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, January 2, 2008

"DARK KNIGHT" PROLOGUE EXCLUSIVE TO "I AM LEGEND" AT IMAX STARTING JAN 8


Dark Knight movie teaser poster

Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Corporation jointly announce that Warner Bros.' highly anticipated sci-fi thriller "I Am Legend" starring Will Smith will be shown at the IMAX Theater at the SM Mall of Asia starting Jan. 8, 2008, simultaneous with the film's opening on the same date in conventional cinemas across the Philippines.

"I Am Legend," which recently opened in the U.S. to a record-breaking $77.4-million, will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience.
Preceding each IMAX screening of "Legend" will be the six-minute prologue of the new Batman film, "The Dark Knight" starring Christian Bale. The featurette shows "Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan and director of photography Wally Pfister talking about shooting scenes in IMAX for the anticipated "Batman Begins" follow-up opening on July 16, 2008.


Will Smith in "I Am Legend"

In the U.S., "I Am Legend" opened strongly, with most shows sold out at IMAX® theatres during its debut weekend, contributing $3.2 million of the record-breaking $77.4 million that the film grossed at the domestic box office, from December 14 through Sunday, December 16. The picture opened on 77 domestic IMAX screens, posting a per screen average of $41,936. "I Am Legend" also opened on 6 international IMAX screens, bringing the worldwide IMAX estimated total to $3.4 million.

"This marks the biggest December opening in not only motion picture history but IMAX history as well. We couldn't be more thrilled," said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures. "We're delighted to be able to offer fans of Will Smith and this classic sci-fi thriller two exciting ways to experience the film throughout the holiday season."

"Combining a highly successful, time-tested science-fiction story with the talents of Will Smith, Warner Bros. Pictures and the power of The IMAX Experience® is why these results are so fantastic. We are delighted to be a part of such a successful movie that we believe will carry on in full force through the holidays," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment.

Back in Manila, Warner Bros. also announces that the latest trailers of "The Dark Knight" and the new Roland Emmerich epic "10,000 B.C." will likewise be attached as added attractions to "I Am Legend" in regular cinemas.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Event Program

possible to change
Will be updated 'til June 13th.




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EVENT PROGRAMME DAY 1
June 14, 2008


10am
Ribbon Cutting and Event Opening
Customized Action Figure, Die Cast and Mecha contest submission
TOY CLICKS - Toy Photography contest submission
Cosplay Click - cosplay photography submission
Batman - Dark Knight Fan Art Contest submission
Band Performance
video Showing - Toy con presentation past to present

11am
Band performance - Faultline
Fan film screening
Raffle and Games
Stage games
major sponsors segment
co presentors segment

12nn
Band performance - Psicom band 1
Fan film screening
Raffle and games
major sponsors segment
co presentors segment


1pm
Animation shortfilm screening
Raffle and games
Live Auctions
Band performance - FRIO
Kids game - Name that Toon
LEGO on the spot building contest
Toy Collector Presentation 1
major sponsors segment
co presentors segment

2pm
Band Performance - DRT
Raffle and games
Kids game - Name that Toon
LEGO presentation
Live Auctions
Voice Acting and Dubbing Contest
Star Wars Philippines/ 501st Legion stage presentation
major sponsors segment
co presentors segment


3pm
Raffle and Games
Panel Discussions with comic creators
Mars Ravelo - Awarding ceremony
Toy Collector Presentation 2
Pullip Pilipinas doll photo shoot (photo wall area)
Search for the Booth Babe Toy Con 2008
Live Auctions
major sponsors segment
co presentors segment


4pm
Band Performance - Ducklings
Raffle and games
Individual Cosplay contest catwalk
Live Auctions


5pm
Band Performance - Fuseboxx
Raffle and games
Kids game - Name that Toon
PS3 Gaming Demo - Devil May Cry 4


6pm
Band performance - Reklamo
Fan Film screening
Toy Collector Presentation 3
Raffle and games
Cosplay winners announcement



7pm
Band performance - Geek city riot
Raffle and games
Toy Collector Presentation 4
Lineage - Kamael Dance Contest
Contest winners announcement
co-presentor segment

8pm
Band performance - Do Ahou
Raffle and games
Live Auctions
co-presentor segment

9pm
Day 1 ends





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EVENT PROGRAMME DAY 2
June 15, 2008


10am
Diorama and Scale model Contest submission
LEGO Build and Create Contest Submission
Stikfas Customized figure Contest Submission
Toy Designer Contest Submission
Short Animation and Fan Film screenings
Band Performance - Rakuen Science

11am
Band Performance - Psicom band 2
Fan film screening
Raffle and Games
major sponsors hour
co presentors hour

12nn
Band performance - biscochiong halimaw
Fan film screening
Raffle and games
Live Auctions
Kids game - Name that Toon
major sponsors hour
co presentors hour


1pm
Band Performance - Placid
LEGO on the spot building contest
Toy Collector Presentation 5
Animation shortfilm screening
WACOM on the spot drawing challenge finals
Kids game - Name that Toon
Raffle and games
Collectibles Live Auctions on Stage
major sponsors hour
co presentors hour

2pm
Band Performance - Insanara
Alodia Gosiengfiao Meet and Greet
Toy Collector Presentation 6
Panel Discussions with Comics Creators and Artists
Raffle and games
Black Pearl Philippines - Pirates parade and Photo op
Kids game - Name that Toon
Voice Acting and Dubbing Contest
major sponsors hour
co presentors hour


3pm
Band Performance - Gorgoro
Toy Collector Presentation 7
Panel Discussions with movie and tv personalities
Live Auctions
Toy Con Blogging Contest Winner
Transformers High Speed Contest
Kids game - Name that Toon
LEvel Up Games Launching
co presentors hour
Band Performance by - Haponesang Dilat


4pm
Group cosplay catwalk starts
Marian Rivera - Meet and Greet

5pm
Band performance - Dr. Mindbender
2nd Philippine Game Girl

6pm
Band performance - Yosha
Group Cosplay winners
Contest Awarding
PS3 Gaming Demo - Metal Gear Solid 4

7pm
Band performance - Loose your Beer Belly
Raffle and games
Lineage - Kamael Dance Contest
Toy Collector Presentation 8

8pm
Raffle and games
Epilogue AVP - prepare for TOYCON 2009

9pm
Event ends

LIVE PERFORMERS

Presenting the Live performers for Toy Con 2008

1. Zelle

2. Dice n K 9

3. Pidro File

4. Paramita

5. Reklamo

6. Haponesang Dilat

7. Insanara

8. Faultline

9. Ducklings

*update as of May 17, 2008

SPECIAL GUESTS

Presenting the Guest of honor of Toy Con 2008


our guest will have a booth at the artists section of the event, and they will have a panel discussion live on stage to talk about their latest work and updates in the field of comics and entertainment.


1. Gerry Alanguilan

2. Arnold Arre

3. Budjette Tan

4. Jamie Bautista

5. Gilbert Monsanto

6. Edgar Tadeo

7. Alodia Gosiengfiao

8. Digger Mesch and Dig Deep Entertainment

9. Marco Dimaano

10. David Hontiveros

11. Manix Abrera

12. Lyndon Gregorio

13. Carlo Vergara

14. David Campiti and Glass House Graphics


* Updated as of May 25, 2008

Comics Creation Contest 2008

Rules

1. Contest is open to all.

2. Comics should have a self contain story and title. (one shot)

3. The theme and genre for the comic creation contest are a open category.

4. Comic Styles can be your own style, anime-manga style, western style.
it can be colored, black and white. Printed or in Photo Copy.

5. Comic pages must not exceed to 20 pages.

6. Copies of your entries will be allowed to sell during the event. Its up to the contestant if he/she will sell it or give to visitors for free.

7. Entries should be in a proper comic book format
with cover, sequential pages, word balloon text, and artist/editor's profile inside. Format can be in a folded short bond paper, long bond paper or 11X17 paper folded into 2.

8. Please submit 2 copies of your entry and insert it in a brown envelope
with label of your name and attach the filled form below.

Collectibles Unlimited
presents
Comics Creation Contest at the
The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008
June 14-15, 2008 Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall
http://www.toyconph.com
info@toyconph.com


Comic title:
Synopsis:
artist:
writer:
editor:
colorist:
inker:

Group name / individual name:

Contact number:
email address:
website:

comics production date :


Deadline of Submission is on or before June 1, 2008 at Vtoyz Hobbyshop, Blue Lane, 2nd floor, Shoppesville, Greenhills.
or in Comic Odyssey, Robinsons Galeria.

email us at azrael@toyconph.com notifying us of your submission.

Prizes: TBA

Transformers High Speed Contest 2008

Battle Head to Head by transforming a Transformers toy to robot mode and alternate mode, The fastest transformerer will win the contest.
Contest will start on June 15, 2008. Time schedule to be announced.

MECHANICS for ADULTS category:

1. This Contest is open to all. To register, kindly visit the Transformers Philippines booth at the event.
Pre register to the contest by sending the form below to info@toyconph.com

2. Each contestant will be presented a toy to transformer and a maximum of 3 mins. for each mode. Contestants will be timed the second touched the toy to the moment they let go.

3. The 10 Fastest participants will qualify to the succeding round in which they will attempt to transform another toy with higher difficulty level.

4. The 3 fastest partcipants in the 2nd round will qualifies for the final round

5. In the final round, contestants will battle for the 2nd, 1st runner-ups and over all champion prizes respectively

6.
Penalties shall be given for the FF:

A: detached parts - 5 seconds
B: Mistransformed - 10 seconds
C: Over the time limit - 20 sconds

Prizes: TBA



to all participants, please print and fill this form below and bring it to the event.



Collectibles Unlimited
presents
Transformers High Speed Contest at the
The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008
June 14-15, 2008 Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall
http://www.toyconph.com
info@toyconph.com


Full Name:__________________________________________________

Age: ___________ Gender: ______________

Contact No.__________________________________________________

Email:__________________________________________________


for questions and inquiries of the contest, you can email us at azrael@toyconph.com

Short Animation Contest 2008

1. Create an animated short feature in any genre.

2. Animated short should not exceed 15 minutes of running time. End credits are not included.

3. Entries can be 2D, 3D, flash, CGI, colored, black and white.

4 7. Language can be in English or Filipino, if your film will be in other foreign language, english subtitles are required.

8. Videos should be submitted in digital video format burned in a CD, we will accept only digital format of .avi, .mpeg, .mov, .flv, .dat files or videos converted into VCD or DVD.

9. Final deadline of entries will be on June 10, 2007 at 5pm.

10. Include a printed form that contains the following:



Collectibles Unlimited
presents
2nd Toy Con Animation Short film contest
at the
The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008
June 14-15, 2008 Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall
http://www.toyconph.com

Animated Short title:________________________________________________


Brief synopsis :______________________________________________________________


__________________________________________________________________________


_________________________________________________________________________


Director:____________________________________________

Production group name:________________________________

Screenplay by:__________________________________________

Music by:______________________________________________

Edited by:_____________________________________________


Animation by:___________________________________________

Main cast:____________________________________________________________________________


_____________________________________________________________________________



running time:_____________

video format:_____________

year of production:_________________________________



name:______________________________________

address: ________________________________________________________

contact number: ________________________________________

email: _____________________________________

Do you authorize Collectibles Unlmited :

to show your work on TV: YES_________ NO___________

to show your work on the internet : YES_________ NO___________

to show your work on other convention,festival and event: YES_________ NO___________


Agreement to authorize Collectibles Unlimited

Name:________________________________________

Signature:_________________________________________

Contact and Email: _________________________

Date: _______________________________



all entries must be sealed in a brown envelope.

11. Submit your entry before or on June 10 in VtoyZ hobbyshop, Blue Lane, 2nd floor, Shopesville, Greenhills.


email us at azrael@toyconph.com to notify us if you have submitted your entry in VtoyZ hobbyshop, Blue Lane, 2nd floor, Shopesville, Greenhills.

Or you may drop your entries in Comic Odyssey, 2nd Floor of Robinson's Galeria.

12. All entries will be shown during the 2 day Toy Convention
in SM Megamall, Megatradehall 2.

13. Awarding ceremonies will be on June 17 in Megatradehall 2
(schedule is to be announced).

Criteria for Judging
Story and Theme - 33%
Creative / Aesthetics - 50%
Fan / Audience Impact - 17%
Total : 100%

Awards:
Best Animated Short feature



for other info and inquiry please email :
Email (Subject: ToyCon Fan Film Contest): azrael@toyconph.com

3rd Toy Con Booth Babe Contest 2008

1. Booth exhibitors are allowed to join

2. Contest are for females only, and an official member of booth exhibitors or sponsors of ToyCon

3. Booth babes can wear costumes or in cosplay, in cute, or sexy outfit, too much flesh exposure are not allowed.

4. Our marshals will approach the booths for any possible entry of the booth exhibitor for booth babes.

5. judging of booth babes will be according to votes by customers and booth attendees

6. Booth Babe contest will be judged on June 14, 2008

for previous Booth Babe winners, please visit the link below

http://toycon.blogspot.com/2007/06/contest-winners-list-part-2.html

http://toycon.blogspot.com/2006/07/convention-booth-babe-2006-contest.html#comments

Toy Con Blogging Contest 2008

Blog about the 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008 and the winner will receive a prize from us and from our sponsors

Rules.

1. Blog about the event and your experience on these dates on any time of your choice.

May 31, 2008 ( begin here)
June 4, 2008
June 7, 2008
June 14, 2008 ( final post)

2. The blogger who have a complete blog post according to the schedule of dates we provided are qualified to join in the final schedule date.
You can write about your expectation, review, comments, experience, and you can also post pictures or videos about the Toy Con 2008.

3. Announcement of winners will be on June 15, 2008.

4. All blog entries should be included with the words below your blog post entry:

The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008
June 14-15, 2008
Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
www.toyconph.com

5. Email us your blog url or permalink of your blog post everytime you succesfully published an entry on every given date.
you may send it to us at info@toyconph.com


Prizes: TBA



to all participants, please fill this up and send it to us first


Collectibles Unlimited
presents
Toy Con Blogging Contest at the
The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008
June 14-15, 2008 Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall
http://www.toyconph.com
info@toyconph.com


Full Name:__________________________________________________

Blog URL : ___________________________________________________

Age: ___________ Gender: ______________

Contact No.__________________________________________________

Email:__________________________________________________


for questions and inquiries of the contest, you can email us at azrael@toyconph.com

Batman - Dark Knight Fan Art Contest 2008

Draw Batman in your own style as it show he is the Dark Knight.

It can be either in a pose, action or in a scene.

Artworks should be in size of 11X17, mounted on a 1/4 black illustration board.

Fan Artworks of Batman can be in colored, pencils, inked and digitally colored.

One entry per individual.

Bring your entry on June 14, 2008 at Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall

Include a label below your artwork containing:
Character name:
Artists name:
School/Org/Company:
website:


and submit a printed form containing the ff:

Character name:
Artists name:
School/org/ company:
website:

contact number:
email address:

for questions and inquiries of the contest, you can email us at azrael@toyconph.com

TOY CLICKS - Toy Photography contest 2008

1. Contest is open to anyone.

2. Create your own photo diorama involving action figures.

3. Each person should have one entry only.

4. Entries can be shot in digital or film. colored or black and white are accepted.
** Digital Manipulation or any enhancement are not allowed **

5. Entries must be printed in 8R photo paper.
Include a label size 2 X 5.5" , printed in a white paper and paste it below your photo artwork that contains:

Photo entry title:
Photograph by:
Website or email :

6. Entries that contains malicious elements are not accepted. The organizers have the right to reject any entries.

7. Bring your entry on June 14, 2008 at the venue from 10am-3pm.


and fill up and submit the form below

and also submit a softcopy in .jpeg format at info@toyconph.com
before June 10, 2008

Collectibles Unlimited
presents
TOY CLICKS- toy photography contest at the
The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008
June 14-15, 2008 Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall
http://www.toyconph.com


Entry No. ________________(to be filled by the committee)

Entry title:_________________________

Full Name:__________________________________________________

Age: ___________ Gender: ______________

Contact No.__________________________________________________

Email:__________________________________________________


for questions and inquiries of the contest, you can email us at azrael@toyconph.com

COSPLAY CLICKS - Cosplay Photography contest 2008

1. Contest is open to anyone.

2. Take a photo of your Cosplay model in a creative or diorama way.

3. Each person should have one entry only.

4. Entries can be shot in digital or film. Digital Photo manipulations are not allowed.
Colored or black and white photos are accepted., backgrounds can be in a studio, outdoor, indoor etc.


5. Entries must be printed in 8R photo paper.
Include a label size 2 X 5.5" , printed in a white paper and paste it below your photo artwork that contains:

Photo entry title:
Photograph by:
Cosplay Model Name:
Website or email :

6. Entries that contains malicious elements are not accepted. The organizers have the right to reject any entries.

7. Bring your entry on June 14, 2008 at the venue from 10am-3pm.


and fill up and submit the form below

and also submit a softcopy in .jpeg format at info@toyconph.com
before June 10, 2008

Collectibles Unlimited
presents
COSPLAY CLICKS- cosplay photography contest at the
The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008
June 14-15, 2008 Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall
http://www.toyconph.com


Entry No. ________________(to be filled by the committee)

Entry title:_________________________

Full Name:__________________________________________________

Age: ___________ Gender: ______________

Contact No.__________________________________________________

Email:__________________________________________________


for questions and inquiries of the contest, you can email us at azrael@toyconph.com

3rd Philippine Fan Film Contest 2008

1. Create a fan film inspired by any existing local or international titles of anime,comics,games, novels, fantasy-scifi, or tv-movie.

Fan film can be in any style of comedy, action, parody and spoof, or in movie trailer style, commercial or movie.
Live action, Cosplay and animation are accepted.

3. Running time of each entry should not exceed 15 minutes. End credits are not included in the running time.

4. Language can be in English or Filipino, if your film will be in other foreign language, english subtitles are required.

5. Videos should be submitted in digital video format burned in a CD, we will accept only digital format of .avi, .mpeg, .mov, or videos converted into VCD or DVD.

6. Final deadline of entries will be on June 10, 2007 at 5pm.


7. Include a printed form that contains the following:



Collectibles Unlimited
presents
The 3rdd Philippine Fan Film Competition 2008
at the
The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008
June 14-15, 2008, Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall
http://www.toyconph.com


Fan film title:________________________________________________


Brief synopsis :______________________________________________________________


__________________________________________________________________________


_________________________________________________________________________



Inspired from:________________________________________

Director:____________________________________________

Production group name:________________________________

Screenplay by:__________________________________________

Music by:______________________________________________

Edited by:_____________________________________________


Animation by:___________________________________________


Cinematography by:______________________________________


Main cast:____________________________________________________________________________


_____________________________________________________________________________



running time:_____________

video format:_____________


place of production:_______________________________

year of production:_________________________________



name:______________________________________

address: ________________________________________________________

contact number: ________________________________________

email: _____________________________________

Do you authorize Collectibles Unlmited :

to show your work on TV: YES_________ NO___________

to show your work on the internet : YES_________ NO___________

to show your work on other convention,festival and event: YES_________ NO___________


Agreement to authorize Collectibles Unlimited

Name:________________________________________

Signature:_________________________________________

Contact and Email: _________________________

Date: _______________________________



all entries must be sealed in a brown envelope.

8. Submit your entry before or on June 9 in Vtoyz Hobby Shop, Blue Lane, 2nd Floor, Shopesville,Greenhills.

email us at azrael@toyconph.com to notify us if you have submitted your entry.


ALSO you can submit your entry at Comic Odyssey, 2nd Floor Robinsons Galeria Branch, 2nd floor


9. All entries will be shown during the 1st day of the event
in SM Megamall, Megatradehall 2.

10. Awarding ceremonies will be on June 15 in Megatradehall 2
(schedule is to be announced).

Criteria for Judging
Technical - 33%
Creative / Aesthetics - 50%
Fan / Audience Impact - 17%
Total : 100%

Awards:
1st Place best fan film



for other info and inquiry please email :
Email (Subject: ToyCon Fan Film Contest): azrael@toyconph.com

or text at 09275340309

Stikfas Customized figure Contest 2008

Contest Mechanics.

.1. Build and create your own customized characters made only in Stikfas parts

2. Characters can be your original character or any existing comics or movie characters

3. Bring your entry on June 15, 2008, Sunday from 10am-4pm at the Megatrade Hall 3 of the Toy Con 2008 event.

4. Fill up the form below and submit it with your entry.

Criteria for Judging (soon)

Prizes: TBA



to all participants, please print and fill this form below and bring it together with your entry



Collectibles Unlimited
presents
Stikfas Customized figure Contest at the
The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008
June 14-15, 2008 Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall
http://www.toyconph.com
info@toyconph.com


Entry No. ________________(to be filled by the committee)

LEGO entry title:_________________________

Full Name:__________________________________________________

Age: ___________ Gender: ______________

Contact No.__________________________________________________

Email:__________________________________________________


for questions and inquiries of the contest, you can email us at azrael@toyconph.com

Toy Designer Contest 2008

Contest Mechanics.

1. Design your own Toy Designer figure

2. It can be in vinyl, resin, plastic, plush or cardboard

3. Provide a toy design on paper with turn around illustrations or sketches, and also don't forget to name your toy design.

4. Bring two mock up design of your Toy Design at the event. One mock up sample will be for the presentation of the contest and it will be returned to you while the other sample will be our copy for archiving.

5. All mock up samples should be final, with colors, design, label branding. It is optional if you want to make your own packaging or box design.

6. There are no size limit.

7. Bring your entry on June 15, 2008, Sunday from 10am-4pm at the Megatrade Hall 3 of the Toy Con 2008 event.

8 Fill up the form below and submit it with your entry.

Criteria for Judging (soon)

Prizes: TBA



to all participants, please print and fill this form below and bring it together with your entry



Collectibles Unlimited
presents
Toy Designer Competition at the
The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008
June 14-15, 2008 Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall
http://www.toyconph.com
info@toyconph.com


Entry No. ________________(to be filled by the committee)

Toy Design name:_________________________

Material used :______________________

Full Name:__________________________________________________

Age: ___________ Gender: ______________

Contact No.__________________________________________________

Email:__________________________________________________


for questions and inquiries of the contest, you can email us at azrael@toyconph.com

Customized DIE CAST CARS Contest 2008

DIE CAST CARS

1. Customized or Dress Up 1/64 scale Die Cast Car (any brand).
2. Customized or Dress Up 1/18 scale Die Cast Car (any brand).

Rules and Regulations:
1. All Entry/Entries should be submitted between 10am-4pm on June 14-15, 2008 at the ToyCon venue, Megamall Megatradehall 3.

Action Figure, Die Cast and Mecha entries will be submitted on June 14, 2008 only.

While Diorama and Scale model entries should be submitted on June 15, 2008 at the ToyCon venue, Megamall Megatradehall 3.

Judging will start at 4pm and annoucement of winners will start at 5pm or 6pm

2. All Entries will be screen by the committee. Hence the committee have the right to reject any unfit entry/entries.

3. Indescent Materials or topic are prohibited.

4. To open a certain category these should be at least 3 entries.

5. There will be 3 winners per category

6. Organizers has the right for press releases/ picture taking of any entries.

Awards:
3 winners for the Customized Action Figure Contest 3-9 inch category
3 winners for the Customized Action Figure Contest 10- 20 inch category
3 winners for the Mecha category
3 winners for Die cast car best dress up and customized (for 1/64 and 1/1Cool
2 best winners for the Diorama contest (one winner each for mecha, action figure)
4 best winners for the Scale Model contest (one winner each for scale model category)


Best in Show Award (over all)
Most Unique Award (over all)

Criteria for Judging (soon)

to all participants, please print and fill this form below and bring it together with your entry



Collectibles Unlimited
presents
Customize Action Figure Competition at the
The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008
June 14-15, 2008 Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall
http://www.toyconph.com
info@toyconph.com


Entry No. ________________(to be filled by the committee)

Category:_________________________

Full Name:__________________________________________________

Age: ___________ Gender: ______________

Contact No.__________________________________________________

Email:__________________________________________________


for questions and inquiries of the contest, you can email us at azrael@toyconph.com

LEGO Build and Create Contest 2008

Contest Mechanics.

.1. Build and create any structure, building, object, installations or diorama that is made only in LEGO bricks.

2. There are no size limit. and no age limit.

3. Bring your entry on June 15, 2008, Sunday from 10am-4pm at the Megatrade Hall 3 of the Toy Con 2008 event.

4. Fill up the form below and submit it with your entry.

Criteria for Judging (soon)

Prizes: TBA



to all participants, please print and fill this form below and bring it together with your entry



Collectibles Unlimited
presents
LEGO Build and Create Contest at the
The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008
June 14-15, 2008 Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall
http://www.toyconph.com
info@toyconph.com


Entry No. ________________(to be filled by the committee)

LEGO entry title:_________________________

Full Name:__________________________________________________

Age: ___________ Gender: ______________

Contact No.__________________________________________________

Email:__________________________________________________


for questions and inquiries of the contest, you can email us at azrael@toyconph.com

Toy Diorama Contest 2008

DIORAMA

1. Diorama Making (Open Category for Mecha category, action figure and scale models)



Rules and Regulations:
1. All Entry/Entries should be submitted between 10am-4pm on June 14-15, 2008 at the ToyCon venue, Megamall Megatradehall 3.

Action Figure, Die Cast and Mecha entries will be submitted on June 14, 2008 only.

While Diorama and Scale model entries should be submitted on June 15, 2008 at the ToyCon venue, Megamall Megatradehall 3.

Judging will start at 4pm and annoucement of winners will start at 5pm or 6pm

2. All Entries will be screen by the committee. Hence the committee have the right to reject any unfit entry/entries.

3. Indescent Materials or topic are prohibited.

4. To open a certain category these should be at least 3 entries.

5. There will be 3 winners per category

6. Organizers has the right for press releases/ picture taking of any entries.

Awards:
3 winners for the Customized Action Figure Contest 3-9 inch category
3 winners for the Customized Action Figure Contest 10- 20 inch category
3 winners for the Mecha category
3 winners for Die cast car best dress up and customized (for 1/64 and 1/1Cool
2 best winners for the Diorama contest (one winner each for mecha, action figure)
4 best winners for the Scale Model contest (one winner each for scale model category)


Best in Show Award (over all)
Most Unique Award (over all)

Criteria for Judging (soon)

to all participants, please print and fill this form below and bring it together with your entry



Collectibles Unlimited
presents
Customize Mecha Figure Competition at the
The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008
June 14-15, 2008 Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall
http://www.toyconph.com
info@toyconph.com


Entry No. ________________(to be filled by the committee)

Category:_________________________

Full Name:__________________________________________________

Age: ___________ Gender: ______________

Contact No.__________________________________________________

Email:__________________________________________________


for questions and inquiries of the contest, you can email us at azrael@toyconph.com

Customized Mecha Figure Contest 2008

MECHA
1. Customize mecha any scale for Gundam, TransFormers, ZOIDS, Sentai Robots etc.

Rules and Regulations:
1. All Entry/Entries should be submitted between 10am-4pm on June 14-15, 2008 at the ToyCon venue, Megamall Megatradehall 3.

Action Figure, Die Cast and Mecha entries will be submitted on June 14, 2008 only.

While Diorama and Scale model entries should be submitted on June 15, 2008 at the ToyCon venue, Megamall Megatradehall 3.

Judging will start at 4pm and annoucement of winners will start at 5pm or 6pm

2. All Entries will be screen by the committee. Hence the committee have the right to reject any unfit entry/entries.

3. Indescent Materials or topic are prohibited.

4. To open a certain category these should be at least 3 entries.

5. There will be 3 winners per category

6. Organizers has the right for press releases/ picture taking of any entries.

Awards:
3 winners for the Customized Action Figure Contest 3-9 inch category
3 winners for the Customized Action Figure Contest 10- 20 inch category
3 winners for the Mecha category
3 winners for Die cast car best dress up and customized (for 1/64 and 1/1Cool
2 best winners for the Diorama contest (one winner each for mecha, action figure)
4 best winners for the Scale Model contest (one winner each for scale model category)


Best in Show Award (over all)
Most Unique Award (over all)

Criteria for Judging (soon)

to all participants, please print and fill this form below and bring it together with your entry



Collectibles Unlimited
presents
Customize Mecha Figure Competition at the
The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008
June 14-15, 2008 Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall
http://www.toyconph.com
info@toyconph.com


Entry No. ________________(to be filled by the committee)

Category:_________________________

Full Name:__________________________________________________

Age: ___________ Gender: ______________

Contact No.__________________________________________________

Email:__________________________________________________


for questions and inquiries of the contest, you can email us at azrael@toyconph.com

Scale Model Contest 2008

SCALE MODELS

RULES BELOW FOR SCALE MODELS ARE NOT YET FINAL

1. Scale Models 1/35 Scale Armor (open)

2. Scale Models 1/35 Scale Figure (open)

3. Scale Models 1/24 Scale Cars or Automobiles (open)

4. Scale Models 1/48 Scale Air Craft (open)



Rules and Regulations:
1. All Entry/Entries should be submitted between 10am-4pm on June 14-15, 2008 at the ToyCon venue, Megamall Megatradehall 3.

Action Figure, Die Cast and Mecha entries will be submitted on June 14, 2008 only.

While Diorama and Scale model entries should be submitted on June 15, 2008 at the ToyCon venue, Megamall Megatradehall 3.

Judging will start at 4pm and annoucement of winners will start at 5pm or 6pm

2. All Entries will be screen by the committee. Hence the committee have the right to reject any unfit entry/entries.

3. Indescent Materials or topic are prohibited.

4. To open a certain category these should be at least 3 entries.

5. There will be 3 winners per category

6. Organizers has the right for press releases/ picture taking of any entries.

Awards:
3 winners for the Customized Action Figure Contest 3-9 inch category
3 winners for the Customized Action Figure Contest 10- 20 inch category
3 winners for the Mecha category
3 winners for Die cast car best dress up and customized (for 1/64 and 1/1Cool
2 best winners for the Diorama contest (one winner each for mecha, action figure)
4 best winners for the Scale Model contest (one winner each for scale model category)


Best in Show Award (over all)
Most Unique Award (over all)

Criteria for Judging (soon)

to all participants, please print and fill this form below and bring it together with your entry



Collectibles Unlimited
presents
Customize Mecha Figure Competition at the
The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008
June 14-15, 2008 Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall
http://www.toyconph.com
info@toyconph.com


Entry No. ________________(to be filled by the committee)

Category:_________________________

Full Name:__________________________________________________

Age: ___________ Gender: ______________

Contact No.__________________________________________________

Email:__________________________________________________


for questions and inquiries of the contest, you can email us at azrael@toyconph.com

Customized Action Figure Contest 2008

ACTION FIGURES

1. Customized 3 1/4 to 9 inches action figure (superhero, anime or movie character)

2. Customized 10 to 20 inches action figure (superhero, anime or movie character) must be rework.

Rules and Regulations:
1. All Entry/Entries should be submitted between 10am-4pm on June 14, 2008 at the ToyCon venue, Megamall Megatradehall 3.

Action Figure, Die Cast and Mecha entries will be submitted on June 14, 2008 only.

While Diorama and Scale model entries should be submitted on June 15, 2008 at the ToyCon venue, Megamall Megatradehall 3.

Judging will start at 4pm and annoucement of winners will start at 5pm or 6pm

2. All Entries will be screen by the committee. Hence the committee have the right to reject any unfit entry/entries.

3. Indescent Materials or topic are prohibited.

4. To open a certain category these should be at least 3 entries.

5. There will be 3 winners per category

6. Organizers has the right for press releases/ picture taking of any entries.

Awards:
3 winners for the Customized Action Figure Contest 3-9 inch category
3 winners for the Customized Action Figure Contest 10- 20 inch category
3 winners for the Mecha category
3 winners for Die cast car best dress up and customized (for 1/64 and 1/1Cool
2 best winners for the Diorama contest (one winner each for mecha, action figure)
4 best winners for the Scale Model contest (one winner each for scale model category)


Best in Show Award (over all)
Most Unique Award (over all)

Criteria for Judging (soon)

to all participants, please print and fill this form below and bring it together with your entry



Collectibles Unlimited
presents
Customize Action Figure Competition at the
The 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008
June 14-15, 2008 Megatrade Hall 2-3, SM Megamall
http://www.toyconph.com
info@toyconph.com


Entry No. ________________(to be filled by the committee)

Category:_________________________

Full Name:__________________________________________________

Age: ___________ Gender: ______________

Contact No.__________________________________________________

Email:__________________________________________________


for questions and inquiries of the contest, you can email us at azrael@toyconph.com

Gallery and Photo Album

6th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2007
Megatrade Hall 2-3


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5th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2006
Megatrade Hall 3



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4th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2005
Megatrade Hall 3



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3rd Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2004
Megatrade Hall 3



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2nd Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2003
Megatrade Conference Room A and B

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1st Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2002
Megatrade Conference Room A and B



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About Us

Collectibles Unlimited Association is a non-profit association based in Metro Manila, whose main objectives are to promote interest in the collection and display of all types of comics,toys, movies, animation, games and related childhood memorabilia; and to maintain a network of collectors to help members keep in touch with each other and advance the collecting hobby.

Collectibles Unlimited was formed in the year of 2002 and is the organizer of the Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention every year. And also organizes toys, comics and anime related events in Manila.

The group is composed of 5 persons namely Vic Yap, Cholo Mallillin, Albert Lee, Lou Garcia and Azrael Coladilla. The other members of the association are composed of collectors, hobby shop owners, community groups and clubs.

Collectibles Unlimited pioneered the customized action figure contest, cosplay group contest, Inter school Animation contest, Inter school comics creation contest, Toy Photography contest, Toy shows and exhibits, character creation contest, Battle of the tribute band contest, Fan film contest, Toy Desinger contest, Cosplay Photography Contest, Artists awards and the convention itself.

The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention helped the hobby community and industry to grow and for its 7th year in 2008, the convention has grown and now recognized by the international industry of toys, comics, movies and anime.

This year 2008, the convention manily dubbed as ToyCon, aims to boost pop culture further in the Philippines by promoting the joy of collecting as a hobby.

About Toy Con 2008

Mega Event about Toys, Comics, Movies, Animation and more.

The Philippines has seen a major boom in the hobbies and collectibles circuit. Many Filipinos have created a growing market for toys, graphic art, books, cards, games and whatever items that set a trend for collections. Small hobby shops and tight-knit collectors' groups and publications have mushroomed around the country indicating a growing consciousness and excitement for all things collectible. Collecting is a hobby that encompasses all age groups and economic classes. It is with this knowledge that a group called Collectibles Unlimited Association, Inc. was created to cater to the organizational needs of this emerging market.

The group organized the first four major Toys and Collectibles conventions held at the SM Megamall in 2003. Both events met with tremendous success and have firmly consolidated Collectibles Unlimited as the prime event organizer in the collectibles market. This year, the group expands its market to include not just the collectors market but the hobby market as well.

Collectibles Unlimited in partnership with MEGATRADEHALL, Warner Bros, Fudge Magazine and other sponsors.
invites everyone to the 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008.

If you’re looking for that hard to find item to complete your collection or looking for the latest games and coolest hobbies in the country, here's the event you've been waiting for! Get in on the action and find the best collectible among toys, comic books, cards, games, vintage items, manga-anime and a whole lot more! Shop and swap to your heart’s content and also win prizes for on-the-spot toy creations, costume play, trivia and art contests.

The Joys of Collecting


For those of you who buy toys and just simply enjoy it by taking it out of the package and playing with it, well and good. But some people buy toys, keep it in the package in mint condition and either display it or store it away as a future memorabilia.

Welcome to the world of toy collecting! This is fast becoming a very popular hobby among kids and adults alike especially those who value their toys in pristine condition sealed inside the packaging.

Almost anything can be considered collectible , but don't go storing those plastic toy soldiers and yo-yo's just yet. Collecting toys is as much a market-driven phenomena as it is a hobby. That means the demand for a certain toy, more often toys that have multiple variations, is dictated by its quality and wide popular appeal. Toys that fall into this category include action figures, dolls, die-cast cars, sports memorabilia, playing cards, faux armaments and weapons and a variety of other items.

A lot of value is also accorded to vintage items from the 70's and 80's since that was the boom of licensed toys from popular cartoons and movies like Star Wars, He-Man, Transformers, Super Friends and the like.

With the growing popularity of the toy-collecting hobby, a group called Collectibles Unlimited Association, Inc. has organized a series of events that brings together this assembly of toy aficionados. This month, Collectibles Unlimited presents the 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2008.

This convention brings together all the top collectible licencees, exhibitors and collectors under one roof for a single day of treasure-hunting from among 100 vendors of toys, comic books, cards, games, vintage memorabilia, manga, anime and a whole lot more!

This event now encompasses not just the collectors market but the hobby and game market as well, including fantasy role-playing games, combat gaming, on-line gaming, scale modeling, graphic art illustration and other fun activities. The event will also include fun activities for kids like die-cast car racing, a book fair, art contests, costume play, coloring games, body art and figure building contests and many more.

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Toy fans "transform and roll out" to ToyCon 2007

originally posted at http://inquirerbloggers.net/hackenslash/2007/06/18/toy-fans-transform-and-roll-out-to-toycon-2007/#comment-4208

By Alex Villafania, hackenslash Reporter
INQUIRER.net

WITH only two weeks left before the opening of the highly anticipated "Transformers" movie, comic fans, collectible fanatics, hobbyists and casual geeks were treated to the year's biggest toy and hobby fare, the Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2007 (ToyCon).

This year's ToyCon at the SM Megamall saw the biggest number of exhibitors and sponsors, many of whom are involved in the preparation for the opening of the live action flick "Transformers" which will be shown on June 28 in the Philippines, almost a week before the worldwide premier showing.

The ToyCon website even offers video streaming to highlight this year’s activities.

It's more of a Transformers event than anything else but tha's OK because everyone loved the cartoon series and the toys that came with it. Many of the hobby shops that sold Transformers merchandise already ran out of some stock"; according to Azrael Coladilla, head of the organizing committee for ToyCon.

Some of the merchandise from the "Transformers" movie as well as the older versions of the series sold just slightly higher than in some shops, though that did not stop fans from buying the more popular Transformers toys, particularly the movie version of Autobot leader Optimus Prime, which sold between P3,000 to P3,500.

There was also a booth where nearly all of the toys from the series were displayed, some of which are as old as the 1984 series and a rare few that have not been removed from their boxes yet, making them extremely expensive to purchase.

Meanwhile, the live performances gave their rendition of the catchy Transformers theme music. One band in particular, Elite Star Pilots, did a hip hop version of the Transformers opening sequence.

There was even a group of participants in the cosplay competition who donned elaborate Transformers costumes, particularly the classic Optimus Prime design and a well-detailed Decepticon Constructicon suit.

Nevertheless, many of the exhibitors still sold numerous action figures from different brands, both popular and cult classics. There were characters from Marvel and DC comics, anime TV shows, and video games.

Some shops were also giving discounts and promos, including buy one, take one offers. Specialty shops from Greenhills, Makati and Alabang were among the exhibitors who were enticing potential buyers with special promos.

We've exceeded expectations. Just for the first day, we already had 8,000 visitors and about 168 participants in the cosplay games. We expect more on the second day,"; Coladilla said.

Coladilla said the community of toy collectors and enthusiasts in the Philippines continues to be stable through the years, especially those who grew up with fond memories of the characters they read or watched.

He said the high cost of the collectibles could not deter fans from purchasing. Even having families of their own would not stop them from being fans. Some of them even go as far as saving up for months to buy an item.

a very good market for toy and specialty shops in the Philippines because there are collectors here who are willing to pay premium for the toys that they buy. This would continue to go as more kids now become fans of the toys that they are growing up with," Coladilla said.

After ToyCon 2007, Coladilla said he is preparing for another toy event on June 29, also in Megamall. This time it would be all about the “Transformers” movie.

This will be a niche event but we’re expecting fans of all ages to come,"he said.

Net helps expansion of Toycon

They're colorful, made of molded plastic or die-cast metal and are put in equally colorful boxes. They could be tiny and or life-size. Some are covered in dust and some have never left their packaging boxes. Some are cheap and some are extremely expensive. Nonetheless, everyone loves them.

They are toys. And the Internet has helped in assembling enthusiasts and beginners alike virtually and in real life for a congregation of collectibles in a hobbyist's haven.

What better way to love toys than by having a big exhibit featuring them? This was most apparent in the last Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention at the SM Megamall where thousands of people, young and old, enthusiasts and casual collectors, came together to have a visual treat of the biggest exhibit of toys and collectibles in the country.

Azrael Coladilla, the organizer of Toycon, said the event has been expanding in the last few years. Even the spacious Megatrade Hall was not big enough for this year's Toycon. They're already thinking of moving the event somewhere bigger.

"We've had nearly 100 exhibitors this year compared to just 60 to 70 in the previous years," Coladilla said.

Coladilla attributed the increasing size of Toycon to the Internet where collectors find each other through newsgroups, specialty collection sites or through trading websites.
"Many started trading collectibles through their mobile phones but it was the Internet that really boosted the industry."

He also said the movie industry made collectibles even bigger, particularly movies based on comic book or cartoon characters.

This year's Toycon, as it is called, is perhaps the biggest one ever held by Collectibles Unlimited. The SM Megatrade Hall 2, the biggest space in Megamall, was packed to the walls. Aside from representative collector shops and hobby groups, there were a slew of individuals who put up their own kiosks either to show off their collections or trade these with other rare toys. One such collector's kiosk had racks of unopened boxes of limited edition Star Wars character busts, figurines, light sabers and vehicles. There were two kiosks with mostly McFarlane or Weta Workshop action figures.

Some shops also featured hardbound and magazine Marvel, DC and Vertigo comics, trinkets, custom-designed shirts and giveaway toys from fast food shops. There were dozens of resellers of Tamiya vehicle model kits, military action figures and mecha model kits of Voltes V, Gundam and Mazinger Z. One collector even brought in a custom-made living room table with a transparent top showing unopened boxes of two Voltron Vehicle Team toys.

Two days into ToyCon and there was no slowing down of people streaming into Megatrade Hall. In fact, the organizers had to control the entry of people to avoid overcrowding. The aisles were so packed that one would have had difficulty making his way through as people huddled. But then again, business was brisk; a representative kiosk of popular anime shop 2Rats was selling anime merchandise like hotcakes. Most of their sales came from the video copies of popular anime, which they were selling for half the price. There were also manga, Japanese comics with English translations. Not surprisingly, there were a few manga that were in Japanese.

"We have a few buyers who want the Japanese versions. Pinoy sila" was the answer of the sales lady, referring to the otakus who are so addicted to everything Japanese that they even learned the language.

It wasn't hard to miss the limited-edition busts and figurines of DC, Marvel and movie characters. Major favorites were 12-inch Superman figures, especially with the screening of "Superman Returns," as well as the Terminator/Terminatrix figures and the Alien Versus Predator figures.

Coladilla said anime is also a new staple in Toycon. Whereas anime events were frequent in the country for years, Toycon only started introducing anime cosplay recently and the number of participants was a surprise even to him.

"But that's why we included anime; it's also a genre of collectibles so it is just right to get them together with the other collectors," he said.

As for next year's Toycon, Coladilla promised that it would be bigger and better than this year. There are plans of moving out to a bigger area but that may not happen until after next year.

"We've been having Toycon in SM Megamall eversince it started and we're known for having it here. Regardless I'm sure the 6 th Toycon will be an even bigger event." - Inquirer.net

The 5th Philippine Toys, Hobbies, and Collectibles Convention 2006
Event Coverage
By: Lace Llanora and Azrael Coladilla


June 17-18, 2006 - Hundreds of people lined up outside the SM Megatrade Hall 2 in a queue snaking all the way from the entrance of the convention hall to the 3rd floor of Megamall Building B. There were strangely garbed characters in full armor or elegant costumes, enthusiastic hobbyists and shoppers who’d waited all year to spend what they saved for this event, curious onlookers and of course, the kids and young at heart who were pulled in by the huge Superman display right at the entrance. Could this be the first day of one of the biggest events of the year?

A resounding YES to that. The 5th Philippine Toys, Hobbies, and Collectibles Convention 2006 was underway and looked to be bigger than anybody had ever expected. With more than 80 exhibitors and various groups participating this year, the event is the biggest collectibles and hobbies event in the Philippines so far. Organized annually by the Collectibles Unlimited Association, this much-anticipated event outdoes itself every year in terms of scale and attendance. This year was no different with almost 11,000 people filling the venue to capacity for both days of the event, toppling last year’s record attendance of about 6,000. Every year, more and more exhibitors, sponsors, cosplayers, performers and patrons participate in the event.

The SM Megatrade Hall 2, being one of the biggest venues for such conventions, still couldn’t hold all the excited patrons of this event prompting some participants to air the need to get a bigger venue next year. The line extended down two floors below the event and tickets allocated for two days ran out after day one and had to be reproduced for day two. “We under estimated the crowd again, and now we need bigger venue next year, because the hobbyists and the audience of Toycon is growing” said Vic Yap, one of the members of Collectibles Unlimited Association.

A sea of toy sellers and buyers sent waves of energy around the crowded spaces, yet despite the jam-packed venue no one seemed to mind. It was a veritable cornucopia of all things wonderful, valuable and collectible. Just imagine hunting and finding rare toys, comics, movies, artwork and other memorabilia, combined with all sorts of exciting online games, sexy cosplayers, booth babes, comic artists, celebrities, and independent rock bands all under one roof. The event was eye-candy in live action.

The event formally opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by actors and celebrity voice talents, Ricci Chan and Joseph Bitangcol, of Hero TV’s Voltes V: Evolution.

This Year’s Theme: Superman Returns

This year’s Toy Convention theme was the Superhero, celebrating the mythology and wonderment of these larger than life characters. And at the center of this all was a celebration of the return of the biggest superhero of all, Superman. A walk-in exhibit of the movie, Superman Returns greeted the attendees, satisfying them at once after they had successfully entered and battled it out in the long queue. Warner Bros. displayed various movie production photos and played all episodes of director Bryan Singer’s production video journal. Toycon goers enjoyed having their photo taken behind the huge Superman setup.

Comic artists also exhibited Superman-related artworks. Among the artists were Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan. Both artists exhibited their comics cover artworks of DC Comic’s Superman Birthright. Other international comic artists like Carlo Pagulayan, Edwin David, Gilbert Monsanto and Ryan Orosco also contributed their own Superman artworks mirroring their own art styles. Roland Mechael conceptual artists of Superman PS2 game and independent artists like Adrian Arcega, Emmanuel Xerx Javier, also shared their works

Pinoy Toy Kolektors, a local online toy collecting community also participated by sharing and featuring their most valuable Superman collectibles - from toys, action figures, and merchandise.

Non-stop Band Performances

Music was non-stop during the event. The Battle of the Tribute Band contest provided a good venue for budding musicians to showcase their sounds. In between the competitors were huge bands in the indie music scene. Among them were Reklamo, the Late Isabel, Fuse Boxx, Hubris, Musings of a Cigarette Smoking man, and the country’s premiere pop acapella group, the Akafellas. Japanese cover bands like Neotaku, Do ‘Ahou, Rotshreck, Etherial Anthem, and Mini Musume Philippines, brought live anime and Japanese music to the audience. The Ducklings, first placer on the Battle of the Tribute Band, dedicated their original composition to all underdog anime characters like Sakuragi of Slam Dunk, Naruto, and Rock Lee. “Support for Filipino music and art is one of the event’s highlight, showcasing the Filipino’s finest in the artform of music, comics, and crafts. This year was a great fusion of hobbies, music, and visual art. Every year, the Toy Convention unites the country’s best artists in one big event” says Azrael Coladilla, one of the event’s organizers.

Customized Action Figure Contest

This year, more entries were received for the Customized Action Figure Contest. Bigger, and more detailed figures were submitted, judged, and showcased at the 5th Toycon. The mecha and diorama category had the most number and impressive entries due to their generously proportioned scale and detail. A six-armed X-Men Sentinel won 1st place in the large-scale Action Figure Customized category.

More than action figures, die-cast cars were also included as entries to this contest. One of the crowd’s favorites was a model of a local taxi cab and a diecast Combi Batmobile.
Collectibles Unlimited Association member and organizer, Lou Garcia said, “The Diorama category is better arranged and set up each year, and now the toy hobbyist and collectors are getting serious in customizing their own toys and figures”.

Cosplay Competition

Cosplay, or the art of “costume play” is one of the event’s highlights each year. A swarm of colorful wings, costumes, and wigs moved around the Megatrade Hall for two days. Patrons and on-lookers had their photos taken with the cosplayers while they went agog over some cosplayers’ guts and creativity. A catwalk was provided to satisfy casual photographers and the awaiting audience’s curiousity on the cosplayers’s costumes and hot outfits. The Philippines’ finest cosplayers never fail to attend this activity every year. First timers had their taste of what it’s like to be a cosplayer. The Toy Convention is one of the many events that inspire and give venue to these cosplayers. “Every year the impact of the cosplay event really begins here, and this time the costumes are a lot better than in previous years. From costumed mecha, to famous movie fantasy and sci-fi characters to some of the best superhero costume designs, the cosplay is really a crowd pleaser and a truly memorable experience for all,” exclaims Cholo Mallillin, of Collectibles Unlimited.

Winners were Dracula Demon of Castlevania, May of Guilty Gear, Sailor Chibimoon, Angel Sanctuary group, Naruto group, Magical Knight Rayearth group.

City Pinoy Superhero

Filipinos are creative when it comes to conceptualizing art, this contest gave a chance to the artists to create and make their own local superheroes representing any city in the Philippines. If Superman patrols Metropolis, Batman is the guardian of Gotham City, and Spiderman swings to the rescue on the streets of New York, the 5th Toycon, artists contestant showed that there are other superheroes guarding their very own cities. Basyo Willigart, Superhero of Cavite City by Emmanuel Cassallas, won 1st place for the Create your own Pinoy City Superhero. Other winners were, Red Bandana - Guardian of Pasay City by Van Cleef Emnacen and Diego D’ ultimo Barbero - Superhero of Meycauyan City by Danielle Cinaban. The superhero art contest was judged by the Artists’ Den, actor-toy collector Ding Dong Dantes, and his partner Karylle.

Comic Convention frontside

During the 5th Toy Convention, local and best artists in the Philippines gathered and displayed their artworks at the Superman Memorabilia. Artists who were present included Carlo Pagulayan, Wilson Tortosa, Ryan Orosco, and Leinil Yu. Gerry Alanguilan of Komikero Publishing, whose works include the inking of Superman: Birthright and Silent Dragon, released his new comic entitled “ELMER”. Art and comic group Artists’ Den showcased their indie comics and Lyndon Gregorio launched his new book titled Beerkada: Off Campus. “This year, a special tribute and posthumous award was given to Alfredo Alcala, one of the early Filipino master illustrators who attained success in the U.S. as a comic book artist,” Albert Lee Gan said, one of the organizers. “We should really give recognition to these artists, because they are Filipinos who leave a legacy and give singular honor to our country and also to the comic and art industry”.

The Legacy of Alcala exhibit was the 2nd exhibit here in Manila and many Filipinos were surprised to know that Alfredo Alcala Sr. is widely known in the States. Now, his name spreads among the new crop of artists who are inspired after seeing Alcala’s works. And do you know that Alfredo Alcala Sr. created the infamous character, Boba Fett of the Star Wars Original trilogy? Alfredo Alcala Jr, son of Alcala Sr. explains that their dad created it first in a comic strip newspaper before the Empire Strikes Back movie was even released.

Science Fiction Convention backside

Even the Imperial Empire did not miss the event, members of the Star Wars Philippines was there in full costume. Fully armored Storm Troopers and Darth Vader went up on stage alongside the Jedi knights, and even a talking C-3PO droid which is the first such full costume in the Philippines. The amazed crowd watched as it talked and cheered as one of the finest costumed members of Star Wars Philippines.

Art Asylum

The Toy Convention had an international impact on the attendees as well as Digger Mesch, founder of the US toy manufacturing company Art Asylum together with chief artist Yuri Timg and Chris Lee of Hongkong-based Tackli Toys conducted a talent search for artists and sculptors for their new company called Full On Entertaiment. Inside the FUDGE magazine booth, Digger personally handpicked a local crop of fortunate artists to join his internationally-renowned team. On Day 2, Digger Mesch, Yuri Timg and Mike Tang joined the Pinoy Toy Kolektors, a local toy club of collectors in a panel forum discussion and talked about collecting toys as a hobby. While Digger and the others discussed future plans on their new company, he released a teaser mold and art concept of a new Marvel Comics toy line modeled and crafted by their company.

Anime and Online Games

Anime and online games are one of the features of the 5th Toy Convention. Hero TV, our local cable anime channel was there featuring their latest anime shows and introducing their latest anime voice dubbers to the audience. Displayed near their booth is the life-size figures of Naruto, Mirmo de Pon, and the complete Voltes V team pilot members. Hero TV gave away a brand new Red Fox PC to the lucky raffle winner.

Online Games of Legend of Mir 2, Ran Online of E-games, teamed up in support for the 5th Toy Convention. Live gaming and contest was held in their activity booths. Level Up Games conducted a stage game for gamers and it was called “Zeni or Bayong”.

At the Games Masters Magazine booth, it was a battle head to head video game tournament of TEKKEN 5, the most highest number wins will rule the tournament, Blitz, the winner for day 2 has a total of 120 consecutive wins.

Toys Are With Us

Maxi Collector, Comic Alley, Sideshow, Dollhauz, and Fully Booked displayed and also sold lots of toys and sculptures. A glass display was used for 2 days at the event and it was filled with toys, from Lord of the Rings to Star Wars, to DC and Marvel to Pullip Dolls and Anime Figures of Naruto and Dragon Ball Z. High-end statues and beautifully crafted action figures served as eye candy for toy collectors and hobbyists. While for other newbies, this display gave them a quick idea on what’s new and hot in the toy market, and also how pricey some of the items can be.

TransFormers Philippine (TFPH) hosted their annual TransFormers Speed Up contest on stage, and this year they gave away TransFormers toys like the new toy, Primus and limited items to lucky winners of the contest. “We bring Transformers to the Filipino fans young and older audience who's "young at heart". TFPH is not about a group, we are friends promoting the "barkada" and camaderie of what is Transformers Fans Philippines.” Mark Cerbo said, founder of TransFormers Philippines.

More Toys Ahead

It was another successful year for the annual Toycon on its 5th year. But the work continues to make next year an even bigger and better event. “It was definitely a huge success, but then again we are only as good as our last event. There definitely will be more improvement in terms of the way we stage this event and better things in store for 2007,” says Vic Yap. “There will be other similar events like this during the year, and in particular, we want to bring the Toycon to Cebu, maybe during the Sinulog Festival of 2007.” That is definitely something to look forward to down south during the start of next year.

Collectibles Unlimited’s Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2006 was super-powered by SM Megatrade Hall, Globelines , HERO TV , The Legend of MIR 2, SM Megamall, Fully Booked, Fudge Magazine, GLOBE, E-Games, Level-Up, Maxi Collector, Comic Alley, WACOM, Psicom, Bankee, BPI and Citibank Credit Cards, Warner Brothers Pictures, and media sponsors, Manila Bulletin, K-Zone, Games Master and RAVE magazine, Buy and Sell, Magic 89.9 and NU 107.

Check out the official website at www.toyconph.tk for more info and details on the next event.

Live Action Figure Costume and COSPLAY Contest 2008

1. ToyCon Cosplay contest is open to all ( Kids, Teens and Adults)

2. ToyCon cosplay contest has 6 categories for the individual cosplay contest.
- Cosplay Anime and Manga
- Cosplay Comics
- Cosplay TV and Movie
- Cosplay Video Game
- Cosplay Toys
- 2nd Philippine Game Girl


3. ToyCon cosplay event will be held for two days (June 14-15, 2008).
REGISTRATION STARTS at 10:00AM up to 3:00 PM only. Cosplay CATWALK will start at 4:00pm

Day 1 (June 14) individual cosplay contest
Day 2 (June 15) group cosplay contest
Day 2 ( June 15) 2nd Philippine Game Girl.


4. Cosplay registration will be held during the event. Look for our registration booth for the contest, ask our marshalls at the gate for information.

5.Print out the form below and submit it at the registration booth for information about the cosplay model and contact info, this will serve as your registration entry form. If you have failed to submit this form, then your entry in the contest is not valid.



For Individual Cosplay Category
Category : _______________________ ( Anime-Manga? Comics? TV -movie? Toys? Video Game? Game girl?)
Full Name:_______________________________
Screen stage Name:_______________________________
Costume/Cosplay character:_______________________________
Series Title of the character appeared : _____________________________
Age:_______________________________
Contact Number:_______________________________
Email Address:_______________________________



For Group Cosplay
Group name:__________________________
Costume/Cosplay character:_______________________________
Series Title of the character appeared : _____________________________
Age:_______________________________
Contact Number:_______________________________
Email Address:_______________________________



6.The Toy Con is a general patronage event, we don't allow cosplay models on stage acting some inappropriate
presentation of their costume and character. Meaning no NUDITY, no Kissing, no sexual acting, we prohibit
all of these presentations, and all organizers has the right to disqualify and remove the cosplay model off
the stage.

7. Costume props, weapons and effects should not be harmful to anyone. We don't allow real life weapons like
guns, knives, sword, katanas or anything that is sharp and bladed real life weapon. We allow only replicas
and custom made props. Pyrotechnic props are also strictly prohibited at the event.

8. The organizers are not responsible for damage and injury to the cosplay models, we allow the participants
to have their own assistant during the cosplay contest and preparation, but we don't allow the
assistants catwalking on stage with the cosplay models. But we advise that all must be responsible in using
their weapons props before, during and after the contest.

We will provide a dressing room with security and marshalls guarding the dressing room and storage area,
But the organizers are not responsible for any loss of items and props.

9. A registered cosplay participants aggrees to follow all rules of the contest and also allow the public,
press and media the authority to take photos and videos of all participants. The organizers has the right to
document the whole contest proper and its participants in photos and video to be use in advertising and
promotions of future Toy con events.



Individual Cosplay Rules
1. NO entry limit for the individual category
2. All must place their entry into the appropriate category, our contest marshalls will assist you in what
category your cosplay entry will be.
3. Cosplay models' catwalk will start at 4:00PM of June 14, 2008. We advise that all models should be ready
an hour before the catwalk. Our marshalls will assist you and we will announce it on stage for everyone.
4. Cosplay models will be given number tags that must be worn at all times during the catwalk presentation.



Group Cosplay Rules
1.Cosplay group must consist of at least 5 members and a maximum of 10 members per group.
2. Cosplay group model presentation will start at 4:00PM of June 15, 2008. We advise that all models should
be ready an hour before the catwalk. Our marshalls will assist you and we will announce it on stage for
everyone.
3. All cosplay group models are required to have their own 3 minute presentation. Either a play, skit or
musical act.
4.All Background music should be submitted to us before the presentation. Format should be on Audio CD or
Mp3. A cosplay group is required to have a sound director/representative who will assist the ToyCon
technical team in the usage of their CDs.



2nd Philippine Game Girl Rules
1. Female cosplayers are only allowed to join ( no age limit)
2. Costume should be a video game or online game character.
3. Registration will start at 10:00am - 3:00pm of June 15, 2008
4. Catwalk will start at 3:30 pm.




CRITERIA FOR JUDGING and AWARDS

Craftsmanship = 40%
Accuracy = 30%
Stage Performance = 25%
Audience Impact = 5%


AWARDS
- BEST Cosplay Anime and Manga
- BEST Cosplay Comics
- BEST Cosplay TV and Movie
- BEST Cosplay Video Game
- BEST Cosplay Toys

- 2nd Philippine Game Girl 2008 winner
- BEST Cosplay Group 2008
- Chibi Award ( kids category)

Grand winner - Toy Con COSPLAYER of the YEAR 2008

** Rules might subject to change, please visit our website and partner online site for announcement

For inquiries and questions please email us only at info@toyconph.com