Having never set foot into a Toy convention before, I was pretty excited to check out what the 2010 Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention had to offer, especially due to my recent likings for Kidrobot and Tokidoki – both of whose stores I had visited in May, along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, USA.
I had read that Simone Legno of Tokidoki fame would be making an appearance and he definitely helped to draw in the crowd, evident from the long line that formed for his autograph signing! His booths were definitely popular, one of which functioned purely for retail and the other was a unique surprise – there was a Tokidoki X Singapore Post exclusive stamp collection collaboration! Props to Singapore Post for going out in search of fun, artistic collabs such as this. You can read more about the Tokidoki X Singapore Post exclusive collaboration on Simone Legno’s tokidoki blog or the Singpost link above.
Next up were framed exhibits of local, regional and overseas talents – from Gail Simone of Wonder Women and Birds of Prey fame to Salvador Larroca of Fantastic Four, The Invincible Iron Man and X-Men to David Lloyd of V for Vendetta to our local boy Sonny Liew, an Eisner-nominated comic artist and amongst others – Tan Eng Huat who represents way cool artwork from his tenure at DC and Marvel Comics. To add, Eng Huat has had his own creative outfit Gilamon Studio since 2003 and it is based in Malaysia.
Seeing the exhibits just goes to show how much time and effort it is to complete an ENTIRE comic strip!
Works by Gail Simone, Salvador Larroca, Esad Ribic, C.B Cebulski
Works by David Lloyd, Phil Yeh, Leinil Francis Yu, Harvey Tolibao
Works by Ivan Brandon, Tan Eng Huat, Giuseppe Camuncoli
Not all the toys could come out and play and instead were encased in transparent acrylic showcases…
Encased (L -R): Tokidoki (a), DevilRobots, Tokidoki (b), Jason Siu, Capduck, Domo
2 of the bigger toy retail players in Singapore – Action City and Play Imaginative were out in full force, not pulling any stops. Besides having the largest booths, each took the opportunity to stake claim on their integral part in forming and contributing to the local toy scene.
Some exhibits by Play Imaginative
Sticky Monster Lab is a Korean Toy outfit which made little peanut-like characters, but bottom-heavy. Very cute!
Animax Asia had a fun and interesting booth concept whereby they invited exhibition-goers to step into the world of voice-overs, by allowing them to go on air and simulate the role of the character in the animation.
v.a.u.l.t LOVES Lego! Especially the combination of Star Wars + Lego.