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Brigada: Adventures in Marogondon, Cavite



I was a guest and co-host for this segment of Brigada to feature Maragondon as the next travel and adventure destination near Manila. Go watch and discover what the town can offer for tourism.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

2nd Toy Expo Philippines by Toy Kingdom (my coverage)

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I thought that we will not make it for the last day of the Toy Expo Philippines, all of us at home were sick because of that pandecoco we bought in a nearby bakery here in the village, because we got tummy sick, we decided not to go out on a Sunday and planned to stay at home, but then my son Ashton reminded us that he still wants to go to the Toy Expo, he knows that it’s the last day. He cried because we promised that we will take him to the Toy Expo, after some debate at home, we finally decided to go out.

Me and my wife agreed that we can visit the toy event for 1-2 hours and then go back after we check out the booths, the games and shop for toys. We’re still sick that day, but we didn’t noticed our body’s limitation because of the tummy flu, thanks to those toys and giant set up of toy characters around the big hall of SMX for distracting us and enjoy the day of toys.

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I’m glad that the entrance is free! I can tell that the Toy Expo’s 2nd run is a lot more better than the 1st last 2012. There are lots of games and activities for kids, discounted toy items, toy exhibits, new toy releases, mascot meet and greet and lots of freebies when you purchase a toy.

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The entrance to Toy Expo Philippines


The exhibits are fun to have a photo op, here’s my series of photo ops with some toy characters.

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Play Doh and R2D2

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Emmet LEGO and Gundam robot
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Me hanging out at the Hello Kitty Café


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Transformers booth

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LEGO monument exhibit and a visit to Olaf’s domain

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Ashton is so happy and we didn’t went home empty handed. Our mission that day is to take home some toys that are new and useful for our little play area here at home.

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Here’s Ashton having a photo op with Bernie and Moch of Toy Kingdom
They are also my blog readers! hehehe thanks Bernie and Moch

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Thanks also to LAJ Marketing for this LEGO freebie!!
We bought LEGO the movie Cloud Cuckoo land that day…yup! we are all orig LEGO


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Here are the set up of some booths
-- Disney booth

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Mattel booth

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LEGO booth

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Toy Kingdom Lego-fied

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30% off!! only here at Toy Expo

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I took a glimpse of this Hasbro booth
ohh I see some My Little Pony stuff here

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The division of the booth and the aisle

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Leap Frog booth
- lots of touch and try session here

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And its photo op time with Mr. Potato Head and Play Doh!
the photo op is free and pwede for all ages.

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Yohooo Ash and Lace!
- then it reminded me that I hate Play-Doh, because its so messy when your kid doesn’t know to clean up the floor after playing some Play-Doh clay. Oh but I still love Play Doh, because they are easy to play with.


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Some Loom band activity.
I also saw that Rainbow Loom is present and have a booth nearby.

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at the Mega Bloks booth

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Some Mega Bloks items on sale

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Monopoly free gaming!

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At the LEGO booth and exhibit

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LEGO displayed their custom set featuring the iconic monuments and buildings of the world.

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Ashton now meets Emmett

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We saw fresh stocks of LEGO the movie toy and play set. At a price of PHP1.6k above, you can now have one playset with 3-4 LEGO characters from the movie.


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Hot Wheels driving area


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PS4 driving simulator

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Ohhh Ashton spotted his classmates at Monster Academy

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I’m surprised that the Toy Expo even featured the new toys that will come out soon. Here’s toy review of the next first Marvel-Disney animated movie titled Big Hero 6.

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The toys are cute! these toys will be available late 2014 or maybe early 2015.

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A visit to Spongebob’s lair

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Ohhh…inflatable castle is free for kids!


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Batman booth


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Then we decided to check out Hello Kitty Café here at the Toy Expo. I just learned that this is a teaser of an upcoming Official Hello Kitty café, its an original licensed café and not the imitation. Accdg. to my source, Bizu got the award to carry the Hello Kitty Café brand here in the country. The target venue might in SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall or at SM Aura.

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The seats


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The cup cakes

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The Hello Kitty Cafe

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They also serve rice meals and pasta meals.

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A view of their food and pastries.

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PS4 gaming area.


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me and Ash spotted the gaming arena of PS4

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Here we played that Ninja game, and after playing, we are rewarded by some virtual gold coins.

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The AR feature of the PS4 is fun!!!



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Crayola booth


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Mommy Lace and Ash playing inside the Sylvanian booth


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More art stuff


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Gundam toys and model kit booth

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Gundam robot
- honestly I no longer recognize these new robots.

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I believe this is the Cross Bones Gundam from the F91 world.

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Painted Sazabi

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This new Gundam is astig!


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Upgraded RX 78 Gundam mobile suit armor

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Ashton and the giant Gundam robot hahah.

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Here’s my first time to see a bigger scale version of a Sazabi. Its an armor for the Sazabi toy.

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Gundam Model Kit sessions

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One of the most important toy booth for us hahah
Ashton collects Tomica toys and playset, that’s why we visited the Toy Expo, bec. of the Tomica booth


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Ashton poses with the giant Tomica boxes

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A view of Tomica City


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Ohhh boy.. sale discount up to 20% off.


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Mommy and Ashton chooses the new Tomica cars


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I really want this, but Ashton grabbed a new sports car concept.

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Nerf shooting range.
Kids go wacky here hahha.

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A visit to Transformers booth

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New stocks!!! whohohoh. I was hunting for Snarl dinobot, but then

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I found Rat Trap from the Beast Wars classic cartoons. I didn’t bought this, but the toy already haunted me as soon as I went back home.

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Ashton visits the LEGO booth again, another important toy for us. Because Ashton collects and plays all orig LEGO blocks.

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LEGO Jose Rizal Monument

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Hot Wheels wall design.

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This is new ha! Mixed LEGO figures

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I’m so curious to play these board games made from LEGO blocks.

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The game looks simple and fun. I will grab this next time

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Visiting the Cashier counter.



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We got a freebie after buying that Uni Kitty’s play set from the LEGO Movie.


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Ashton chooses this Mitsuoka Orochi.

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At home I started to build the Cloud Cuckoo land LEGO set.


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Awesome…just opened a box of LEGO and I’m glad LEGO did a nice tutorial, so I followed the instructions and after then a less 3 hours to assemble and play with Ashton.


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Weee!! see you all on next year!

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.


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