TAGCOM 2018 EVENTURE
Tagcom celebrated it’s 12th year last weekend at SM Megamall’s Megatrade hall. The folks at Hobbiworks have really got geek event planing down to a science. It’s no wonder why collectors and hobbyists in Metro Manila look forward to the events they organize. With an entrance fee of 100 php you get to enjoy the many of the collectibles and contests that are present in the venue. Here’s a recap of everything I saw at Tagcom 2018 that will entice you to check out any of Hobbiworx future events.
1. Cosplay and Cosplay Contests
It should be no secret that cosplay is a staple at Tagcom. When geeks and otakus gather, you better be prepared to be surrounded by it. Cosplay is the perfect opportunity for fans to show off how much they love their fandom. It also helps that Tagcom holds competitions that showcase the best cosplay Filipino cosplayers have to offer. Hobbiworx managed to invite one of cosplay’s rising stars to be the judge at this years contest. Sekishinkou, is known for his love of Final Fantasy characters. He arrived at Tagcom dressed up as eveyones favorite Ex-Soldier from FFVII, Cloud Strife. He couldn’t wait to see what cosplay creations the contestants had to offer.
As the cosplay competition began, I was lucky enough to see many of my favorite characters walk on stage. Characters like Gai-Sensei (Naruto), Warrior of Light (Final Fantasy), Saber (Fate/Stay Night), Kratos (God of War), and Bumblebee (Transformers) were all brought to life by the awesome cosplayers who portrayed them. Once judging was finished, Saber and Bumblebee managed to win awards for their spot-on costumes.
2. Final Fantasy Cosplay Star Sekishinkou
Earlier, I mentioned that Sekishinkou was invited to judge the cosplay contest, but he was also there to show attendees his other talents. First off, I would like to say that his Cloud cosplay was spot on. I couldn’t stop admiring it as I approached the Hong Kong based cosplayer. After I collected myself I managed to ask him a few questions about his craft.
Sekishinkou has just recently begun his cosplay journey. In fact, he has only been cosplaying for more than a year. The characters that he loves to cosplay are from Square Enix’s famous game franchise, Final Fantasy. Aside from Cloud, he also cosplays as Zack, Cloud’s senior and friend in Soldier. He managed to attract attention because of his true to life portrayals of these characters. I asked him about his cloud cosplay and how long it took him to put together the costume. I was surprised when he said that it only took him a month to complete Cloud. He even shared a secret on how he managed to hang the huge Buster Sword on his back! He fashioned a hook out of a hanger in order to get his cosplay to look 100% accurate. Amazing and ingenious!
Developing “Brick Arts
His love for the FF series does not end with cosplay ! Sekishinkou also creates custom figures of his favorite Final Fantasy characters. Many fans of FF know that Square Enix releases toys of the franchise which go under the “Play-Arts” brand. Sekishinkou decided to develop his own line of FF toys known as “Brick Arts”. He calls this lego cosplay and it looks really cool! Can you guess the first character he made? It’s Cloud of course! He is Sekishinkou’s favorite character after all.
At first, Brick Arts began as a hand crafted project and it would usually take him 1 – 2 hours to finish a character. When people saw his creations, people started wanting to buy figures from him. This is when he decided to 3D print his designs. Though this process took longer, it did make mass production easier.
He brought some of his creations to Tagcom, and Advent Children Cloud was probably the best one. He also made a really good 2B (Nier Automata) and Sephiroth. I also saw my favorite character Squall in the display. If you want to grab your own “Brick Arts”figure, all you need to do is contact the official Final Fantasy cosplay group of the Philippines. They are the official distributers of Sekishinkou’s figures.
3. A Treasure Trove of Collectibles
Walking around Tagcom, you can see all the collectibles you could ever wish for. Nendoroids, Pops, Play Arts, Figma, and many others. The convention floor is also home to hidden treasures from many a decade. Toys from the 80’s, 90’s, and beyond, for this reason alone one must have a good eye when venturing through the stalls. This is how I found a fully functional Nintendo Gameboy Color! The console went for 1000 PHP and had a copy of Pokemon Silver with it. Granted, the copy was Japanese, but the whole purchase is such a blast from the past that I couldn’t pass it up. So during the next Tagcom make sure to look at every stall. You’d never know what you’ll find!
All in all, Tagcom was a fun experience and I was so glad that I was able to be part of it. Being around cosplay, collectibles, and other geeks is always so exciting. There’s always something refreshing about being around people who like the same things as you. It makes you feel alive and in the loop. So make sure to check out the other events that Hobbiworx has lined up for all the geeks in the Metro Manila and always be in the loop for everything geek and otaku by keeping tabs on our blog and listings!