It is less than a month away to the coolest “East meets West” popular culture event of the year, the Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) 2013 and the good people behind this year’s STGCC have been very hard at work as they continue to add big names to their impressive line up.
The Toy Story
Having seen much from his travels and even endured a near-death experience, Angry Woebots uses toys (often pandas) to express a wide emotional spectrum with which he seeks to chronicle the story of the struggles of life. Most renowned for the perpetually angry demeanours, Angry Woebots’ iconic characters take forms from resin collectible figures to vinyl toys. Till now, the brand has seen collaborations with Converse Red, Disney, Kidrobot and so on.
“I tell stories using whatever means necessary,” J★RYU said of himself on Instagram, and anyone familiar with his work will surely agree that he lives by it. Indeed, it is this willingness to experiment that led to him being crowned as the Toy Customiser of the Year 2012 by the highly recognised Designer Toy Awards. For all his versatility, J★RYU is primarily recognised for his signature “Forest of Sorrows” series with its emotive, eerie and ghostly themes. Each subsequent new piece and accompanying narrative adds to the on-going story. His portfolio includes clients such as Marvel Entertainment, Sony Ericsson, and Hasbro.
Minimalist colour schemes and simple animal characters that find themselves in ill-fated situations is what one can expect to find in any encounter with Luke Chueh’s work. Luke prides himself on stylistically balancing cute with brute and has every right to do so, for few can bisect the line between comedy and tragedy so tastefully. He has recently been nominated for five categories at this year’s Designer Toy Awards, a testimony to his talent.
NBA superstars Michael Jordan and LeBron James stride into STGCC as the new player ENTERBAY creates an all-star scene at the show with its latest offerings. A toy figure company that hails from Hong Kong, ENTERBAY specialises in the production of stunning replicas with authentic likeness, right down to the smallest detail. Bruce Lee, Batman and Terminator 2 Battle Damaged will all make their appearance at STGCC. Thanks to ENTERBAY.
An essential staple at STGCC and most definitely a crowd pleaser, Hot Toys brings in three 2013 Toy Fairs Exclusive limited edition figurines, in collaboration with ActionCity. These include (left to right) – Captain America (Star Spangled Man Version) [The First Avenger], Joe Colton [G.I. Joe Retaliation] and Superman (Evil Version) [Superman III].
Chiselled, carved and crafted to take after the respective actors of the movies, all 1/6th scale figures display immensely intricate details. We are saying that they look like the real deal, but don’t just take our word for it. Come down and be awed yourself!
Last but not least, designer Simone Legno calls out to his fans with more tokidoki offerings! The brand’s cult status has fuelled high profile collaborations with Karl Lagerfeld, Marvel, Hello Kitty, Levi’s, Skullcandy and so on. Expect more exciting updates coming your way.
East In The Limelight
Flying in from Korea, Aza, previously known as Miyuko, is certainly no stranger to those attuned to the cosplay scene. An active participant in international events, her Singaporean fans can take heart at her impending debut here as she cosplays as characters from popular online game League of Legends, well-loved anime Love Live! and others.
We hear Vampy Bit Me is very excited to see Aza and if anything, this gives the “East meets West” concept that is STGCC a whole new meaning.
Yuyoyuppe has had his works viewed more than 10 million times online, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. The vocaloid producer has convincingly gained respect and admiration from idols, voice actors and dance artists for the scoop of his involvement across many genres.
Avid gamers, be pleased to know that Hideo Baba, General Producer of the Tales of series, will be here at STGCC for a special stage appearance. The 15-year-old franchise, littered with action-filled battles, mesmerising characters and fantastical backdrops, has left a trail of both commercial and critical successes in its wake.
Take Tales of Xillia for instance. It has shipped over 600 000 units on PlayStation®3 during only the first few weeks following its launch.
“To cater to the ravenous appetite of Gen Y and Z for richer game content, we’ve been building up our offerings in this area, with game exhibitors such as NAMCO BANDAI Games and acclaimed game producer Hideo Baba with us on the show floor.”
Said Ms Yeow Hui Leng, Senior Project Director of STGC.
Partnering STGCC for the first time as the official training partner, the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) brings in four animation veterans from the Games and Animation industry for stage programmes and demos at their STGCC booth. These four who have each made a name for himself in the industry are:
– Javier Secaduras, CEO of Zinkvision that specialises in interactive content development
– Stanley Lau (Artgerm), Creative director and co-founder of Imaginary Friends Studios which produced artworks for big names like DC Comics and Capcom
– Derrick Song, Respected teacher and mentor dedicated to training aspiring Computer Graphics artists at 3dsense Media School
– Adeeb Islam (HairyAsHell), Animator by day working on Hollywood blockbusters and toy sculptor at night with works on Tokyo Otaku and Tomopop
The partnership aims to raise the importance of training and upgrading of skillsets in the Games and Animation industry, such as Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications training by WDA appointed training partners.
Get Your Tickets!
So be sure to get your STGCC tickets to catch these pop culture personalities and bag these exclusive toys! Tickets this year are priced at $19 for a one-day pass and $25 for a two-day pass, available for sale at selected authorised retail outlets and at the event itself. For those interested in the purchase of the VIP package can head online.
Ticketing information for STGCC 2013 can be found at http://www.singaporetgcc.com/ticketing-information
Photos courtesy of STGCC 2013