Thursday, 29 August 2013

STGCC 2013: Media Preview - Photo Pimp!

Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention (STGCC) 2013
Date: 31st Aug & 1st Sept (Sat/Sun) 
Time: 10am - 8pm
Venue: Hall B & C, Level 1
Sands Expo & Convention Centre
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 
Nearest MRT: Bayfront MRT (Circle Line)

The Project Harata team was invited to the Media Preview for STGCC on Thursday, 28th August 2013. 

Last year, I (Emi) went together with Seren, but since she's overseas now pursuing higher education, there' s a new junior writer taking her place ~ *drumrolls* Rian

(Please excuse my face, I was commenting on how the camera wouldn't fire when it finally did >.<)

We arrived at the preview a little too early, so we decided to tour around the mini exhibition of new and exclusive products that would be sold/exhibited at STGCC 2013.

For the full list of new/exclusive items, check out our Facebook page:

Ugly Dolls Hello Kitty series! Wonder if there's going to be a queue for these just like the McDonald's one....

The Clips Ons are adorable!

Papoi! The Minions are here to conquer!

The super huge robot fortress Metroplex from the Transformers series.....

They were having a lucky draw for these 3 statues (worth >$600) and a guy from Anibee won it in the end. Lucky him! 

Awww....It looks so sad! T>T 

Saplings. These are strangely adorable and disturbing at the same time.

Any fans of Rooney?

Giggs anyone?

Huge-ass poster of the Justice League of America!

The Media Preview started promptly at 11am after a flurry of activity (on their side to retrieve their guests)

Host Elliott Danker from Power 98 FM!

Hideo Baba, producer of "Tales of...", talking about his latest instalment in the game, Tales of Xilia

Taken from Wikipedia
"Tales of Xillia (Japanese: テイルズ オブ エクシリア Hepburn: Teiruzu obu Ekushiria?) is a Japanese role-playing game released for the PlayStation 3 on September 7, 2011 in Japan. It is developed by Namco Tales Studio and published by Namco Bandai Games. It is the thirteenth core product of the Tales series. The game was localized for North America on August 6, 2013 and Europe on August 9, 2013. 
The game takes place in a fictional world called Rieze Maxia and follows Jude Mathis and Milla Maxwell. The two discover a military research that involves spirits and will endanger the world. The plot's central theme is Yuruginaki shinnen no RPG (揺るぎなき信念のRPG, lit. "RPG of Unwavering Convictions"). 
The game's reception in Japan was highly positive. It broke previous records for most pre-orders in the Tales series and sold over half a million copies in a week. During Sony's Playstion Awards, Tales of Xillia received the gold prize and ranked in the top ten for the User's choice award.[6] The sequel, Tales of Xillia 2, was released on November 1, 2012."

An excerpt from his biography from STGCC
"Hideo BABA is the General Producer of the Tales of series, one of the most critically acclaimed J-RPG franchises.
Tales of Xillia, has encountered a great success, shipping over 600 000 units on PlayStation®3 only during the first week following launch.
This remarkable episode was released to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the franchise in Japan. The awaited Tales of Xillia is coming on the 9th of August on Europe with an exclusive Collector’s Edition and a special day one edition."

Aza cosplaying as one of the main characters in Tales of Xilia, Milla Maxwell

Hideo Baba together with Aza (holding Baba's lucky item)

Next up, J★RYU, Angry Woebots and Luke Chueh (from L to R)

Angry Woebots was invited to do a quick sketch live on stage and here are some pictures that we took of his progress.

Kinda looks like an outline of Singapore yeah?

Ohoho! Angry Panda :D

The Army of Monkeys. 

The lovely Vampy in her Psylocke cosplay!

Vampy Bit Me, together with Joe Mad and C.B. Cebulski.

Here we had a short intermission/break for tea (with awesome turkey/cheese/ham hors d'oeuvres). Afterwhich, the media was split into 4 different groups (Toys, Games, Comics and Cosplay) for the interviews.

Group interview with Hideo Baba (with his lucky item)! We will be uploading and linking the interview soon~

Group interview with the gorgeous and talented Vampy Bit Me from USA and pretty Aza from Korea.

Vampy gamely giving me a smile when I had the camera trained on her. 

All in all, it was a really fun and informative preview, giving us a chance to interact with the guests before they go on their busy schedules on Saturday and Sunday. 

We'll be uploading the interviews soon, so stay tuned for them~

See you this weekend! 


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