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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Different Strokes

The creative minds of the toy industry have often surprised us with extremely interesting, fanciful and adorable versions of our favourite pop culture icons.

During my recent trip to Hong Kong, I visited the Hot Toys store at Toy Mart in the Mong Kok area and saw these adorable renditions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the window display. I snapped a couple of photos with my handy iPhone 6s Plus and decided that these Turtles are so cute that I simply have to post one of these photographs here. :-)

Saturday, July 9, 2016

World of Gundam

Years back, I started off my collecting hobby as a fan of Gundam. Although I no longer buy and buildtas many Gundam models as I used to do when I was still a student, I have nevertheless remain a Gundam fan.

I was thus pleasantly surprised to realise there was a Gundam exhibition at Singapore's Takashimaya Shopping Center in June. Marvelling at the creative works of fellow hobbyists never fail to wow me.

Gundam Exhibition, Takashimaya Shopping Center, Singapore (2016)

Gundam Exhibition, Takashimaya Shopping Center, Singapore (2016)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Singapore - STGCC 2015

As we began a new year of collection, we are also began a new year of Toys, Games and Comic Conventions all lined up nicely in the calendars for the days ahead.

Captain Caveman from The Flinstones, STGCC, Singapore (2015)

Last year's Singapore Toys, Games and Comic Convention was held at the Marina Bay Sands Exhibition Center in September. I remembered I was so busy with work that I can only managed a short visit to go over to the convention center to pick up my pre-ordered Hot Toys Convention Exclusive figures. Hopefully during this year's STGCC, I will have the luxury to visit and spend more time at the show.

As we geared up for this year's events of comics conventions all over the world, here are some quick pictures of the few exhibits that I managed to take photographs of during my quick dash in and out of STGCC 2015.

Hot Toys' life-sized Hulkbuster, STGCC, Singapore (2015)

Hot Toys' life-sized Hulk, STGCC, Singapore (2015)

Hulkbuster and the Hulk dueling, STGCC, Singapore (2015)

Hot Toys' 1/6 scale First Order Stormtroopers, STGCC, Singapore (2015)

Creatures that nightmares are made of, STGCC, Singapore (2015)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hong Kong - Lego Star Wars Exhibition

December 2015 marked the worldwide launch of Episode VII of the Star Wars Movie franchise.

In conjunction with the debut of "The Force Awakens", cities worldwide commemorate the occasion in various ways. I was in Hong Kong during this period and it was a pleasant surprise to encounter this Lego exhibition at Times Square, Causeway Bay.

The Lego Millennium Falcon, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (2015)

X-Wing Fighters on the attack, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (2015)

Army Builders, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (2015)

Advanced TIE Fighter, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (2015)

Sandcrawler, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (2015)

Army of the Republic, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (2015)

X-WIng Fighters in the prowl, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (2015)

Dogfight scene of TIE Fighters and X-WIng Fighters, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (2015)

Life-sized Snowtroopers, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (2015)

Life-sized Imperial Shuttle, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (2015)

Minifigs of Jedis and Troopers, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (2015)

Minifies of Troopers and Sith Lords, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (2015)

Minifies of Jedis, Troopers and other characters of the Star Wars Universe, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (2015)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Taiwan, Taipei - Collectibles Store in Ximending

During my recent trip to Taipei in December 2015, I stayed at a hotel in the Ximending area. While window shopping in the area, I chanced upon this store in the basement floors of one of the shopping malls. If I remember correctly, the name of the store is Beast Kingdom or something to that effect.

As I browsed through the store, there were many items from Sideshow and Hot Toys on display. I bought a Hot Toys 1/6 scale Shadow Stormtrooper. The plus point for visitors like myself is that the store provides a voucher for VAT refund. Getting the VAT refund processed is a simple task of queuing at the mall's customer service concierge and producing the VAT refund voucher from the store and your passport. Your refund will be given to you in cash in local currency.

Here are some of the pictures I took of the toy displays in the shop.

Incredible Hulk Premium Format Figure by Sideshow, Taipei, Taiwan (2015)

Iron Man Life Size Bust by Sideshow, Taipei, Taiwan (2015)

Doctor Doom Legendary Scale Figure by Sideshow, Taipei, Taiwan (2015)

1/6 Scale First Order Stormtroopers by Hot Toys, Taipei, Taiwan (2015)

1/6 Scale Biker Scout and Bike by Sideshow, Taipei, Taiwan (2015)

Boba Fett Premium Format Figure by Sideshow, Taipei, Taiwan (2015)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Star Wars - The Force Awakens

As we all know, the 7th instalment of the Star Wars franchise will be officially release soon. And before the movie hits us, the marketing wheels of merchandising have already spun to our doorsteps!

Hot Toys has announced a slew of 1/6 figures that are most definitely going to be best sellers. These figures include:

1/6 Kylo Ren - A member of the Kylo Knights, Ren is the commander of the First Order Troopers. He wields a unique crossguard lightsaber as a dark practitioner of the Force.

First Order Stormtrooper Squad Leader - I am not sure about you but this guy reminds me of the Sandtroopers from the Original Trilogy! A definite sellout in my opinion.

First Order Heavy Gunner Stormtrooper - It first started with the "skittle-like" colour permutations of the Clone Troopers in "Attack of the Clones" and "The Force Awakens" is definitely not letting up on this merchandising strategy! The First Order Heavy Gunner Stormtrooper is well, a Stormtrooper wielding a different weapon. 

First Order Stormtrooper - No self-respecting Star Wars movie will be complete without these smart looking but "can't-aim-straight" cannon fodders. Introducing the First Order Stormtrooper. Let the Army Building begins.......

A 2-Pack offering featuring one each of the First Order Stormtrooper and his buddy, the First Order Heavy Gunner Stormtrooper. I mentioned Army Building earlier, haven't I? ;-)

I am not sure about other collectors and/or Star Wars fans. For me, I am getting all of the above. And that includes multiples of the Stormtroopers... The wait has ended, the buying force has awaken...........

From the Author...

It has been a while since I last updated this site. I haven't really been active in updating this site due to heavy work commitments. Now that things have settled down a bit at work, I should be able to find more time to get back to my Pop Culture collecting hobby.

Over the last 12 months, I have been adding a lot to my collection, so much so that I now have a permanently rented warehouse storage for my collection! With this extra space "asset", I can now rotate the display of my collection in the collection room of my newly renovated apartment. I will soon post some pictures of my collection room. Keep coming back to this site to view pictures from my very own personal collection rooms.

To all fellow collectors, collecting is a marathon, not a sprint. Stay strong in this hobby and may "the Force be with you". And if you are not into Star Wars,  then allow me to tweak that line a bit to be "May the odds ever be in your favour"! :-)