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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).
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  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.

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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.


UnBoxing – The Kamen Rider Wizard DX

Hey everybody, I was grateful to be given the opportunity to unbox the official Kamen Rider Wizard’s DX Wizard Driver and the DX Sword Gun.

Just some quick info, this is the 23 rendition of Kamen Rider, I think. Wizard comes in after Fourze ends. As the name suggests, Kamen Rider Wizard uses magic to summon his powers. It may look like the Dr. Strange movie took a page out of this series but fact is that the magical world of Dr. Strange started way back in 1963 and was presented to us as such through the creative vision of Mr. Steve Ditko and Mr. Stan Lee.

Returning to the topic, Kamen Rider Wizard uses special power rings to engage the element form he wants – Flame (red), Water (blue), Land (yellow), Hurricane (green). These same rings also engage the munitions of choice for his Sword Gun. The next set of rings are those of which he will use for a special move to go along with that element.

For example: if he has chosen to be the Hurricane (green) element form, then chooses to use the Kick Strike ring move – he will then perform a Hurricane Kick Strike = which looks like a down striking kick but he also spins like a drill while descending! What’s Kamen Rider without a power flying kick move! Haha

For the full photo album of the DX Wizard Driver set & the DX Wizard Sword Gun, click here.

Here are the video of the unboxing. Hope you like them.

The Kamen Rider Wizard Driver aka. DX Wizard Driver set retails for RM499.90

Comes with 3 rings – Flame (red), Water (blue) and Kick Strike!

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The Kamen Rider Wizard Sword Gun aka. DX Wizard SwordGun set retails for RM299.90

Comes with 2 rings – Land (yellow), Hurricane (green).

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Do let us know what you think of it. And what you all would want to see more off. Thanks for reading.

#KamenRider #KamenRiderWizard #Bandai #LittTakSdnBhd #LittTak #DXWizardDriver #DXWizardSwordGun #PopCultureFunMY #TheCaptain #CosplayFUNMY #Unboxing #DrStrange #StanLee #SteveDitko


STGCC 2017 – Preview

By The Captain for Pop Culture Fun – Malaysia 2017!
Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention RETURNS this weekend at the world famous Marina Bay Sands. This years event is an extremely special one as it marks the 10th Anniversary of the brand. Times really flies and this event has really morphed & transformed in these past 10 years.

I can remember so clearly as I made plans with Outpost Productions Commander, Richard Chua, to travel to Singapore to check out this debut event back in 2008! Half way planning then all plans are messed up because guess what else is debuting in Singapore…. the first ever F1 Singapore Grand Prix!! And it’s a night race too!! Roads were blocked, bus routes were changed, accommodation was in shock… our trip nearly didn’t take place haha. 

Anyways, STGCC has come a long way since then. But the biggest change… or the morphing + transforming part came when Reed Exhibitions bought over the brand. Now things really got interesting as the worldwide network of Reeds strong arm is now available to what was already known to be the regional hub of South East Asia.

I only made my first (Reed Pop Era) STGCC visit in 2014 and it was great!! But seriously… I really wanted to make for STGCC 2013 because of all the MARVELous stuff brought by Hot Toys!! THAT 1:1 display IRON MAN HALL OF ARMOUR!! Oh man… the photos look mesmerizing. Well, better 2014 than never!! 2014 was Hot Toys year to debut their brand new Star Wars stuff, so my theme expectation had to change! Then I came back the following year in 2015 and had another great encounter with Western Pop Culture!! I couldn’t make it in 2016 so I am definitely doing my best to head over this year for the it’s 10th outing!! And heading to STGCC 2017 with the Outpost Productions Commander – R.Chua is the perfect way to celebrate this trip!!

My TOP 5 Reason To Go STGCC in Reed Pop Era:
1) Meeting Marvel & DC artists: Oliver Coipel, David Mack, Cameron Steward, Adi Granov, Humberto Ramos, Harvey Talibao, Jim Cheung, Adam Hughes, C.B. Cebulski, Philip Tan etc.
2) Group Panel talks with the guests
3) Browsing Western Comics, memorabilia and collectibles.
4) Catching up with Singapore friends & Malaysian friends in Singapore
5) Online Media folks are treated so well in contrast to events in Malaysia.

 

My TOP 5 Reasons to go STGCC 2017
1) It’s the 10th Anniversary man!! It’s a big deal for any event!!
2) Western Comic Guests: Legendary Level Artist Mr. Art Adams, Frank Cho, David Mack, Adi Granov, James C. Mulligan… etc
3) Star Wars: Experience the Force Singapore – a whole buzz of activities & events on Orchard Road.
4) Life size THIS –

5) And Life Size THIS –

And the mysterious Kylo Ren – TIE Silencer, yet to be unveiled!! Something tells me it’s gonna me life size too! 1:1 scale!!

The Silencer CR: Lucasfilm

Along with a whole lot of other unseen merchandise & collectibles that have the power to suck your money away!! Haha

Here’s the official release & preview info!

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Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) returns to Marina Bay Sands this September with its biggest party yet, in celebration of its 10th birthday.

Happening between 9 and 10 September, STGCC promises an entertaining weekend of pop culture and comic wonderland for both fun-loving families and passionate gamers, featuring the best of local and international toys, games, comics, anime and collectibles, topped with an exciting line-up of guests and personalities.

On top of the usual line-up of activities, STGCC will also be introducing a host of new zones specially catered to the ever-growing community of pop culture lovers.

For the first time ever, STGCC is hosting the Good Game Experience (GGXP)​, offering gaming fans an exhilarating programme of entertainment and tournaments. Taking up an entire exhibition hall, GGXP features a host of local and regional game publishers – supporting and celebrating their love for games, and honouring outstanding Indie Game Developers through the Good Game Awards (GGA) 2017​.

Attendees can get to try their hands on new and unreleased games on-site, from card games such as Pokémon Trading Card Game, Final Fantasy Trading Card Game & Yu-Gi-Oh!, to immersive VR games, and take part in casual competitions happening through the day.

Not to be missed is the Akiba Zone​, a zone inspired by Tokyo’s famous Electric Town, giving Japanese subculture and cosplay fans the chance to indulge in their hobby, get up close with their favourite idols and cosplay guests, catch exciting stage performances and win attractive prizes. Experiencing a cosplay wardrobe malfunction? Costume repair service is also available in this zone.

The convention will be headlined by renowned illustrator and animator Hiro Kanzaki​ (JP)​, making STGCC his first ever convention outside Japan.

Other international star attendees include beloved cosplay stars Iori Moe​ (JP)​ and Siu Tao (HK), ​returning fan favourites such as Marvel comic book artist, Adi Granov​ (US),​ rising star and DC Comics artist, Mirka Andolfo​ (IT)​, and American comic book writer and artist David Mack​ (US).

Hailing from our home ground, 6 Eisner Award Nominee Sonny Liew​ (SG)​ will also be making an appearance at STGCC. ​Playing the soundtrack of ​Akihabara’s subculture, music fans can look forward to acclaimed composers and DJs, such as ARM​/​IOSYS​ (JP)​ and Taku Inoue​ (JP)​.

Comic fans will also get to meet and view the creations of American comic cover artist and writer Arthur Adams​ (US)​, comic book writer and illustrator Frank Cho​ (US)​, comic book illustrator Joyce Chin​ (US), ​professional cosplayer, stuntman and model Leon Chiro​ (IT)​, Taiwanese cosplayer, Shimo​ (TW), ​and co-founder of Japanese-inspired lifestyle brand, tokidoki, Simone Legno​ (IT).

James C. Mulligan (US), one of Disney’s top selling artists, and Marvel Comics editor and talent scout, C.B. Cebulski (US). Budding artists hoping to join the ranks of Marvel’s esteemed artists will get the chance to have their portfolios reviewed by Cebulski himself. Shortlisted candidates will get to meet Cebulski for a one-on-one review.

Japanese pop music fans can look forward to beloved Japanese dance vocal groups Color Pointe (JP) and Tokyo CLEAR’S (JP) making an appearance at STGCC, along with composer Yunomi feat. nicamoq (JP), producer group REDSHiFT (ID), and DJ MarGenal (JP). Also present at the convention is prominent toy designer brand The Beast Brothers (MX), Sorbet Jungle’s founder DeAnne George (US), and Japanese toy designers Hinatique (JP) and Yasu (JP) both making their first appearance in Singapore.

For the complete line-up of guests for STGCC 2017, please click this link here

 

Get your game on at STGCC
For the first time ever this year, STGCC is dedicating an entire hall for the ultimate GGXP gaming zone, featuring nail-biting eSports tournaments and the latest gaming and product showcases for visitors to play with.

In partnership with Gam3.Asia and Asus, three live gaming tournaments – ROG Masters 2017 – DOTA 2 – Singapore Qualifier and ROG Masters 2017 – CS:GO – Singapore Qualifier finals, and semi-final to finals Vainglory Championship 2017 – Southeast Asia – will take centre stage at the GGXP.

In the ROG Masters 2017 – DOTA 2 – Singapore Qualifier and ROG Masters 2017 – CS:GO – Singapore Qualifier, the top two playing teams will be facing off against each other in a best-of-three playoff for a chunk of the SGD$20,000 total prize pool (SGD$5,000 for 1st place, SGD$3,000 for 2nd place and SGD$2,000 for 3rd place in both qualifiers). The champions of the two qualifiers will also receive a sponsored trip to represent Singapore in the APAC Regional Qualifiers in Philippines from 26-29 October 2017. One of the most prestigious eSports tournaments in the world, the ROG Masters will feature a staggering total prize pool of USD$500,000 between the two games at the main event. There will also be a livestream of the Singapore qualifiers on the ROG Masters website.

On 10 September, mobile gaming fans can look forward to the Vainglory Championship 2017 – Southeast Asia where the top four teams in the semi-finals will battle towards the grand finals for their portion of the USD$5,000 prize pool. Please click here to register for Vainglory Championship 2017 – Southeast Asia.

 

Exclusive merchandise up for grabs at STGCC
Catering to fervent fans of Star Wars and comic and toy enthusiasts alike, leading developer of licensed merchandise, Beast Kingdom, will unveil an exclusive Egg Attack Action EAA-055 Darth Vader Hologram Version action figure from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. For Marvel fans, Beast Kingdom will unveil an exclusive Egg Attack Action EAA-021SG Avengers: Age of Ultron – Iron Man Mark 45 Special Edition. Beast Kingdom will also delight DC comics’ enthusiasts with the brand-new 1/9th scale film accurate collectible figures from the DC Universe.

Singapore-based collectibles retailer ActionCity will also release limited edition collectibles exclusively for the STGCC’s 10th birthday, such as Mr. Kiasu Stylised Art Toy, tokidoki Unicorno Porcelain Art, and a 1.2m tall Daruma featuring a uniquely Singaporean design.

 

Experience the Force at STGCC
For fans who just can’t get enough of the Star Wars: Experience the Force Singapore festival at Orchard Road, there will be an entire experiential zone at STGCC this year specially dedicated to Star Wars! Fans will be offered an immersive experience of getting up close and personal with fan-built vehicle replicas, games, and collectibles.

Be transported to a galaxy far, far away by a replica of Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer from the upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.

In addition, larger-than-life fan made props have been flown in specially for this exhibition, including Rey’s Speeder, signed by film director J.J. Abrams, and a film replica of the interior of the Millennium Falcon.

Fans can also get to meet and interact with the most adorable droid in the galaxy, BB-8, through a virtual reality experience at STGCC. The latest addition to Star Wars’ ever-expanding mobile gaming family will also be featured at STGCC. Fans are welcome to take aim and compete with one another in real-time demos.

Tickets to STGCC will also be available for purchase at the Star Wars: Experience the Force Singapore event at Orchard Road, as well as on STGCC’s website.

Star Wars: Experience the Force Singapore festival is one of the initiatives supported under the three-year collaboration between Singapore Tourism Board and The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia. Beyond the Star Wars events this year, Disney fans can also look forward to more unique Marvel and Disney Animation/Disney Pixar activities that will be taking the spotlight in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

For more information about Star Wars: Experience the Force Singapore, please visit http://www.experiencetheforce.sg/.

 

STGCC Official After Party
The fun doesn’t end at Marina Bay Sands Expo! STGCC goes full force with their Official After Party set to take place at VLV Singapore. On 10 September from 9pm onwards, the post-STGCC celebrations will feature four popular Japanese guest DJs – Camellia, kors k, kradness, and Ryu☆ – to end the convention’s 10th birthday on a high note.

Entry tickets sold at VLV. Cover charge is priced at $35, show up at the after party with STGCC’s wristband to enjoy $10 off and enter at $25!

 

Online Tickets Prices:
VIP TICKETS = S$85  STGCC ALL ACCESS PASS
1-Day Pass = S$19 [STGCC ALL ACCESS PASS ] / S$7 [GGXP + AKIBA ZONE PASS]
2-Day Pass S$28 [STGCC ALL ACCESS PASS ] / S$13 [GGXP + AKIBA ZONE PASS]

Ticket Prices at Door:
VIP TICKETS = S$85  STGCC ALL ACCESS PASS
1-Day Pass = S$21 [STGCC ALL ACCESS PASS ] / S$9 [GGXP + AKIBA ZONE PASS]
2-Day Pass S$30 [STGCC ALL ACCESS PASS ] / S$15 [GGXP + AKIBA ZONE PASS]

#STGCC #STGCC2017 #StarWars #ExperienceTheForceSG
#PopCultureFunMY #CosplayFunMY #TheCaptain #PopCultureFunMalaysia #CosplayFunMalaysia #OutpostProductions

Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention 2017
Date: 9 & 10 September
Time: 10am – 8pm daily
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo (Halls D, E, F)


HISTORY Con Malaysia 2017 – Launch & Visit

It was really convenient to follow the news of this event as my wife and I often tune in to HISTORY (Channel) & Lifetime. If we’re not watching Pickers, Storage Wars, Counting Cars… it would be Master Chef Australia. Apart from that HISTORY has got documentaries or miniseries that would catch my fancy: SIX, The War Fighters, Superheroes Decoded just to name a few.

So last year we caught the teaser… HISTORY Con… coming to you! And my wife and I were excited till later they announced it was Manila! Ok, excitement neutralized. Of course, it was nice to see highlights… then again it is nice to see San Diego Comic-Con Hall H highlights too minus the real presence haha. Anyhow, a year later… oh the trailer is back… showing all the Manila highlights… how nice to see it again! And then the it was announced… coming to you MALAYSIA!! Wow, now that had an impact for sure!! With imaginations running wild, the sudden urge to drop everything and get online to find leads on where, when, who will be coming. HISTORY Con just became legit for Malaysia fans!

As time went on, the more official information was released but the event actual was still hard to imagine as the event trailers kept showing footage from HISTORY Con Philippines 2016. With this I was determined to go early on event day Friday so that the costuming folks would have a better idea on what to expect. A big thank you to A+E Networks for granting us access for the opening ceremony.

If you were thinking, what does cosplay have to do with history or HISTORY Channel? I would answer… are you kidding me? Why not? haha What directly came to mind when I saw the event announcement was our local community folks – W.A.R. which stands for We Are Reenactors a subdivision of Malaysia Renactors. These guys whom I’ve known for a decade now… are real enthusiast on World War 1 / World War 2 military uniforms and collectors of authentic gear from that era.  It’s the perfect pairing! 

The other group I couldn’t get out my head was the Assassin’s Creed (video game) costuming fans. What a great way to get ‘INTO’ history then to play any chapter of this ground-breaking video game series. It was surreal for me, roaming the streets of Jerusalem, Damascus and Acre… in all its historical authenticity. The game sequels then continue to map pivotal moments in world history (Renaissance, Colonial Era, French Revolution, Imperial China, Victorian era, Sikh Empire, October Revolution, Ptolemaic Egypt) and lets us get an immersive experience of each era with accurate visual depiction, proportionate scaling and great voice acting through! With the release of the live action movie last year, costuming fans came out with full force with the fandom reaching its most celebrated moment!

So, this was just 2 of the groups that quickly came to mind. What else is out there? Samurai era, Ninja’s, a 17th Century Pirates vs East India Trading Company? Roman Gladiator? The 300 Spartans anyone?? All this historical excitement is unlocked with this event genre!! huhu Don’t even get me started with movie specific titles… or super heroes or anime or comics or games!! Gotham by Gaslight, Captain America: The First Avenger, Kuroshitsuji, Hakuoki, Dynasty Warriors… ahem! So exciting!

FULL Photo Album here on Facebook: HISTORY Con Malaysia 2017

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Friday, 4 August 2017: It was certainly a grand affair for a first-time event. MAEPS is very known for being one of the large (if not largest) pillar-less convention halls in the Klang Valley. My imagination was wild at what they could possibly fill the hall with. With both indoor & outdoor content…. And not to forget sporting too… it was going to be massive.

So Friday was the day of the launch & opening of this event. Even before all the guest arrived… there were bus loads of students lining up & marching in. I could feel that this ‘rombongan’ was going to be a real treat for them. Primary & Secondary… boys & girls were carefully arranged to get full view of the stage… and of course after the launch… FIRST full access to the event huhu… so much to see, play and most of all… so much to learn!! I just thought that this was a great idea to include the kids!! Well done organisers!! 

The vintage cars display, greeted everyone as we entered and the main stage area was directly in the middle of the hall. We had a lot of our local historical organisations involved so it was very educational for both locals & foreigners. This area was called the ‘Heritage’ area. One of four area in this big hall. The others were ‘Motoring’, ‘Lifetime’ and ‘His Cave’ haha Geeks and pop culture fans will know what the phrase “MAN CAVE” means haha. 

In this ‘Heritage’ area we had The Historical Society OF Kuala Lumpur, Jabatan Muzium Negara, Muzium Tentera Darat, Jabatan Bomba Malaysia, Forged in Fire booth Purba displaying antique Keris from different eras etc.  My favourite was the Muzium Negara mini palaeontology area for kids… and adults. It was a chance at kids… and adults to try how it feels like to be a dinosaur (bone) hunter hehe  Dr. Ross Geller (Friends)!

My favourite at the ‘His Cave’ area was the Vikings area. They had some fan made Lego Viking ships, a giant cut away board to take pics with. The jewel of the displays were the actual costumes worn by Ragnar Lothbrok and Lagertha in the HISTORY series Vikings. 

The Photo-faceoff show was such an interesting idea in concept… but how to run it, now that would have been a challenge. So out of much curiosity & had to watch it to find out how it would be done. After binge watching here & there I convinced that the highlight of the show is actually Mr. Justin Mott!! Haha As a fellow coach & teacher, I think you make a great teacher… mentor Mr. Justin! His endless enthusiasm, antics & energy is contagious if you buy into what he is trying to say. It was fun to see him live in person… and it’s true! He is so animated that I think he is fun subject to shoot! Fortunate for those of you who managed to get into his photography work shop!! 20728824_10155745608948754_8119031795555249723_o

The ‘Motoring’ area had a lot of… you guessed it – motor cars & motor bikes haha! The charm however was of the vintage, rare, restored and specially customized. This is where you would find ‘Horny’ Mike Henry from Counting Cars and Jaime Dempsey from Ride N Seek. 

What would the final ‘Lifetime’ area have to top all of this off? Well they had this!!! The set likeness is uncanny. And this was recently built might you! I think the contractors did a great job. Now the only part I missed was to actually be present here & have Matt Preston give a live cooking demo together with my wife! It would have been the equivalent of the both of us getting off the couch & jumping right into the TV screen on a weekday night! That would really make our day!! 

These were the four main areas in the hall but there were still more to experience. There was an actual badminton court set up where we could play against the former Malaysia greats like Cheah Soon Kit. This was the Ministry of Youth & Sports zone.

Outside we had the opportunity to not only watch our Malaysian rally car legend in action but we could get into his 2006 Subaru WRX Impreza! This is Mr. Karamjit Singh! His car & his skills are LEGIT!

Also, outside was the chance to catch Ms. Jaime Dempsey in her element… on a bike… with a helmet on… cruising! 

All in, I think it was a great event… and even more impressive as it was a debut event. I may be biased because my wife & I really enjoy watching HISTORY and Lifetime but from my experience in the local entertainment industry and with pop culture conventions, I still think it was a very good event. There was something for everyone and for every age. Parents could bring their kids and everyone would have enjoyed at least something at HISTORY Con. And most of all, everyone would have learnt something new.

Just 3 weeks back, we had three Hollywood stars grace our nation for a red-carpet Hollywood movie premiere. For as long I can remember, nothing like this has happened before for our country. Now HISTORY Con brings all these TV stars to Malaysia. Wow! So right now there is nothing but awe and gratitude… with a pitch of hopeful-excitement looking to next year. 

A big thank you to A+E Networks Asia for having this in Malaysia. And to sponsors, production crew, coordinators and the 21,000 visitors who came to support this event. Looking forward to HISTORY Con 2018! 

 

#HISTORYConMY #HISTORYCon #AENetworks #JaimeDempsey #HornyMike #HornyMikeHenry #MattPreston #JasbirKaur #KaramjitSingh #WeAreReenactors #AssassinsCreed #PopCultureFunMY #CosplayFunMY #TheCaptain

========================The Official Press Release========================

MALAYSIA MAKES HISTORY!

OVER 21,000 PEOPLE JOINED INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITIES AND MALAYSIAN LUMINARIES AT HISTORY CON® 2017, THE BIGGEST ENTERTAINMENT CONVENTION OF THE YEAR.

 HISTORY® also honours 10 Malaysians for their significant contribution to the nation’s life and culture at the inaugural HISTORY Maker Awards 2017.

 KUALA LUMPUR, 6th August 2017: HISTORY Con 2017, the first-ever mega entertainment convention in Malaysia saw popular HISTORY® and LIFETIME® celebrities such as “Horny” Mike Henry (Counting Cars), Jaime Dempsey (Ride N’ Seek), Justin Mott (Photo Face-off), iconic comedian Harith Iskander (Celebrity Car Wars), Matt Preston (MasterChef Australia judge), and Malaysia’s favourite chef, Jasbir Kaur (MasterChef Asia finalist) gather once more at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) for the official closing ceremony on 6th August. The stunning mega finale showcase was closed by Deputy Managing Director of A+E Networks Asia Pacific, Prem Kamath.

Precluding the official closing ceremony, as part of HISTORY’s 10th anniversary celebration in Asia, 10 Malaysian luminaries were honoured for their significant contributions to the nation’s life and culture with the inaugural HISTORY Maker Awards. Guest-of-honour and Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Y.B. Dato’ Nogeh Gumbek officiated the award ceremony with the stellar attendance of the awardees, namely Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid (better known as Lat), Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Khoo Kay Kim, Cheah Soon Kit, Karamjit Singh, and more.

“HISTORY Con 2017 received overwhelming response from visitors of all ages,” said Prem Kamath, Deputy Managing Director of A+E Networks Asia Pacific. “It has been a great success in bringing Malaysians together for an enriching experience that celebrates the past, present and future.”

Malaysia’s first-ever HISTORY Con, which housed a host of exhibitions and activities for all ages and interests, from automotive fans and aspiring chefs to history buffs and sports enthusiasts, saw thousands thronging to see their favourite HISTORY® and LIFETIME® celebrities, or event try their skill against Malaysian badminton legends Hafiz Hashim and Cheah Soon Kit, including riding as passengers of accomplished rally driver Karamjit Singh.

Over the course of three days, visitors availed themselves of five unique zones including a range of outdoor activities. The Motoring Zone encompassed both classic cars and motorbikes, including “live” airbrushing demos, while the Games Zone attracted scores of football fans with its FIFA 2017 Borneo E-Arena Qualifier 2 and Mini Escape Room.

The Malaysian History Zone with its interactive exhibition from the National Museum and nostalgic display from POS Malaysia was further livened up with a blast from the far past in the form of life-sized dinosaurs, and national pride ran high in the Sports Zone with badminton tournaments and a special exhibition from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Last but least, the exclusive LIFETIME® Experience Zone captivated visitors with cooking demonstrations, free screenings of LIFETIME® Original Movies, and free photography at the unique light graffiti photo booth.

HISTORY® is available on ASTRO 555 and 575 in HD; for more information about HISTORY®, visit www.historyasia.com.

========================The Official Press Release END ========================


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