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London MCM Expo October 2016 Review

31 Oct

Howdy ladies and gents, how’s it going? Today I am back on my blog to talk about the London MCM Expo, I missed the convention back in May but decided to give the October one a go and after my session on Saturday I just wanted to share my experience with you all. 🙂

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So for those not in the know, the London MCM Expo is pretty much the most notable UK convention for anime and manga, comic books, films  and video games held two times a year in May and October. And just like last year I attended just for the one day (mainly because I dunno if I could handle all three days), and for the most part it was a good time. And while I’m no longer wowed by a lot what happens at this convention because I’ve been attending this madness since 2008, there’s no denying that MCM is still a good time.

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Now like last year’s review I’m going to talk about what I got up to and separate this review into two halves; what and I liked and what I didn’t.

What I liked

This year’s Expo experience was a little different as I was technically like a tour guide for my mates who had never gone before so it felt weird to have to explain certain things and show off my knowledge haha. But it was nice to be with a group of people who were taking in the energy and had that surprise about seeing all this stuff for the first time like me and my friends had a good few years ago. As usual I enjoyed just being in the Expo hall, walking around, seeing what was new, what was the same and checking out the clothes, artists, toys and games. And there’s the cosplayers, while a lot of them were the usual suspects, but at the same time there was a lot to love with a good people dressed as Rey from The Force Awakens, Spider-Man was in full effect (especially ones from Civil War) and the amount of cool-looking dudes I saw dressed as Deadpool and the BvS Batman was pretty impressive too. As for the games I didn’t dabble in much this year, however, me and my best mate from uni had a few rounds of Dragon Ball Z: Xenoverse 2, and it was surprisingly fun. While I don’t think it’ll ever replace my love for the Tenkaichi series, it is definitely more fun then than a lot of the recent DBZ games I’ve played.

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This man was the best cosplayer I saw all day, I’ve not seen many people dress up as Hagrid at the Expo, but this guy was the best one ever, so accurate! 😀

I also ended up buying some really lovely art, got to talk to some cool artists and got my picture taken with Danny John-Jules who plays Cat from Red Dwarf which was awesome as he’s my favourite character next to Lister and Kryten. And then the night ended with this crazy winner stays on style of lightsaber battles just outside of the Excel Center, it was pretty cool and funny to see different people stepping up and having these fun little duels.

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Meeting Danny John-Jules was great, I was very delighted.

What I disliked

Organisation, or should I say the lack of was fairly evident this year. Now I know this convention gets bigger every year and so it can be hard to accommodate so many people, but considering how many years this convention has been going down you’d think the basics would have been covered and yet there were a few issues when it came to:

  • Lines to get in: Even though there was still organised lines for the people who had general and priority tickets, they got rid of the barriers that helped keep people structured and streamlined. So when me and my friends got to the Excel it took ages to get inside because there was a swarm of people rushing to through the barriers, plus I was very surprised by how little staff there were to check tickets and give out wristbands.
  • Lines for Photo shoots: While it was a little better than last year, this year’s Expo still had problems with lines in terms of placing people and getting the photo shoots with specific celebrities to happen on time.

The only other things that I wanted to note was that this Expo felt a little lacking when compared to previous sessions with the types of guests, the amount of good games and unique stuff to buy.

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In conclusion the MCM Expo in London was a good time. It is great to know after all these years that the Expo is still going strong with so many events, cosplayers, games and so on. While this year’s Expo will probably go down as my least favourite of my convention experiences, there were plenty of unique and memorable elements that made it worth attending. 🙂

So did you go to the recent MCM Expo and if so what did you think? Please be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post. Laters! 😀

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Posted by on October 31, 2016 in Anime, Films, Life, Media, Reviews, Television, Video Games

 

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One response to “London MCM Expo October 2016 Review

  1. Jamie Cairns

    November 2, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I hear you on the organisation, although we got in fairly quickly. It did seem a mass free for all as the priority lane was not manned and no clear indication of it, I had general admission so was content to continue down the normal line.
    Although it was my first MCM Comicon I was left a little disappointed with the range of stores and all of them practically selling the same stuff.
    Most disappointingly was My Geek Box and Vbox, taking advantage and selling £5.00 boxes that turned out to be full of rather mediocre and in my opinion not geek worthy crap. I would go so far to call these companies con-artists and swindlers. They had an opportunity to market there company and gain full subscribers and basically used it as on opportunity to peddle crap and get rid of unwanted stock. Shame on them and MCM Comicon for letting these parasites even enter this mecca of all things geek!
    However I did love the gaming area and enjoyed watching the Tekken 7 tournaments (maybe not the commentators, they overly tried to be funny and didn’t really talk about the game with any knowledge). They also had a league of Legends ESL tournament on, which was interesting to watch.
    I almost got pulled to the floor at one point by some sort of bouncer when weaving through the crowd outside as I was heading towards a Star wars photo gathering that I couldn’t discern from my point of view, grabbed from behind and yanked back with no apology. Perhaps they should not do it right outside the exit area. Felt there was some slight cosplay superiority in the star wars faction, I’m all for the photo ops, but just because you are dressed up doesn’t give you some VIP status to be rude.
    I think that I may ensure I go to the May one next year and see if there is a difference.

     

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