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 –
And the mysterious Kylo Ren – TIE Silencer, yet to be unveiled!! Something tells me it’s gonna me life size too! 1:1 scale!!
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!
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]
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Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention 2017
Date: 9 & 10 September
Time: 10am – 8pm daily
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Expo (Halls D, E, F)
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 😀
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
It was 2 weeks till the opening of X-Men Apocalypse and I got a message from Outpost Productions main man that there will be an advance screening of the movie. Would I like to go? You’re darn right I would… and would like the chance to bring my missus too!
This marks the 3 part of the comic to movie ‘VERSUS’ series for 2016. What’s this rambling? I’m talking about the ‘big battle’ movies… the comic book heroes face off on the big screen! It started in March with Batman V Superman! Then April it was Captain America: Civil War time! And May is the ‘Mutant WAR’: X-Men vs Apocalypse and the 4 horse-men.
THE STORY SO FAR – Since the First Class (some what reboot) it’s been a much better X-men ride! Infusing the mutant story in to natural history has always been a big hit… just think of Forrest Gump! (he does fit many ‘superhero’ criteria) hehe
Then there was the bomb that Fox gave us at the end of Wolverine 2… I kinda felt that Fox was finally getting a hang of their mutant franchise. I mean X-Men can be a whole comic universe by itself! The title is still the top 4 selling comic titles in America.
So with this I would like to repeat the distinction between the beloved mutant saga X-MEN and the Fox movies by Bryan-Singer-Xmen aka S-men. Byran Singer was the reluctant director chosen for the year 2000 debut. Then he dropped directing the finale X-Men: The Last Stand to direct Superman Returns (bombed), then return to producing X-Men. He himself is a pretty good director & a pretty good superhero director. X-Men might not be his best movies but my case in point is that he does well with the titles in which he believes in – case & point Superman Returns (2006). I have watched Superman Returns & I thought it was good. Later hunted down the blu-ray and watched all the behind the scenes segments & saw how involved Bryan Singer can get, which is good. Then I watched Man of Steel… and when looking back, this movie made Superman Returns becomes an even better movie. Critics all over world slammed both… but I’d rather listen to passionate + COMpassionate fans. On the down side Bryan Singer is very poor in consistency in the timeline continuum. S-men fans who stayed fans I think have come to terms to with all the unexplained stuff & actor changes for the same character. On the other side of the coin the S-men franchise is one of the earliest Marvel movie successes not to mention first Marvel movie trilogy!
As a casual X-Men fan, I know only a fair amount on the X-Men. Of course it doesn’t help the franchise that the folks making the movies stray away from the comic source. No one is perfect but some how the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is doing a good job & the young uprising DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is doing fair. Most critics will say that the X-Factor (pun intended) for comic book movies is always respect-the-source-material!
After catching the 3 trailers… i felt that the make or break X-Factor (pun still intended) for this movie would be… how they defeat Apocalypse (& his 4 horsemen). This would be the deciding factor if the movie was good or not. Next, it would just be a matter of HOW good it is – decent / good / great / amazing / unbelievable.
First of all I would like to thank Outpost Productions for the invite. I actually owe it to FOX (20th Century Fox) but then again with the countless staff changes & the insignificants of my existence through the past 10 years… I think it doesn’t matter right? Haha OK, so let’s cut to the review.
CAST – First Class was a great story & become great avenue for the producers to amend the mistakes of the past. The franchise got an update (younger) & upgrade (budding talent) in its cast… & with youth, there is more ground to grow or extend the universe beyong 3-and-done format. To quote the man of the year (mutant), Deadpool… “Steward or McAvoy?”. Haha to add a Marvel flavour of the year to this, I’d phrase it as Team Steward or Team McAvoy haha
James McAvoy was already established in 2011 but from then till now just take a look at the carriers of Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence & Nicholas Hoult! Michael Fassbender proved from the start that he is an equal foe & force to James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier as both rivals and best friends. To date, Jennifer Lawrence has 1 Oscar & 3 Golden Globes to her name, nuff said. My close buddy said he felt that Nicholas Hoult stole the show with his role in Mad Max: Fury Road! I quite agreed with him!
As you all may know this movie reintroduces Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey, Night Crawler, Jubilee, Angel and debuts Psylocke, Caliban, and Apocalypse. The ‘new mutants’ (pun intended) look great in the sense of their overall youthfulness. This movie has a “how they first met” kind of story arc, something even that iconic series like Star Trek (TOS the original series) never even touched till the series got a movie reboot in 2009, 43 years later! So I think this “how they first met” arc is always a fun & popular aspect to work on.
On the down side I still don’t like how Apocalypse looks like… or should I say FOX-pocalyspe. Fox has a way of making the favourite Marvel villains look weird. Remember the recent Doctor Doom? Or should I say FOXtor Doom? ‘Eeeyeeerr’ is the appropriate Malaysian expression for this. A pop culture organiser event told me, it’s hard to excite fans with character appearance because the movie doesn’t have iconic uniforms that when u see it, you know it’s this character.” Compared to the MCU, u see a guy in blue + red costume & a white star… you’re already saying Captain America. All they have are these black suits haha Point taken!
I did feel also that in the cast of characers, Olivia Mun may have looked the eldest among the youthful cast. I’m not sure what they want to do with her character Psylocke but I hope to see her again because Psylocke is a fan favourite charcter! The lesson learnt from the S-men franchise – “cast younger actors for better continuity”. Look at the MCU choice of Tom Holland as Spidey! I’m hoping its not another Famke Jansson – Jean Grey mistake.
All in all this cast looks good to continue to take the franchise into the ‘NEW’ future installations of the mutant saga!
STORY – The movie picks up right from X-Men: Days of Future Past which means its set in the 80s! There’s a lot of effort making it look right & as child of the 80s too, I really enjoyed all the pop-culture branding of the era! Now the first fact I noticed was Batman V Superman (BvS) ran 2 hours 33 minutes, Captain America ran 2 hours 26 minutes and now X-men: Apocalypse runs 1 hour 57 minutes. As I mentioned earlier my personal X-Factor for this movie is how they are going to defeat not only Apocalypse but also his four horsemen. Now looking at the running time, gosh! How are they going to do all this + reintroduce Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey, Night Crawler, Jubilee, Angel and introduce Psylocke, Caliban, and En Sabah Nur. It seems that FOX really wants to push the envelope & put it to the test. In the end, I felt that they did well in balancing it all out. There’s a bit of show, a bit of tell, a bit of ‘fans should know from watching the S-men’ and bit of ‘fans should know from the comics’. The actors needed to go a great job to sell the parts because screen time is very limited. On this first watch of the movie, all the acting was decent & it managed to rally the audience till the final battle.
There is so much CG in this movie that I as time passed I wish they would use some on Poe Dameron… oh I mean En Sabah Nur to make him look more menacing.
OMG LOVE THE CAMEOS & EASTER EGGS! Look out for locations, listen out for names, look out for comic references and the BEST cameo will be one you CANNOT miss… and everyone will enjoy!
SOUNDTRACK – in my Days of Future Past review I said that John Ottman MAKES the X-Men complete with his sound track. John Ottman’s score is the X-Men sound track. It has become a staple & being consisted that the music tone, mood & feel keeps it right. This is one of my top comments against the Iron Man 1 – 3. Each had a different composer. The first movie is so memorable because of all the right music, tone & feels… (*salute Mr. Ramin Djawadi) which I think the 2nd lacked. The 3rd had to revert back to the first… a sort of sign they learnt from the mistake perhaps?
CONCLUSION – Some of my favourite moments was that they had Storm in a Mohawk. She looked bad a$$ back then in the comics at that year & date and she still looking intrend with that do!! I also like seeing Angel as Archangel! Angel’s transformation to Archangel was what first drew me to read some of the En Sabah Nur stories in the comics. I also felt Tye Sheridan (nor James Marsden) still didn’t have the long face & flat jaw iconic to pull off Cyclops but that’s just me nit picking haha. Quicksilver is quicksilver! huhu
In my opinion, this is a movie accessible to anyone who has been following the First Class & Future Past. I think if the hardcore fans would over look the canon stuff & continue to forgive Bryan Singer (& his S-Men)… they would really enjoy this movie of GODLY proportions . I am thankful & happy that there is a new X-Men movie out… it’s doing well and the fans, cosplayers, cinema owners, movie producers, comic writers etc all have something to be excited about. The overall youth in the cast will suggest there’s more to come in the mutant saga. Don’t forget that Marvel studios recently successfully negotiated for Spider-man (from Sony Pictures) to join in the MCU… then Marvel is teaming up with FOX to produce two mutant TV series, Hellfire and Legion. So who knows what ‘NEW’ turn of events will surround the mutant saga in the coming years!
So friends & fans be optimistic, be thankful and by all means be filled with excitement as X-Men: Apocalypse opens in Malaysia in a matter of days! Some critics are already calling this movie the best comic book movie of 2016… personally I would go that far hehehe (Captain America: Civil War still tops my list, followed by X-Men: En Sabah Nur and then BvS in which their universe is only 2 movies old… still young). Pop-culture & comic fans still have plenty to be excited about!
IT’S NOT OVER TILL IT’S OVER! That last 2 minutes of the movie – BOO YEAH!!
POST-CREDITS SCENE – Only one extra scene in the end but it’s a MAJOR one! You all have to stay back thru all the credits in order to get to it. If u weren’t already blown away by the cameos, then this will be the cherry on the sundae! Hope you enjoy is MUTANT chapter! I heard they already announced the next movie! #NEWmutants #XMenNewMutants
THE VERDICT: a solid 9.0 /10
X-Men: Apocalypse opens in Malaysian cinemas nationwide 19 May 2016.
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#Marvel #MarvelComics #Mutants #MutantSaga