Sunday, March 11, 2012

Cybertron Con 2012 photos at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

Back from attending my first Transformers convention, conveniently held not too far from home in sunny Singapore. Here are some photos from Cybertron Con 2012, held at the Resorts World Convention Centre at Sentosa.

The spinning Universal logo ball in front of Universal Studios Singapore. A very familiar logo for movie watchers. After a while you realize that the entire word doesn't fit in one frame, so you get whatever you can. Or you simply take a video of the thing :)

Poster near the venue, in the public outdoor area.

Nice scene that might not be out of place in a movie. Still at the public outdoor area. Fantastic view.

One level down to B1 into the air-conditioned area (see the aircon vents in the background?). This place is much cooler compared to Level 1 which is admittedly downright hot in the tropical Singapore climate despite the huge transparent coverings over much of the area. Perhaps they could have domed and air-conditioned the whole place, no?

Entrance to the Resorts World Convention Centre where the event is being held.

People queuing up to get in. Pretty long queue. Lots of Transformers fans over here in Singapore.

After some time queuing, the entrance to the large convention / ballroom is finally reached.

In there, visitors walk through 28 years worth of Transformers toys, from every known series starting from Generation 1 (G1), to G2, Energon, Armada, Cybertron, Robots in Disguise, Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Transformers Animated, Prime, the live-action movies series, Transformers to Revenge of the Fallen to Dark of the Moon (anything left out?). Pretty impressive collections in there.

Close-up of Optimal Optimus from Beast Wars. Already rare and expensive when it first came out, close to impossible to find nowadays.

Jetstorm from Beast Machines. Another hard to find one.

Unbelievably, this one is still mint in the box. The confused case, known variously as Skyfire, Jetfire, the Robotech VF-1 Veritech transforming variable fighter, aka Valkyrie in the original Macross saga, and this even has its place in the Battletech world, where it is known variously as Wasp, Stinger, Pheonix Hawk and Crusader.

Primus from the Cybertron series. Believed to be the only case so far in any series where they have released a Primus that transformed into Cybertron itself.

Moving on to the more familiar and recent Movies series. Many people have many of these models, with all the popularity and attention drummed up by the 3 recent live action Transformers movies.
More Movies series. The original release of Bonecrusher is increasingly rare nowadays. There were a number of re-paint jobs done after that, but they all looked significantly different from the original.

Moving on to the custom artwork section. This is quite nicely done. One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall, from Dark of the Moon, where Optimus Prime defeated Sentinel.

White balance is always tricky in an indoor setting, particularly at the Convention Centre with all the soft, dim yellow lighting emanating from the distant ceiling. Fortunately most (all?) Canon cameras come with a custom white balance function, so all you have to do is to select an area *that ought to be white*, sample it, and it smartly auto-corrects the white balance accordingly. Neat.

Another example of custom white balance at work. This is a custom Crimson Bumblebee. Nice metallic finish.

The big 22-foot (6.7m) tall Optimus Prime statue from the Movies series dominating the convention hall area. Supposedly this is on a 1:1 scale.

Close-up of the 22-foot Optimus Prime statue. You can pony up SGD $20 (USD $16) to have a photo taken professionally at eye level with Optimus, where you have to climb some stairs and metal strutwork to get up on a platform to do so, or you can take whatever photos from whatever angle you can get from ground level.

All in all, pretty decent stuff for Transformers fans to look at. Show going on from 11 to 14 March 2012 at Resorts World Convention Centre, Sentosa, Singapore.

References :

1. Transformers Cybertron Con 2012 Opening Hours at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore
2. Cybertron Con 2012 (official website. for further info and ticketing)
3. Transformers Singapore (official Facebook page)

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