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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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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (Part 2)


*jyakin*
Jul 31
// Chris Seto
And now we return to the anime garage kits with another look at some more from the dealer floor at Wonder Festival! The highlight for me in this gallery is probably the Inari and Uka-sama from Inari Konkon koi Iroha. The Puch...
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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kris gives us a closer look at more Garage Kits!


Extreme Closeup!!!!
Jul 31
// Chris Seto
Our very own Kris Pino was at Wonder Festival taking snaps for all of us and she was able to visit the dealer floor this year and provide us with some photos of the booths at the dealer section!  Now, this gallery doesn'...
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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kantai Collection Garage Kits


No more, please?
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
Time to get the elephant out of the room once more. Yet again, Kantai Collection had a HUGE presence on the dealer floor, easily dwarfing the offerings from the other series, even Vocaloid! Not being a fan of KanColle, I don'...
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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Video Game Garage Kits


insert coin to continue
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
Next up, we have the video game garage kit gallery! It's a pretty random mix of figures this time around but I think we can agree that the liquid snake painted to resemble the original oil artwork by Shinkawa Yoji is really i...
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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Anime Garage Kits


Naval warfare!
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
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...
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call of the queens

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


Curtain Call
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
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 ...
the heck? photo
the heck?

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Misc garage kits


The weird and wonderful
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
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...
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Can't ignore this...

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kantai Collection Garage Kit


My, what a big elephant you are!
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
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...
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Mostly Miku all the time!

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Vocaloid garage kits


Down, but not out
Feb 12
// Chris Seto
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 ...
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Cypher!!

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Video Game Garage Kits


Retroforce GO!
Feb 12
// Chris Seto
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...
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Hard Boiled!

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


A new look from an old friend
Feb 12
// Chris Seto
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...

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