I’ve been going to Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention the past four years. And I still love it.

Read this if you are a geek, because we are not going to explain all the terms in the article.

By Gerald Chan | September 11, 2016

This article was first published in Geek Culture.

After visiting theĀ Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) over the past few years, Iā€™ve always wondered how it could get even better.

In STGCC 2015, theĀ energy was rather muted as though the folks were getting a bit of convention fatigue. Thankfully STGCC 2016 did not disappoint. Having visited Anicom in Hong Kong recently, I can say the positive mood was certainly comparable even though the scale of both events were different.

Photo by Gerald Chan.
Photo by Gerald Chan.

While Iā€™m not entirely certain if the floor space of STGCC 2016 is bigger, it certainly feels that way.

With more room to walk around, it was comfortable to get around despite the crowd. Witness the usual scene ofĀ VIPs lining up early, with manyĀ rushing to pay for their yearly XM Studios haul.

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Photo by Gerald Chan.

When the highlight of the booth was this baby, you wonder how much bigger can XM Studios get. This is probably the peak of geek purchases short of a DeLorean.

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Photo by Gerald Chan.

Missing from the lineup when we last checked out Soundwave is the appearance of Ratbat! Imaginarium is looking compete with XM Studios in the statute space and have opted to attack another geek segment with Transformers.

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Photo by Gerald Chan.

We see Ultra Magnus in a new pose as well this time round.

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Photo by Gerald Chan.

When the doors opened, there was another line that immediately formed. Many made a beeline for Phil Noto of Jonah Hex, X-23, Uncanny X-Force and Black Widow fame, with plenty of comic books to sign. Itā€™s goodĀ to see artists like Phil getting plenty of love.

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Photo by Gerald Chan.

One thing that struck me was that the usual incumbents forĀ giant booths were not only exclusive to XM Studios and Hot Toys.Ā It was nice to see how Bandai was taking a big leap in making their booth into sort of an art gallery. Having split their line into figures and models, Star Wars still holds the top spot as a booth.

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Photo by Gerald Chan.

This is one darn pretty brochure.

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Photo by Gerald Chan.

Can one ever get enough of dioramas? Of course not! Bandaiā€™s plastic Star Wars models have been a big hit and we can see even more ships coming out with Rogue One on the way.

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Photo by Gerald Chan.

Voltron standalone? No this dude is a combiner just like in the TV show. Why stop at one robot when you can make kids buy five at a go!

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Photo by Gerald Chan.

Some highlights from Singapore

The beauty of toys — if you can dream it, there is certainly a way to craft it.Ā That must be the mantra for the people at Masterpiece Collectibles.

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Photo by Gerald Chan.

Releasing a line of toys to celebrate the Singapore Civil Defence Force is impressive and refreshing in a space filled with all things Disney.

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Photo by Gerald Chan.

The Singaporean entrepreneurial geek market does not stop there.Ā Sabermach continues to grow and has gone fromĀ simple booth to an elaborate display section of their wares.

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Photo by Gerald Chan.

Careful there! If you drop the Lightsaber, itā€™s considered sold!

Warhammer is back in Singapore with an official presence. Paint a figure for free and take it home!

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Photo by Gerald Chan.

VR makes a small appearance at STGCC 2016 as well. Itā€™s great when you have animated guests making the most of the game.

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Photo by Gerald Chan.

For all that action, itĀ illustrates how much space is needed for an actual proper VR game, space that many Singaporeans might not be able to afford.

Lastly, this is clearly a sign that the geek community is growing older. Who would have knownĀ these items from Simply Zakka be a hit.

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Photo by Gerald Chan.

Both ladies and gents alike were excited at the possibility of decking out their entire dining ware with all things Star Wars.

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Photo by Gerald Chan.

From Vader to Stormtroopers or droids, pick your poison, thereā€™s something for everyone.

Photo by Gerald Chan.
Photo by Gerald Chan.

Overall, the vibe of STGCC 2016 certainly feels much better as compared to last year — this is despite not having extremely large booths from all the marquee exhibitors.

The local toy, game and comic scene has grown over the years to the point that you donā€™t need to be a big brand name to attract fans.

Hereā€™s to hoping that STGCCĀ will continue to build on this and, perhaps, even foster the community outside of convention season. Till next year!

Check out Geek Culture’s STGCC 2016 coverage here.

 

Top photo from STGCC Facebook

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