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 8-June 10, 2018 at the SMX CONVENTION CENTER HALLS 1-4, SM MALL OF ASIA, Manila, Philippines

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Fudge Magazine - September 2007 Issue

Check out the latest Issue of Fudge Magazine for September 2007, Parokya ni Edgar cover.

The 2nd part of the coverage of the 6th Toycon and cosplay will be there. Also Im guessing if Gerry Alanguilan's new comic series will be published in this issue, I don't know but lets wait for the official news from him.

The magazine will be available next week, the first week of September 2007.

Thursday, August 16, 2007


Ego Systems and Shangri-La Plaza Corporation invite the public to view RoboFiesta@The Shang on August 25 and 26 as robotics teams from various schools come together at the mall’s Grand Atrium, showcasing the best in Philippine robotics to audiences both young and old as an influential avenue for education, industry, sport, and entertainment.

Powered by Energizer and presented in cooperation with Felta Multi-Media Inc (National Organizer of the 6th Philippine Robotics Olympiad), the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, with the support of the Department of Education and SmartBro, RoboFiesta@The Shang is designed as a creative event, enabling those with long-standing interest and work in robotics to showcase what Filipinos of various age brackets have come up with.

Schools who have figured prominently in various city-wide, national and international competitions, and whose own academic and extra-curricular programmes provide their students with the creative zeal, will feature their works and share info on possible applications of robotics technology in various fields. Among these are Makati Science High School, Grace Christian High School, Colegio de San Agustin, Juan Sumulong High School, Novaliches High School, Manila Science High School, Mapua Institute of Technology, University of the Philippines Mobile Robotics Laboratory, Adamson University, AMA Computer University, and Batangas-based First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH), which won the championship in the World Robotics Olympiad held in Nanning, China last year.

The event likewise seeks to bring out other robotics enthusiasts who have remained "undergound" as hobbyists, but whose yen for creativity in electronics design puts them in a league far removed from traditional model-makers. CP David of the Raya School will give a workshop on Basic Electronics for 7-year-olds, while Henry Chua of E-Gizmo Mechatronix Central will discuss their latest hexapod and biped robots.. Richard Taylor and his students at Manila Science High School will share their experience in “Learning Physics Through Robotics,” even as teams from Mapua, UP, and Adamson demonstrate robotic applications in industry , the military, and disaster recovery.

RoboFiesta@The Shang invites school teams to join friendly competitions in sumo, line-trace and maze-navigation using the Lego Mindstorms series, while public schools who took part in the Makati Mayor’s Cup Robotics Series cap their Open Design Competition through a collective module on Robot Sports. Mylene Abiva-Sazon, president of Felta Multi-Media, will conduct an E-Lab for Lego Education, leading to father-son and father-daughter contests. .

Curated by Susan Isorena-Arcega for Ego Systems Inc, RoboFiesta @The Shang also features Norman Crisologo’s array of vintage robots, collected during his trips and from ukay-ukay stores all over the country. Special guest appearances will be put in by C3PO, R2D2, and Optimus Prime, courtesy of the New Worlds Alliance. Information displays from Japan, Korea, and Germany will highlight major developments in the field of robotics alongside the Carnegie Mellon University’s Robot Hall of Fame.

RoboFiesta@The Shang is brought to you by Japan Foundation, E-Gizmo Mechatronix Central, Festo Didactics, Raya School, Richville Hotel, Figaro, NU107, Dunkin Donuts, Ilustrador ng Kabataan, KidzStation, WowWee Toys, Centrex, and the Metropolitan Museum. Those wishing to join the competitions and take part in the workshops should pre-register by emailing

For the complete activity schedule and other enquiries, please call the Shangri-La Plaza’s Marketing Division at 636-1228, or contact mobile numbers 0919-4885409 / 0906-3099595.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

6thToyCon 2007 coverage in Hobby Craft Issue 2


check your local stores for the magazine issue of Hobby Craft

Toys, Hobbies, Collectibles and Cosplay… Oh, My! (Toycon Part 1 of 2)

Toys, Hobbies, Collectibles and Cosplay… Oh, My! (Toycon Part 1 of 2)
by Kat Valdes and Mark Poa


Kat: The time had finally come for one of the biggest & most-awaited events -- the 6th Annual Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention. This year’s Toycon promised a massive two-day event by holding the affair at both Megatrade Halls 2 and 3. With an extra hall for the event, it was not impossible to expect things such as a larger crowd, more cosplayers, more booths, more collectibles, and more events.

Mark: As a comic book fan, gamer, and anime enthusiast, ToyCon is simply the biggest event of the year, with enough stuff for hobbyists of all types.

Kat: At any large convention such as this, there was one thing we couldn't avoid: long lines at the ticket booth. But despite the long lines, it was a welcome surprise to find out that tickets were sold at a mere 70 pesos! That was a bargain, considering what was inside.

Mark: I went to the convention early on Day 1 and already it was packed with people. The larger space, however, helped to spread out the crowd a bit. The booths in Megatrade Hall featured a good assortment of different booths... and even ones selling new types of toys and games.

Kat: The first thing I saw when I entered via Megatrade Hall 2 were booths. Most of the stalls at the west side were for the budget-conscious, while the ones on the east side were for the real collectors. Aside from the usual VCD, DVD, magazine and manga stalls, there were a number of food stalls, a lot of toys and collectibles, and sponsor booths which were mostly gaming-related. By the way, did you see the wandering Stormtroopers? They were dangerous. I do hope you stayed away from them… although I bet you didn’t.

Mark: You bet right! The Star Wars Dark Side cosplayers rocked.

Kat: This year’s Toycon also featured the first Filipino-themed cosplay gallery, FilCosplay’s Cosplay Culture: Filipino Flavor . The gallery included images of cosplayers depicting aspects of Filipino culture. Some of the crowd favorites were Zack and Cloud’s pedicab ride, Son Gokou buying sorbetes ("dirty" ice cream), and Ichigo doing the laundry using, well, Bleach. While looking at what the booths had to offer, I couldn't help but notice the wandering, eye-catching cosplayers, especially the mecha. Also, it was not hard to notice that a huge chunk of the crowd was waiting for the cosplay event.

Mark: With the live-action Transformers movie showing in just a few weeks, it wasn’t surprising to see that several cosplayers chose to adopt a mecha theme. However, it was surprising to see a group of old-school Transformers cosplayers depicting fan-favorites such as Optimus Prime, Brawl, Devastator, Rumble, Frenzy, Elita-One, and Shockwave. Shockwave and Optimus Prime, in particular, attracted an early crowd of gawkers and photographers.

Several of the booths held special events and contests such as Red Fox’s Delete the File contest, e-Games’ Granado Espada tournament, and Psicom’s Sudoku competition. This kept participants occupied for a good while.

READ MORE HERE for page 1, 2 and 3

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Fisher-Price to recall a million toys

Fisher-Price toys subject to recall including Birthday Dora, bottom, and Prince Diego,' top, are seen on the shelves of a store in Alexandria, Va., late Monday, Aug. 1, 2007. Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys — including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters — because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

WASHINGTON - Toy-maker Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys — including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters — because their paint contains excessive amounts of lead.

The worldwide recall being announced Thursday involves 967,000 plastic preschool toys made by a Chinese vendor and sold in the United States between May and August. It is the latest in a wave of recalls that has heightened global concern about the safety of Chinese-made products.

The recall is the first for Fisher-Price Inc. and parent company Mattel Inc. involving lead paint. It is the largest for Mattel since 1998 when Fisher-Price had to yank about 10 million Power Wheels from toy stores.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, David Allmark, general manager of Fisher-Price, said the problem was detected by an internal probe and reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall is particularly alarming since Mattel, known for its strict quality controls, is considered a role model in the toy industry for how it operates in China.