I’ve come to notice in Korea that few people past their twenties will openly admit that they watch anime, read manga, game, or collect toys. That said, I was surprised to see that a variety of toy conventions pop up in Seoul year-round, and each one well attended by almost exclusively adults. So while I felt like a lone nerd when I initially moved to Seoul, over time I realized that this country is full of people just as nerdy as me; however, unlike me, most don’t feel the need to shout it from the rooftops.
Here’s me full of wide-eyed wonderment before entering the con. It’s a bit smaller than some of the other toy and pop culture cons in Seoul (i.e. Seoul Kidult Fair) but it still made me giddy as hell. The majority of the convention consists of exhibit and sales space for indie toy designers, although you can also find a couple booths selling nendoroids, Gundams, anime and Sanrio blindbox toys peppered throughout.
There were a lot of great pieces to be seen, but in my opinion, the real standouts were “The Satanshop” figures. They were some of the most simple and understated figures there, but their concept was delivered so cleverly, I kind of just fell in love. The manspreader, the leg crosser–anyone who rides a subway on a daily basis knows these are the mortal sins of public transportation, and the creators really brought their point across perfectly.
Coming in close second were the incredibly expressive dolls at the con. They ranged from cutesy to melancholy, to downright haunting, but each one was no doubt lovely and painstakingly detailed.
Overall, there were some great and unique finds at the con. INCIDENTALLY, I lamed out and just picked up a mass-produced Haikyu blind box toy instead of snagging a beautiful indie creation, but there’s always next time. Find out more about this annual convention on their website.
Continue on for a couple more lovely toy snaps from the con. Which one is your favorite? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below ^_^