While STGCC 2011 event was running over the last weekend, I was down with a cold. I was entertaining the thought of braving myself to still go for the event with running nose and watery eyes. Alas after much evaluation and also medication, I decided to stay home and rest.
I read most of the updates at others blogs and just when I thought I will missed out Andrew Bell's works who is one artist I want to meet and get his autograph, Brendan Yip contacted me and went an extra mile for me to get what I thought I will missed out. Since he was there for both days, I invited him to blog about his review on STGCC 2011.
I will hand the following post to Brendan Yip.
Day 1 of STGCC 2011
I started the day earlier than usual to make my way down to the event venue to join the expecting long queue. Upon my arrival at Suntec Convention Centre, there were more than 400 people queuing up. An order form to purchase the hot toys exclusives was given to the 1st 500 people but I gave away my form to the person (I shall not mention his name) behind me as I will not be purchasing any of the hot toys exclusive.
As the queue was separated to entrance queue and hot toys queue, I eventually become the 1st 50 people in the entrance queue (including both VIP and Non-VIP ticket-holders). As it was time to enter the event hall, I collected my entitled marvel siege poster (entitled to first 500 people in the queue). The first thing that capture my attention immediately upon stepping into the event area is the Hot toys booth. It is the same as the booth at San Diego Comic Convention 2011. I was delighted to see the booth in person.
There was Nintendo booth right beside Hot Toys booth to promote the 3DS console. I then walk-around and visit Play Imaginative, Marvel and DC booths, toys and the artistes’ booths. There were mini 4wd car competitions going on, Bushiroad card-playing sessions and console games (Street Fighter 4 and Marvel vs Capcom 3) playing sessions.
I was glad that booths like Marvel and DC had their own autograph sessions separating from the walk of fame section. This will definitely ease the queue for the autograph sessions at both Walk of Fame and the booths. There were different time slots for the artistes at the Walk of Fame and the booth.
The 1st artiste I met is Harvey Tolibao; the guy who did the Captain America merlion cover. I feel a sense of accomplishment as I managed to get a copy of the Captain America comic together with Harvey’s signature on it.
Harvey Tolibao signing on a Captain America Merlion cover variant comic at Marvel booth. It is my 1st time meeting him
With my hands full with posters and stuffs, a lady offered me a Kinokuniya bag (which I found out later that were 2 free comics are included in every kinokuniya bag) to put my stuffs in and carry around. As I am done with my first agenda, I took a walk around the event area to have a look at the displays and take some photos. I spotted some cosplayers at the event such as Iron Man and storm troopers.
The 1st day was a good day for me though I was exhausted.
Day 2 of STGCC 2011
For the second day, I woke up at the same time as previous day early and made my way to the venue for second and the last time of attending STGCC 2011. There was nobody queuing when I arrived. The only possible reason I can think of was there were no more hot toys exclusives sold on the second day. The main agendas for the second day was helping LEon (Open the toy) since he was not feeling well to attend the event. I collected the marvel siege poster once again as I enter the event area. As I have covered most of the event booths, activity and my purchase on the first day, I went straight for the autograph sessions to get as much autographs as I can on the free posters. As Leon requested to have some androids and a Andrew Bell fan, I manage to queue up for Andrew Bell’s autograph session at Walk of Fame.
Andrew Bell's autograph session at Walk of Fame; signing the white androids
I appreciate the opportunity to meet the mastermind of Google androids. I stay up at the event area awhile longer to see the cosplay segment before leaving off to meet Leon.
My turn to meet-and-greet as well as getting sketch & autographs from Andrew Bell.this sketch is what Leon will be getting
After thoughts of STGCC 2011
I did not attend last year's STGCC (the only year which i did not attend). But in terms of comparison, I would vote for 2008's and this year's (a tie). STGCC 2008 was alright as it was a good start of a toy, game and comic convention for Singapore.
The Hot Toys booth was wonderful. The arrangement of the booths of activities was good and there queue was well organized even when the Hot Toys purchase counter beside the Tamiya circuit area. The traffic of going in the event area is smooth too as the cosplayers were gathering out of the event area and at level 3.
Although i didn't get to have a meet-and-greet session with Kishida Mel, i took the chance to take photo of him having autograph session at STGCC 2011
It may be tough for fans (especially in a single day) who wants autographs of all of the invited artistes as the schedule of the booth's autograph session and Walk of Fame clashes with each other.
There was another thing that I don't get it regarding ZANEEDS appearance. I understand they had a booth to promote their latest product but having a performance and the stage just don't really mix or relevant to STGCC especially when they are playing their own vocaloid music. It may link to game part of the convention but I still feel their segment is kind of "AFA-ish" or some suitable for vocaloid related event.
As much as STGCC 2011 was packed with events, I did not feel the impact and the excitement of the queue (though it's a long queue due to hot toys exclusives) except for Kishida's and Kipi's Walk of Fame session. Anyway it was delight to attend this year's STGCC and I am glad to make a right decision in purchasing the ticket at one of it's roadshow. I will certainly looking forward to next year's STGCC.
Thank you Brendan the event review and going the extra mile to get autograph of the guests and the androids for me. I will share those stuff in my next few post. So look out for it. :D
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