Saturday, September 17, 2016

STGCC 2016:The Captured memories

Posted By: han siang "Speedknight" wong - Saturday, September 17, 2016


Last weekend, on the 10th to 11th at Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Halls E and F, Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention 2016 came to a close after smashing records and eviscerating expectations. Pop culture fans flooded the event grounds attending the biggest STGCC in history since its inception 9 years ago, with the most number of exhibitors over two days.
  • Fans queued since early morning to snatch up exclusive merchandise
In celebration of SJ50, “SJ50 MY FIRST BE@RBRICK B@BY” was one of the many exclusive at the event.


As of every STGCC,eager toy aficionados camped for limited edition items like “SJ50 MY FIRST BE@RBRICK B@BY”, Hot Toys’ “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Knightmare Batman” and “Iron Man 3 Disco Mark XXVII in snaking queues early in the morning.
Jeremy Low, a Computer Technician who was the 1st in the line said: “Other than the exclusives, I enjoyed myself as there are other things to look forward to like XM Studios, BE@RBRICKS and even apparels from Teeturtle. I am also eager to meet Phil Noto, the magical hand behind the popular comic art of Star Wars.”
Mighty Jaxx booth
It was not only the fans. The exhibitors at STGCC 2016 were also delighted with this year's edition of STGCC, such as Might Jaxx which have been exhibiting at STGCC since 2012.
Jackson Aw, Founder of Mighty Jaxx, commented: “We have been exhibiting at STGCC since 2012, it’s been fun every year! The collectors have been very supportive and we couldn’t have done it without them. We hope to bring more productions to life and bring more artists to Singapore!”
  • Main stage performances enlightened and wowed crowd
KorsK on stage at STGCC 2016 DJ Night
 Sae Tsukiyama and Tracy(Amatres Records) who performed Several Touhou tracks including Skydive!
Masayoshi Minoshima Spinning some tracks on stage
Nomico Performing the hit song "Bad Apple!" during Akiba Pop Stage.

STGCC Jampack stage Schedules has always been a feature where attracts fans both from the Western Pop Culture and the Eastern Pop Culture.For the Eastern Fans, This year DJ night in collaboration with Exit Dance Production  returns with Kors K & Ryu☆. On Day 2 of the entertianment segment Named the Akiba Pop Stage, Idols and Idol units include:Rio Hirragi, Road of Alice ,Guild stars and Rie Yunohara. Last but certainly not the least Touhou Fans were overjoyed with Sae Tsukiyama with Tracy(Amatres Records) and Nomico with Masayoshi Minoshima(Alstroemeria Records) performing thier hit songs from the Touhou series such as Skydive! and Bad Apple. An interview video with Nomico with Masayoshi Minoshima(Alstroemeria Records) can be found below.

 As for the Western Pop culture fans they were delighted by the open panel discussions with guest such as:Jacob Chabot,Brooke Allen and Nick Spencer.

  • Cosplaying fun for the whole family

This year STGCC Championship of Cosplay winner. Erika Jean Garbin Cosplaying as Lich from FFIX.
Kids Cosplay parade

STGCC is also the chance for cosplay enthusiasts to gather and interact with members of their community. On 11 September, adorable kids dressed up as their favourite characters in the Kids Cosplay Parade. This year’s winner for STGCC Championships of Cosplay was also crowned. Decked as Lich from Final Fantasy IX, Erika Jean Garbin, 26, walked away with $1000 in cash prize and will represent STGCC in the Crown Championships of Cosplay finals at C2E2 2017 in Chicago.
9 year-old Ryan Ho had a blast cosplaying as Ghostbusters enjoys the attention and is elated when he gets photo requests said- “It is a good chance to dress up and take photos”. 

  • Cosplay Guest Galore! 
Cosplay Guest Hisui and MoMo cosplaying as Hanamaru Kunikida and Ruby Kurosawa from Love Live Sunshine!
King as Spark from taking a Welfie a fan who is cosplaying as Blancheboth from the popular mobile game Pokemon go   
Haoge as kotori minami taking photo with a fan

Pugoffka as Maleficent during the STGCC Walk of fame.


This Year STGCC invited Haoge, Hisui, King, Momo, Pugoffka,Alma & Yao as cosplay guest. Fans flock to their Walk of Fame sessions and bought their Merchandise for it to be autographed. (Editor note:Seriously Haoge? He really looks good as a she IRL, there isn't really a need for much editing. Friends who saw him in person agreed to that too.)    


  • Gamers battle it out to clinch the “Overwatch STGCC eSports - Mountain Dew Cup”

Players Battling out during the Overwatch STGCC eSports - Mountain Dew Cup
The first ever PC gaming competition held in STGCC, the “Mountain Dew Cup” received overwhelming responses from participants. Sponsored by Mountain Dew, Secretlab, Razer and MyRepublic, 16 teams vied to be crowned as masters of Overwatch as the tournament stretched over two days.

Secretlab co-founder Alaric Choo said, “Secretlab was delighted to support and sponsor STGCC’s new gaming segment as well as providing for their other seating needs. This marks a more holistic approach, giving something for everyone.”
One of the participants, Jaushan observed, “I thought there were only 8 teams but it turned out to be 16, so competition was definitely tough. The prizes were attractive and if there is a second edition next year, our team will definitely take part again to gain experience.”




  • Artist Alley and Commercial Booths
Lion Geeks booth at the Artist Alley


Rachta Lin working on a Commissioned art.
    Guild Stars Members at the little Akiba booth.

      TAM is just being uhhhh..... TAM

      Hot Toys booth

Of course no convention would be without these. STGCC's mix of  Eastern and Western Pop culture can be seen at both the commercial and Artist alley booths each catering to their diversified fandom of the event attendees. 

  •   The future of pop culture in Singapore looks bright
With a record breaking scale and positive feedback, the main aim of STGCC is still to promote the wonderful and imaginative world of pop culture.

Captain America: Steve Rogers author and STGCC featured guest, Nick Spencer said, “The crowd was very energetic and excited to see us, with lots of wonderful displays (in the convention).” On the pop culture scene in Singapore, Nick commented, “It’s really surprising to realise that people outside the States know about my works like Captain America and are hard-core fans of the series. Sometimes in European comic conventions, I find that American comics do not get as much attention, but I am pleasantly surprised by the warm reception here.”
As STGCC 2016 draws to a rousing end, preparations are already ongoing for next year’s edition. 
“We are very heartened by the unwavering support that STGCC has received over the years and I hope everyone enjoyed themselves. We look forward to bringing more undiscovered gems and well-received mainstream artists to Singapore. See you next year!” thanked Lin Koh, Assistant Project Director of Reed Exhibitions.

More captured memories at STGCC 2016 can be found in the Gallery,Videos(Some Courtesyof NTU VAS & Operation P・Ani・C  ) and Interview Transcripts(Courtesy of NTU VAS) below: 



Photo Gallery: 


Momo and Hisui Message for their Fans(In mandarin) Video Courtesy of NTU VAS :     


Rie Yunohara Videos Courtesy of Operation P・Ani・C:


Nomico & Masayoshi Minoshima "Bad Apple!" Video Courtesy of Operation P・Ani・C:



Sae Tsukiyama & Tracy(Amatres Records):
A video posted by Wong Han Siang 黄瀚翔 (@speedknight) on


Kors K:
A video posted by Wong Han Siang 黄瀚翔 (@speedknight) on


Ryu☆:
A video posted by Wong Han Siang 黄瀚翔 (@speedknight) on



D.Watt(IOSYS):
A video posted by Wong Han Siang 黄瀚翔 (@speedknight) on







Nick Spencer Interview Transcript Courtesy of NTU VAS :



Pugoffka Interview Transcript Courtesy of NTU VAS :  



Interview with Nomico with Masayoshi Minoshima(Alstroemeria Records):




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