It’s an announcement of SUPERHERO proportions!! Just days after I wrote a short piece about the 3 events, that I go to Singapore to get a professionally organised event experience that is well themed and immersive – GameStart 2018 Announcement – and now comes this major announcement!
The two organisers of South East Asia’s PREMIERE Anime event and Gaming event are joining forces!!
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – it’s called “Avengers Assemble”!
In the DC Expanded Universe (DCEU) – Come together! – “Unite the League!”
In the DC TV Universe – it’s call “Team Up”.
In the official press release below – Anime Festival Asia organisers, SOZO and GameStart Asia organisers, Eliphant will move into a ALL-NEW strategic alliance, partnership and a spiffy new office in Paya Lebar iPark in Singapore.
Can you imagine what they now can achieve with their “powers combined”? (*Captain Planet reference* haha) The regions Best of Japanese Pop Culture + The Best of Gaming beefing up each others events… into new / newer territories? #OHMY
We can’t stop imagining so we’ll just leave it be till official announcements are released! Till then this is the official press release! -The Captain-
SINGAPORE, 1 MARCH 2018: The producers of Anime Festival Asia and GameStart Asia team up to further develop ACG (Anime, Cosplay, Gaming) contents in SE Asia. Organisers expect new expansion of events in Asia together
Singapore, 28 February 2017 – SOZO, organiser of Southeast Asia’s largest Japanese pop culture event Anime Festival Asia (AFA), and Eliphant, organiser of Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention GameStart, have announced that both entities will form a strategic alliance to further strengthen existing events, and to create and develop new events in Asia.
The SOZO and Eliphant alliance aims to be the first step to roll out an integrated support system to further strengthen the community. By leveraging their strengths as IP innovators and event trailblazers, SOZO and Eliphant hope to provide new and inspiring ways for fans to enjoy their hobbies in gaming, animation and beyond.
With the support of SOZO, who has already established their presence in Indonesia, 2018 will mark the very first regional expansion of GameStart as they launch their very first: GameStart Indonesia. AFA will continue hosting its key events in both Indonesia and Singapore and hope to introduce more gaming content as part of their content offerings.
“Southeast Asia emerges as one of the fastest growing markets for gaming and content, we recognised that both AFA and GameStart audiences have diverse interests in both gaming and anime. With our partnership, we hope to work closely to bring even more exhilarating content and holistic experiences to both fanbases across the regions,” said Shawn Chin, Managing Director of SOZO and founder of Anime Festival Asia.
“We are extremely excited to be able to bring our event to various regions, with the support of our partners. We are determined to support the regional gaming industry, especially in esports and game development. We are positive that our partnership will provide more events and enable us to bring awesome content to both gamers and anime fans, ” said Elicia Lee, founder of GameStart Asia and CEO of Eliphant Pte Ltd.
As of 1st March 2018, both SOZO and Eliphant have moved to a new office premise together to further strengthen their alliance. Organisers expect an exciting year ahead and look forward to announcing more about 2018 calendar of events in the upcoming weeks.
About AFA – Anime Festival Asia (animefestival.asia)
AFA is a specialised business unit of SOZO. Started in 2008, AFA is the largest and most followed J-pop culture event in Southeast Asia. AFA has become a household name to J-Pop Culture lovers in the Southeast Asia region and is the leading and most effective content delivery platform, centring around allthings Japanese Pop Culture. In 2017, AFA partnered SOTSU to create C3AFA and has brought the event to Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
C3AFA 2017 Visitor Tracking:
Hong Kong: 200,000
About SOZO (sozo.sg)
Tapping on Japan’s diverse wealth of entertainment content, SOZO has positioned itself to be the ‘bridge’, connecting Japan to South East Asia – by showcasing quality concerts, engaging retail experiences and creating meaningful online engagement to audiences and businesses across South East Asia.
Established in 2009, SOZO entertainment platforms include Anime Festival Asia, I Love Anisong, Japan Music Festival, and Anisong Fantasy Live. Previous projects by SOZO includes solo concerts for J-Pop artistes such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, May’n, SCANDAL, LiSA, and RADWIMPS, as well as festivals including Funan Anime Matsuri, Penang Anime Matsuri, and Creators Super Fest Jakarta.
SOZO is a Sony Music Japan group company.
About GameStart Asia (gamestart.asia)
GameStart is Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention and Eliphant’s flagship event. Organised by industry veterans who are themselves gamers, GameStart seeks to bring the latest and greatest games across all genres and platforms – from PC, console and mobile to VR and tabletop – to audiences in Asia. GameStart Asia welcomed over 24,000 visitors from Singapore and the region in 2017.
About Eliphant (eliphant.co)
Eliphant is the organiser of GameStart Asia, Southeast Asia’s premier gaming convention, and since inception in 2014, has expanded its scope and operations to include its esports and live production arm, BEast of the East, SEA Major, one of the largest fighting game tournaments in Asia, and talent management agency VERSUS Talent.The company continues to play an active role in growing and supporting the gaming industry across multiple genres, including game development, knowledge-sharing, marketing, esports,
community building and event management.
Eliphant is the official organiser for the Capcom Pro Tour in Asia Pacific.
Travels of A Captain
Most of you may know that I only travel abroad to 2 events and only events in Singapore. Reasons being:
a) Because I can’t get this kind of event experience (immersive) here in Malaysia.
b) Because I can’t get this kind of event experience – professionally organised & run.
c) Because of financial constraints (coz I have to pay for all my own expenses).
And what events in Singapore might you ask? Singapore, Toys, Games and Comic Convention (STGCC), GameStart Asia and occasionally Anime Festival Asia. It’s very straight forward:
a) STGCC – The current & international comic (not manga) artist guest.
b) GameStart – VIDEO GAMES… the betas, demos, simulators, VR
c) AFA – the one stop Japan Pop Culture Experience.
Fan, Friend, Follower
Now I have been following GameStart since it’s debut in 2014 and there fore it is one of the events that really close to my heart because of it’s content, the organising team and the fact that you grow together with it.
And with that, it brings me great excitement to announce that South East Asia’s PREMIERE Gaming event is back and is extending it’s reach to Indonesia too! GAMER FANS in INDONESIA… HOLLER!! It’s gonna be fun guys. I am so excited for you all!
Last year GameStart started adding an event theme which made evident in their logo style. Last years theme was ‘Cyber Punk’… which I wondered if it had anything to do with the LONG AWAITED movie sequel release – BLADE RUNNER 2049? Apparently its just coincidental hehe Can you all guest what’s this year theme?
============ Official Press Release ============
SINGAPORE: Eliphant, the organiser of Singapore’s largest gaming convention, GameStart Asia, is pleased to announce the date and venue for the 5th edition of the event, which welcomed 24,000 gamers and esports enthusiasts in 2017.
Visitors can look forward to a weekend of fun and games across multiple platforms, from PC to mobile, console and tabletop, which saw big success and positive feedback. Esports, cosplay and Founders Base, which provides discounted booths for startups, artists and indie developers to showcase their products, will continue to be a staple of the event.
SEA Major, the top fighting game tournament in Southeast Asia, will also return to GameStart, with a game line up that includes Street Fighter V and Tekken 7, and more titles will be announced in the coming months at www.beastapac.com
We are also very excited to announce that GameStart will be expanding beyond Singapore shores, and plan to bring the GameStart experience to gamers in Indonesia later this year. More details will be announced in the coming weeks on our official channels.
KUALA LUMPUR, 20th February 2018 – As the all the Lunar Celebrations….visitations and feasting is starting to subside. I just caught wind that a legit “Comic Con” is gonna make it’s debut in Kuala Lumpur, Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre to be exact, 13 – 15 July 2018. (http://www.asiacomiccon.com/)
Not to be confused with ComicCon Asia (https://comiccon.asia/), the Manila SUPER event that Stan ‘The Man’ Lee is headlining, Asia Comic seems to be hailing from Thailand… which in the past has a been another source for pop culture fans to rejoice – *WINK Thank you* Japan Expo Malaysia 2017 and *WINK Thank You* Japan Expo Thailand 2018 (which featured AKB48… fans went nuts). Despite Thailand having 2 existing ‘Comic Cons’ – Thailand Comic Con and Bangkok Comic Con, only the former has managed to survive since it’s debut in 2014 . Bangkok Comic Con ran from 2015 and stopped at 2016. In 2018… Bangkok Comic Con returns with a twist… they are joining forces with Thailand Comic Con for a mega event on 21 – 23 April!
IRONICALLY Part 2
So despite these 2 existing Comic Cons hailing from Thailand, this Asia Comic Con that’s being held in Bangkok and in KL is NOT organised by the initial two folks haha I mean that’s from what I can gather anyway. Anyone know more?
Which brings me to my first question? So who are these guys? And then my second question – how can I help them? The latter is kinda impossible since I don’t have the answer to the first question haha
Anyhow from what it reads, the event is promising a “WORLD CLASS Comic Con” experience. For my expectations? I am expecting quite a bit!! Haha I am expecting (hoping rather) that missing element that even Singapore’s STGCC doesn’t have – Hollywood Star power guest! This elusive element is really what I think makes a legit “Comic Con”… especially if you are referring to San Diego Comic-Con aka Comic-Con International…. the longest running comic convention in the world.
Can’t Hardly Wait
With the event just 5 months away, I SO looking forward to the guest announcements in the days to come! Fellow friends and fans will be holding on to the dream of a legit Comic Con in Malaysia, REJOICE… and again I say rejoice! And to the organisers, whoever you are – THANK YOU!!
– The Captain –
Dear Asia Comic Con organiers – if you’re reading this please reach out to us. We would love to hear from you 🙂 We are fans, we are excited & we want to help. Thank you! 😀 = firstname.lastname@example.org
Kuala Lumpur, 1st February 2018: A fortunate stroll thru Toys R Us let to this discovery!
THE 2018 VALENTINE MOVIE: With the movie coming soon… I was wondering when was the new Marvel Legends series will hit shelves. I’m sure the specialty stores would have already got them but that’s not what I post about here anyways xD Of course if any of your speciality stores wanna work together with us, do let us know! Our email is PopCultureFun.MY@gmail.com
“..get this man a shield!”
We’ve already got friends posting photos of the Avengers: Infinity War ML figures from Australia… with the greatest reveal being, besides what characters / version, Captain America’s new shield …aka the Wakanda shield… aka “get this man a shield!”. *Honestly, as a Captain America fan I am guessing that this shield included in the Avengers: Infinity War ML figure is the shield that Cap initially uses to fan off wave 1 of the baddies… then later in the movie T’Challa will say “…and get this man a shield” – which will end up with the reveal (which MCU boss Kevin Fiege is saving for us) Caps new shield!! I am guessing it will be Caps Energy Shield or Caps ‘The Captain’ Shield (black, red, white)… or a bit of both… being Caps energy shield with ‘The Captain’ design or colours!! I think bossman Kevin Fiege is too intelligent to let something like Caps shield leak via Hasbro Toys / Lego!! After 10 years and 15 movies… their are very sneaky… very sneaky indeed! Haha Fun trivia. So you heard it first here as The Captain is calling it!!
Anyways… again, our post here at Pop Culture Fun – Malaysia is about a) What toys we can find straight on the retail store shelves b) Right here in Malaysia. 😊
So again, I was fortunate enough to walk into a Toys R Us only to see the new Marvel Legends Black Panther series about to be put on the racks!! Woo hoo! If you’ve seen the ML Civil War series Black Panther then you’re probably not all that curious to know what this figure looks like. And again since only 3 of the 6 new figures in this wave are actually from the upcoming Black Panther movie… the Hasbro guys are gonna split the ‘movie’ selection into two as they did with the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 figures.
SO, WHAT’S IN THE BOX
One of the happy feels to be present and actually see what’s in the box / case / carton is to know for sure what’s there. Knowing the methods of the Hasbro folks, they might do a switcheroo in the packing! The Americana reviews or intel could be different from the Asian markets… just as how pricing and selection can be different between Malaysia & Singapore. – see article: Star Wars Toys Malaysia Doesn’t Get!!
In the box are 2x Black Panther, 2x Erik Killmonger, 1x Nakia, 1x Black Bolt, 1x Invincible Iron Man, 1x Sub-Mariner. The Build A Figure (BAF) is Okoye.
IN THE BOX, THE FIRST LOOK
Looking at the Black Panther in the box, it looks pretty similar to the Civil War series version but if you put them side by side… then the details, patterns and ingrained textures become more evident. Surprisingly eve the silver lining on the helmet / mask is significantly different. The ‘movie’ version comes with an extra pair of hands (fists) and a unmasked head sculpt with beard / goatee… compared to the ‘civil war’ clean shaven head with no extra hands.
OUT OF THE BOX
From what I have briefly read online, fans have said that the newer version has better pose-ability compared to the ‘civil war’ version. This will be a crucial point for the collector fans… those who leave them in the box & those who take the figures out of the box 😀 I am the former, so it most likely means I won’t be getting this version or any of the characters from the movie.THE OTHERS IN THE SERIES
With that said, the other non-movie figures are looking very VERY nice! After revisiting the comics & watching the entire 8 episodes of the TV series INHUMANS… this is the Black Bolt, I know… and this this the Black Bolt I remember! Worthy to carry the title KING of the Inhumans!!
Also, that Sub-Mariner figure! Fuyo! I think he might the least clothed Marvel Legends figure of the Hasbro era… and he is totally pulling of the buff bod compared to DC’s King of the Seas! Again, the Sub-Mariner is a of some royalty being the Prince of Atlantis.
Just like this figure, he doesn’t need some fancy shiny armour to make him look badass. It’s just naturally present! John Buscema and Sol Brodsky did a great job setting this precedence, SALUTE!
Some trivia for non-fans… as a Captain America fan, I read a lot about Namor The Sub-Mariner because he was very tied with the rediscovery of Captain America in the ice. Later, he also teams up with Cap as a member of The Invaders against the axis powers! Then I also read the Fantastic Four whom also had a lot of encounters with the Sub-Mariner too… most notably kidnaping Sue Storm twice in attempts to court her. DUDE! What chu doing lah? Haha
Here at Pop Culture Fun MY, we don’t just want to post news of what the world is getting and what Malaysia is NOT getting -__- so as the titled says – this is the stuff that has LANDED here in Malaysia retail outlets… and we’re not talking about specialty toy stores either. They would have their own FB page website.
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Hey everybody, it’s The Captain here. Just like last year, the 2018 events has started rolling out since October 2017! So here you go, this is the EVENTS LIST 2018 by us at Cosplay-Fun Malaysia. Don’t forget to check out the POP Watch Events List 2018 here!
Managed to catch Kawamori-san in his free time!
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As usual the events listed in GREY are NOT YET CONFIRMED or TO BE ANNOUNCED but we are hoping they will have them again this year 🙂 Do feel free to contact us [firstname.lastname@example.org] if you would like your event to be listed or unlisted. We want to give the community something to look forward to!
We added a version on Facebook too on our sister site Pop Culture Fun – Malaysia. This list however, only includes events that have been announced in full as in it the event has a name, date, venue and a FB link to direct the fan enquiries to!
Here is the link: Cosplay-FUN Malaysia events list on FACEBOOK
A BIG THANK YOU to all the folks from all over the world for visiting & re-visiting our page. Holler out to the top 12 Visiting countries:
9. Great Britain
11. Hong Kong
We wish you all a very prosperous & blessed 2018 to you all!!
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.
Coincidentally, 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.
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
The Black Series: Centerpiece – Darth Vader.
FANS PISSED OFF – HIGH – [Level 10 of 10]
The Black Series: Centerpiece – Luke Skywalker (Hoth Snow Speeder Pilot).
FANS PISSED OFF – HIGH – [Level 10 of 10]
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!
The Black Series: Rey’s Speeder (Jakku)
FANS PISSED OFF – HIGH – [Level 8 of 10]
FANS PISSED OFF – MID – [Level 7 of 10] Either you love them or hate them. Time will tell.
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
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.
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
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.
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]
Only managed to see Rey (Jakku) with BB-8 at the time.
Original post from Pop Culture Fun – Malaysia[https://popculturefunmy.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/the-justice-league-movie-menu-is-here/]
For 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.
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.
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.
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
The Iced Mint Tea… fit for an Atlantean!!
This is the WONDERFUL Iced Lychee…. so refreshing despite being in chilly Genting!