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Gaming and Toys Converge as TOFICON Returns in Cebu After 3-Year Hiatus

11:11 AM December 07, 2022

After a long 3-year hiatus, Toys and Figures Convention Cebu (TOFICON) returned to attract Cebuano toy collectors at J Centre Mall, Mandaue City, Cebu last Sunday, December 4, 2022.

As it was an open event, Esports Inquirer went in for a closer look, and here’s a sneak peek of what happened at TOFICON 2022.

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Toys Galore

Considering it was a toy and figurines event, many toys were displayed during TOFICON 2022’s toy exhibit and pop-up shops, including official video game merchandise and fan-made ones.

Mortal Kombat figurines were always awesome to look at | via Daryll Galindo, Esports Inquirer

 

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These hand-crocheted VALORANT agents were being sold for a low price of PHP 120 | Photo courtesy of Gary Montejo

Video Game Tournaments

Just like in the previous iterations of TOFICON, the event featured video game tournaments wherein everyone that was interested could join.

FGC connoisseurs flocked TOFICON 2022 as Orient FGC offered Guilty Gear Strive, Tekken 7, and Brawlhalla | via Daryll Galindo, Esports Inquirer

After their successful Super Smash Bros. Ultimate LAN comeback this year, Orient FGC held two King of the Hill tournaments for Guilty Gear Strive and Brawlhalla, with How Do I Block? and nair? winning the tournaments respectively. Orient FGC also ran open casuals for Tekken 7 for those who just wanted to chill.

The top three placers in TOFICON’s Pokémon GO tournament | via Daryll Galindo, Esports Inquirer

Meanwhile, TOFICON 2022 also featured a Pokémon GO tournament by Pokémon GO Team Cebu, marking the first-ever comeback of physical Pokémon GO tournaments in Cebu. It was PureExtreme who took home the crown followed by Cebuano Pokémon GO veteran 00ChinoPacia00 in second place and KiritoChii03 in third.

Cosplay and More

TOFICON 2022 also offered more than just a plethora of toys and multiple video game tournaments during the one-day event.

This Chamber duo graced TOFICON 2022 along with the rest of the cosplayers at the venue | via Daryll Galindo, Esports Inquirer

 

For casual players, Game Center Jun brought nostalgia in TOFICON 2022 through their retro fighting games | via Daryll Galindo, Esports Inquirer

 

As with most conventions this year, TOFICON 2022 also had artists selling their fanart | via Daryll Galindo, Esports Inquirer

With TOFICON 2022 a success, the organizers of TOFICON thanked everyone through a heartfelt message posted on their Facebook page and they will be aiming to come back again next year.

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