEGO STAR WARS(TM) excitement only gets stronger in 2008. Classic vehicles, like the AT-AP and Hailfire Droid are followed by five models, complete with all new minifigure characters, inspired by the groundbreaking new STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS(TM) animated series, which is expected to have its television debut this year.
About LEGO Systems
LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark, one of the world's leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: "Only the best is good enough." Visit the virtual LEGO world at www.LEGO.com
LEGO, the LEGO logo, DUPLO, MARS MISSION, EXO-FORCE, MINDSTORMS, BIONICLE and TECHNIC are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2008 The LEGO Group.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

MIAMI in Manila, japanese electronica pop duo

im sharing this cool news I found in Keith's multiply page
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Start: Feb 28, '08 10:00p
End: Mar 1, '08
Location: Saguijo, Club Dredd, Magnet

Kindassault, a new record label/production company (www.myspace.com/kindassaultrecords) is bringing a Japanese duo all the way from Tokyo to play at three venues from February 28 - March 1.

February 28@Saguijo - with The Dorques, Endofcontracts, Spazzkid, Reklamo, and Twin Lobster
February 29@Club Dredd - with Nimbus 9, Corporate Lo-Fi, Monsterbot, and El Mercurio
March 1@Magnet High Street - with The Dorques, Pedicab, Taken By Cars

Miami is a electronic pop/rap girl duo out of Tokyo. Their music is very funky and infectious to the ear. Can't really compare them to anyone except perhaps Cibo Mato. Electronic violins, synths and great vocals really make Miami a unique addition to JapanFiles.com . These girls are really awesome.

www.myspace.com/miamijapan
www.yesjapan.com/miami/

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Wawi Navarroza doll at "Manikako, Future Ko!" art exhibit + benefit auction

Start: Feb 16, '08 5:30p
End: Feb 23, '08
Location: The Podium mall, Ortigas Center, Pasig City


“Manikako, Future Ko!” is an art exhibit and auction of more than 100 dolls by 100 different artists. This fund-raiser benefits the House of Comfort Art Network (ArtHOC), a nonprofit organization that hosts free art workshops for underprivileged children.

Put together by ArtHOC and the Liongoren Gallery, the Manikako, Future Ko! auction opens on February 16, Saturday, 5:30 p.m. at the Podium in Ortigas Center. Doll creations by National Artists Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Napoleon Abueva, and Abdulmari Imao, and other Filipino artists will be up at a starting bid of P500 each.

Other participating artists include Leo Abaya, Cynthia Alexander, Joan Bitangcol, Plet Bolipata, Noel Cabangon, Joey Ayala, Angel Cacnio, Bea Camacho, Sid Hildawa, Abdulmari Imao, Katwo, and Wawi Navarroza, among others.

Exhibit and daily doll workshops run until February 23.

Other partners in the Manikako, Future Ko! event include the Podium Y&R Philippines Britania Art Projects, Segue, and the UP Delta Lamda Sigma Sorority Alumnae Inc.

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The weeklong fair will open with a performance of the pangalay from dance scholar Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa. For the main event, to be managed by ArtHOC and the Liongoren Gallery, the doll creations of National Artists Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Napoleon Abueva, Abdulmari Imao and other Filipino artists will be up for the exhibit and auction. Artist-critic Cid Reyes, will be the auctioneer. Auction will start at 5pm with a starting bid of P500 for all dolls.

This fair gathers together the efforts of a wide variety of groups such as: ManikaManila, avid collectors of ball-jointed dolls; Mistula, concept doll band; Pilipinas Street Plan, talented grafitti artists; Sewing Circle, needlepoint craft enthusiasts; Y&R Creatives; Superficial Girls; and, INK or Illustrador ng Kabataan whose works breathe life into Filipino children’s literature.

Capping the week is Salamat sa ‘yo, Manikako!, a thanksgiving celebration for everyone who has lent their time, efforts, resources, ideas and talents to make the doll fair possible. The theme song of Manikako will be performed by Mistula featuring Vim Nadera, multi-awarded writer and UP professor, with the Cambridge kids. Joining the celebration are Moonstar88 and Ciudad, among others.

Visit www.manikako.com and learn how scraps of fabric, old clothes, sewing materials, and funds raised from events such as doll auctions and doll kit booths, can give hope to underprivileged children.

http://wawinavarroza.multiply.com/calendar/item/10199/Wawi_Navarroza_doll_at_Manikako_Future_Ko_art_exhibit_benefit_auction

Monday, February 11, 2008

SANDWICH UFO WILL LAND AT U.P. TONITE

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Yes folks, we will be havin this cute handpainted space saucers at the SANDWICH BOOTH at the University of the Philippines fair grounds!!!!!! 7pm tonight!!!!!!!
only 500php each.

posted from : http://freshmanila.multiply.com/journal/item/71/SANDWICH_UFO_WILL_LAND_AT_U.P._TONITE

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Gameophilia is back

Gameophilia: Pinoy Game News and Reviews is back, now called Gameophilia: Pinoy Gamer Chronicles. There are new reviews and a few articles already online. The new reviews will focus on console games. If you have any comments and suggestions, please email me back or call me at 09178997069.

http://www.gameophilia.com

I’m also selling Original video games and video game consoles. Please refer to http://www.gameophilia.com/shop.shtml for prices. Gameophilia is an official partner of Gamehopper: Video Game and Rentals Online.

Dolls for a cause by Philippine contemporary artists

Dolls for a cause by Philippine contemporary artists
Manikako doll fair and auction on February 16-23 at the Podium

We invite you to be a part of Manikako, Future Ko! A Fund-Raising
Doll Fair at The Podium Activity Center along 18 ADB Avenue, Ortigas
Center, Mandaluyong City., February 16 to 23, 2008. The proceeds of
the event will fund free doll-making workshops for underprivileged
kids conducted by the House of Comfort Art Network (ARTHOC).

The week-long fair will open with a "loud auction" conducted by
artist/critic Cid Reyes on February 16, 6pm with TV personality Tintin
Bersola Babao as program host.

Doll-making workshops will be held daily at the fair, led by a wide
variety of groups such as : ManikaManila, avid collectors of
ball-jointed dolls; Mistula, concept doll band; Pilipinas Street
talented grafitti artists; Sewing Circle, needlepoint craft
enthusiasts; Creatives from Y & R Philippines; Superficial Girls; and,
INK or Illustrador ng Kabataan whose works breathe life into Filipino
children's literature. (Do it yourself) doll manikako kits and other
manikako products will be available for sale during the event.

Capping the week is Salamat sa'yo, Manikako!, a thanksgiving
celebration featuring musicians like Moonstar88, Joey Ayala, Susan
Fernandez Magno, Ciudad and the multiawarded performance poet, Vim
Nadera, among others.

Almost a hundred dolls created by noted visual artists, singers,
composers, dancers, photographers and cultural workers, including
those by National Artist Abdulmari Imao and senior artist Mauro Malang
Santos will be exhibited and auctioned off throughout the fair.
Participating artists include Leo Abaya, Mike Achevido, Cynthia
Alexander, Willie Alicdan, Yasmin Almonte, Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa,
Edda Amonoy, John Paul Antido, Marcel Antonio, Ral Arrogante, Pandy
Aviado, Joey Ayala, Pablo Baensantos, Mara Bernaldo, Joan Bitangcol,
Plet Bolipata, Remy Boquiren, Elmer Borlongan, Alan Cabalfin, Benjie
Cabangis, Noel Cabangon, Angel Cacnio, Michael Cacnio, Imelda
Cajipe-Endaya, Bong Callao, Bea Camacho, Susan Canoy, Rafael del
Casal, Rey Paz Contreras, Tala Contreras, Daniel Coquilla, Chie Cruz,
Noel Cuison, Aba Dalena, June Dalisay, Ginny Dandan, Nadya Melina
David, Antipas Delotavo, Romina Diaz, Neil Doloricon, Noell El Farol,
Gigi Escalante, Bob Feleo, Egai Fernandez, Karen Flores, Nonoy
Froilan, Esther Garcia, Gian Gianan, Gino Gonzales, Guerrero Habulan,
Sid Hildawa, Grace Imao, Juan Sajid Imao, Toym Imao, Ferdie Jingco,
Lett Jingco, Tiffany Jingco, Katwo, Prudencio Lammaroza, Lilia Lao,
Glo Tenza-Lava, Lao Lianben, Bing Libatique, Lenore Lim, Margarita
Lim, Tita Lim, Alfredo Liongoren, Julie Lluch, Jojo Lofranco, Athena
Lopez, Noli Manalang, Baidy Mendoza, Ferdie Montemayor, Peter Mutuc,
Teresita Narciso, Wawi Navarroza, Romulo Olazo, Jim Orencio, Gabie
Osorio, Vincent Padilla, Gapas, Mario Parial, Mikel Parial, Mervy
Pueblo, Alma Quinto, Ton Raymundo, Jucar Raquepo, Roberto Ma. Robles,
Riza Romero, Jose Tence Ruiz, Rovi Salegumba, Jaypee Samson, Julio
Samson, Soler Santos, Ching Abad Santos, Mia Singson, Sharon See,
Sherwin Tan, Kitty Taniguchi, Lia Torralba, Cez Nunez-Uhing,
Clairelynn Uy, Rosel Valenzuela, Brian Vallesteros, Anna Varona, Lydia
Velasco, Edna Vida, Kris Villanueva, Liv Vinluan, and Nestor Vinluan.

Manikako, Future Ko! is a collaboration of ARTHOC, a non-stock,
non-profit organization that believes in the power of art to comfort
the needy and the afflicted and its fund-raising arm MANIKAKO,
Liongoren Gallery, The Podium, Y & R Philippines and Britania Art
Projects.

ARTHOC and Manikako have been conducting doll workshops with
out-of-school youth in Naga city, typhoon Reming survivors in Albay,
among the wards of SOS village in Ayala Alabang, and among children
from slum communities in Cubao, Project 2, and Payatas in Quezon City.

Other projects by ARTHOC include workshops such as the "House of
Comfort Art Project" and "Malaya Ka Ba? Freedom Quilt" which yielded
handcrafted textile pieces created by participants from various
communities throughout the Philippines. For inquiries, please call
9124319 or log on to www.manikako.com and
www.traumainterrupted.org/arthoc

Saturday, February 2, 2008

LEGO Group Secures Rights from Warner Bros. Consumer Products to Upcoming SPEED RACER Film

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LEGO Group, the world's leading construction toy manufacturer, today announced an agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) to secure construction toy rights for the upcoming movie release SPEED RACER, the live action feature film adaptation of the classic TV series created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida.

Under the agreement, LEGO Group will produce four constructible racing playsets under its LEGO Racers brand, scheduled to race onto store shelves in April 2008, and ranging in price from $19.99 to $59.99 USD. Builders and collectors alike will appreciate the inclusion of multiple authentic racers in each set for head-to-head racing and building fun. Many of the SPEED RACER characters also will come to life in LEGO minifigure form, including Speed, Racer X, Trixie, Spritle, Chim-Chim, Mom and Pops Racer, Taejo Togokhan, Snake Oiler, Gray Ghost and Cruncher Block.


read more at http://toynewsi.com/news.php?catid=20&itemid=12414