This is Simon, contributor for Figmania reporting from Figmania Gathering.
Just a few days after the birth of Figmania, the Surabaya region of Figmaniac decided to hold the very first Figmaniac gathering. After a short discussion, it was decided that it will be held on Saturday, February 26th 2011 at Grand City Mall at Surabaya.
Two Figmaniacs had come all the way from Malang, me and Erro. The kind hearted Lucky (Nyancy) offered us a ride from Bungur Asih Terminal to the mall. A generous offer which might not be wise to be refused!
Grand City Mall is a brand new mall that is located at the heart of Surabaya city, near another mall, the Surabaya Plaza.
Yes, that is our car that broke down just 50 meters from the designated location, but that is another story…
None of the members ever met eyes to eyes, and none of us ever done a gathering before. So it was pretty exciting. There will be 6 of us and our little gathering is actually “only” an add-on to an existing well planned gathering by Nendonesia.
A Toys Fair happens to be held on Grand City Mall that day. Strolling through the booth sightseeing and buying things that looks interesting warming up the day before the actual gathering. A clay making competition and a Street fighter tournament make that Toys Fair unique.
Finally our gathering began at around 4 PM! It took place at Food Court on the top level of the building, the place was already crowded by Nendonesia Gathering. They used 3-5 tables and there were tons of Nendoroids.
There was also a smaller group of Gundam collectors using about 2 tables.
The six people those attended the Figmania Gathering were me(Simon), Erro, William, Eric and two cute female members Nancy and Fera, whom apparently only Surabaya region has them.
That was something that we can brag about to other Figmania region. Sorry guys! 😀
We got ourselves a table, and the fun began! Startedwith the EX-Ride which was brought by Nancy.
We’re the smallest group of all and none of us got any clue on what should we do. But after we took our figmas out, things flow naturally. Each person brought 2-3 Figmas, that makes our table busy enough..
We got the three characters of figmania’s logo, Miku (ex), BRS (sp) and Drossel (regular) feats the very first Figma ever made, Figma 001 : Yuki Nagato. Other than that we also got a reporter, another sexy singer, 2 cute guitarists, a maniac, 3 skinny guys, a BR Shota, a demon girl, a tuna and a bunch of skulls floating around..
William a.k.a nakeruze unboxed his Miku,
And I unboxed my petite princess… A defect ruined the mood but I got that covered in my other article.
Time passed by, and before we knew it, it already dark outside. Even though we only got one pose on our Figmas, but at that point we all got other things to do. We decided to call it a day and split. We promised to meet again in the next gathering.
That “next time” apparently would not too far away. By the next week after the first gathering, another gathering would be held! But I would not there this time, so another figmaniac would do the writing.
Epilogue : Due to a certain “event”, I stayed in the building until around 20.15. Just at the time when a cosplay drama held. 2 original characters from Indonesia “sphere” and 4 imported heroes, masked rider, rocked the stage for 5 minutes. Yep! It was that short..
After the show it was getting really late and I might miss the last bus to Malang if I lingered any longer. So I grabbed a cab and headed to Bungur Asih Terminal. That ended my journey to my first Gathering ever, a journey to remember. 🙂