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[REVIEW] Blackpool Play Expo 2018 Saturday 10th February

Sunday, 11 February 2018

So this weekend was Play Expo Blackpool, by Replay events. I’ve previously written a blog post about my last visit in 2016, and my very first visit in 2015! Unfortunately wasn’t able to attend the last Manchester event back in October. With the cancellation of MCM Telford and MCM Liverpool which took place in February and March, I decided to take an opportunity to try something new instead.

Travelling wise, there weren’t any issues. There are bus stops, a spacious car park and a tram line all in close proximity. The venue itself is at Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre. It’s a hotel and an exhibition centre combined and has a standout architectural design so it’s hard to miss finding it.
For the convention, there were a few rooms designated. The main hall with a stage, bar and game playing. The dealer hall is separated into a more brightly lit room, with corridors also lined with rows of PC consoles for people to try different types of games. I found this to be the most noticeable difference between Blackpool & Manchester, as Event City has a more open floor space.

The dealer hall being separated was one part of the convention I enjoyed, the dealers seemed really happy at the con and I’m glad some of the usual vendors made another appearance. I managed to pick up a copy of Tales of Destiny along with buying snacks.

The main hall for the games was really dark, which becomes evident after the photos. I don’t think there would have been much to salvage from taking photos on a DSLR camera compared to a smartphone camera.

Samba da Amigo was a popular game of choice, as any dance-themed game tends to be. Some games were Japanese imports but the premise and controls are easy to quickly pick up on. The Arcade games don’t require any costs to operate as well. I managed to get further than expected in one arcade game. Some games I played, I found it hard to play and often kept dying but there’s no patience to sit down and through a tutorial or instructions on how to play the game, make use of the controller. There’s just so much choice.

The main stage had music playing throughout the day until the designated time for the masquerade. As similar with Manchester, the main hall stage was used for the masquerade for entrants to walk on. A flurry of people huddle over to the stage to watch and without a seating area, it became a bit crowded towards the main hall as the stage and the rows of seats for the gaming areas being blocked with children excitedly running around, as they often do... At Manchester, this worked better with a larger open space and a calmer atmosphere.

I brought Kairi along since I wanted to wear a cosplay that was easy to move around in since there’s a lot of sitting up and down to play all sort of games. Also, I wanted to grab some photos considering the venue is right close to the promenade. The weather was pretty awful but it’s always nice to see the beach at Blackpool.

I didn’t see many cosplays at the event, with the age range for the audience appearing to be heavily skewed. There was a large percentage of young adult males in groups, which is nothing out of the ordinary for a gaming convention. However, there was a larger increase of young children which may be due to upcoming half term in the calendar and an easy venue location.

Next up, I’ll be at the new Liverpool convention in March!

Also, you can’t leave Blackpool without a chippy. Thankfully there was one opposite the street and the option to dine in during the cold and wet weather.

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[REVIEW] CardCaptor Sakura – In Uniform (FuRyu)

Monday, 29 January 2018
Once again, I'm back with another figurine review!
FuRyu's previous release of their CardCaptor Sakura line was their "Platinum Star" which I spoke about in this earlier blog post.
Upon release of said figure, I was curious as to whether FuRyu would choose to make any more of Sakura's outfits, and these releases do not seem to be stopping any time soon, as another figure from this line has been slated for an April release.

I bought this figurine from Amiami as a pre-order for 1,580 yen which is roughly £11. For such a low price, I don’t have high expectations compared to other companies releases and adding each new release to my collection only gives me the worry about shelving space.

My very first notice upon opening the delivery box is that the packaging has changed. Now the outside packaging box has become noticeably smaller with no plastic insert to preview the figurine on display. Also the blister box has now been swapped for a simple piece of cardboard to keep the figurine secure and since this is a prize figure, there is no assembly required besides inserting the figurine into the base stand, which is typically plain white. However this base, compared to their previous has been also been downsized, making the figurine in effect look smaller overall.
The lack of a poofy magical outfit may also be another reason for this too.
The figure itself is as good as I expect from FuRyu's previous releases. The pose is really fitting for Sakura's character as a youthful energetic school girl in contrast to her magical girl persona.

The addition of the roller blades is the most eye catching aspect of the design, as it holds lots of details and compliments the anime art style with its bright pink colour scheme. Alongside this, there are many small details which can be seen upon closer inspection, the uniform includes tomodea school badge, with movement in the pleats of the skirt, which includes an underskirt layer and shorts underneath. I’m glad to see research and effort has been put into the design as my first thoughts upon seeing the new packaging style was that corners have been cut.
Even though the eye decals, the sculpture of hair are all identical across this product line, there has been a slight change in which closing Sakura's smile which improved the balance of her face. In terms of facial design, this release has been my favourite so far.
Overall, this school uniform figure is cute, all of the releases have been cute. With this being the fifth release, I like both the consistency in the design throughout, yet I’m glad to see gradual improvements in terms of the facial expressions. The only downside is that the packaging seems to have abandoned their usual design which is a shame, especially if you prefer to display figures inside the boxes.  I will also be writing up reviews of the Cherry Sakura and Lovely Kitten releases some time soon before the release of Sakura Card Hen figure in April, so please stay tuned for more reviews!
Thank you for reading!