Turning 30 And Still Loving Toys – Part 1

Toycon  2015 Coverage by Roger Decierdo

Turning 30 is often said to be another step deeper into the adult world, a time where one has to seriously think about buying a house, a car, or deciding on a long-term business venture. And that also means getting further away from toys and other childish things.

But that is not the case with some people, including myself. While we are now looking at possible property investments or preparing ourselves to embark on yet another business, we are definitely not giving up our action figures, dolls, and other toys. And we are definitely always looking forward the annual Toycon.

Now on its 14th year, the Philippine Toys, Gaming, and Collectibles Convention has regularly attracted not only young people, but also those who have already gone past that category, yet still wanting to have some kiddie fun. And this year’s Toycon is no different, as it is packed with a lot of things to have fun with.

As always, superheroes were there to greet the adult populace at the start of their journey back to childhood. With the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie being shown just two months ago, there were a lot of Marvel stuff to see. One of the most impressive displays during the event was the huge Hulkbuster armor statue, which definitely dwarfed everything in the venue. But of course, Veronica (as the Hulkbuster was referred to in the film) would not be complete without the big green guy himself, so some distance away stood an equally imposing Hulk.

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Figure 1: The impressive Veronica aka Hulkbuster
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Figure 2: Face to face with the big green guy
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Figure 3 Boy Langgam (Ant-Man) But, where there is Marvel, there would definitely be DC Comics, a rivalry that comic book fans have been following since their childhood days. And it’s not just Batman and Superman who are present, as the rest of the Justice League are also there. Con visitors even got a glimpse of the Batsuit from the Arkham game series, courtesy of a cosplayer.
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Figure 4 The Man of Steel
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Figure 5: Na-na-na-na! Si Batman!
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At siyempre, me pinoy superheroes din: Figure 6 Si Darna…
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Figure 7: …..Si Captain Barbell….
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Figure 8 ….At si Ramon Zamora!