LOOK: Your pop culture heroes spill what they geek out on at the ToyCon Poplife FanX

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED June 10, 2018 12:35 pm | UPDATED June 10, 2018 01:03 pm
(from left to right) Michael Copon, Kevin Grevioux, Dante Bosco, Neal Adams, and Kelly Hu/Inside Manila

(Inside Manila) The three-day Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention or TOYCON 2018 has finally commenced!



Kicking things off, ToyCon brought another batch of remarkable names in the pop culture industry to the "Toycon: Poplife Fan Xperience" stage; Michael Copon who played Blue Power Ranger in the "Power Rangers: Time Force", Kevin Grevioux, a comic book writer and best known for his role in the "Underworld" film series, Dante Basco, who played Rufio in "Hook", the voice behind Jai Kell in the "Star Wars: Rebels" and Zuko of the "Avatar: The Last Airbender", Neal Adams, a legendary comic book artist and Kelly Hu, who played Lady Deathstrike in "X-Men 2", Sorceress Cassandra in "Scorpion King" and China White in "Arrow".


In a live QA, the five gamely answered what they geek out on—turns out they're very much the same as their fans!


Michael Copon said that he's still into the Marvel and DC comics and films. But confessed that he's more into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Kevin Grevioux is also into the Marvel comics and had built the vintage Aurora Monster Model Kits when he's 12.


Moreover, the Underworld star shared what others don't know—he once had a Hotwheels collection!


"But what a lot of people don't know is that I really like Hotwheels. I'm talking about the 1968 to 1971 red models,"


The voice behind Prince Zuko, Dante Basco, is more of a 90s' fan. And shared that he had collected albums, style, and fashion of the beloved era.


"I geek about 90s' Hip-hop; Biggy Smalls, Tupac," he said.


"I grew up on that scene so I'm a part of that scene. I can collect records and singles and stuff, style and fashion from that era," Basco added.



The lovely Kelly Hu shared that it’s different in Hawaii where she grew up. She recalled that they’re very much into Japanese superheroes. Something the Philippine fans are familiar too, which surprised the actress.


I've been in Marvel movies. But growing up in Hawaii, you know we had like a different experience. We grew up in a lot of Japanese-sort of superheroes. Kikaida Man and Kamen Rider. Yeah, those are the ones I grew up with,” Hu said.


While the artist behind Batman's iconic blue and gray color scheme, Neal Adams, answered the question which made fans laugh out loud in agreement.


"I geek out on DC Comics and movies. And how much better they would be if they were shot by Marvel,"


Burning questions from fans


Of course, fans of the five seized the opportunity and asked their burning questions to their idols.



A fan asks a question at the Poplife Xperience/Inside Manila


When asked whether an "Underworld" is set out for another movie or a TV series, Kevin Grevioux answered that the movie is more likely to happen.


"You know how these franchises are, they can go on forever. So I doubt very seriously if there would not be another Underworld movie. As far as TV show I know they've been thinking about it, but we'll see what happens that's a little bit more tricky. But keep your fingers crossed if you like," he said.



"But I am writing the comic books though, so you guys can check out the comics," he added.


Neal Adams on the other advised that those who looked up to him needs to learn how to draw based on their own and not on his style. He then offered his lessons are available to view on Patron.


"I've got six lessons now, they're not about "Draw like me" they're about how you can learn how to draw. So if there are very small number of you in here that want to be artists you can learn how to do it—not how to draw like me, which is the worst thing of a world you can do. What you wanna do is you want to draw like you. And that's what you can learn,"



Some of the numerous toy displays at ToyCon 2018!



Toy Collectible and more!/Inside Manila


Catch more of these remarkable guests at the ToyCon 2018 at the SMX Convention Center. Hurry now because it's the convention's last day!




SMX Convention Center Manila is at Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. For more information, visit www.toyconph.com or follow TOYCON PH on Facebook.

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