IN PHOTOS: Awesome stars, cool toys, cosplayers, and more at ToyCon 2016

MANILA, Philippines – ToyCon has always been one of Manila's most anticipated events, for the toy and collectible hobbyists, pop culture enthusiasts, cosplayers, and more. This year, June 10 to 12, the annual convention rolled out bigger than before – moving from its previous home in SM Megamall to the cavernous SMX Convention Center.

It also happened that ToyCon was celebrating its 15th year. Partnering with Pop! Life Entertainment, it brought the FanXperience – an "offshoot" of Salt Lake Comic Con – to Manila.

Indeed, what a way to celebrate this milestone with astounding exhibitions and a lineup of international celebrity guests. Beyond just an event, this year's ToyCon highlighted how much it has grown as a community of pop culture fans.

From the cool toys and collectibles to the people we met, let's take a look back – in photos – on what went on at this year's ToyCon.

Great Saiyaman (Gohan) and Saiyagirl (Videl) from Dragon Ball. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Great Saiyaman (Gohan) and Saiyagirl (Videl) from Dragon Ball.

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Chewbacca cosplayer. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Chewbacca cosplayer.

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Among them, the Jedi and Sith from Fightsaber Philippines amazed the ToyCon crowd, who watched them show off their mastery of battling and dueling with lightsabers.

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler
Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler
Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler
Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Convention-goers also got a chance to look like a walker from The Walking Dead with award-winning US-based face and body artist Sammie Bartko

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler
Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Of course, what's a ToyCon without the toys for the little kids, the young-at-heart, and collectors?

There are towering ones you can't literally bring home, such as the Voltes V replica that is immediately seen from the gates.

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

There were even dolls made in the image of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Rodrigo Duterte.

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NBA stars. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

NBA stars.

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Darth Vader, Imperial Guards, and Stormtroopers. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Darth Vader, Imperial Guards, and Stormtroopers.

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler
Rurouni Kenshin. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Rurouni Kenshin.

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Were you there at ToyCon? Tell us about your cool finds and awesome experiences in the comments below. – Rappler.com

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