Cosplay, anime, Lego and gaming draw early birds to 19th Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong

The annual show, now in its 19th year, will run until next Tuesday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. It features 70 exhibitors and 608 stalls in an expanded venue of 270,000 square feet.

Some vendors tried to draw attendees with limited promotions for coupons and games on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lucas Ho, 22, who was at the fair for the first time, was nervous about trying to get to the booths ahead of other fair-goers.

“I aim at being the first today to buy more than HK$3,000 [of PlayStation products] to win a Sony television,” he said, referring to a promotion by the console maker.

To attract fair-goers, competing gaming console Xbox set up a “4K sports car experience zone”, allowing attendees to try out racing simulators on high-resolution screens.

Building brick company Lego’s “Build Amazing Hong Kong” exhibition features six Lego works by 17 enthusiasts, including scenes like “Cycling Competition on Tsing Ma Bridge” and “A Sports Car Carnival in Causeway Bay”.

Other attractions include a host of performances and competitions, such as dance shows and cosplay, design and art contests.

Most of the early attendees were teenaged boys or men in their 20s, with girls and women making up only one out of every 10 visitors.

Tse Ka-leung, 18, said he came to the fair every year at about 7am on the first day.

“The number of people has decreased this year according to my observation,” he said, adding that he thought this could be due to the addition of a Kid’s Toy Fair this year, which meant there were fewer other booths.

Cosplayer Li Sum-yee, 14, who was dressed like a character from Japanese comic Amnesia, said she came four hours earlier than she did last year.

“I will double my spending this year to about HK$1,000 on Bandai Carddass Hong Kong [trading cards] and other items, like PlayStation [games],” she said.