For 11 years now, TOYCON has dominated Philippine geek conventions and it shows no signs of slowing down; it just keeps getting bigger and better. During this time of year, it truly becomes the happiest place on the planet for people like myself; a veritable Christmas for nerds. And despite its name, TOYCON has become the convention for all things geek in the country. What started out as a relatively small event for toy retailers and collectors, has now become a mecca for all kinds of geekery - comics, movies, video games, anime, cosplay, and other pop culture niches. Mainstream media and corporations have taken notice, and this year, we see telco giant, Smart, as one of main sponsors.
I can't recall if last year's TOYCON rented out all three Megatrade halls but I'm glad they did this year. The density of people wasn't so bad because there was enough space for everyone. The exhibits, the stage and merchandisers were segmented properly so you can avoid the more congested areas if you're not looking to buy.
Every year, you can find great deals if you manage to get there early enough. Out of my three targets, I was only able to pick up one, but it was at a very good price so I'm happy.
Took all the strength I had not to splurge a little more, as there were a few items I really wanted to get my hands on.
At every passing TOYCON, the displays seem to get more and more awesome as more people join in and as the pieces themselves get ridiculously better. This year saw some of my favorite displays ever, filling me with nerd envy the likes of which I would like to experience over and over.
One of the things that really draw the crowds at TOYCON is the cosplay. It's always a trip to see people in their most outrageous costumes, and this year is no exception. Next year, I'm totally going to slim down and come in costume.
If you asked if that's Julio Vaiente, give yourself a brownie.
I had a blast at TOYCON 2012, and I'm eager to see how they're going to top themselves next year. In behalf of all the GeekOut writers, contributors, and editors, I'd like to extend our congratulations to Az and the rest of the TOYCON team! Good job, guys!