Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 Collecticon

Collecticon is one of the most anticiated toy conventions in the country alongside Toycon and Tagcom. Now on its 7th year, the organizers transferred the venue from Robinsons Place Manila to SM Megamall. The 2-day event was jam packed with these activities:

- Top comic book artist sketches and commission
- Gundam Caravan
- Customizer's Clinic featuring top local customizers
- Guardians of the Galaxy Cosplayers
- Toy Display by different Toy Groups
- Toy Diorama by Toy Soldier 1:18
- Statue and Lifesize Display
- Toy Groups Trivia Contest & Discussions
- 1/6 Scale Customizing Contest
- Toy Photography Contest
- K-Zoned featuring KPop Group NOM/Dance

 I have been going to Collecticon since its debut 7 years ago and has been joining the photo contest for the past 6 years. I exhibited my He-Man collection as well 2 years ago and it is always a treat meeting fellow toy and comic book enthusiasts. I just want to share some photos that I took during the 2-day event held at the Megatrade Hall 3 on September 27-28, 2014.

From the entrance, the guests were greeted by the amazing toy displays from various local toy collectors:

Custom figure by Myke Dela Paz
Custom figure by Myke Dela Paz

Custom figure by Myke Dela Paz
Custom figure by Myke Dela Paz
PinoyLUG's first toy display. www.facebook.com/groups/PinoyLUG
PinoyLUG's toy display.
Star Wars Lego display by PinoyLUG.

Flash by Riverspoons Studios
Green Arrow by Riverspoons Studios

Funko display by Funko Funatics Phil.

Gundam Caravan

Gundam toy display

The entire half of the hall was dedicated to selling and some really cool finds! Was able to take home a few comic books, old and hard-to-find toys:XD


Cool toys were auctioned during the event. A lot went  home with empty pockets but, happy as a kid. Haha!

The crowd was also treated by the Guardians of the Galaxy cosplayers.

And my fave, toy photography contest. Got really lucky and won 1st place in the Edited Category. My 4th win and ticket to Collecticon's Hall of Fame. Ending my toy photo stint with a bang -- Guardians of the Galaxy way. Thank you, Collection! Until next year.

I missed a lot of events during the con like the Marvel trivia contest, Figure Custom Clinic and 1/6th Custom contest because I was busy roaming around with fellow toy geeks chatting and hunting for toys. Ha! Well, there will always be next year. :)

My winning entry. We Are The Guardians of the Galaxy.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Creating Planet Morag

Creating Planet Morag (Guardians Of The Galaxy)

I got into serious diorama making 2 years ago. Before it was just a make a shift set-up -- of placing the figure on a nice base then adding some props. Nowadays, I like to build my diorama from ground up. This is a very time consuming hobby but, once hooked, there's no stopping you from creating huge models.

The first thing you need to do is to plan your diorama. You have to take into consideration possible shots that you can make using the base. Consider the size and placement of your future shots. Don't just go gung-ho and encounter a problem later on that would render your base useless. Consider the place where you will take pictures, your diorama might be too big. Consider the toys, your diorama might be too small or worst,  not scale at all. 

What I will show you next are series of images with description on how I made Planet Morag (note: please don't mind the low resolution images -- I just used my mobile device):

Materials used:
1. Styrofoam (school supplies)
2. Wall Putty (hardware section)
3. Water-based acrylic Paint - white and black (school supplies)
4. Glue

Draw the pattern you want then just cut the styrofoam. I just pile up styrofoam then cut it like a madman.

 Once you are satisfied, you can now 
glue the parts.Or, you can coat it first before
 gluing it then coating the base
of the attached portion with wall putty.

This is probably my least favorite -- coating with wall putty. Why coat? (1) I love the details once finished -- it will look like real rocks (2) It won't be hard for me
 to spray paint / dry brush afterwards.
I used to wrap tissue papers and painstakingly gluing it. This is more time efficient but, a bit costly. 

Tip: Coat first the hard-to-reach areas.

Wait for at least 45 minutes  to 1 hour before painting the base.

 My favorite part! Since the base will only be covered by gray, I mixed black and white. I like to make different shades -- strong, medium and soft. This will add a more realistic look. What I do is (for darker gray) add more black, for softer, add more white. Just experiment. :)


Then I joined the two by gluing it together then covering with wall putty then paint. 

There are other ways to do a base like this and I will show you next time few tricks and I would also love to hear other ways from you. Enjoy! :)


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

He-Man and the Masters Of The Universe "The Eternian War" II

The war rages on.

As the war rages on, He-Man continues to fend off the evil Skeletor alongside She-Ra, Man-At-Arms and the rest of the Masters of the Universe.

The combined forces of Skeletor, Hordak and King Hsss is posing a great threat to Grayskull and the whole of Eternia.

Teela, with the help of the Snake Men.

"You can stop right there, Hsss!"


Moss Man battles Beast Man as darkness consumes the battlefield.

As the day turns into night, the battle for power continues. And as the forces of evil grew stronger, downfall is imminent.

To be continued...

Up next: Individual shots of Masters fending off the evil warriors in their quest to conquer Castle Grayskull.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Well, Well.

Taking a break from taking pictures of action figures and borrowed my niece's doll. Maleficent is one of this year's blockbuster hits. I ordered this doll from the US because it was not released locally. Was hoping for a more articulated doll, but still worth my moolah. Aside from Maleficent, the line also released Aurora (picture coming soon). Another version was released including the winged Maleficent but, too pricey. This was made by Jakks Pacific toy company.

I asked a friend to customize the staff and the crow and it turned out pretty well. :)


A part? How lovely.
Well, well

I, too, shall bestow a gift on the child.

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