- ToyCon POPLife FanXperience 2019 will be held on June 28, 29, and 30, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia
- They want to show that they have a bigger lineup with their tagline, “Where Asia comes to play!”
- Numerous events and local and international guests will be present at event
The Philippine Toys, Hobbies, and Collectibles Convention, or most commonly known as ToyCon, is celebrating its 18th year this year, and they say they’re setting it up so that it’ll be bigger than ever. What started as a social gathering of toy collectors back in 2003, it has grown to become the longest-running and premiere pop culture event in Asia.
Known now as ToyCon POPLife FanXperience, they’ve made the effort of uniting all pop culture fans, regardless of what they are interested in. There are a lot to expect if you are to attend this year’s event.
Toy collectors, of course still have their highlight and more event-exclusive toys will be released. Among them would be the event-exclusive Zeta Manila Killa PH Colorway, created by Quiccs Maiquez. Quiccs won both Artist of the Year and Toy of the Year categories in the 2019 Designer Toy Awards.
Along with that, the most-anticipated Jollibee Flocked variant Funko Pop will also be exclusively released, and the Batman Imperial Palace vinyl statue as well, made by Mindstyle.
Famous toy designers are also invited, including Ron English, who is regarded as the “Godfather of Street Art.” He also created the mascot MC Supersized, which is featured in the movie Supersize Me.
One of the highlights of the event will be the Battle Dance Champions featured in the movie No Dance, No Life. Performances from World of Dance Team of the Year Academy of Villains and the presence of the Tight Eyez, the creator of Krumping, will be expected.
ToyCon had invited international guests before and this year is no exception. This time, the invited actors who both came from the TV series The Walking Dead: Michael Cudlitz, who played Sgt. Abraham Ford, and Steven Ogg, who played Simon. Steven is also in the video game Grand Theft Auto V, playing the character Trevor.
ToyCon also has a great lineup of comic book artists as guests:
- Berlin Manalaysay, creator of Combatron, the well-loved comic book hero of Funny Komics
- Ed Tadeo, comic book artist, colorist, and inker for Marvel, DC, and Image Comics. He did work for titles like Wolverine, Silver Surfer, High Roads, and District X
- Heubert Khan Michael, 3rd place winner of the Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards back in 2010, he never stopped drawing, and he has titles like Vampirella, Unstoppable, and The Owl under his belt
- Miguel Mercado, who is famous for both his art and great cosplays. He made great cover art for Back to the Future (2015), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019), and Over the Garden Wall (2017)
- Harvey Tolibao, whose career with comics started with Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic back in 2006 and he did art for titles like Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Psylocke, among others.
- Pol Medina, Jr., creator of the Pugad Baboy comic series.
- Raymund Bermudez, comic book artist, penciler and cover artist for DC. He had worked on titles such as Justice League, Pathfinders, and Lex Luthor.
- Raymund Lee, a digital comic book colorist who became famous for his unique art style
- Steve Gan, who is most famous for co-creating the comic book character Star-Lord
Video games and cosplays are to be expected, and this year, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Annabelle Comes Home, IT: Chapter 2, and Child’s Play are the movies that is headlining the event. They are also going to show off a huge Batman Imperial Palace statue at the event itself.
ToyCon POPLife FanXperience 2019 is sure exceed your expectations this year and as with their new tagline, “ToyCon is where Asia comes to play!”