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Treasure Festa in Ariake 14: Lots of anime garage kits!! (part 3)


Here we go!
Dec 13
// Chris Seto
Once more into the fray!  It's easy to forget that being a dealer at events like Treasure Festa doesn't mean that you deal in just garage kits. Especially at events like this and Hobby Round from Volks, we also get to se...
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Treasure Festa in Ariake 14: Lots of anime garage kits!! (part 2)


Even more goodness!
Dec 13
// Chris Seto
And here we go with our second gallery of Garage kits from Treasure Festa in Ariake 14! A few recognizable names in this gallery. Grizzry Panda shows up with a new kit of Shinobu from the Monogatari series and we get a look a...
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Treasure Festa in Ariake 14: Lots of anime garage kits!! (part 1)


Christmas came early! if I had cash...
Dec 13
// Chris Seto
It's a good thing that the far east doesn't really celebrate Christmas like we do over in the west! Otherwise, one would think that holding an event like Treasure Festa so close to Christmas would be close to suicide for the ...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 3)


*drops the mic*
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
That's it, I'm done. If you want an image which pretty much explains what kind of weirdness to expect from these kinds of galleries, I think the banner image pretty much sums it up. We can safely ignore the cool (and borderli...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 4)


See you later, Space Samurai!
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
We're just about ready to wrap up the garage kit coverage for this years summer Wonder Festival and for our penultimate gallery, we're taking a look at the last few anime garage kits from the dealer floor. There's an appearan...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Video Game Garage Kits (part 2)


Retro for all!!
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
Here's our second and last gallery for the video game garage kits for this Wonder Festival and we have a fair bit of retro goodness to share! From the Flameman from Megaman, to the evil minion from the Pop'n Twinbee series an...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 2)


Decidedly normal
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
For our second gallery of misc garage kits, we have a... rather normal collection if we have to be honest. Most are likely to be based from a video game series but sadly, my knowledge doesn't stretch far enough to name them a...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 3)


King! King!! King Gainar!!
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
And here we are, at the third anime garage kit gallery and we have a few older anime shows added to the mix. We have ourselves a Boogiepop Phantom kit and also one of Adette from Overman King Gainer! Remember that show? I mea...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 2)


more ship girls!
Jul 31
// Chris Seto
And now, we get to part 2 of our collection of anime garage kits and it's good to see ship girls not from KanColle getting some love still with kits of Takao (best ship) and Kongou from Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio present. Chiyo-...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 1)


Jul 31
// Chris Seto
Next up, we have the first gallery of kits which either didn't fit into one of the previous categories, were completely original designs or I simply didn't know where they came from! These galleries often prove to be popular ...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 1)


Animetic Love Letter!
Jul 29
// Chris Seto
Now that coverage of Wonder Festival has calmed down a little, we have some time to look at the dealer floor to see what garage kit makers have brought to the event. The good news is that there was no depressingly large domin...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Misc Garage Kits (part 2)


That's all folks! Hope you're hungry
Feb 14
// Chris Seto
And so, as tradition demands, we end our coverage of the garage kits at wonder festival with our final miscellaneous gallery. And boy, are there some weird things in this one! Before we begin, I should warn you that some of t...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 5)


The Final Frontier!
Feb 14
// Chris Seto
We've saved the best for last folks... Well, the best of the new stuff anyway and top of that list for me would be the Mari on Eva bike by Vispo! He's done a few Rei and Asuka kits before and they've been very well received b...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Video Game Garage Kits (part2)


Are you ready? I'm lady...
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
Moving on, we come to our second gallery of video game garage kits, featuring a rather eclectic mix of characters along with a load of Idolm@ster ones! The Nekomata kit from the first DLC of Muramasa: The Demon Blade really s...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 4)


damn, how did the Infinite Stratos 2 anime suck so badly?
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
Hands down, Ceclia was my favourite kit at this Wonder Festival, sadly she's not new! but that doesn't stop her from being great! There were also some nods to classic anime like Space runaway Ideon and Tetsujin 28 but I was p...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Vocaloid Garage Kits


life in the old girl yet!
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
Despite not being as popular as the line once was, Miku is still able to generate a number of new kits still. However, it does seem that the other vocaloids have not been able to keep their popularity up. I doubt that Miku wi...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 3)


More to come!
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
We're about half way through our GK coverage for this wonder festival so it's time to dive into more anime garage kits! I have to admit that I was surprised to see a barakamon kit not to mention an ore, twintail ni narimasu k...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: KanColle Garage Kits (part 2)


The light before we land
Feb 12
// Chris Seto
If you're a fan of KanColle, then soak it up! If you're not, hang in there! This is the last gallery! Without a doubt KanColle dominated the dealer floor at this wonder festival in a way other titles have not managed since......
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Misc Garage Kits (part 1)


In a mood for music?
Feb 12
// Chris Seto
And now we come to the first gallery of the kits which are either weird, don't fit into any other category or I simply could not identify (or any combination of the above). This gallery has a slight musical lean to it in the ...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 2)


Takao is awesome!!
Feb 12
// Chris Seto
TAKAO!! she's just awesome. The Aoki hagane no arpeggio version (and the D-Frag version) though. Nobody really cares about the KanColle version... We also get our first Sailormoon kit in this gallery, which is a little surpri...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Video Game Garage Kits (part 1)


Have we met before?
Feb 11
// Chris Seto
I had mentioned earlier that there were quite a few repeats of old kits on display at this winter wonder festival and nowhere is it more apparent than with the video game garage kits. Many of these have been spotted at previo...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: KanColle Garage Kits (part 1)


Still waiting for an immovable object for this unstoppable force
Feb 11
// Chris Seto
...I got nothing. Not being a fan of KanColle means that it gets very hard for me to get worked up for garage kits of the ship girls but at the same time, one cannot simply ignore them because there are just SO DAMN MANY OF T...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 1)


On the starting line
Feb 11
// Chris Seto
If I had to describe the garage kit offerings at this years winter wonder festival, I'd probably just say rehash. Aside from the complete and utter domination of KanColle (again!) Many kit makers chose to sell older kits rath...
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Hobby Round 12: Volks shows off their next 1/4 scale kit... finally!


Been a long time coming!
Oct 19
// Chris Seto
Looks like Volks was a busy bunny this weekend. As well as showing off their new Macross F dollfie dreams, they were also holding their usual biannual Hobby Round event and used the event to finally show off their new 1/4 sca...

SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Tian Ma edition

Sep 04 // Tianxiao Ma
1. Kill la Kill garage kits The garage kit section of WonFes is always interesting, and this time it had an abundance of Kill la Kill figures. Kill la Kill is one of my favorite anime from last year, but we are not swimming in official PVC releases as I had hoped. GK makers gave it plenty of love at WonFes (as you can see here and here), with the above Tri-City Raid version of Ryuko as my favorite. Why play favorites, though? There are so many awesome Kill la Kill GKs: Mako, Fight Club Mako, more Mako (can you tell who my favorite character is?), Ryuko in Senketsu, Satsuki, and this awesome diorama of Ryuko and Guts. 2. Sideshow's holographic Iron Man display Hopefully you got an impression of the ridiculousness of Sideshow's booth from my SDCC Sideshow/Hot Toys post. That insane showmanship can be encapsulated by this holographic Iron Man display, which looks like something out of, well, Iron Man. It's as if Tony Stark came down from Stark Tower with a box of scraps and whipped together something fitting to show off all the Hot Toys figures made in his honor. Let me just be clear, it's not the Iron Man figures I'm obsessed with; it's this display. That and this Vampirella figure. It's based on a design by Stanley "Artgerm" Lau, who I was able to meet at the con. Sideshow is always big on the spectacle, but these two items stood out to me above everything else. 3. Vertex's Yukari Takeba This isn't a masterpiece of sculpting or anything, but it's nice to see another Persona 3 girl being made into a figure. It's being made by Vertex, who had previously made an ambitious but flawed Mitsuru Kirijou figure. Yukari's design is less opulent, so I'm hoping she'll be reasonably well made. I've been immersed in all things Persona lately, and I'm really looking forward to Yukari's presence in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. 4. QMx's U.S.S. Reliant The Reliant isn't even my favorite ship design in Star Trek, but there's no denying that QMx's large-scale model is a beauty. The detailing is impeccable, the windows light up, and there are even sculpted shuttle bay sections at the ship's stern. I could say "I would give anything to own one" but that's not really true, as I could part with a huge sum of money for the privilege. But still, QMx's models are good enough to make me consider it... 5. Battle Angel Alita: Last Order's Sechs Sechs caught my eye right away as I was browsing through Chris's WonFes GK gallery. This is the male version sporting a Fizziroy body and upgraded Titan Blade, otherwise known as the baddest version of Sechs. Aside from being a figure of a great character, this is just an awesome figure in its own right. Even in this "ivory" state, it looks like something I'd happily put on display. 6. Sentinel's Rogue Titan There are endless legions of Attack on Titan's Survey Corps characters being made, but so few titans. Thankfully Sentinel is remedying that in the best way possible with this magnificent Rogue Titan figure. His pose, expression, and musculature all create a sense of power and menace - perfect given his introduction. Speaking of muscles, damn! This isn't even one of the skinless titans! 7. Embrace Japan's beautiful new Diabolus Inclinatus Embrace Japan's first take on this character was very simple, but pretty nonetheless. Now it looks like they're going for a more extravagant sculpt, complete with... fork-wielding frogs? I don't get it either. I do understand demon girls, though, and this one looks gorgeous! 8. Persona 4 Golden's Marie Marie is written like a stock tsundere character, but I did enjoy her social link in Persona 4 Golden. Actually I probably liked her bad poetry more than anything, but that's neither here nor there. This GK does a good job of translating the official art, though it makes me wonder how difficult it was to paint all those stripes and plaid skirt so neatly. I would love to have this as a PVC. If 2014 continues to be the year of Persona, maybe I'll get my wish... 9. Orchid Seed's Shadow Wing You can get excited with an Orchid Seed figure, but you should keep in mind that any given prototype may never see an actual production run. Indeed, Orchid Seed is like a car maker that cranks out concepts all day without actually ever selling anything. This Shadow Wing prototype has been around for a long time, and will continue to stir a sense of yearning in me. I want to see her painted, at least! It's an extraordinarily pretty sculpt and I really hope it makes it to production. 10. Volks' Valkyria Chronicles gals Valkyria Chronicles' Selvaria gets all the attention, but let's face it: Isara is the best girl. She's a capable mechanic, and handles that persecution thing like a champ. Volks showed an unpainted prototype of their Charagumin Isara kit at WonFes, and she's looking pretty good. Of course I'm also a big fan of the existing Alicia Melchiott kit too. You can never have too much Valkyria merchandise. One more thing... figma horse.
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OMG TOYS
Now that we've had a while to unpack the information assault from the Wonder Festival/SDCC tandem (both happened on the same weekend!), the Tomopop crew thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of our personal favorite things from both events. It would take too long to cover everything I want, so it looks like a top 10 list is in order. Read on to see what tickled my fancy!

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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (Part 4)


End of the Line... For now!
Aug 01
// Chris Seto
And now we come to our last gallery for this summers Wonder Festival garage kit coverage and we've saved a few for the final dash, including one of the few Satsuki kits at the event! Ryuko got all the attention and Satsuki ba...
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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Misc Garage Kits


Block Rocking Beats!
Aug 01
// Chris Seto
Next up, we have the garage kits which were either original creations, defied my ability to correctly sort them or were just plain weird... And I do mean weird. Is that a kit of Asura DJ-ing? And a guillotine? I'm not sure wh...
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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (Part 3)


Like a BOSS!
Aug 01
// Chris Seto
We're coming up to the home stretch now and we still have a few surprises and some very cool kits still to come! Sekai Seifuku Zvezda Plot has proven to be rather popular with several characters getting a garage kit this time...
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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Mecha Garage Kits


you make me feel Naked!
Jul 31
// Chris Seto
The Mecha offering was pretty small this time around at Wonder Festival but it was made up somewhat by the quality! But first, gotta dance the monkey because we have King Gainer in the house!! *ahem* I did cheat a little by a...
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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Vocaloid Garage Kits


Not out of the game yet!
Jul 31
// Chris Seto
The Volcaloid kits may not play second fiddle to the sheer numer of KanColle kits but Miku is still popular enough to draw enough kits to make a gallery. Having said that... DAT MEIKO!!! I know a few people who would be happy...

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