ToyCon 2009 Report
Last Saturday was the first day of the Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2009. ToyCon was the first con we started going to regularly, so it's kind of been a tradition among us friends to attend.
Kat ~moonlightflight, China !snowpeachdrop, Miguel ~merkymerx, Ysabel and I wore our Rurouni Kenshin costumes, and we were all very happy that JM ~angrylittleboy was able to come hang out with us. He's our favorite Saitou. Charmie ~yaoiangel14 showed her love for Macross in the new Sheryl Nome outfit she made. I think it's my favorite of all her work. Dom ~Weakman, Rayson ~sinag-araw and EJ ~Dinkyass were in crack cosplay again, as you will see better later on.
photo by Travis ~sirtravis
Rurouni Kenshin group! And friends!
Also uploaded by Travis here: [link]
as Saitou Hajime
as Misao Makimachi
Jin (me) *behindinfinity
as Kenshin HimuraYsabel
as Yahiko Myoujin
as Sanosuke Sagara
as Soujiro Seta
as Sheryl Nome (from Macross Frontier)
and at the back, Dom ~Weakman
and Rayson ~sinag-araw
as the Skeletwins(Tza was our Kaoru, but she had to leave early and couldn't be there for this photo)photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
We managed to get our swords past mall security!photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
We had to go through the department store. I wonder what the people were thinking.photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
Up the escalator we go!photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
I look confused and Sano's not looking too happy. Moving stairs? What is this demonry?
We finally did make it to the convention venue by late afternoon, but the entrance looked far too crowded. Ran into Lowell ~kuro-inu
and he said that if we were to go in there, to "abandon all hope". It seems he was right. So we just loitered around outside to look for friends. We ended up goofing around, posing for pictures (and photobombing), meeting new people and playing "how low can you go?" with Kat's long, long braid.photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
I didn't notice that we posed in front of some pretty loopy slogans.
"BRING OUT THE STAR IN YOU" ...what.photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
"PAIN & REHAB CARE"
Now this is more our kind of place.photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
It's lucky we're near the Pain & Rehab Care center!photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
Yahiko abuse!(I'm somewhere in this shot, too. Hahaha!)photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
Misao can do it too!photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
I met ~iPockyLolita
and her friends, and she gave me this cute bear cap.
(I see a skeleton photobombing us from the railing.)photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
face, and Kat ...in the hat.photo by Jason
EJ the happy prom ninja. I love how you can see his smile through the mask.photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
I was looking at this shot Charmie took of us, and I was like, "Wait, what are those arms doing there?"photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
Gah, the Skeletwins bombed us. (Blargh, my wig changes color with every picture. Flash sometimes turns the copper color into bright red. /wrist)photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
They caught my Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu Ryu-Tsui-Sen! Perhaps I should not have yelled out the name while attempting to execute it, consequently making me simultaneously ridiculous and predictable to my opponents.photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
Come on, Soujiro! How low can you go?NOTE
: If my sakabatou were sharpened, I'd have cut through my shoulder.photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
Go, Yahiko!photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
The Skeletwins have to do everything together.photo by Alvin *TheALVINtaker
We found Erving ~Huzafan
!(Whose wishes we unfortunately could not comply with.)
Okay, I have to share something. There was a Tekken Tournament event in the same venue that day, and Katsuhiro Harada, the project director and producer of the Tekken series was there.photo by Alvin *TheALVINtakerExhibit A
: Katsuhiro Haradaphoto by Essa ~CyfliqExhibit B
: Erving Gophoto by Alvin *TheALVINtaker
Erving, don't kill me! PLEASE BE GENT-
After a while, we could feel the hunger draining our energy levels, so we made our way to the food court for some pizza. Played some background imitation no jutsu on the way there.photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
Round 1!photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
Round 2!DO WE MAKE YOU PROUD, FATHER?photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
Ysabel was so excited to see a buko (coconut) juice stand and rushed over there immediately.photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
Awwww, Kat.photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
Ms. Sheryl Nome with Misao. I admire every aspect of this costume of Charmie's. You can tell that there was a lot of love and care put in this cosplay - from the selection of roses for her hair, down to the velvet ribbon accents. All that effort because she really loves Macross. photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
as himself. photo by Travis ~sirtravis
It was highly entertaining just watching these two. They'd dance through the mall hallways together and bob their heads and sway to a beat only they can hear while on the elevator. (Dom, we'll never forget your zipper synchronization fail.)photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
Sano and Kenshin helping Saitou with his makeup.
This certainly isn't a scene you'll find in the Rurouni Kenshin series.photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
Soujiro helped too! Jewel remarked that it was like something out of fanfiction.
Rayson said it looked like "Ambush Makeover: Meiji Edition!"
Thank you for being patient with us, JM!
I think the foodcourt hangout was my favorite part of the day.
1. We had to drag and put together 5 tables so we'd all fit.
2. We got some funny looks while lining up to order pizza at Greenwich. Some people approached us in front of the counter to ask for pictures. Got photobombed by the Greenwich staff.
3. We got ninja attacked by Ate Jewel as we were about to bring our food to the table, and she and Kuya Robert and several other CosPH people joined us by our table. We practically had a mini-convention down there. It was nice just hanging out and catching up and shooting goofy videos and photos.
4. Pizzaaaaaaa! Man's greatest creation. And SISIG HOORAY.
5. Ambush Makeover: Meji Edition!
6. Just being with everyone again. And in a relatively relaxed atmosphere with yummy food.
Sadly, Tza had to leave kind of early and wasn't able to join us when we decided to head up to the convention proper. Went we went back up, it looked like most of the crowd had already cleared out so we got tickets and went in to check out the toys. It was ToyCon, after all.
The booths were pretty impressive! Seemed like they were bigger and better than last year. Saw the Fraulein Revoltech Yoko Movie Ver. but passed on it for now. Miguel was very happy to find Gatchaman DVDs. China got some miniature cars, including a little Batmobile. Hero TV still had the somewhat life-sized Voltes V team and that Naruto figure that we are always compelled to molest and defile
. It's turned into a tradition we have celebrated for perhaps more than two years now.
JM won second place for the Cosplay Click competition! Congratulations!
photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
Posing by the ticket booth. Skeletwins still vigilantly photobombing every chance they got. I have to watch where I swing my sword. Almost hit Sano a couple of times and I might nearly have given Saitou a close shave here.photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
Pfffff....hahaHAHAHA.photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
Bokken + parasol = broomphoto by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
More background imitation no jutsu!photo by Essa ~Cyfliq*whimper*photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
HURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRphoto by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
Ladies love the Skeletwins.photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
A mildly disturbing
FUSION!photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
Natsumi handed us another drawing she did of us based on our journal outtakes!Man, I look so inappropriately somber.photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
Thanks, Natsumi! That was very thoughful of you!photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
Saitou wants a bite of Misao's brainsssssssss.photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
The sakabatou has very little effect on Sano's hard head.
Soujiro says, "EYE see what you did there." /facepalm
(And here we see Ling ~ice-sabre
as Ichigo and Ame ~tar-menel
)photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
Again at the ~cscentrl
booth, with Ami =yinami
. Raymond looks very happy.
I'm sorry Ami, I seem to have covered your face with my sword! I really have to be more mindful of how I position it.photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
Another shot where we get a better look at Ami.photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
Group shot with the lovely Sheena as Morrigan.
Soujiro and Morrigan? Stranger things have happened.photo by Charmie ~yaoiangel14
who looked stunning as Motoko Kusanagi! Glad we got to see her while we were at Raymond ~cscentrl
's booth.photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
Had to get shots with both of them!photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
EJ was very eager to shamelessly express his happiness that Miguel is back from his trip. Ahh, bromance!
We had a whole lot of fun posing for Wilson because he was more than happy to direct.
We could tell he loved Rurouni Kenshin about as much as we do, and that he's one of the people who earnestly loves the hobby. On a funny side note, Miguel was on the verge of imploding since he's a huge fan of Wilson's work for Battle of the Planets, and I had to shove him in front of Wilson to get him to talk.photo by Wilson Tortosa
Maintaining his composure somewhat. photo by Wilson Tortosa
"And together we are... the Samurai X-men!" - Wilsonphoto by Wilson Tortosa
Sanobomb!photo by Wilson Tortosa
Gatotsu against Battojutsu.photo by Travis ~sirtravis
Himura Battousai versus...photo by Travis ~sirtravis
...the Wolf of Mibu?
(or rather, the Toy Poodle of Mibu)photo by Essa ~Cyfliq
One more group shot to wrap things up.
It was a fairly relaxed con experience - a refreshing change from when we foolishly storm in while the crowd is at its wildest. And unlike last year's ToyCon</strike> (when despite having an insanely awesome day, we missed an awful lot) this time we actually got to go around the booths and we avoided nearly collapsing from hunger. We left when we were nearly falling asleep on our feet. It was a good kind of fatigue though, because we had spent the day doing what we enjoyed, and we did it together.
The next day, I woke up at 5 in the afternoon.
ToyCon 2009 Videos
Here are some videos Essa ~Cyfliq took and uploaded of us during the event.
We weren't able to get footage of HARD MODE with the swords swinging.
Just goofing around!
Random moments around the con area and the food court. I love Ysabel's laugh!(Essa, you sadist, you used the English theme for the end!)
Life in general
Lots of changes and learning and new things. In a very good way. Days never seem long enough, though.
Had some beautiful rainy weather a few weeks back. Lots of rain. Here are some pictures I took after having dinner at the gazebo one night, on the walkway leading back to our main house. It was a chilly, wet night. Rain dripped through the vines that grew around the passageway. Their roots hung down like hair and would cling to my umbrella. Made the short walk a little creepy, but also slightly surreal. I was thankful for the lantern light.