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MCM Comic Con

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I’m having a break from the cruise stuff to bring you news of my recent shenanigans. Myself and my niece attended MCM for the first time on Saturday (25th May) and we couldn’t believe how crazy it was. Being used to Showmasters events I was unaware of the scale of MCM… it was massive and there were so many people you could barely move; and that was after two hours of queuing to get in. I didn’t go to see anyone in particular but I took my niece along to meet some of her favourite YouTubers at Vidfest, an apparently new addition to the event.

You would never feel silly cosplaying at this event because most people do. In fact you would probably feel silly if you weren’t taking part in some sort of cosplay. Anyway while I was there I met a YouTuber called Chris Kendall whose videos my niece introduced me to about a month ago. I told him how awesome his animal impression video was and he said he was thinking of making another one. I do hope so because this made me laugh.

Here’s a few photos I took on the day

Excel London

Me and Chris Kendall

Busy excel

Canvas Warriors

Geeking out on Marvel

Cats on the prowl

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This Weeks Shenanigans

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It’s been all go this past week. Work has been busy and there hasn’t been enough hours in the day to do everything I need to do before I go away. I’ve been spending a bit of time with my niece recently for various reasons, one or two being Dan Howell and Phil Lester. This is where I start from the beginning to avoid confusion. It all started about 5 or 6 years ago when I introduced her to my favourite YouTuber Cory Williams. I then made her aware of some of my other favourite YouTubers such as Katers17, Charles Trippy, ShayCarl and iJustine. Her curiosity got the better of her and she started looking for others… mainly the younger ones as she is only 14. Two of her favourite YouTubers are also BBC radio 1 presenters that have their own show on a Sunday evening. On two occasions I have had to take her to meet her heroes who have a huge teenage following so being a 32-year-old I felt a bit like the odd one out. Fortunately I don’t think anyone noticed so I grabbed a sneaky photo for myself.

Phil, me and DanTuesday night we went to see WWE Smackdown at London o2 arena. This was my first ever WWE live event. Excited wasn’t the word. I shouted so much I nearly lost my voice. It was a thoroughly entertaining night despite the fact that My favourite Wrestler ‘Sheamus’ lost to ‘the Big Show’. I also touched the arm of Roman Reigns (one part of ‘the Shield’) as he walked past me towards the ring, all was good until I realised I had a handful of grease so proceeded to wipe it on my niece haha! It was satisfying to watch ‘the Undertaker’ Beat ‘Dean Ambrose’ but man they are sore losers. After Dean tapped out all 3 of the Shield decided to beat the crap out of ‘the Undertaker’ who has been in WWE for longer than I can remember.

Anyway I’m now all set for my holiday around the Canary Islands with my friends Debbie and Heidi and will be taking my new ipad with me so I can blog when I’m away. Fingers crossed it works. We leave on Saturday 4th May. I don’t know what I’m going to do yet, whether I’m going to make a daily holiday diary or do it some other way. Stay tuned to find out 🙂

A Random Collection of Photo’s From ToyCon UK Part 3

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Apologies to any of my followers who have no interest whatsoever in Designer Art Toys, you’ll be pleased to know I am boring you with ToyCon photos for the last time (well until next year at least). Thank you for all the likes and comments that I have received.

Designer Art Toys

Designer Art Toys

Designer Art Toys

Vinyl Toys

Peace Seeker

Exhibit

Vinyl Toys

Custom Dunny's

Designer Art Toy

Designer Art Toy

Designer Art Toy

Handmade

A Random Collection of Photo’s From ToyCon UK Part 1

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These is the remaining selection of photo’s That I took at Toycon UK on the 6th April 2013. They are a mishmash of various stalls/artists featured at the event. Some may be a little out of focus.

Custom toy

Custom Figure

Fake mini tea

Cat :)

Designer Art toy

Designer art toy

Designer art toy

Designer art toy

Custom Mega Munny by Mike Strick

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This lovely looking chap with realistic skin features was created especially for ToyCon UK by Mike Strick. He was so good I thought I’d dedicate this post entirely to him (and me if you count the photo at the bottom), whom I assume is nameless as I can’t find one for him. To be honest the photo doesn’t really do him justice. Most of the veins are not visible. You can view details and more photos of the build on Mike’s website HERE.

custom Mega Munny

Me and the Mega Munny

Stitches and Glue at ToyCon UK

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I literally fell in love with Bubu – the famous performing monkey at ToyCon UK… no, not a real monkey but one of ‘stitches and Glue’s’ wonderfully unusual creations which was made exclusively for the event. Those googly eyes staring up at me were just too hard to resist but resist I did, for Bubu was a whopping £375.00 and that was beyond what I could afford. Still, probably not a bad price for a limited edition original. They have only made 6 which makes him extra special.

Bubu

The Stitches and Glue team had a number of items on display including an impressive giant Puppet called Rube.

Rube head shot

Rube

Another ToyCon exclusive was Ren – a custom QiQi

Ren

The last ‘Stitches and Glue’ photo I have is of the rather amusing Joey – a giant embryo custom.

Joey

ToyCon UK

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I attended the first of its kind London designer toy convention yesterday. The hard work put in by ‘ToyCon UK’ didn’t disappoint. Preparations included artist interviews running up to the event, giving a helpful insight into the exhibitors. I was able to become a little more familiar with the artists work before the event so I knew what great talent I was expecting. The detail of some of the designs were amazing and made me wish that I could achieve something as spectacular. An inspiring event to say the least.

As well as the featured stalls there were also talks taking place with some of the artists. These were very popular. My friend and I were unable to get into one of them as there were so many people crammed into one room so we decided to secure a front row seat a little earlier for the next one which was interesting and informative. The customising workshop featured artists Jon Paul Kaiser, who painted a giant monster embryo by ‘Taylored Curiosities’, David Stevenson, who left his creative mark on some ‘Kidrobot’ DIY Munny’s and Kerry Dyer, who put her sculpting skills to test also on a ‘munny’. The panel answered as many of the con goers questions in an hours slot.

Jon Paul Kaiser

Jon Paul Kaiser, David Stevenson and Kerry Dyer

Kerry Dyer

There has already been talks of a 2014 ToyCon which I can’t say I’m surprised about as it’s a great event. Hopefully next years con will be in a bigger venue. This year a lot of people missed out on tickets because they had only allocated a certain amount. Now that the organisers know how popular the event will be I’m sure we’ll see some improvements next year. I know I’d like to be provided with a programme including talk times. These were announced over a speaker which was difficult to hear over the hustle and bustle of the hall. Maybe somewhere we can freely eat our own food on site as we felt it would be a little bit cheeky pulling out a sandwich in the coffee shop. And of course more stalls and artists would be amazing. They should come flocking after word of mouth and all the positive reviews.

Here’s a couple of my purchases from ToyCon UK.

Monster from ‘Monsters and mecha’ 

My monster

My Cavey by ‘A Little Stranger’

Hey Cavey

More photo’s from the event to follow.