Sunday, January 10, 2016

Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2015

Another long overdue post, this short photodump on the Comic-Con equivalent in Hong Kong will hopefully be the start of a series where I get to explore the different toycons and comicons around Asia (at least, since SDCC is quite an impossibility). The Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong 2015 was held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre last July 24-28, 2015. It's the biggest geek event in the country, so naturally, the hubby and I were ecstatic. 

Toys, comics, manga, bargains, discounts, games, cosplay...they're all here. There's even this awesome section where gamers can play demos to their hearts' content in the privacy of arcade-like divisions for consoles. Arkham Knight and Uncharted 4? Yes, please.
Open from 10am-9pm, Hall 1 of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre at 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai welcomes all visitors in with a ticket price of HKD35. You can purchase your tickets at the door, but an IMPORTANT NOTE is that if you're a tourist, there's a separate line for you so make sure that you BRING YOUR PASSPORT (or at least a duplicate of your passport like the hubby and I had) because they will ask to see it. 
There's a lot of Gundam action as you enter right away, but since we're not big on those, we went ahead and skipped to the Hot Toys displays up front. What really made us go "ooh" and "ahh" was the scaled Millenium Falcon and Tie Fighters display surrounded by Storm Troopers in the middle. It was HUGE.

Of course, my personal faves were all the DC Comics merchandise. Not that I was able to buy them all or anything, but it was a complete delight just oggling at them through the display cases.

Thankfully, I saved up some budget for some DC x Hello Kitty exclusives that were on sale specifically just for Ani-Com. I got three of these for just HKD 600. How will I fit these in our luggage on the way home? We'll cross that bridge when we get there.

There were also these uber-cute Final Fantasy plushies (Tonberry and Cactuar being the ones I found cutest) and a whole bunch of Doraemon merchandise that I wish we had back here in the Philippines.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, there's not a lot of Funko POP vinyl toys in Hong Kong as compared to the sheer amount of Pops we have available here in the Philippines. Still, there was a booth dedicated to Funko, which is impossible to miss due to the life-sized SD Hulkbuster up front.

I scored some good comic finds at the manga stalls, too. Chi's Sweet Home is on sale, and that's something you won't find anywhere else but in Hong Kong (at least, for the Mandarin version). There's practically a shrine dedicated to Gudetama as well--you know, that unmotivated egg who's adorably lazy-ing up the whole Sanrio world? 

They've got Transformers, Hot Toys, DC Comics and Marvel collectibles, Street Fighter, Sailor Moon, and basically everything you can think of that'll make you wish you had tons and tons of extra money lying around. 


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