Wednesday, August 17, 2016

2nd Hong Kong Toy Festival (14th to 18th July 2016)

My first meal in Hong Kong with Ken and Larry. This time we are attending the 2nd Hong Kong Toy Festival. I have a few friends who had a booth in this event this year. Ken-Box, Ken's Garage, Minicar Shop, Daboxtoys and Wayne as an individual collector will have stalls at the event. This should be an good excuse to attend this event for the first time and I can meet friends at the same time.

After our lunch, we head on to Eastern Toy Shop.

I understand no photography but sorry, I just have to do it.

They sell all brands of toy cars like Tomica, Siku, Majorette, Matchbox, Hot Wheels etc.

While heading to a friend's shop in Lai Chi Kok, I saw this old hobby shop and decided to stop by to have a look.

They sell model kits and they have some dead stock of Matchbox as well.

Some new Tomica on sale here too.

Finally reached Dream Toys in Pacifica Mall. Dream Toys is owned by Monica and her hubby, Roger. Her shop has many children because they are selling all assortment of toys but they do carry quite a handful of Tomica.

Close up on their shop front show case.

Different assortment of Tomica from domestic black box to event or special models.

Their show case inside the shop.

This is Monica and Roger.

Saw a matt military olive green GTR in Pacifica Mall car park.

Heading to Ken's Garage new shop as he shifted just recently.

His shop shifted to Cheong Wah Factory Building now.

Level 4 unit 408

This should be the largest Tomica box.

His new shop is slightly smaller but he will bring out all his Tomica to show you.

His little workshop in his shop.

Headed to Kowloon Bay in the evening for preparation of the Toy Festival with Ken.

For little fans to take photo during the event.

Event organized by Mani Toys so naturally they took up half a hall.

Daboxtoys preparing for the event tomorrow.

Here is Ken-Box in the middle of preparation.

Mani Toys had rows of shelves filled with Tomica.

Everyone working hard for the big day tomorrow.

1/18 EG6 which was released some time ago.

This is what they are going to release this October. They made 100 samples but this will not be the final according to the boss. They are going to make the wheels a little smaller to make it more proportional.

Another friend's stall. Mainly all Tomica.

 Ghostbusters have a booth too.

City under construction.

The city looks as if an Tomica earthquake hits it.

I hope to bring the pair home. They are guarding the entrance for Mani.

Large Tomica "box" but it's not really a real box.

Tiny Toys' booth. I finally know who the boss is now. I communicated with him more than 10 years ago. I bet he forgotten who I am now. They have this ice-cream scooter to distribute ice-cream to visitors during the toy festival.

Their display is awesome.

Reminds me of Tomica prototype but this is Tiny.

Last photo of event's stage before heading back to hotel.

Next day on 1st day of event. Non stop crowd to our booth at Ken-Box.

We are all busy at the custom Tomica counter as the public rushes to buy custom models.

We went to hall 2 where Wayne is. Hall 2 is equally crowded. I did not explore the toy festival much. I am kind of like having a friend gathering this trip. Attended a few lunches and dinners.

Went shopping for Tomica with friends.

I have not been shopping in Hong Kong for quite some time. There are shops selling Tomica almost everywhere.

This is similar to our China Square but it is 3 times bigger but 3 times smaller than Nakano.

There are around 2 or 3 shops specialize in Tomica or toy cars while the rest of the shops selling figurines or vintage toys. It's an eye opener just to window shop.

I had Japanese food for consecutive 2 nights in Hong Kong. This dinner is with my big brother in Hong Kong. He collects toy cars as well so we have lots of topic to talk.
When we are going to an Prada outlet, I discovered a small shop selling Tomica.

I urge all collectors to go to Hong Kong instead, you can stop going Japan. I find Japan too crowded these days whenever I am there. So, please visit Hong Kong for Tomica. Thank you.