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Star Wars 40th Anniversary Fan Celebration 2017 – Malaysia

The Star Wars 40th Anniversary Fan Celebration 2017 – Malaysia dubbed​ #TheForceis40 event – is happening right now at the Blue & Orange Atrium at Sunway Pyramid. The Orange Atrium is where all the Brands are participating (as in the photos – Hasbro, Hot Wheels, Royal Selangor etc. The Blue Atrium is where the Fan Communities will be having their activities this weekend.

The schedule as stated in the first 2 shots. After last years #GoRogueMY Rogue One movie event, it’s great to see another Star Wars event so soon 🙂

Full album here on Facebook: Star Wars 40th Anniversary Fan Celebration 2017 – MALAYSIA.

My Top 5 most impressive stuff today were:
1) The Lego displays by the LUG of Malaysia​. Inspired the photographer in me 😀

2) #HotWheels Tracks to try!! 

 

3) That NEW Royal Selangor​ #RoyalSelangor #Pewter #MillenniumFalcon Millennium Falcon with retractable landing gear!! OMG a gorgeous RM2,200!

4) That NEW Royal Selangor Pewter #LukeSkywalker lightsaber! Beautiful!!

5) Glad to see PlayStation Asia​ there with the #PS4 with #StarWarsBattleFront demo stations & Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens. 6 Stations to try them but the MOST IMPRESSIVE was the ability to try the #PSVR demo mission on Star Wars Battlefront​! Get in the cockpit of the classic T-65 X-Wing! Fly thru space with Red Squadron, back at your R2 unit, look down at your pilot suit, your boots, your gloves, your X-Wing dash board…. and even WATCH YOURSELF BREATHE!! It was amazing!!

So don’t forget to swing by this gigantic fan event. Almost all the Star Wars fan communities will be present & running their own activities on the weekend. Despite this being a fan event – official recognised (by Lucasfilm Ltd) groups such as The 501st Legion Malaysia Garrison, The Rebel Legion Malaysia Outpost, Fightsaber Malaysia and Star Wars Malaysia Fan Club will be in attendance! “Today will be a day long remembered!”

#PopCultureFunMY #StarWarsCelebration #StarWarsMalaysia #FightsaberMY #Fightsaber #Lego #LegoStarWars


AK Collectors Festival 2017 – Visit

26 April 2017, Kuala Lumpur:  Yesterday was the start of the first ever Prime 1 Studio mini exhibition in Malaysia (mall event). It is being held at on the busy ground floor of  Avenue K, right in the heart of the golden triangle of shopping, in KL.

There’s a collectibles area with lotsa Hot Toys, SH Figuarts, Cosbabys etc. for sale. Our local Marvel store SuperHeroes United is also there with official licensed #Marvel apparel / accessories for sale, plus a buy 3 – 1 free offer!!

#HasbroMY is also here with the #Nerf blasters for you to try out. There is also a Injustice: God Among Us on the PS4 to duel it out!

The highlight of the event are the premium format prototypes of the up coming Spiderman 2099, Venom & Anti Venom! #Prime1Studios items are brought to us by Shioktoys Collectibles #ShiokToys

 

Other content scheduled to take place are:

1) Cosplay Competition
2) A talk on Toy Sculpting by Blackz GBC
3) A talk on Customized Costumes & Props by Helios-E
For more info on whats happening go to the Avenue K page:http://avenuek.com.my/www/akcf/

It’s really nice to see western pop culture stuff popping up at an event… and it’s most refreshing to see a western pop culture event all by itself!! Some may say that it is small… but hey! We’ve got to start some where!! High traffic venues are not just throwing themselves at organisers… nor is free $$$,$$$ falling from the sky xD haha Kudos to ShiokToys Collectibles & team with Prime 1 Studios, for continuing to be active to promote the passion for pop culture heroes!

More photos in our FB page: AK Collectors Festival 2017

#PopCultureFunMY #PopCultureFun #AvenueK #HotToys #SuperHeroesUnited #Marvel #DC #MarvelComics #DCcomics #SpiderMan #Venom #Malaysia


Gong Xi Fa Chai Luncheon with Playstation

16486905_1403189916392356_5229362412697127898_o_resizeSo fortunate to be invited by PlayStation Asia to a special CNY makan makan. PlayStation Asia Regional Head of Product Management, Mr. Arata Naito, was present to answer any questions we had about 2017. It wouldn’t be just your average PlayStation event if there were no announcements or advance demos. Got a chance to try out 3 games there too.

16463554_1403190309725650_899580824618869940_o_resizeFirst is the much anticipated Horizon Zero Dawn huhu which is an open world action RPG. All the hype is high as Horizon Zero Dawn won Best Original Game at the Game Critics Game Critics Awards 2015 & 2016. The country side environment looks like a page out of middle-earth! It’s also hard to not think that when the main character, heroine Aloy, draws a bow as ranged weapon. 3rd-person player games with Bows are just so intriguing to me!! This action RPG is a PlayStation exclusive & will be released 28 Feb 2017. The game is developed by Guerrilla Games who is best know for their Killzone game series. 16664986_1403189963059018_3463836743865071526_o_resize

Second was Nioh, which was a dark, samurai action RPG set in the 1600s Sengoku period fighting lotsa ‘yokai’ / supernatural foes in 3rd person fashon. This game is developed by Team Ninja & published by Koei Tecmo… some legendary gaming names there! Team Ninja is famous for the sexy fighting game Dead or Alive & … the Ninja Gaiden series. When Koei + 3rd person is mentioned I can’t help but think Dynasty Warriors / Samurai Warriors series. Yes it did turn out that way but with more gorgeous graphics, more skilled gameplay and tough ass baddies to beat. “Tough”? It’s “Ninja Gaiden + Tecmo” tough to beat… if u get my drift. 16463658_1403189896392358_1996014426530068550_o_resize

Third was the Singapore developed Stifled for the VR. This thriller brought a new dimension to suspense & fear by only giving you echolocation to navigate your way in the dark surroundings of this VR environment. That’s some pretty cool inovation & story telling there. Feels so much like Daredevil’s radar sense… sonar abilities… just minus that Ninja training by Stick, to kickass! haha Mr. Justin Ng from Gattai Games was present all the way from Singapore to answer anything we had to ask about the production of the game as well as developing a game for the VR. 16463057_1403190079725673_7931893669677757713_o

Nice afternoon. Looking forward to more PlayStation events in 2017!

Full album here: Chinese New Year Luncheon with Playstation

#Playstation #PS4 #SonyPlaystation #PlaystationVR #HorizonZeroDawn #Nioh #Stifled #HiltonParkingRate #PopCultureFun #PopCultureFunMY #Console

*This was held in Hilton PJ, parking rate was horrific RM7 per hour – max flat rate RM30. Unless u went there for a dinner function, you’d be paying RM7 per hour or flat RM30. This is the absolute MOST amount I’ve had to pay for any event coverage. And I thought Mandarin Oriental KL flat rate of RM13 was expensive!! -__-


Big Bad Wolf Sale 2016 – CosplayFun Recon

Here are the good stuff that caught The Captain’s eye at this years @BigBadWolfBooks Big Bad Wolf Books Sale! Pop-Culture ICONs, Comics, Gaming, Cosplay, TV, Movies, Sci-Fi and classics!!

Here is the selection from DAY 0 aka Preview Day of this years Big Bad Wolf Sale! Do take advantage of the 24 hours opening times to comfortably browse, explore & shop. It’s very obvious to frequent goers that there a wider selection of books in each of the standard categories of the sale. Including a new area with Japanese & Thai books too!

Say good bye to the elaborate choice of food & drinks on the mezzanine floor! There is just only 1 source of food & drink which is a little cafe like place where the kids books usually is.

THE POP CULTURE GOODIES!! There are loads of new trade paper back comics or as they categorised it under – “Graphic Novels”, that we have not seen before. Most often we find the Marvel titles & comic strip cartoons but this year had a good deal of Dark Horse titles of old & new. DC was also decently represented with some nice hard cover collectibles like The War Years Superman & The War Years Wonder Woman, DC Super Villains etc. There is also the emergence of gaming ART books like The Art of: Uncharted trilogy, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Fallout 4, Dragon Age; and reemergence of movie ART books – The Hobbit: BOFA, Book of Life, Penguins of Madagascar, Mr Peabody & Sherman, Blue Sky Studios etc. A lot of these goodies seem to be the similar stuff on offer at Book Xcess itself. However I could only manage to compare the Halo trade paper back comic & it was cheaper by RM 5. So it would be most gratifying for a bargain hunter / trift shopper if you knew the Book Xcess price then compare here at the BBW sale so your decision will be swift haha 

Here is our Top 3 Finds of Day 0!

  1. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Mini Comic Collection – What’s this? Well if you collected these He-Man figures from the 80’s, you will know that each figure had a mini comic inside. The figure you bought would star in that comic, in that particular version whether good or evil. I thought it was a very cool way of extending the fandom in between watching the cartoon series. Anyways, my mom threw away my collected of mini comics & this is a very sweet redemption. The surprise part is that I never knew they made a compilation like this till now!! It’s in my hands haha ^^ RM 30 WIN 
  2. Star Trek COSTUMES – Outpost Commander flashed this new book to us which he picked up last year in America. This book is a whopping US$40… times 4.43 to our Ringgit = not going to buy… untill now! This book was released in 2015 in which it would feature costumes from 5 decades of Star Trek including the soon to be released latest feature film (at that time) Star Trek Beyond! RM85 WIN! 
  3. Game of Thrones: A Pop Up guide to the Westeros – Now is was the coolest thing I found at the whole sale – Game of Thrones 3D POP up book! I don’t watch the series but this pop-up book was uber cool with ideas I have not yet seen in pop-up books! Each page has a center piece then mini pull-outs + mini pop up in the pull out. All 7 kingdoms are represented & then the magic of which it ALL folds out together! RM50 for this almost magical collectible! 

As always it’s a MUST-GO!.. at least once event hehe! The check out counters are arranged differently & the queue looks to be a killer long zig zag…. however it does move fairly quick.

*IMPORTANT TO KNOW when paying – just know that there are 2 MAIN queues, the left line is CASH which is a lot shorter than the right line Credit Card. CASH queue is an ‘L’ shape & the Credit Card queue is the zig zag zig zag. 

Check out our all the photos here on FB: Big Bag Wolf Sale 2016

Have a good one!!

#BigBadWolf #BBW #Marvel #DCcomics #MarvelComics #DarkHorseComics #HeMan #MastersoftheUniverse #StarTrek #TrekStuff #StarWars #Batman #Superman #WonderWoman #AssassinsCreed


Final Fantasy XV Launch 2016 – Malaysia

_dsc6565-2The started out with video game event revival with the Street Fighter V launch in January for the PS4 at Bangsar APW. Then following the course of the year we had the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End mid night launch in Sunway Pyramid then Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare midnight launch in Galactic Laser, Sunway Pyramid_dsc6568-2

After an already exciting year for PlayStation Asia console fans… came the even bigger event! A worthy finale for 2016… in which we can celebrate the return of console events! _dsc6581-2

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Fun and relevant freebies xD

huhu We heard that only us, in Malaysia, got this event launch!! Oh yea! Yet even more to thank Mr. Wan Hazmer for… besides teh tarik + roti canai in the back streets of FFXV 😀 img_20161128_212612-2

Yes, he is the home town hero… the man of the hour… ‘home boy’ does country proud in Japan!! It was great to see him in person at the event talking to friends & fans. He was certainly the man of the hour and it was great to see him mingling with attendees.

Not only has he put Malaysia on the map in the gaming world, he now has even introduced the gaming world to our culture… food & drink… which is SO Malaysia xD A really Malaysian past time!! Hahaha “Jalan-jalan cari makan”, “In Malaysia we only have 1 meal… with short breaks in between!” haha Keep up the good work Mr. Wan Hazmer! It was a very nice community touch to have this event in Malaysia & have our local hero in attendance – Thank you Sony PlayStation.

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Familiar faces in the crowd! It’s the Comic Fiesta Team!

Now this is not just a random place to have the event. These specific places were selected because 1. It had to be a place that could stay open after 10pm because it’s a midnight launch… so the crowd has to be there till past the stroke of midnight. So the selected venues must be able to sustain the air-con for the entire duration of the event. 2. location selected had to have thematic significance or content significance! i.e. Call of Duty midnight launch was held at Galactic Laser!

So with the selection of GSC Maxx aka the ORIGINAL (first) IMAX cinema in Malaysia… we knew it was going to be some extra SPECIAL content install for us. What’s the hype with this being the first / original IMAX hall? Well firstly, because it was built with an optimal IMAX blueprint spec and not built on an improvised space . This screen is a 3 storeys high (yes, as in a house with 3 levels high), and it has a large seating capacity, in this case 488pax and the screen + seat tilt in an angle that allows more ‘sweet-spot’ viewing… with less distortion (yes I am a hard core movie buff haha).

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488 seating capacity at the GSC Maxx hall at Berjaya Times Square!! Gigantous!!

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Now that it is a GSC Maxx hall, I am not so sure about the quality of projection but I know that the view angle is great & the sound system should be great, if still maintained properly 🙂

Anyways, back to the event haha at the right time, all the attendees were ushered into this gigantous hall where the PlayStation, the game creators and Mr. Wan Hazmer has lotsa goodies for us!! The first glimpses to welcome us was the glorious 4K game trailers and footage!! You really had to be there to see it!! img_20161128_213606-2

So here are the sights from the very very special FFXV launch at GSC Maxx, Berjaya Times Square, 28 Nov 2016! For the full album check out our FB page: FFXV Launch 2016 – Malaysia

 

#FinalFantasyXV #FFXVMalaysia #SonyPlaystation #PS4 #WanHazmer #StreetFighterV #Uncharted4 #FFXVLaunchMalaysia #IMAX #GSCMaxx #Malaysia #PopCultureFunMY

img_20161128_210717-2*Finally just wanted to acknowledge & honour one of the big influences from inside PlayStation SEA regional office who always vouches for Malaysia, Mr. Teoh. He has come a long way since the Malaysia office in late 2000s. He continues to strive to have events for the gaming community here in Malaysia. If you remember the Street Fighter IV competition at E-Curve back in 2008, then you have an idea of where his heart is 🙂 If you’re a PlayStation gamer and you see him at an event, do go up & thank him 🙂

Looking forward to more gaming events in 2017!!


Dreams & Imagination: Final Fantasy Tribute Concert – Malaysia

Suddenly! Yea man that’s how i felt about it hearing the news of such a concert! Who is this organiser doing this kind of event? I’ve been a fan of video game music for a long time in which got me involved with every single production of Video Games Live! in Malaysia – 2010, 2012 & most recently 2016. But other than VGL, there hasn’t been any other acts who were directly involved in the works performed in video games. Yes, our skillful local talents have put on some great shows, but I am aiming higher will the ‘dreams & imagination’ of meeting the folks who have actually worked ON or IN the actual games that we loved so much. From what I remember here some video music hall of fame to have step foot in Malaysia for performances: Mr. Guinness Book of Records Video Games TOMMY TALLARICO aka Mr. Video Games Live, awarded nominated composer Mr. Jack Wall aka Mr. Mass Effect  1 & 2 or aka Mr. COD Black Ops 2 & 3, Mr. Norihiko Hibino aka Mr. Snake Eater from Metal Gear Solid 3 (MGS 2 – 4, Peace Walker, Portable Ops / Zone of Enders 1 & 2 / Bayonetta 1 & 2),  Ms. Eimear Noone aka Ms. Blizzard! (WoW, Starcraft 2 & Diablo 3) aka Ms. Zelda Conductor! Any other video game music celebrity I missed out? Please share with me 🙂

So the folks to thank for organising this event is is none other than the 2nd largest ACG event in Malaysia…. the folks from Animangaki! Trying a hand at something new AMG Chief decided to take a shot at the severe lack in the ACG scene, which is the music arena of Japanese Pop culture or rather pop culture in general aka video game music.

Final Fantasy is a beloved franchise with a heart warming back story of how a last ditch effort by a gaming company, which was schedule to shut down, decided to release their FINAL game ever… rightly titled their FINAL Fantasy. And because of it’s enormous success is now a colossal gaming company in the world! 29 years later to date… we are just a few hours away from the released of the latest chapter – FINAL FANTASY XV in which it’s lead game designer is none other than Malaysia’s proudest Mr. Wan Hazmer!

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Now back to the concert! Well if you were hoping for a full orchestra, I’m sorry but this is not the concert you were expecting. Being true to the game, Final Fantasy 1 was created in 1987 & gaming capacity back then was only 8-bits. That was the entire capacity of of what the home console could deliver! You wanna talk about polyphonic… I think poly is too many…maybe the max 4 sounds could be played at one time xD I am just guessing, CITATION needed here hehe. Anyways game music back then couldnt be fully realized or recreated as how the composers envisioned it… but now! It can & has and will continue to be represented. So to have Final Fantasy music presented on a single grand piano is a very unique acoustic experience in itself.

So who are these folks – Nathan is multi-talented artist hailing from the land down under Australia. He is a singer, song writer, composer, photographer who also has a passion for cosplay photography which he calls his Real Time Story Project in which he “stars his friends in a real time story”! Just in this phrase alone I can imagine him being a very warm-buddy stylish lyricist! Being a Aussie musician & a Sydney local… and graduating from Sydney Uni… I can imagine it being a dream come to be able to perform to a sold out crowd at the Sydney Opera house!! Nathan’s FB page has 360,000 likes & has his own website + merchandise. Check out the links below.

http://www.nathankct.com/

His special guest for this very first Malaysian Concert is this lovely Japanese lady name Joelle Strother! She is an American born Japanese singer who is best known for her work on Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2. She provided vocals for several Final Fantasy tracks including “Plains of Eterniry”, “Starting Over”, “Ruined Hometown Hometown” and “Yuel’s Theme”.  If you’re a J-Rock fan you also might know her vocals on the Sound Horizon track Bravely Default! Huhu! She is gearing up for her big concert next year in her home town of Akita, Japan!

Follow her on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/joellevoice

Honestly, Bentley Auditorium is a very posh & high end location for a concert! Very nice! I have not been here in a long time but the last time I was… it was for a very nostalgic. Back in 2011, Bentley Auditorium was the venue for the return of the Malaysian made JROCK event – JROCK no Tamashii! Anyways, so this is a beautiful & apt venue for a rock concert or an up-close & personal Piano concerto!

There were 2 show, one at 3:30pm and the other at 8pm. I was fortunate to get an early look for the concert by attending the 3:30pm show. The concerts song list was very FF driven and Nathan actually divided them into Disc 1 – Disc 4 segments 😀 He also added his own flair to a piano concerto by having some fun & game stops like the “CHOICE MOMENTS” in the RPG haha Blue or Red Ball! On and off Joelle would come on stage in a radiant emerald green dress to provide the soulful vocals! All the world famous Final Fantasy themes were covered in this 2 hour concert! From the Prelude to Final Fantasy to Aerith’s Theme, Liberi Fatali, One Winged Angel… the first segment ended with Joelle serenating us with Suteki Da Ne (FFX).

The matinee was great but I heard the evening show was even better with a sold out crowd! I think it is a great effort by the folks behind Animangaki. A big thanks to you all who bought tickets, bought merchandise to support these artiste & the organisers. As I mentioned at the Iori Nomizu Voice Actor event, the fate of such future events weights on the success of this current one. This has so far been the motto of the Japanese organisers & ‘big boss’ whom I’ve met. I hope to see more exciting expansion from them in the future! Thank you for the invite & gambateh in 2017!!

#FinalFantasy #DreamsAndImagination #Nathankct #Joelle #JoelleVoice #JoellesingerJoelle #Malaysia #Jrock #JrocknoTamashii #TommyTallarico #JackWall #NorihikoHibino #EimearNoone


Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Midnight Launch – Malaysia

Just when I was thinking… it’s been a big gap from the last gaming event, the Uncharted 4 midnight launch Malaysia, came the news of the launch of the next chapter in the EPIC first person shooter games – Call of Duty! Well for me I wasn’t feeling the gap that much because I managed to head down to Singapore for South East Asia’s premiere gaming event -Game Start Asia 2016! huhu That was fun & yet another LEGIT “Convention” in Singapore.

Anyhow I was starting to feeling the gap for the Malaysian friends & fans as maybe its more than time to get out & about again! Klang Valley folks were fortunate get a bonus *Pokemon Go Launch (fan event) which was parked at the recent Cosplay Corner. But other than that it was kinda quiet. Then came the news from PLAY Interactive of confirmed date, time & VENUE of the next game launch. Woo hoo! Great timing.

*On another note, thanks to the guys (fan event) who were diligent & relentless (I might add) at pursuing official endorsement for the local 3DS Community – we have the chance to experience a bonus gaming event later this month. More of that in the next article!*

Now, Call of Duty & Medal of Honour were games I thoroughly enjoyed playing on the Playstation 2 (PS2). It really fueled my undiscovered passion for first person shooters & the desire to be a head-shot sniper! xD The only things to fear in the early games were MG42 & tanks. Anyhow after those were over & the life of the PS2 had end I had no desire nor the extra funds to buy the next gen console (then) Playstation 3. Then while hanging out at the uber cool – Outpost Cafe at Cineleisure Damansara (now E@curve), good friend of mine ask to play the latest rendition of Call of Duty called Modern Warfare. OMG I got hooked & just had to get a PS3 to play this game & have continued ever since. No Playstation 4 for me yet… but I guess some where down the line.

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So yet another EPIC franchise launches it next chapter & HURRAY for the local fans & friends that we get to get out & geek a out again! 

Looks like the organisers like Sunway Pyramid! But the cool twist this time is that it would take place in GALACTIC LASER, Sunway Pyramid! The theme made sense, the place was relevant & the space was good! Great choice guys!

So folks who had pre-ordered their game could come to the event to pick up their game as soon as the stroke of midnight. By pre-ordering you got 5 extra goodies to take home – a movie size 2-sided glossy poster, a tee shirt,  a tactical themed watch, Bonus Map “Terminal” and Zombies in Spaceland!

There were 3 bundle of the game:
1) Standard Edition – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Game Disc)
2) Legacy Edition – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Game Disc) + Modern Warfare Remastered (Digital Download)
3) Legacy Pro Edition – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Game Disc) + Modern Warfare Remastered (Digital Download) + Season Pass + Collectible Steelbook + Digital Game Soundtrack + Additional Digital Content 

 

BONUS TREAT
For those who attended there were 2 major bonus treats! First it was the PLAY & Redeem challenges. You needed to complete 4 simple tasks to get 4 stamps on your card in which you could later redeem a Playstation goodie bag 🙂 

The next treat was epic – all attendees would get the chance to play Galactic Laser … team group death-match for free!! All you had to do was to line up & wait your turn. Of course each game last 10 minutes so it was limited to how much time that was available for everyone to play. But all in all it had the right theme & the right GAMERS!

For the full album of photos go to our FB album: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Midnight Launch – Malaysia

*HINT*: A little blue bird told me that there will another Playstation 4 title launch event before the month is over!! So we gamers get 3x more in November! Reward for waiting so long? Maybe hohoho!

A BIG thanks to PLAY Interactive Asia & Playstation Asia  for organising this event. Will be looking forward to the next one!

 

#CallofDuty #ModernWarfare #InfiniteWarfare #PS4 #PS4Pro #PS3 #Playstation3 #PS2 #Playstation2 #Playstation #Playstation4 #PLAYInteractive #Malaysia #TheCaptain