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Star Wars Toys Malaysia Doesn’t Get! – 2017

Original article from Pop Culture Fun – Malaysia = HERE

Kuala Lumpur: 31 August is known to Malaysians as a…. PUBLIC HOLIDAY first haha What’s the occasion? Hari Merdeka… Independance Day for folks in Malaysia! This year, 2017, it had another cause for celebration – Force Friday II!

What is Force Friday?
Basically Force Friday is an event where Star Wars licensees launch all the new series / season of  Star Wars merchandise / toys / collectibles. It is a globally synchronized event organised by selected toy retailers (the big named ones), who use a ‘stroke of midnight unveiling’ style event aka ‘midnight launch’. The festivities on the list include crowd interaction fun games, activities,  trivia quiz, costume contest, which is held through the time of 10pm – 11:59pm. This can be very testing because the mall / shops close at 10pm, which means air-conditioning is shut down. Woe to the costumers!

So Malaysia’s Force Friday II took place in Mid Valley’s Toys R Us outlet. The gathering was a much anticipated one as it gave friends & fans  yet a another date on the calender to geek out!! The others are May 4th (May The FOuRth) or May 6th (revenge of the SIxTH), Star Wars READS, The Road to [Next Star Wars Movie]… and now Force Friday and other Star Wars movie anniversary. This year was a grand year as 2017 marked the 40th anniversary release of Star Wars: A New Hope.

_DSC7894Coincidentally, Tourism Singapore & Disney worked out a 3 year deal that will place Star Wars attractions at various locations in Singapore, launched on Force Friday II. This event is called Experience the Force SINGAPORE. Famous vehicles (and other displays like character statues) from the Star Wars universe, from miniature models to full sized 1:1 scale, will be build and placed at selected locations thru out Singapore and will be moved from location to location as time goes by.

So I was fortunately that Experience the Force SG, also ran through STGCC, which I was making my trip to. STGCC is Singapore Toys Games Comic Convention aka Singapore’s Comic Con.

Force Friday II Singapore was held in ION Orchard and the Experience the Force SG were held there itself within the mall as well as the whole entire street walk way on ION Orchard and the cross section of Orchard Road & Scott’s Road.

RELATED ARTICLE: Have fun with the AR elements of Experience the Force SG, even without going there! #FindTheForce 

Now that the back ground is set, back to the topic above.

I’ve heard friends & fans say before, that here in Malaysia we don’t get certain items / certain models of collectibles. Dollar for dollar, items in Malaysia were cheaper after conversion. Example a Hasbro 3.75″ figure would cost RM40, the same figure would cost S$20. So if you convert by some 2.85 Ringgit to the S$ dollar… it would be cheaper for Singaporean collectors to cross the border & buy in Malaysia. So in this light I think it’s a fair trade off for Malaysians. We don’t get everything, but for what we get (basic stuff), it’s slightly cheaper.

Regional Price Change
Then from 2015 I started noticing a big change at the pricing, the regional pricing and of course the weak Ringgit getting weaker. Now it seems that basic figures in Malaysia have gotten a price hike almost twice in a year which was 2016. Example Marvel Legends 6″ figures from RM79.95… jumped to RM99.95 and then to RM139.95. From 99.95 to RM139.95 within the same year, from one Marvel movie to another. Ridiculous.

Mean while, in Singapore Marvel Legends 6″ are priced at S$39.90 which converting at 3.12 still equals about RM 124.80. The difference is still about RM15 at the high of 3.12. This goes the same for the beloved Star Wars Black Series 6″ figures. And at the end of the day we still don’t get those special triple pack, or two pack or collectors edition. This really has Malaysia friends & fans angered.

The Stuff Malaysia Doesn’t Get
At least for Marvel fans, we can still get most of the Marvel stuff released by Hasbro but our Star Wars friends & fans are not so fortunate. Most of it is Hasbro stuff, though not all of it are. So here are the items that we spotted at Force Friday Singapore that Malaysia didn’t get…. nor do we know if we’ll ever get. #DamnTheMan

  1. The Black Series: Centerpiece – Darth Vader.
    FANS PISSED OFF – HIGH – [Level 10 of 10]
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  2. The Black Series: Centerpiece – Luke Skywalker (Hoth Snow Speeder Pilot).
    FANS PISSED OFF – HIGH – [Level 10 of 10] IMG_20170908_120705 - Copy
  3. The Black Series: Luke Skywalker X-34 Land Speeder
    FANS PISSED OFF – HIGH – [Level 8 of 10] Possibly because they might already have the SDCC 2017 Limited Edition version!
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  4. The Black Series: Rey’s Speeder (Jakku)
    FANS PISSED OFF – HIGH – [Level 8 of 10]
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  5. Electronic PORG.
    FANS PISSED OFF – MID – [Level 7 of 10] Either you love them or hate them. Time will tell.
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  6. NERF Rey’s Blaster (Island Journey)
    FANS PISSED OFF – HIGH – [Level 8 of 10] Because it’s remembered as a the last souvenir handed personally by the great General & Smuggler Han Solo
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  7. BB-8 2 in 1 Mega Playset
    FANS PISSED OFF – MID – [Level 6 of 10] Old skool fans love these big play sets as they were one of the more innovative evolution of the era of just figures and vehicles, back in the 90s.
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  8. Nerf Poe Dameron Blaster
    FANS PISSED OFF – MID – [Level 6 of 10] Not so hyped as Poe has yet to use his blaster as of Ep7. Who knows in Ep8
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  9. Forces of Destiny (Dolls) – Princess Leia (Endor Adventure with Wicket, Hoth with R2-D2)
    FANS PISSED OFF – Uncertain- [Level Unknown] Sentiment & nostalgia because she was the fans first Princess of the galaxy! On the other hand, doll figures don’t usually sells so well.
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  10. Forces of Destiny (Dolls) all the other LADIES! – Rey (Jakku / BB-8), Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Ahsoka Tano, Hera Syndulla, Padme Amidala.
    FANS PISSED OFF – Uncertain – [Level Unknown]

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    Only managed to see Rey (Jakku) with BB-8 at the time.

#StarWars #StarWarsTheLastJedi #Hasbro #ForceFriday #ForceFridayII #ExperienceTheForceSG #FindTheForce #TheBlackSeries #StarWarsBlackSeries #Malaysia #Singapore #TheCaptain #PopCultureFunMY #Disney #Lucasfilm #MarvelLegends

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The Justice League Movie Menu is here!

PCF Logo Final B (300 dpi)Original post from Pop Culture Fun – Malaysia [https://popculturefunmy.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/the-justice-league-movie-menu-is-here/]

22770476_1946666322323994_6655683736378339289_oFor a limited time – the DC Superheroes Cafe (Malaysia) will be having their movie tie in menu!! Come check it out before it’s too late #JoinTheLeagueMY #JusticeLeagueMY #DCComics #TheCaptain

MAN OF STEEL RM 38
Glorious thick juicy beef patty with melted cheese and special homemade sauce topped off with golden deep friend onion rings, gherkin pickles, tomato slices and green coral. All sandwiched between the a supreme brioche bun and served together with a generous serving of friends and cheese sauce.

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MAN OF STEEL: The burger pate looked small but it was a solid piece of meat!

 

FIT FOR A KING RM 37
Specially prepared golden deep fried dory fish filler sandwiched between 2 wholesome panini bread slices, homemade salsa and tartar sauce combo with green coral, sliced tomatoes and cucumber for that amazing crunch, served with fries and sides of cheese sauce and chili sauce.

 

AMAZONIAN POWER WRAP RM 33
Juicy chicken ballotine with turkey ham, celery and carrot sticks layered with smoked barbeque sauce on top of mash potatoes and sauteed vegetables, served with nanchos and cheese sauce.

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AMAZONIAN POWER WRAP: It called to me because it was a Cordon Bleu look alike with the aroma of BBQ sauce!

 

THE DARK KNIGHT RM 33
Specially made charcoal pizza base for this amazingly made Hawaiian pizza with smoked duck breast, sliced black olives, diced onions, cheery tomatoes, pineapple cubes, green capsicums sandwiched between mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce.

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THE DARK KNIGHT: It looks more like the Bat-signal but the mix aroma of the toppings, garnishing & cheese will definitely ‘summon’ your saliva!

 

CYBORG FUSILINI RM 32
Delicious bite sized fusilli pasta with diced sausages, cheery tomatoes, black olives, mixed capsicums, broccoli, cauliflower with special spicy homemade aglio olio powder.

 

SCARLET SPEEDSTER RM 28
Amazingly made durian cheese cake sandwiched between homemade pancake mix and delightful vanilla ice cream topped with crushed almond nuts, mixed fruit cocktail, M&M’s and finished off with a sprinkle of chocolate powder.

Set comes with choice of 1 Ice Lemon Mint tea OR 1 Ice Lychee

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The Iced Mint Tea… fit for an Atlantean!!

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This is the WONDERFUL Iced Lychee…. so refreshing despite being in chilly Genting!

Full photo album (higher resolution photos): The Justice League Movie Menu!

Here is a video tour of the DC Superheroes Cafe & Justice League Road show at SkyAvenue, Resorts World Genting!

Here is a 360 view inside the DC Superheroes Cafe at SkyAvenue, Resorts World Genting.

Great Wall iGame Malaysia – Launch

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The local mobile gaming scene just took another step forward with the unveiling of Great Wall iGame Sdn. Bhd. to the public. In short, yes… they will be introducing more games to the Malaysia market… but the more significant portion of their contribution will be their new proprietary integrated e-pay system called UMU Wallet. _DSC8693

Their first game is an straight forwardly called Tembak Ikan! It’s like the 4 player arcade fishing game except instead of throwing a fishing line… you’re just shooting the many varieties of sea creatures with a ‘canon’. It’s like Galaga under the sea! haha _DSC8735

It’s simple and quite addictive. Each shot uses up credits so shoot when it counts. When you start of you have 2 types of guns a ‘canon’ like machine gun that shoot s quite rapidly and the electricity focus gun that can track targets but is less powerful. I’d call it the Ghostbusters gun haha since it was introduced way back in 1984 😀

Anyways, look out for it. It’s available now on Android (Google PLAY) & iOS (App Store).

Full Photo album here: Great Wall iGame Malaysia – Launch

#GreatWalliGame #TembakIkan #UMUwallet #ARCPLAY  #Galaga #Gamer4Life #Malaysia #MobileGaming

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Here is the official press release:

8th November 2017, Kuala Lumpur – Today Malaysia’s latest mobile gaming company, Great Wall iGame Sdn. Bhd. (GWi) was officially launched adding a new viable contender in the local gaming industry. Established on September 21st 2016, GWi was created to partake primarily in mobile games and devices platform providing innovative content to Malaysia and beyond. The launch today also saw the introduction of UMU Wallet, a proprietary platform created by GWi that will allow players and business builders to effectively communicate and transact. _DSC8694

GWi’s core business activity covers two key areas: mobile gaming and multimedia technology and development. The ability and opportunity to provide creative and innovative solutions is supported through partnerships with world top game manufacturers. By leveraging on the strengths and capability of these manufacturers couple with their local and regional know-hows and experience, GWi is able to offer products that is both relevant and needed by the markets.

“The inception of GWi was spurred by the Malaysian governments’s ambition to become he regional leader in the gaming market and its export of gaming content capabilities.We are proud to be part of this digital revolution in providing the best product for global use and enjoyment,” commented Dato’ Sri Wong Ing Soon, Founder of Great Wall iGame Sdn. Bhd.

_DSC8716Currently operating in Malaysia, GWi is planning to extend its regional footprint across ASEAN and Middle-East countries. In addition to establishing partnerships with the best game manufacturers globally, GWi’ market development strategy will also include a solid licensing and agent programmer, which will see the active participation of numerous parties including payment gateway operators, sales agents, web developers and even telecommunication companies especially through its UMU Wallet platform.

“What the UMU Wallet offers is truly an integrated gaming solution.From the diversity of its unique games to cutting-edge payment mechanism, the platform created ease of use and communication between all parties involved. The innovative convenience sets it apart from other products in the market and we are proud to be working with ARC PLAY Ltd. Co. from Taiwan to bring it to Malaysia,” explained Dato’ Joseph Foo, Director of Great Wall iGame Sdn. Bhd.

With the UMU Wallet, players are able to reload credits, play games and P2P transfer credits; offering a complete, seamless and safe gaming experience.

The introduction of GWi and UMU Wallet today also included the unveiling of the company’s first mobile game Tembak Ikan. Created in partnership with ARC PLAY Ltd. Co. it is a re imagined point-and-shoot ocean adventure set within several interactive game rooms such as Gold Dragon, Anglerfish, Sarcosuchus and Kraken.

More information on Gwi, UMU Wallet and Tembak Ikan can be found at http://www.greatwalligame.com or Facebook: Great Wall iGame Sdn Bhd

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Jalan Jalan Japan KL – Visit

P1070666Here are some basic photos from the brand new Jalan Jalan Japan​ KL located in 1 Shamelin Mall, Cheras. There was some debate which outlet is bigger so I had to go and check it out.

For more detail, check out the video so it is easier to get the idea of the layout.

 

More photos here: FB Album Jalan Jalan Japan KL – Visit

 

Size wise, the Subang (One City Sky Park) has a large floor space, more variety per item genre and more quantity for each item genre.

IMG_20171010_154025However, JJJKL has the newer stuff or rather more current stuff based on just toy section. The fear of missing out on the unknown might get you thinking you must go both outlets but I think you shouldn’t fear of losing out. How would they decide which stock to send to which outlet? I’m not sure, I just know if one place is sell out more stuff than the other, that’s where I would send the new stock hehe

IMG_20171010_154015So I am doing my part to buy more stuff xD So that they might replenish sooner?? haha I hope so.

This outlet is a lot more ogranised than Subang. Must have learnt a lot since it’s opening hehe so it makes shopping pretty swift. IMG_20171010_151149

On a down side, I didn’t like the price discrepancy with some of what i bought.

Example: some toys I bought, WERE IN A BOX… it was in a box but it doesn’t mean its unopenend or that it’s in good condition or MINT in box or Brand New in Box.so friends, doesn’t it’s in a box means its MIB! Also if there is the same figure in a plastic bag, then there is another in a box (more expensive), you may want to consider your options & the possiblity :/

Example: The other example was, I bought an opened figure of Azunyan (in plastic bag) in Subang for RM15 and to get Mio in JJJKL, same series, same size… it was RM30. Please la don’t whack whatever price you want. Other series the figures are same price for the entire figures in the set. Please decide what you with your pricing.

#JJJ #SerbuJJJ #Jargagiler #TheCaptan #Malaysia #CosplayFUNMY #PoPCultureFunMY

#KOn !!

KL Sci-Fi Convention 2017 Returns!

The KL Sci-Fi Convention is back and it’s earlier than expected. It is happening this weekend and is being hosted at an even bigger event called the National Innovation and Creative Economy Expo (NICE) 2017.

NICE Expo is the largest science, technology & innovation showcase in Malaysia. The NICE Expo will be held at Technology Park Malaysia and this is not the only place where the action is taking place. The MIMOS auditroium, Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), Pusat Sains Negara (just reopened) and also Planetarium Negara, which was the venue of last years KL Sci-Fi Convention.

This year we’re involved in organising the cosplay competition and we decided to introduce the cosplay runway format since we got a very nice looking stage huhu ^^

For those interested please register here! – https://goo.gl/forms/kp2e60cRfqlsJFG82

RM2,500 worth of cash and prizes to be won!

First 30 selected entries will receive a mystery gift + food + drink and token. Entrance to event, KL Sci-Fi Convention 2017 is free!!

KL Sci-Fi Convention – Cosplay Runway Competition
Sunday, 15 October 2017
2:30pm – Attendance Check In
3:00pm – Pre-judging
4:00pm – Cosplay Runway

https://www.facebook.com/events/1557845500925567

Cosplay Guest for the event are…. IMG-20171009-WA0013

And….

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Angie & Bao Bao will also be judging the Cosplay Runway Competition!

#Angie #BaoBao #KLSciFiCon #KLSciFi #KLSciFi2017

 

Miku Expo Malaysia 2017 – SOLD OUT in 60 minutes

To be honest I was quite sure this concert was going to be SOLD OUT! The only question was how soon! haha And more concerned if the local fans here in the very fortunate host country… did they managed to get some tickets for themselves :/

What I actually expected this morning was to wake up & login in to the http://www.myticket.asia and read that the site had crashed from the amount of people trying to get in xD haha a big “ERROR 521 – Server Down” sign haha But then again it was already announced there were only 6,500 tickets available…. but then again it’s Miku… people from Europe might even be trying to get some tickets!!

Exact details are not yet known…. sometimes this doesn’t mean that the all tickets are sold out, X amount of physical tickets are still available for a later date…. block booking amount of tickets for corporate folks, or even X amount allocated for upcoming contests for the sponsors + partners!

Anyhow there will be many fans disappointed that they couldn’t get tickets… but I congratulate the organisers Astro for a job well done. Why? Well because this is the first time in a very long time that a Japanese artiste concert has been professionally organised & SOLD OUT!!

So at the end of the day, it’s a WIN for MALAYSIA… something very scarce these days. It’s a win for MALAYSIA fans as probably more Japanese concerts will be hosted here in our own country! We have a pretty big land for an Asian country and our currency is weak compared to the giants of Asia. So to all the organisers, artiste, celebrities… come and host your event here!! Haha

#MikuExpoMY #MikuExpo #MikuPa #HatsuneMiku #MikuExpo2017 #Malaysia #PopCultureFunMY #CosplayFunMY #TheCaptain #Vocaloids #CryptonFutureMedia #AstroMalaysia #AstroMY #AxiataArena #BukitJalil

Lots of Love from
– The Captain –

New Store in Cheras – Visit

PCF Logo Final B (300 dpi)Originally taken from:
https://popculturefunmy.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/new-store-in-cheras-visit/

Here are the photos of whats there at the all new HOBBY SMAG VIVA HOME … formerly know as Sun@Mag Viva Home Mall.

Lotsa goodies here for fans of old & new… and western too haha

(Shot with my Nikon V1 (10mm – 30mm Nikkor lens)

From the stills you can see Banpresto, Crane King, DXF, Good Smile Company Nendoroids, Max Factory Figma, Bushiroad, Dragoborne, Eaglemoss, Neca, Disney Infinity, Amiibo, SQ, Hot Wheels etc.

Titles: One Piece, Naruto, Boruto, One Piece, LOVE LIVE!, Vocaloids, Vanguard, Buddy Fight, Yokai Watch, Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Ultraman, Gears of War 2, Street Fighter IV, etc 100% original licensed stuff! Lots of stuff already & more to come.

Surely validates a visit for the collectors 😀 I saw that most of these stuff goes for RM125 at places like Toys R Us but here they start from as low as RM80 for the Banpresto / Crane King, DXF, SQ.

Transportation: LRT available… Miharja station with a shaded walk way all the way into the mall. Basement Parking is RM2 for the first 3 hours. Subsequent hour RM1.

So come and check out Hobby SMAG, LG Floor (below Super 7 entrance), Viva Home Mall!

Full photo album here: Hobby SMAG – New Store Sighting

Btw, if you’re already there… and you need some groceries you should stop by the Super 7 store. I was told it is opened by the brother of the famous 24 hour NSK hypermarket. Expect the same good low prices… bulk purchases and extensive non-halal section.

 

#CosplayFunMY #PopCultureFunMY #TheCaptain #SUNMAG #VIVAHome #VIVAHomeMall #PopCulture

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