ToyConPH 2012: X-Men, Cosplayers and “Ang Panday”

There were so many good toys to take shots of but so little time. Plus, my knees are aching and my feet are hurting. Getting too old I guess hehe… But in spite of all that, I still took my sweet time taking shots of all the figures that took my attention.

Here’s an awesome figure of Angel in mid-flight. Angel, IMHO, is one of the most underrated X-Men characters. They seldom use him in cartoons, games, etc. And when they use him, like in the lame X-Men 3 movie, they portray an equally lame version of him. This figure of Angel reminded me of how he’s the coolest X-Men character, next to the overexposed Wolverine. Now, how about an Archangel figure next time?

Angel by {israelv}
Angel, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, Wolverine is already overexposed. But still, this brooding figure of him complete with bloodied bandages was hard not to be noticed so I’ve included it here.

Wolverine by {israelv}
Wolverine, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.

Last year, I was unable to take shots of cosplayers. This year I was able to take some. I’m quite shy really when it comes to requesting the cosplayers for a shot 🙂

Anime Cosplay by {israelv}
Anime Cosplay, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.

Here’s a Green Lantern cosplayer. She really stood out since most of the other cosplayers were portraying anime characters.

Green Lantern Cosplay by {israelv}
Green Lantern Cosplay, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.

UPDATE 07/07/2012: A quick update on this post. The Green Lantern cosplayer pictured above found my shot on flickr and thanked me in one of her tweets:

// you so much Ms. Itel for the mention! Hope to see you in future cosplay events! 🙂

Now, here’s a breath of fresh air. Amidst all the figures from DC and Marvel superheroes, stood one of our very own. With a remarkable likeness to Fernando Poe, Jr., the “Ang Panday” figure stood proudly on one of the pedestals of Megatrade Hall. Da King would be proud! On that note, a Darna figure would be great in the next ToyCon.

Ang Panday by {israelv}
Ang Panday, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.

More pictures in the next post!


ToyConPH 2012: The Dark Knight, Thor, Magneto, Hulk and Juggernaut

My wife & I arrived at SM Megamall around half past six. Rain was pouring and we were tired from the commute. But it was all worth it once we entered the Megatrade Halls for Day 2 of ToyCon 2012. Sadly, most of the cosplayers already went home. Even my friend, Akagi, who is a part of the 501st Legion already changed. More on that in another post. But it was still OK since we were also here for the toys and there were an abundance of it!

I’m glad that The Dark Knight Rises was given prominence in this year’s ToyCon since the movie will be coming out this July and I’m a huge Batman fan. It was exciting to see Batman (both Michael Keaton and Christian Bale versions) and The Joker (also with both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger versions) collectibles by Hot Toys. The resemblances to their real-life counterparts are almost uncanny! I would want to have the Michael Keaton Batman to be a part of my collection if it was not so expensive.

MaxiCollector (, one of my favorite booths from last year, was back.  Plenty of my time were spent taking pictures of their awesome collection. I especially like their Marvel figures along with figures from movies like Predator and Avatar. Sadly, the cool Cyclops figure that I took a picture of last year was nowhere to be found.

Another favorite of mine from last year, Halimaw! Sculptures (, was back as well. They never fail to impress with their awesome, life-like sculptures of DC and Marvel Superheroes. There are three outstanding sculptures for me this year.  The first is a very faithful figure of World War Hulk.  Second, is a battle scene between Hulk and Juggernaut.  Finally, a Magneto and Sentinel montage. You can check out my shots of those later in this post.

With just those two aforementioned booths alone, I was in complete comic book geek heaven! Not to mention the other booths with figures ranging from G.I.Joe, Star Wars, Gundam and even Super Mario Bros.

Well enough said already. It’s time to show the pictures. From The Dark Knight Rises booth, here’s a shot of my favorite superhero of all time, The Dark Knight, with the perfect likeness of Christian Bale.

The Dark Knight by {israelv}
The Dark Knight, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.

Here’s another one of my favorite heroes, The Might Thor, complete with a remarkable likeness of Chris Hemsworth.

The Mighty Thor by {israelv}
The Mighty Thor, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.

Here’s the World War Hulk figure from Halimaw! Sculptures that I mentioned earlier. Not enough words can be used to describe the coolness of this figure.

World War Hulk by {israelv}
World War Hulk, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.

Next, also from Halimaw! Sculptures is a levitating Magneto besides a wicked-looking Sentinel complete with light-on eyes. Muties beware!

Magneto & Sentinel by {israelv}
Magneto & Sentinel, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.

Lastly, also from Halimaw! Sculptures, is a battle scene between the Hulk and Juggernaut. Score 1-0 for the Hulk since he is able to remove Juggernaut’s helmet.

Hulk vs. Juggernaut by {israelv}
Hulk vs. Juggernaut, a photo by {israelv} on Flickr.

More pictures in the next post!

ToyConPH 2012 is upon us!!!

After attending my first ever ToyCon last year, I’m really looking forward to this year’s ToyCon. I have had such a blast taking shots of the wonderful toys from last year’s event and I have no doubt that I would have that same experience this year.

I’ve also read that The Dark Knight Rises would be a prominent feature of the event so that makes me excited even more since I’m a huge Batman fan and I can’t wait for the upcoming feature film.

I would be attending Day 2 so please stay tuned for my pictures! 🙂

For more info, please check out the official Web site of ToyCon: