STGCC 2014

Event :  STGCC 2014
Date :  06 - 07 September 2014
Venue :  Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands
Organizer :  Reed Exhibitions

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In its seventh edition, this year's STGCC 2014 puts up its best ever show, with one of the most comprehensive collection of toys, games and comics on display, amidst a kaleidoscope of activities, product launches and events happening at every corner of its Marina Bay Sands venue.

Fans get the opportunity to meet their favorite artists and pop culture personalities who fly in specially for the event, or pose besides Optimus Prime (Transformers) and other photo-worthy characters.



We spied the figurine of Jean-Claude Van Damme, of the Epic Split video (Volvo Trucks), one of the most parodied youtube videos that has garnered 75 million views at last count :



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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy statue that recently stood at the Shaw Lido made an appearance at STGCC.

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Groot & Rocket at Shaw Lido IMAX


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Groot & Rocket comes to STGCC!




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Groot, Rocket, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax The Destroyer

A small selection of characters from the worlds of superheroes, villains and realms of fantasy, captured on Day One of the show..

Hawkeye
Hawkeye




Antman
Antman




Batman
Batman




Black-Widow
Black-Widow




Chinese Figurines
Toys Zhao Yun from Romance of the Three Kingdoms / Qing Emperor Kangxi


Hulk
Hulk




Loki
Loki




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Magneto on Sentinel Throne (XMen)


Maleficent
Maleficent




Power-Loader
Power-Loader




Predators
Predators




Robocop
Robocop




Star Wars
Star Wars




Star Wars
Star Wars




Thanatos_Avengers
Thanatos (Avengers)




Thor
Thor




Turtle (Pokemon)
Turtle (Pokémon)




Comics (Thor)
Comics (Thor)




Comics (Superman)
Comics (Superman)




STGCC Stage Show
STGCC Stage Show




STGCC Crowd
STGCC Crowd





Hawkeye: Be On Target!
Hawkeye: Be On Target!





How Shinta Mani Clinch the Sale

Not everyone has the luxury of booking their trips early.   The travel industry should be no stranger to last minute bookings yet from our recent experience, many operators in the industry are not able to cope when spontaneity is called for.

As a result, during the summer of June 2014, our original plan to tour Japan, turned into Korea, and finally to Siem Reap, Cambodia.  Despite being new to Siem Reap, we decided to formulate our own tour programme in order to accommodate more flexibility.

We had to coordinate the airline booking with the hotel availability because although it was off-peak season in Siem Reap, one or two odd dates in the hotel stay had been blocked off by the hotels, possibly by group tours.

When it comes to hotel bookings, it is an online world, with a plethora of hotels and hotel booking sites (with Groupon also in to the game) throwing out their best deals.  While combing through the sites, we decided to also write directly to the sales division of various hotels in the 5-star category that we are familiar with.

One name that we were not familiar with — the Shinta Mani Club and the Shinta Mani Resort — cropped up among the tops in popular hotels ranking.  So we wrote in to their sales too.

Shinta Mani isn't exactly a global hotel chain, which explains why it almost skipped our radar. And we were fully expecting the global hotel chains to be the first to reply.  Given the short timelines we have before our trip commences, we'd have to take the first offer that came along.

To our surprise, it was Shinta Mani who replied first — so fast that we did not even have the chance to take up one of the many offers online.  Steven (Phich Sokda), Senior Sales Manager of Shinta Mani — the quickest man on the draw — easily clinch the sale.  What's impressive is that his was a full-fledged offer with every essential items like breakfast inclusion, type of rooms, dates in and out, taxes and service fee clearly listed, and then totaled up.  We had to give up staying in a Disneyland hotel once when the items in the bundle offered were all jumbled and efforts to clarify leads to more confusion, with emails running into many pages.  This time around, we grace Steven's thoughtful response with a resounding "Yes" by accepting the offer with alacrity.  As we were to observe later, Steven wasn't exactly a free man.  In fact, he was everywhere at every place that matters, since it was the height of filming season at the picturesque Shinta Mani.

The next Siem Reap hotel offer that came was pretty good too, a popular 5-star hotel no doubt, but they were a day too late.  We had already accepted the first approach.

Speed and efficiency.

Always a killer combination when it comes to sales.

Shinta Mani Entrance
The Shinta Mani - a Bill Bensley-designed hotel


Shinta Mani Club Reception

Shinta Mani Club Reception Fountain

Shinta Mani Restaurant

Shinta Mani Club Swimming Pool

Shinta Mani Enquiries http://shintamani.com/club/special-offers/