The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention, better known as TOYCON PH is right around the corner! This year it’s celebrating 18 years of serving pop culture enjoyment to its fans both local and international. As such, you can bet that there will be no shortage of the awesome events, exclusive merch, special guests and all sorts of surprises in store for everyone in attendance! The longest-running premiere pop culture event in Asia happens on June 28-30, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
Here’s everything you can expect to do at the big show!
Shop for Exclusive Toys and Merch!
What’s TOYCON without the hottest toys and collectibles? This year’s show features the very best in exclusive merchandise with a local twist!
Headlining as the marquee TOYCON exclusive is the Zeta Manila Killa PH Colorway designed and created by Quiccs Maiquez, winner of the Toy Designer of the Year Award and Toy of the Year Award in the recently held Designer Toy Awards in New York City.
In addition, the much-anticipated Jollibee Flocked variant Funko Pop will also exclusively be distributed by the Funko Funatics Philippines during the event this year. We also have Filipino-inspired toy exclusives of Tiny Ghost by Bim Toy, Dino by Ziqi Toys and the first release of the Batman Imperial Palace warrior vinyl toy by Mindstyle.
Catch the Legendary Toy Designers!
When there are exclusive toys, big toy brands and toy designers are not that far behind. Brands like Lego, Funko, Bandai, Good Smile, Hot Toys and XM Studios will all be on deck featuring their very best merch along with internationally renowned toy designers: Ron English (the legendary godfather of street art), Quiccs, Wetworks, Anatoy, Yoii, Hariken, Creon Chkn Head, Happy Garaje, Jessica Emmett, Daniel Yu, Fanny Kao, Mumbot, Rusho Toys, Jwon, Kaze Studio, Messymaru, Mupa, Non World, Siam Ruf, Tangent and Too Natthapong.
Meet the Awesome Guests!
TOYCON is also one of the best places to catch international celebrities and guests! This year the two biggest guests come to us from the hit AMC series The Walking Dead: Michael Cudlitz, who played Sergeant Abraham Ford, and Steven Ogg, who played Simon and also plays Trevor in the hit video game Grand Theft Auto V.
Through their partner, Pop Life Global they are also able to bring in influencers from the Pop Life’s Pro-Am Studios, which is in the business of making movies out of their studio and post-production facilities in China. They are slated to release five movies this year and next.
One highlight of this year’s FanXperience event will be the Battle Dance Champions featured in the Pop Life produced movie, No Dance, No Life. World-class dance will take over the FanXperience stage featuring talents such as Former Bboy of the Year: Bboy Morris, World of Dance 2019 Champions: The Kings, World of Dance Team of the Year: Academy of Villains, and The Creator of the dance style, Krumping, Tight Eyez.
Rock out at ToyCon Sound Arena
We love music, who doesn’t? This year, fresh new talent will hit the ToyCon stage with band performances and idol groups joining the fray.
Expect to rock out with the awesome up and coming bands Souldrift, Lila, The Lock Pickers, The Glass O, Project:Materia, Kanjiru, Asterysk, Lunar Rhythm, as well as fan favorites Aidoru Sozai, CH4U, and Pastel∞Mix.
Grab some cool art from your favorite local artists!
TOYCON is also spotllights our country’s top-caliber comic book artists gracing the event. The all-star line-up this year includes: Berlin Manalaysay, Ed Tadeo, Heubert Khan Michael, Miguel Mercado, Harvey Tolibao, Pol Medina Jr, Raymund Bermudez, Raymund Lee, Steve Gan.
Witness the birth of a new comics Universe
ABS-CBN will launch the Ravelo Komiks Universe in ToyCon 2019, the first ever unified comics universe in the Philippines, with a legacy display of new merchandise for its prominent stable of heroes, Darna, Captain Barbell and Lastikman. Watch out for life-size statues of these character on display!
Lose Yourself in the Epic Exhibits
Exhibits from epic movies come alive at the TOYCON show floor! Expect to see awesome immersive experiences from huge upcoming movies like Sony Pictures, Spider-Man: Far from Home, and Warner Brothers’ line-up of horror movie from the upcoming Anabelle Comes Home, IT: Chapter 2 and Child’s Play. Get up close and personal, if you dare!
Watch, Play and Learn at the new ToyCon Play Hub!
This is where fans of comics and gaming will find the young and upstart artists in the design, graphic and digital spheres come together to exhibit their craft and talents! The Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) will host TOYCON’s Gaming Conference, while the Animation Council of the Philippines will showcase more than 50 short films in the Theater Room.
See the Dark Knight like never before
TOYCON will also be the stage for the unveiling of the biggest Batman statue in Asia, the 22-foot tall Imperial Palace Batman based on the chinese armor inspired action figure by PopLife. The statue celebrates the 80th Anniversary of Batman and is a result of the monumental partnership of DC Collectibles, Pop Life Global and China’s Imperial Palace. The collaboration has already produced a special series of figures featuring DC Comics characters in costumes themed after ancient Chinese warriors and soldier armor which they released earlier this year.
Dress up in Your Favorite Cosplay
TOYCON is one of the best events to attend in cosplay. Whether you wanna come as a characters from your favorite videogame, anime, cartoon, TV series or movie you’ll surely be lighting up the halls with your awesome cosplay. This year’s World Cosplay Summit Philippines (WCSPH) National Finals will also be held at TOYCON 2019, with Japanese Cosplayer Reika and WCSPH Alumni Ming Miho and 2018 Philippine Representative Team Sekai (Sergio Sta. Ana and Kai Raito) headlining this activity. Five cosplay pairs selected from parts of the country will compete for the right to represent the Philippines at the 2019 World Cosplay Summit in Japan!
Shop for rare and interesting finds!
TOYCON’s line-up of vendors and exhibitors also gets bigger and better every year with more than 300 merchandise booths of toys, pop culture memorabilia, apparel, collectibles and more, with more international brands coming to town. Dive deep into their bins to see what amazing figures and collectibles you can find!
There’s so much more!
That’s just some of the stuff you can get into at TOYCON 2019. There are also a number of activities which will be happening at the event such as a Mobile Legends gaming Tournament in partnership with InFlux TV, The TOYCON Cosplay KO Competition and bestow the Pinoy Pop Culture Icon Award, which honors the icons that made our Filipino pop culture heritage truly distinct and long-lasting.
TOYCON POPLIFE FANXPERIENCE happens on June 28-30, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. For ticket prices, updates and inquiries you can contact TOYCON PH at their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram