After already having looked at some gaming memorabilia in Hall 7, the most populated area of Gamescom, Hall 5, was waiting with even more merch.
Attending Gamescom for so many years, it has become tiresome to walk or rather push through crowds of people in the very narrow passages of the merch booths. Unlike Part 2 und Part 3 of 2013 Gamescom public area coverage, there wasn’t so much time or even space to check out every booth, although there were some cute plush toys to look at.
If you wanted to show your love for gaming or geek culture, then you could also buy some dresses that would definitely draw attention anywhere you’d go or stay.
Bethesda wasn’t present with a booth this year, although the company wouldn’t miss the chance of promoting their games with merch. Not being shown in the public area, but advertised outside and inside the compound, The Evil Within 2 certainly looked beautifully frightening with its artwork.
Staying with survival horror for a while, the merch booth Game Legends had some very nice Silent Hill T-shirts as well as the quite literally bloody bunny plush toy.
Horizon: Zero Dawn‘s POP vinyl figurine looked pretty cute in comparison, and the leather/plastic imitation of the money purse made one wonder how many small dinosaurs had to die for its production…
Having too much money and room can be a curse for collectors with so many goodies on offer, although their practical use might be limited. Still, despite being available at other conventions or in special shops, Gamescom had a premiere with the Uncharted 4 Nathan Drake figurine.
Next and actually final stop was Square Enix which is always a great place to take photos and even buy some less expensive merch if one knows about the catalogue system. Trading cards didn’t fall into the cheap-category, but they were pretty.
Figurines of the Kingdom Hearts games might have been expensive, but their attention to detail and quality was very high.
My personal highlights, despite being pricey, were the Kingdom Heart dioramas that perfectly captured the Disney and Square Enix fantasy feeling.
More lovely Final Fantasy artwork could be found in the posters. Now if there was only more space left on one’s walls to put them all there…
… there might even be room for a Tomb Raider poster.
The same holds true for space on the collector’s shelves or desks if one wanted to buy some comic book figurines.
This was only a small selection of what Hall 5 had to offer, but as this is the most stressful area, one is glad to get out alive and with money left, as there was still one of the coolest halls with lots of retro gaming goodness to visit…
To be continued…
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