Hidden Treasures at the 11th TAGCOM

Written by: Carlos Zotomayor

Geek | Apr 30, 2017


The 2017 Pinoy Gaming Festival may have a lot of video game-related activities, but in terms of merchandise, you're pretty much stuck with traditional T shirts and prayers for raffles that never get answered. It also isn't exactly near for some people. Being located at the Trinoma Activity Center means that it may as well be on the other side of the planet.

Luckily, the 11th Toys and Hobbies Convention (TAGCOM) is also being held this weekend at the Megatrade Hall 3 of SM Megamall. Filled with toys, shirts, and real life replicas of dangerous weapons used in anime, there's no end to the things you can buy at a discounted price before reselling them on eBay.

Though convention staples like Pop! figures and Gundam model kits are ever-present, more serious collectors know that the fun in these events is finding rare gems hidden amongst the crap.

To help these plastic prospectors out, here are a couple of pretty cool collectibles that even we know are worth more than the ridiculous price tags that are stuck to them.

An actual working Game Boy Color - P1,500

For those who know what an alkaline battery is, these were used to power flashlights, transistor radios, and your portable gaming consoles.

It was a simpler time with simpler games, most of which were playable on Nintendo's Game Boy Color. Bundled with two working titles, this is no doubt a steal for those who wish to relive those days when video games had actual challenge to them.

There are even Game Boy SPs to be found in the same area, which are the slimmer variants of its iconic handheld grandfather.

Digimon Tamagotchi - P150

A Tamagotchi was a curse that children cast upon their parents by making them take care of their virtual pets while they were off at school.

In a sense, Digimon provided the same premise; so it only makes sense to combine the two into one time-consuming activity.

Though a toy Digivice hasn't been seen since the cartoons aired back in the day, this isn't a bad alternative to the more expensive option.

Pop! Evolve Goliath - P350

Turtle Rock Studios' Evolve may have slipped under the radars of most people, but the now free-to-play multiplayer game had a fun premise that lets you control either a hunter of the gigantic monster that the other players are looking for.

A six-inch Pop! figure normally runs you about P1,000, but this particular Goliath is already out of its box. So if you don't mind playing with your action figures like you are supposed to do, then this mortal sin by collector's standards can be easily overlooked.

Mario/ Duck Hunt NES Cartridge - P150

This collection doesn't come with the console that plays it, but if you still have a working Nintendo Entertainment System and that stupidly large NES Zapper for Duck Hunt, or if you just want a very nostalgic paperweight, then owning two of the games that made the NES the classic that it is isn't a bad idea at all.

Fallout Bobbleheads - P1,000 each

If you have played either Fallout 3 or Fallout 4, you may have come across some weird, plastic collectibles of the Vault Boy that strangely increase your character's skills whenever you find one.

The bobbleheads found in TAGCOM 2017 won't help with your ability to pick locks, but they can increase your intelligence so you'll know that pulling a stunt like that usually means you end up in jail.

These are only a few of the many finds that you can come across at the event. Other honorable mentions go to a plastic brain, a full-headed Batman cowl, and a creepy hooded figure of E.T. So if you're looking for anything out of the ordinary (or just want to join in with other K-pop fans near the stage), then drop by TAGCOM 2017 this weekend.

About the author: Carlos Zotomayor

Zoto can see your underpants. Mmm... tasteful.

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