We recently got our butts off our creaking office chairs and headed to the SMX Convention Center for the 15th edition of ToyCon, arguably the biggest pop culture event in the country.
The first day of the affair (ToyCon 2016 will run until Sunday, June 12) was made extra special with the PopLife FanXperience—an offshoot of Salt Lake Comic Con—which featured a handful of international stars.
Add to that the wide array of toy booths and comic book exhibits, then what you have is the consummate geek experience, in the comfort of our own neighborhood. Here is everything that we've seen so far:
Games of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn, who played the beloved character Hodor, was obviously the event's main draw.
Actor Dean Cain, who donned the cape of the Man of Steel in the '90s television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventure of Superman, was also in the building and gamely entertained the most inane questions and even fangirl requests.
We couldn't agree more with the host when she said that ovaries were exploding; she herself wasn't able to resist and got a little too cozy with Superman.
According to organizers, comic book godfather Stan Lee is set to make an appearance in ToyCon 2016...albeit not physically but via Skype. Attendees will have the luxury of chatting with the cameo legend himself.
One of the highly anticipated displays is the 25-foot Voltes V model, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the anime series. Unfortunately...
Making up for the popular mecha under construction is the bevy of geekgasmic action figure exhibits, like this OC-inducing Stormtrooper assembly. No touch!
The Avengers are actually complete here; only the Hulk's fist fitted in our photographer's viewfinder.
So you miss Kobe Bryant in a basketball jersey...
Aspiring collectors are sure to be encouraged to put up their own display cabinets with the extensive selection.
What would be a local convention without pieces of Pinoy pop culture?
Other than that, precious gems are out in the open, left and right, in whatever direction you look. Just be ready to empty your pockets.
From getting the most lifelike zombie scabs to digging for unusual comics, attendees will have the ultimate nerdist experience.
Apparently, Toycon 2016 is also part-game hub.
The whole affair is basically a feast for the eyes.
Finally, if we could use only one picture to describe this year's ToyCon, it would be this: