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7:00 PM on 07.30.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Anime Garage Kits

Now that the dust has settled and we've had time to digest the news from the big companies, it's time to look at the dealer floor and the garage kits which showed up at Wonder Festival. Sufficed to say, fans of Kantai Collect...

Chris Seto

9:00 PM on 02.13.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 2)

And so, we reach the end of our garage kit coverage for this years winter Wonder Festival and we're going out with a look at even more anime garage kits, including some pretty impressive numbers! Date-A-Live may have been an ...

Chris Seto

8:00 PM on 02.13.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Misc garage kits

We're nearing the end of our garage kit coverage for wonder festival 2014 winter and so we move on to the miscellaneous kits. This gallery consists of the original works and ones I was simply unable to identify. Feel free t...

Chris Seto

7:00 PM on 02.13.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kantai Collection Garage Kit

Lets just get this out of the way... Much like the corporate booths, Kantai Collection was EVERYWHERE on the dealer floor as well. The sheer number of kits based on the title easily dwarfed all the others by a considerable ma...

Chris Seto

9:00 PM on 02.12.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Vocaloid garage kits

The Vocaloids may have been completely outdone in terms of popularity this time by the new kid on the block but that doesn't mean that they were abandoned completely. True, the number of vocaloid kits is considerably smaller ...

Chris Seto

8:00 PM on 02.12.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Video Game Garage Kits

Next up on our garage kit view list, we have the video game garage kits. There were a fair few kits from the usual suspects. Titles like the touhou games and Idolm@ster continue to have kits of their characters pushed at Wond...

Chris Seto

7:00 PM on 02.12.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 1)

The Wonder Festival coverage is winding down now so what better time to take a look at the dealer floor of the event and the garage kits on display? Of course, much like the corporate booths, there was a massive elephant in t...

Chris Seto

Tomopinion: Land of the Setting Sun photo
Tomopinion: Land of the Setting Sun
by Chris Seto

In the late 1950s, the then-prime minister of Britain, Harold Macmillan, gave a speech to the British people saying that “they never had it so good.” Back then, Britain was riding high on the post war economic boom so the economy was looking up, unemployment was down and generally, things were rosy (though it turned out to be a very fragile outlook). Fast forward to 2011, and some doofus adviser to the current PM used the same line to people who were in the middle of a global recession… Sufficed to say, his words didn’t go down so well.

Why am I bringing this up? Because the same line can be applied to the current state of the Japanese figure industry. The only question is whether we’re on the side of the 50s boom or the 2011 misstep? Well, you’ll be happy to know that it’s definitely closer to the 50s example but just as the boom back then was exceptionally fragile, our current situation with the Japanese figures is also very precarious. Or perhaps, we’ve already started falling down the dark path. I’m not saying that we’re going to go straight from boom to bust like many financial companies over the past few years but rather, we’re facing something far more insidious.


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6:00 PM on 12.16.2013

Tiki is ready to make a splash at Treasure Festa

Not to be outdone by Vertex and their offering, a GK circle by the name of MadHands has shown off their rendition of you companion fairy from Dragon's Crown in time for Treasure Festa in Ariake 10, which occurs just before Ch...

Chris Seto

Grizzry Panda teases new Madoka duo for Treasure Festa! photo
Grizzry Panda teases new Madoka duo for Treasure Festa!
by Emily Smalara

Masterful garage kit crafter Grizzry Panda is at it again, teasing us with a new pair of Madoka cuties set to be shown off at December's Treasure Festa. Featuring who else but Madoka herself and lovely Homura, it seems like Grizzry's pulled out all the stops for a potential pair of kits that fully embrace the two's less-than-subtle relationship.

The two look to have put their Witch hunting past behind them, relaxing together in a pair of gorgeous white gowns--perhaps putting an emphasis on the whole "purity" concept, no doubt. What really gets me about the pair is the little details, like Homura's hair curving behind Madoka, and the careful subtlety of their fingers laced together. This is just one of those sets you wonder why it isn't getting a proper PVC treatment for those of us too unlucky to be in attendance!

[via Grizzry Panda]

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8:00 AM on 09.20.2013

Highlights from the Nan Desu Kan 2013 model competition

Did any of you Tomopeeps make it out to Nan Desu Kan this past weekend? I drove out to Denver just to burn up some vacation days. While it was a heavily anime-oriented event, there was some stuff for us figure lovers as well....

Tianxiao Ma

9:00 PM on 07.31.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (Part 3)

And now we're down to our last gallery of garage kits from wonder festival so we're going to close it off with our final look at the misc garage kits on the dealer floor. Personally, I really like the pseudo sci-fi kits such ...

Chris Seto