Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Disney+ Singapore's Super Fun Star Wars Lightsaber Workshop With Fightsaber (23 September 2023)

Last Saturday (23 September 2023), Red Dot Diva and her geek pal Leo Cheong had a chance to be part of Disney+ Singapore's special event for a bunch of subscribers. The streaming company hosted a Star Wars Lightsaber Workshop and it was a blast! 

It was the first time Leo attended a Disney event at their premises, and here is his short write-up about the fan huddle!


Masks haven't been trendy or ubiquitous since the heydays of the Covid pandemic, but I happily donned my Darth Vader mask for this special occasion. Hosting winners of the latest Subscribers Perks Programme competition at their swanky HQ, Disney+ Singapore put on a literal light show that will not be forgotten anytime soon.

No party is complete without epic loot and it doesn’t get more epic than an Ahsoka Tano Legacy Lightsaber Set worth a cool S$529.90 (US$387.95). Reminds me of Shinomori Aoshi’s double kodachis from Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X.

For those not in the know, the latest live-action Star Wars TV series AHSOKA, is in full swing exclusively on Disney+. Making the force jump from animation, the series continues the adventures of Anakin Skywalker's disciple and includes the return of some fan favorites like *SPOILER* and *SUPER SPOILER*! Brought to life by the stunning Rosario Dawson, Ahsoka navigates through a post-Empire galaxy and expertly slices and dices her way with the aforementioned twin lightsabers when words don’t cut it.

Party attendees were treated to a performance complete with expert lightsaber choreography and cosplay by Fightsaber Singapore and a hands-on demonstration by Jedi Master Mikoda, and his lovely Jedi colleagues.

With the crowd sufficiently warmed up, everyone was raring to snag the grand prize (the ‘smaller’ prizes weren’t too shabby either to be honest). After a few rounds Star Wars trivia questions and some very happy winners, Disney+ made sure nobody left empty handed with goodie bags for everyone!

Kudos to Fightsaber Singapore for an excellent spectacle. Check out their social media if you're keen on starting your Jedi Master journey.

Huge thanks to Disney+ for their generosity and hospitality. If you're not already a Disney+ subscriber, you're missing out on epic experiences and high quality streaming entertainment.


Darth Vader Plushie was at the event too! See what he was up to!

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Gamescom Asia - Grab Your Tickets For The Entertainment Zone!

Here's a reminder for the gamers out there. Have you got your tickets to this year's Gamescom Asia's Entertainment Zone? The consumer segment returns to a physical format from 20 to 22 October 2023, when Gamescom Asia's returns to Suntec Convention Centre.

Capcom Asia has already announced their presence at Gamescom Asia, and there will also be indie publishers showcasing their games. Other than the game publisher booths, attendees can enjoy watching e-sports on site, live panels on stage, play boardgames, buy merchandise, and take pics with cosplayers. Watch out for more exciting announcements as the gaming event of the year draws nearer.

Superfan tickets are very limited, and only Superfans are allowed entry on 20 October (Fri) before the general public. These special tickets cost SGD 65, and are available to purchase till 19 October or until sold out. Superfans will also get an official swag bag that includes a reusable tote bag, special lanyard and keychain, PLUS a 15% discount on all other official merchandise. It's a sweet deal for those who want to get the first dibs on the exhibition hall and try the new games and gear which will be promoted during the event.

As for the public, attendees will be able to enter to the convention on 21 and/ or 22 October (Sat/ Sun) by getting single day tickets. Single day ticket prices are at SGD 19 each.

Before ticket runs out, buy them at this link: https://gamescom.asia/ent-b2c/buy-tickets.

Do note that the ticket prices stated above are before booking fees.


Check out previous articles relating to the write-up of Gamescom Asia show:

* Gamescom Asia 2023 - Capcom Announced For Inaugural B2C Entertainment Zone

* Gamescom Asia 2023's Entertainment Zone To Shift To Physical Format (19 to 22 October 2023)


Gamescom Asia is the satellite event of Gamescom, the world's largest event for computer and video games and Europe's largest business platform for the games industry. Both events are organized by Koelnmesse, one of the world's largest trade fair companies.

For more information and the latest updates, visit Gamescom Asia website, or follow their social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Discord, TikTok, and LinkedIn.


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Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Pop Toy Show Singapore (8 - 10 September 2023) - Meet Toy Designers Alex Solis, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Luke Chueh, Simone Legno and More!

Remember the time, one of our major pop culture event was called STGCC or Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention? And then, somehow, after a couple of years, both the “T” and the “G” segments became more and more non-existent? Even after the show was renamed, the gaming aspect came to almost zilch except for table top games. And last year, Hot Toys - who was usually a major exhibitor - did not even have a booth there.

This provided a lucrative opportunity for someone else to fill the niche regarding designer toys in the local scene. Enter POP MART, a leading China toy company that champions for collectible designer toys, coupled with their innovative marketing strategy. They have taken advantage of the popularity of the blind box culture amongst the younger crowd, and have sunk their roots in Red Dot Island with a flagship store at Funan mall, plus a few other shops spread around the island.

To expand their reach to pop-culture enthusiasts and toy collectors even further, POP MART Singapore has launched its inaugural POP TOY SHOW - the company's first festival held outside of China. POP TOY SHOW opens its doors this weekend from 8 to 10 September 2023 at Sands Expo & Convention Centre.

Other than getting your hands on more cute DIMOO, MOLLY and PUCKY blindboxes and figurines (there is no such thing as not enough space for a hardcore collector! hahaha!), what else can you expect from POP MART'S mega showcase festival? Well, based on their social media announcement, the event is looking up to a be a designer toy collector's haven.

Firstly, the artists of the popular POP MART toy figures - Agee & Yap, Ayan Deng, Kenny Wong, Lang, Pucky, and Skullpanda - will be attending the show. Joining them are a few internationally reknowned designer toy artists will be making their way to POP TOY SHOW, armed with their exclusive artwork and collectibles. So far, the list names local hot favourite Simone Legno of Tokidoki, Alex Solis, Jon-Paul Kaiser, Luke Chueh, Punk Drunkers and Quiccs. Phew! This is a great chance for you to get your precious stuff signed at the show! Do check out the guest signing schedule on their website.

Next, POP TOY SHOW has lined up a series of interesting events for each day's stage programme, including presentation by studios like Smobler and Chiko Roko, live drawings by Jon-Paul Kaiser, Lesdoublewood, Luke Chueh and more, and even an auction of WETWORKS' exclusive figure. There are also key panels about toys on Friday and Sunday, but the one that Red Dot Diva says is worth a shoutout is Women In Toy Art moderated by Jessica Emmett and featuring speakers Erika Tay, Klaris, Sarah Isabel Tan, Steffi and Yang Ovo. Go to this link to see what other segments might interest you for the day(s) that you are attending - https://poptoyshow.sg/pages/stage-programme

The directory of exhibitors who will be at the upcoming POP TOY SHOW is pretty impressive. And well, guess what? Hot Toys will be exhibiting at the event too! So will BE@RBRICK - now with extra notoriety cred due to the recent billion-dollar money laundering bust here. Locally-based toy designers like Daniel Yu, Jessica Emmett, Sarah Isabel Tan and Ziqi Wu will make their presence felt at the show as well. These names are just the tip of the iceberg. You can check out the exhibitor roll at POP TOY SHOW'S website.

This has been a long time coming for ardent designer toy collectors and creatives in the toy design field. Grab your tickets and join the party at the POP TOY SHOW this weekend!

Where: Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Halls D & E
Date: 8 to 10 September 2023 (Fri, Sat and Sun)
Admission: SGD 32.00 per person for 1-day access. Various other multi-day and group options available. Please check the ticketing link.