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'Transformers' invade Sentosa
Publication Date : 12-03-2012
Visitors converged on Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore yesterday, not to try their luck at the casino but to meet the creators of their favourite toy franchise.
Transformers fans filled the Compass Ballroom on the first day of the biannual Cybertron Con - the first time the show has come to Singapore.
Treats in store for them included a 6.7m-tall steel-and-plexiglass robot that weighed a tonne, and a retrospective exhibition of 1,000 figurines tracing the 28-year history of the transforming toy line.
Early birds also had a chance to meet the brand's founding father, Takara Tomy lead designer Hideaki Yoke, and get their figurines signed by him.
Hardcore fan Brandon Yip snagged prime position at the front of the queue to meet the Japanese design legend by arriving more than 22 hours before the convention opened.
The 23-year-old marketing undergraduate said he had been a fan since he was five years old, when he inherited a first-generation Optimus Prime from his sister.
"I am very delighted to be here for the first time," said Yip. "I've no words to describe what I'm feeling."
The mood was ratcheted up a notch in the afternoon panel session, when fans took to the microphone with a flurry of questions. These ranged from Yoke's favourite toy from the line (the Vehicon Deluxe) to why Dino, the Ferrari Italia 458 from last year's Transformers movie, did not make it into toy form (the licensing agreement with Ferrari did not materialise).
Devoted fan Marcus Goh lent more than 400 pieces - or a third of his collection - to the exhibition.
The 30-year-old MediaCorp scriptwriter said the robot figurines had cost at least the equivalent of a small car but had been much more enjoyable.
"I know most people see the cartoons as extended toy commercials. But there really is a very moving story behind them, with insights into human nature as well," he said.
"There's definitely more than meets the eye to the characters than what you first think."