After I got done with Sunday stuff like church and a meeting/rehearsal for this non-toy related gig I was gonna do, I drove down to STGCC at around 4-ish, 5--I thought that would give me a good chunk of time to wander about before the Con closed its doors at 8pm.
|Bobble-heads from Simply Toys, anyone?|
And I gotta say, I kinda like being a Last-Day-Con kinda guy.
|Yllanif dnuof reh!|
|Harassin' the kids!|
|Wall of Hot Toys' aged posters|
I continued to wander and saw the Marvel vs Capcom Championship setup. (Above)
|Fury: "I need me one of these in our movie!"|
I got a closer look at the awesome Hot Toys display and I realized they had some really nice Iron Man custom pieces. Yes, people seem to buy S$300 toys and hack them up to custom them. I gotta admit, some of these are sheer genius. Some of 'em are just nuts. Lol.
|"Take that, Rebel scum!"|
|That's not a holster. It's a cigarette stash.|
I knew he hadn't died at the end of the movie! But at the rate he was going with that unlighted cigarette, he wasn't gonna die any time soon either. But don't be fooled, kids. Smoking kills. Or at least it turns your face into a gigantic red skull
So now I was fresh outta cash and had to an enforced break from hunting to refuel the wallet. It turned out to be a good thing that I did!
|Only thing is...The Thing's a re-use! But 3 outta 4 ain't bad...|
So I sprinted, darted, leaped and bounded right to the vendor. Why, I don't know because it wasn't super crowded. But why waste all that training, right? It turned out that the 4-pack belonged to Toyrealm, who was sharing a booth with another vendor whom I had thought was selling it. Good thing also was that it was still there. Best thing? Vincent and his one employee Martin are cool guys and always knock a few bucks off their prices, so I got that 4-pack for the Rangerlord for S$43!
There was this vendor who the local crowd rarely buys from because his physical store outside the Con was away from the other specialty stores and rather hard to reach. And for the period of all two days of this Con, he had this forlorn looking $5 box at the foot of one of the tables at his booth.
|$5 PhD? I'll take it!|
|$5 slave for Admiral Ackbar? Done!|
|Let the Wookie win, my friends...|
Oh hey and I found a cheap and great alternative solution for those who like vinyls at a reasonable price and nice 4" size--Pop Vinyl Bobble-Heads! At $12 a pop, it's way cheaper than Mighty Muggs and probably mini-mugs too. And it's easily available from Funko or if you're in Singapore, Simply Toys. I got this here Chewbacca for by brother, who's a vinyl and Chewie fan. Perfect! ;)
Well, that one teensy tiny thing about turning down a great deal aside, I'm really glad I found some cheap figures. As big a haul as last year? No, for sure. As happy? Yes, I definitely had a great time. But I think more importantly, the vendors I spoke to and overheard said they were happy with how the event was organized and the amount of business they got. So maybe next year we might get a bigger and better STGCC. Either way, I can't wait!