Let’s celebrate ToyconPH’s 20 years of awesomeness!

Looking forward to celebrate Toycon PH’s 20 years of awesomeness this coming July 7-9 at the SMX convention center!

From its humble beginnings at the SM M

The Philippine TOYCON has grown from its modest beginnings to become the annual spectacle in the Philippine events calendar that everyone looks forward to. It is now regarded as the largest pop culture conference in the nation. One of the longest-running pop culture events in the Asian area, TOYCON PH is marking its 20th year as a destination event this year.

The Philippine TOYCON has grown and improved with each iteration, solidifying itself as a cultural titan and one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year as thousands of con-goers partake in a weekend of fun, memorabilia, and wonderful bargains!

With this year’s TOYCON happening from July 7-9 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, this year’s edition promises to raise the bar again for pop-culture events as it returns back to form as the collectors’ mecca and an ultimate destination for pop-culture fan engagement. TOYCON this year will feature almost a hundred toy exclusives from partner exhibitors, with top toy brands like  Funko, Lego, Bandai, Hot Toys, Pop Mart, JoyToy, and many others. We will be featuring the top toy designers in the country, from the region, and from the US. World-renowned toy designers  like Quiccs, Wetworks, Creon Chknhead, Arman Kendrick, and more, add to the hype with their  limited edition TOYCON releases 

TOYCON also partners with international brand and licensing giant, MINDstyle, to bring you the  FanXperience, where con-goers can sample the latest trends in upcoming art toys and purchase  Pop Asia exclusives. Fans also get to interact with top creators and designers like Punk Drunkers and Reen Barrera. You also get to check out the Secret Fresh merchandise and exhibits. And one of the most anticipated toys of the convention brought in by MINDstyle is the very first ever  Philippine Convention exclusive in the form of TOYCON’s brand mascot, TC-02, as an official Funko Pop collectible! 

Globe is this year’s event co-presenter and they are bringing in the Globe Playboxx Booth where one can unleash their inner child. They also bring the Globe Premium and VIP Passes loaded with awesome toy exclusives, merch, and vouchers. Avail of these VIP passes to be the first to own these much sought-after toy exclusives like Creon Chknheads CCW Buck Philippine  Colorway, and Punk Drunkers convention exclusive Pops.  

Still very much a highlight for the event is the ongoing live-action adaptation of the beloved Robot  Romance Trilogy anime known as Voltes V. This Philippine production, known as Voltes V:  Legacy with GMA TV, has received rave reviews for its cutting-edge special effects and attention to detail, clearly serving as a love letter from its makers to the source material. The cast of Voltes  V Legacy and its show-runner, Director Mark A. Reyes will have a fan interaction on the TOYCON  stage. GMA will also bring in other stars to grace the event. 

But that’s not all, because, from our homegrown talent taking on a much-beloved Japanese  franchise, we also get to welcome some special guests from the Japanese Tokusatsu (“live-action  special effects”) universe. First up, we have Tetsuo Kurata, aka Robert Akizuki, as he was locally known when he played Masked Rider Black and Black RX. With him of course is Ryosuke Kaizu, who played Red Mask in Hikari Sentai Maskman. All those who grew up with these 90’s heroes  will have a blast to see them up close and personal along with their props and vehicles in the  Toku Spirits booth.  

Cosplay also returns to TOYCON in a big way with arguably the most entertaining and most talked-about cosplay competition in the country. The Cosplay KO heightens the excitement for individual cosplayers on Saturday with a P20,000 cash prize for the best anime and the Anime S  Cosplay World Stars local qualifiers in the Duo Category and the Cosplay Pop Duo Contest liven up the TOYCON stage on Sunday. Celebrity Cosplay photographer, Jay Tablante, also conducts a Cosplay Photography workshop sponsored by Canon.  

Movie fans will celebrate in the immersive cinematic displays as Warner Brothers sets up for  Barbie the Movie and the highly anticipated DC superhero movie, Blue Beetle. Paramount  Pictures also joins the fray with a booth for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. 

TOYCON also brings to the fore the top local and international creators with not just one but three  Creative Zones: the Comics Zone powered by Komiket, with top comic book artists and  illustrators, and two Toy Designer Alleys with the best local and international toy designers including Hot Actor, Pucky, Chino Lam, Unbox Industries and more! Enjoy more than 80 toy exclusives to be released by more than 40 toy designers around the world!  

And of course, the heart of the event is the TOYCON Collectors Gallery where around 80 toy  collector groups will display their collections with exciting panel discussions and competitions for  Custom Toys, Toy Photography, Best Display and Awards for the Best Toy Collectors Group  sponsored by the Philippine Toy Groups Association. And definitely, the shopping and collectibles  hunting is unsurpassed in TOYCON with more toys, comics, collectibles to be found in more than  250 vendor booths!, And even bigger fan experiences than you could possibly imagine await you  over this epic weekend! 

An absolute epic experience awaits all fans this July 7-9 at the SMX Convention Center as we  celebrate 20 years of TOYCON with the TOYCON MINDstyle FanXperince. The only question is:  will you be celebrating with us, or will you be missing out on one of the hottest events of 2023?  The choice couldn’t be clearer – see you there! 

The 20th TOYCON Philippines and MINDstyle FanXperience is presented by Globe, in partnership  with Great Toys Online, Filbars, Hobbiestock, CalicoToys, Gaming Library, Funtastik, Talent High,  Solid Toys, Collectors Base, Stormy Vault, Devil Toys, the College of St. Benilde, Bostik,  Cybercraft PH, Grimalkin, JoyToy, Gnarly, and supported by Canon, GMA Store, Quiccs, Toku  Spirits, Funko Funatic Philippines, Big Boys Toy Store, Image World, Yori, Warner Brothers  Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Del Monte Potato Crisp, with hotel partners, Citadines and Heritage Hotel. Also powered by Exlink Events, Anime Alliance, Ambox Events, Komiket, IPMS, the Philippine Toy Group  Association and Creon Chknhead.

Tickets are available at SMTickets.com or onsite during the event dates at the SMX Convention  Center. The Globe Premium Passes and Globe MINDstyle VIP Passes are available on  Tickelo.com 

Cristal is a freelance web developer and content creator. She currently enjoys her freedom while learning new things outside the comforts of the office confines. She enjoys writing her geek exploits, tech innovations and many more. Reach out to her via email at sailorstarcatcher@gmail.com for events and many more!

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