Fans buying up superhero merchandise at Bugis Junction toy fair
Undergraduate Nico Wong has three new figurines to add to her Superman-related collection of clothes, stickers and keychains - just in time for the March 24 release of superhero blockbuster Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
The 19-year-old spent about $50 on two Superman figurines from the Action City roadshow booth at Bugis Junction Level 1 earlier this week and reserved another, which was out of stock.
It is part of the mall's ongoing Hero Toys Fair - featuring the latest toys from Action City, BHG and Simply Toys - that runs till March 27.
Miss Wong said: "I became a fan of Superman five years ago. There is just something about Clark Kent that attracts me. This is my first time buying figurines."
She plans to participate in Bugis+ and Bugis Junction's mall promotion, where customers who spend at least $180 can redeem a Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice figurine collectible that has lit features.
Cosbaby toy figurines are exclusive to Action City's booth and shoppers can also take pictures with a life-sized Armoured Batman measuring 2.2m in height.
Mr Alex Chua, head of sales and marketing at Big Box International, which owns Action City, said: "Because of the hype surrounding the upcoming movie, we even have non-collectors buying the figurines because they find them cute.
"Many shoppers are also drawn to the life-sized figure and would argue with one another if it is real or fake."
Over at the Simply Toys booth, shoppers marvel at the paintings of DC Comics characters by Hong Kong-born artist Stanley Lau.
Measuring 50cm by 38cm, they cost between $75 and $107 each.
Ms Christina Teo, team leader for Simply Toys' Bugis Junction outlet, said: "Stanley is well known for his paintings of female characters. We had a customer who bought 14 paintings."
The booth also stocks the popular Funko Pop! figurines, including that of DC Comics character Aquaman.
The Batman and Knightmare Batman figurines were sold out on the first day of the roadshow but have been restocked.
Ms Teo said: "Shoppers at Bugis are mostly young people, working adults and tourists, some of whom are fascinated by the Funko Pop! figurines which they have not seen in their countries."
Children looking to dress in Superman or Batman apparel can pop by the BHG booth which sells a range of lifestyle items, including bags and stationery.
Its current best-sellers are the Hot Wheels toy car collectibles, including Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice-themed toy cars, according to BHG promoters.
Customers at BHG will receive a keychain of the Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice movie logo with a minimum spending of $30 on Batman or Superman merchandise and a pair of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice movie tickets with $80 spent.
Promotions last till April 6.
Where would Clark take Lois for a date?
Where would Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent, aka Superman (Henry Cavill), take his lady love Lois Lane (Amy Adams) after a hard day's work?
For one, as a lowly journalist, he doesn't look like the type who can splurge on anything fancy for date nights. To the rescue? These eight value-for-money food-and-beverage outlets at Bugis Junction and Bugis+ that are easy on the pocket.
It is illegal to drink and drive, but there is no rule stating that Superman can't drink and fly.
With Craft Cocktails like Secret Soju Agent and Strawberry Dust, he can have a true taste of Singapore while enjoying Platypus Kitchen's "Good Lobang" promotion.
That's $6 for his first cocktail (all day, daily), designed to perfectly pair with delectable signature dishes such as Cast-Iron Grilled Chicken and Gourmet Rice Bowls.
It's a barbecue. It's a steamboat. It's Mookata!
Mookata, which originated from Thailand, refers to a barbecue grill surrounded by a steamboat.
At $18.90++ a person for its a la carte buffet on weekdays, big eaters like Superman can have their fill.
Even better, snap, tag and share a Mookata Facebook post and get 5 per cent off the total bill.
Senjyu, which means "eternity of life" in Japanese, aims to serve the freshest and finest Japanese food at affordable prices.
Offerings include a $18++ all-you-can-eat sushi belt buffet from 3pm to 6pm.
Mid-Day Specials start at $12.99 for a Furai Moriawase Set.
Sumire Yakitori House
With over 50 outlets in Japan, the established yakitori restaurant is fit for a superhero.
Get transported to the Land of the Rising Sun with Japanese-style decor, warm service, authentic yakitori and other Japanese cuisine.
Lunch sets include Hokkaido-style hot pot, deep-fried chicken, salad, Japanese pickles and rice for $13.90++.
Good news for Lois: Women get one free drink, including alcoholic drinks, all day every Wednesday.
TCC - The Connoisseur Concerto
Satisfy those mid-day cravings with scones, sandwiches and nibbles in their afternoon tea set ($16.80++). Complete the meal with a pot of tea or coffee, and Superman will be recharged for a busy night saving the world.
Clark and Lois can turn up the heat together at this Japanese charcoal grill restaurant.
Complete with an edgy interior and live bands from Thursday to Saturday nights, the couple can look forward to experiencing Japanese pop culture.
They may not even mind some extra company as customers get 25 per cent off with four or more diners, available from 6pm on Mondays to Thursdays.
With American flame-grilled steaks, lamb racks and roasted ribs, Lenas is the place to go to for a homesick Superman.
Order any main dish at $10.50++ and above and receive complimentary iced tea, salad of the day and dessert of the day.
This is available from 11.30am to 5.30pm on weekdays and 3.30pm on weekends.
Even the slender Lois may not be able to resist a Belgian waffle that is crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.
With regular waffles at half price on Tuesdays and a one-for-one classic waffle promotion on other weekdays, Superman won't have to fret if she doesn't choose to go Dutch for dessert.