Shop, shoot and sweat at festival

Quek siblings Gabriel, seven, and Hannah, 13, posing at the green-screen photobooth at Marvel's Captain America: Civil War Festival. Ms Aliefaini Pryanisa (left) and her aunt Fivi Mannell came from Jakarta to see the Team Cap cast.
Ms Aliefaini Pryanisa (left) and her aunt Fivi Mannell came from Jakarta to see the Team Cap cast.ST PHOTOS: JAMIE KOH
Quek siblings Gabriel, seven, and Hannah, 13, posing at the green-screen photobooth at Marvel's Captain America: Civil War Festival. Ms Aliefaini Pryanisa (left) and her aunt Fivi Mannell came from Jakarta to see the Team Cap cast.
Quek siblings Gabriel, seven, and Hannah, 13, posing at the green-screen photobooth at Marvel's Captain America: Civil War Festival.ST PHOTOS: JAMIE KOH

Not just reporters from the region have flown here to interview the cast of Captain America: Civil War. Fans of Marvel Comics from the region have flocked to Singapore for some stargazing and to snap up collectibles, among other activities.

Ms Aliefaini Pryanisa, 23, who flew here from Jakarta with her aunt, says: "I couldn't sleep, knowing I was going to be in the same country as the Team Cap cast."

She and her aunt were spotted at the merchandise booth at the four-day Marvel's Captain America: Civil War Festival, which kicked off yesterday at the event plaza at Marina Bay Sands.

They were there in the morning and planned to stay till the bluecarpet premiere at the skating rink, where Captain America: Civil War stars Chris Evans (Captain America), Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier) were to show up.

No doubt they will also be catching the light and fireworks show that Team Cap has planned at Marina Bay Sands, a response to the Eiffel Tower light-up in Paris done by Team Iron Man. It will take place this evening from 8pm at the Helix Bridge.

Ms Pryanisa and her aunt Fivi Mannell, 38, are huge Marvel fans who also picked up limited-edition Captain America: Civil War EZ-link cards. Even their smartphone screensavers and covers are of Captain America and the ensemble cast.

  • VIEW IT / MARVEL'S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR FESTIVAL

  • WHERE: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, event plaza at the promenade

    WHEN: Till Sunday, 10am to 10pm

    ADMISSION: Free; pay separately for laser tag and shooting gallery

    INFO: www.singaporetgcc.com/teamcapfestival

Ms Mannell - who says she left her husband and two cats back home in Perth, Australia, to come here - hopes to meet Evans.

Other than seeing the stars, fans have activities to look forward to at the festival. The Marina Bay Sands grounds include a laser-tag area, shooting gallery, trampoline bungee and a large merchandise booth with a green-screen photobooth.

Laser tag - for four people at a time - costs $10 a person for a game lasting about five minutes or $15 a person for two games.

The shooting gallery, where fans can test their superhero aim, costs $5 a person for a five-minute session.

There is also a chance to train like a superhero with mixed martial arts star Eddie Ng and Evolve MMA instructor Heath Sims at a combat workout session tomorrow from 9 to 10am. Participants have to bring their own workout gear.

A free screening of Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) will be set against the Marina Bay skyline tomorrow evening.

Nanyang Technological University student Wilson Lim, 27, dropped by the festival to pick up some merchandise for his friends, in particular the Marvel Legends Black Panther figurine, which he says is "rare and hard to get". Each figurine goes for $39.90.

Exclusive merchandise on sale include a Hot Toys Steve Rogers Cosbaby Collectible and a Captain America: Civil War T-shirt, designed by Singapore company O-Wow. The T-shirt and collectible are available only in a $68 bundle, along with a one-day ticket to the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention in September this year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 22, 2016, with the headline 'Shop, shoot and sweat at festival'. Print Edition | Subscribe