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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Arcadia


One trick pony
Jul 28
// Chris Seto
Back when they were called Yamato, Arcadia had fingers in a few pots, with regular figure releases as well as other items in their catalogue but now, it looks like they have abandoned all that and, save for a number of small ...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Aoshima


MACROSS GIRL!!
Jul 28
// Chris Seto
Aoshima are better known for their scale models of historical war vehicles so there might not be so much of interest for figure collectors but there were a few on display. Rather unsurprisingly, Aoshima went heavy on the KanC...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: GoodSmile Company


And subsidaries!
Jul 28
// Chris Seto
This might be an unpopular opinion, but I don't actually rate GoodSmile Company as that great a figure company. Their output is solid but very rarely truly impresses. Then again, their output, with help from umbrella companie...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Nendoroids


And Parforms!
Jul 27
// Chris Seto
And next, we move onto another GoodSmile Company juggernaut in the form of their Nendoroids. I have to admit that I still get the odd one or two of these from time to time and the selection is so large, I'm sure everyone will...

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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Megahouse


Mix and Match
Jul 27
// Chris Seto
Megahouse had a very eclectic mix of items on display but the one major theme was that most were from very popular anime, both past and present. The Shonen Jump titles continue to have a strong presence with more One Piece, D...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Plamax


changing gears
Jul 26
// Chris Seto
I have to admit that I'm not convinced about the new plamax line from Max Factory. Initially, it looked like a good idea, a way for them to move into plamodels and sticking with mecha lines which weren't tied to sunrise, but ...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Figma


I'm the juggenaut, b...
Jul 26
// Chris Seto
Rather unsurprisingly, GoodSmile Company was out in full force at Wonder Festival, showing off all their associated lines with a mix of old and new as well as expected items and unexpected ones! Looking at the Figmas first, t...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Volks


Dolls festa
Jul 26
// Chris Seto
Volks have a very muted presence at Wonder Festival, no doubt holding off for their own Hobby Round event, which has been growing in recent years. But they did still display a fair bit of their recent releases and some teaser...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Vertex


hope is...
Jul 25
// Chris Seto
I think Vertex has given us the closest thing to a figure version of the "Sonic Cycle." Their figure announcements are usually interesting and the prototypes always seem to look good but the finished products always seem to f...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Figurex


Go large or go home!
Jul 25
// Chris Seto
Figurex may not be all that well known as a figure maker but they definitely know how to make a splash with one of the most eye catching stalls at wonder festival, no doubt in part to their massive 1/1 scale figures on displa...
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WonFest Takara Tomy

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Takara Tomy


A parade of robots and rubber straps
Jul 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
There was a time when Takara Tomy didn't seem to really notice Wonder Festival, instead choosing to display at bigger events like the Tokyo Toy Show. But as they continue to focus more and more on the collectors market their ...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Kotobukiya


Install Dream
Jul 24
// Chris Seto
With Wonder Festival happening around the same time as SDCC, it should be no surprise that a company with a booth at both events would have a lot of overlap in what they were showing off. Such is the case with Kotobukiya. Tia...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Ques Q


Business as usual
Jul 24
// Chris Seto
Ques Q continue to do what they pretty much have always done, Buy up good looking garage kits and making them into decent PVC figures. But, if they give us more great figures like their Busou Shinki figures (if they work out ...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Alter


Platinum Stars!
Jul 24
// Chris Seto
Alter is one of the bigger names when it comes to figures but their output has slowed in recent years. Having said that, I feel that they have upped their game again after a number of rather bland entries... But for this year...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Aquamarine


Here Comes a new Daredevil!
Jul 24
// Chris Seto
The main problem with having SDCC and Wonder Festival on the same week is that, particularly for the more international companies, like GoodSmile Company and Kotobukiya, there are lots of overlaps between the 2 events so a lo...
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Anime Garage Kits (Part 4)


One more for the road!
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
And now we have reached the final garage kit gallery for this Wonder Festival and we've saved some pretty damn cool kits such as the hyper detailed Titan busts from Shingeki no Kyojin and a pretty cool Ushio & Tora kit. T...
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Video Game Garage Kits (Part 2)


It's Faintear!! Faintear!!!
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
And we've reached the last of the video game kits for this Wonder Festival. And I can't stop staring at that great figure of Faintear from Triggerheart Exelica. Man, I loved that shmup! It's one of the few reasons I still sta...
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Misc Garage Kits (Part 3)


The home stretch!
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
And here we are with the third misc garage kit gallery. I have to say that this event hasn't really given us many "out there" garage kits like previous ones. Sure, there was the fish skeletons and a few oddities here and ther...
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: KanColle Garage Kits (Part 2)


Thar she goes!
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
And we're done again for KanColle for another Wonder Festival.  I don't really have much to add to this gallery, not being a KanColle fan, but more Atago and Takao is always good! I do have to wonder why it feels like ga...
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Vocaloid Garage Kits


Keep on trucking
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
Vocaloids may no longer be the big draw for many garage kit makers but there is still a steady flow of new Vocaloid kits on display at Wonder Festival. Of course, Miku makes the bulk of kits but there are a few other Vocaloid...
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Anime Garage Kits (Part 3)


Half way there!
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
And now we reach the third gallery of anime garage kits and this one is a bit of a doozy. I mean, check out those weird evangelion kits and the zombie Stocking from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt! Pretty messed up! We als...
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Misc Garage Kits (Part 2)


Down the rabbit hole we go!
Feb 12
// Chris Seto
We still have quite a few more misc garage kits to go through so here we go! In a bit of a surprise, we get some custom costumes for dolls at Wonder Festival. Traditionally, we never really saw dolls at WF as they usually kep...
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Mecha Garage kits


concentrated awesome!
Feb 12
// Chris Seto
Yay! This time, there are enough mecha kits to make a separate gallery! And some of them look pretty sweet! The Virtual On kits look fantastic and there's even a kit of the new arm slave "shadow" from Full Metal Panic! Anothe...
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Anime Garage Kits (Part 2)


Even war isn't safe from moefication!
Feb 12
// Chris Seto
We now return to our regularly scheduled anime garage kit showings where various (superior) non-KanColle shipgirls and tank crews argue over which is the best branch of the armed forces. Rori also brings over some of the othe...
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Bihou

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Bihou


Heads up!
Feb 12
// Soul Tsukino
Wonder Festival Winter 2016 has provided us toy folks with lots of cool things to ogle over during the exhibition. Everything from anime toys to  statues to big robots has been on display during the exhibition. But one booth seems to stick out amongst all the presenters.
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: KanColle Garage Kits (Part 1)


The beast isn't quite dead yet!
Feb 12
// Chris Seto
While nowhere near as dominant as in previous events, KanColle still has a lot of garage kits being made of their characters so I don't think we can expect a KanColle free Wonder Festival for quite some time... Oh well, at le...
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Misc Garage Kits (Part 1)


And now the weirdness sets in!
Feb 11
// Chris Seto
And next, we have the kits which I was unable to categorise, either because I was unable to recognise the series, it is an original work or it was just too plain weird to fit into one of the other categories... And boy, was t...
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Game Garage Kits (Part 1)


Are you ready? I'm Lady!
Feb 11
// Chris Seto
Time to look into the video game garage kits now and the Idolm@ster is taking the whole thing by storm. No doubt buoyed by the recent anime series, the members of the Cinderella project have been getting a lot of exposure thi...
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Anime Garage Kits (Part 1)


Buckle up!
Feb 11
// Chris Seto
And here we go! A bit later than usual but lets dive into the contents of the dealer floor at this years winter Wonder Festival! On the plus side, there's quite a good balance from various shows this time around and while Kan...
WonFes Union Creative photo
WonFes Union Creative

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Union Creative


All of the boys
Feb 11
// Tianxiao Ma
Union Creative is a producer partnered with several toy makers, such as Sentinel and Kaiyodo. That means they usually bring a ton of figures to WonFes, so yay for us! While most manufacturers' figures have a decided bias towa...

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