Lovers of the hugely popular Transformers franchise have more reasons to smile this March school holidays with the launch of the first Transformers Cybertron Con in Southeast Asia. The event kicked off with speeches by dignitaries from Hasbro (Singapore) and Resorts World Sentosa, followed by a precision drill display by some talented secondary school boys.
Held at Resorts World Sentosa's Convention Centre from now until 14 March, the convention brings together exhibits, activities, toys, video games, and more from the sci-fi world of changeable alien robots. Tickets are priced at S$12 for a Day Pass and S$68 for a four-day VIP Pass, with special bundled packages with hotel stays and Universal Studios Singapore entry.
Appearing at the convention is a museum-like display of toys, cartoons and artworks from the 27 year history of the Transformers brand.
They range from the from the classic "Generation 1" era, originals from Takara Tomy, the famous "Beast Wars" series, right up to the most recent blockbuster movies and the current "Transformers Prime" animated series.
Other than the toy displays, an extensive gallery of works by street artists and dioramas can be found in the convention. Here, various fighting scenes and specially "modified" robots are proudly displayed by modelling enthusiasts for your viewing pleasure.
The centrepiece of event must be the 22-foot tall Optimus Prime character statue - one of the tallest ever made. For $20, you can take a photograph with the character from a nice vantage point as a souvenir to bring home.
Other highlights include drawing classes by top Hasbro artists (for the die-hard fan artists!), a 3D mini theatre, panel sessions with the original creator of the robot series back in Japan - Mr Hideaki Yoke, and a national 'fastest fingers first' challenge to see which convention visitors can 'transform' an action figure from "robot" to "vehicle" mode in double-quick time.
Talk about hardcore! Wait, there're more great stuff rolling into the convention.
Younger robot fans can fix their own Transformers figures with the Kre-O workshop, or they can "dance" with Bumblebee in a Kre-O Augmented Reality Interactive Zone. That looks pretty fun for the young 'uns.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you can bring home a Transformer robot or 2 or 10 at the huge merchandise zone. I heard that there are some new recently minted toys that are launched just for the occasion, so don't miss out on this opportunity all ye Transformer toy boys (and girls).
Oh, and if you're lucky, you can get them autographed by Mr Hideaki Yoke too!
For more details of the Transformers Cybertron Con 2012, check out this link here. Are you ready to "transform" yet?
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