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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Superhero competition attracts children and adults alike

Star Wars themes were popular with the crowd.

Star Wars themes were popular with the crowd.

THE Superhero Costumes Competition at the Main Place Mall in Subang USJ 21 recently not only attracted children, but also adults keen on reliving their childhood.

The competition was held in conjunction with the Superhero Figurine Exhibition.

Bagging the first prize was Alex Ong Hee Watt, who dressed as Spiderman.

His costume and his signature Spiderman pose won him RM1,500 in shopping vouchers for Main Place Mall.

“I love the idea of superheroes and I love dressing up as one. Joining this competition is not just about winning, I love the idea that kids get fascinated and that makes me happy,” said Ong.

The contestants were judged on their costume originality, relevance to the character, creativity and performance.

Alan Mark with some of the figurines that were put on display.

Above pic shows Mark displaying Superhero figurines courtesy of toys specialty brand Hasbro.

A father-son duo also took time off to join in the fun, with the son winning a consolation prize of RM150 in shopping vouchers.

Dzafri Mohd Nor and son, Duha Haquemi, were dressed up as the Predator and Star Wars’ Darth Vader, respectively.

“A fascination with superheroes can benefit a child in many ways, including boosting his self-confidence and making him feel powerful. That is why I encourage my son to take this up as a hobby rather than play video games,” said Dzafri.

Also at the event was a group of cosplay fans who came dressed up Superman, the Winter Soldier and Venom.

The crowd was given a chance to mingle and take photos with the superheroes after the event.

Event organiser Alan Mark from Net Tech Solution Sdn Bhd said this was the first-ever superhero event held in Malaysia for fans to connect with each other, relive their childhood and show off their costumes.

Mark hoped such events in future would get more support from local toy store owners, distributors and fans.

Meanwhile, a live demonstration by figurine sculptor Mohd Saiful Zainal, nicknamed “Black”, attracted many onlookers.

He sculpts the figurines relying only on his memory of these characters.

Some of the children in their costumes.

Some of the children proudly parading their superhero costumes

Spending about six hours each day after work, it takes him around two weeks to complete an average figurine.

His wife helps out by sewing the clothing for the figurines.

Mark discovered Mohd Saiful by chance and the event was an opportunity to showcase his work of art.

Mall management deputy general manager Phang Sze Sze said the Superhero Figurine Exhibition was one of the many fun activities that Main Place would stage to bring the neighbourhood together, especially during the school holidays.

“By providing family-orientated fun activities such as this competition, we hope to give family and friends something to talk, share and laugh about,” she said.

Tags / Keywords: Community , Central Region , Events , Family Community , Main Place , Superhero Costume Contest


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