Pop culture heroes expected at Toycon 2018

Published June 4, 2018, 11:17 AM

by Hannah Torregoza 

A sorceress, two Power Rangers, a Peter Pan Fire Lord, a lycan (i.e. werewolf), and a legendary comic book creator are coming to Toycon Poplife FanXperience 2018 on June 8 to 10 at the SMX Convention Center.

(Clockwise): Kelly Hu, Kevin Grevioux, Michael Copon, Jason David Frank, Neal Adams, and Dante Basco (mb.com.ph)
(Clockwise): Kelly Hu, Kevin Grevioux, Michael Copon, Jason David Frank, Neal Adams, and Dante Basco

Leading the list of pop culture heroes expected at the event is comic book industry Hall of Famer Neal Adams. His works include the reinvention of Batman’s look to the blue-and-gray color scheme, aside from creating Batman villains Ra’s al Ghul and Man-Bat. He also revitalized other titles as Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and X-Men.

Kelly Hu joins the Toycon 2018 guest roster in the latest announcement. Her most popular roles include playing Sorceress Cassandra in “The Scorpion King,” and as the villain Lady Deathstrike in “X-Men 2.” She also appeared on the popular TV series “The Vampire Diaries” and “Arrow.” Kelly also did voice acting for animated series “Phineas And Ferb,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and in video games as “Mortal Combat X” and “Batman: Arkham Origins.”

Filipino-American actor Dante Basco will finally meet his kababayan fans this year. He played Peter Pan’s sidekick Rufio in the 1991 movie “Hook” alongside Robin Williams, and is the voice actor for the fire-bender Zuko in Nickelodeon’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” Jake Long in Disney’s “American Dragon: Jake Long” cartoon series, as well as various video game characters.

Two actors from the Power Rangers franchise will share the Toycon 2018 stage. Jason David Frank played the Green Ranger and the White Ranger in the “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” series and its other iterations over the years. Michael Copon’s breakout role was playing the Blue Ranger in last year’s “Power Rangers: Time Force” movie, but he was also known for his roles in the TV series “One Tree Hill.”

Another Toycon 2018 guest is Kevin Grevioux, best known for his role as the lycan Raze who fought against vampires in the “Underworld” film series, which he also co-created and co-wrote. He also appeared in films as Tim Burton’s “Planet Of The Apes” remake, “The Mask,” and “Steel.”

Toycon Poplife FanXperience 2018 regular day passes and FanX VIP Experience passes are available in all SM Ticket outlets or through its website.
The event marketing head for Toycon PH is Cholo Mallillin.