garage kits

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 1)

On the starting line
Feb 11
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... read

Hobby Round 12: Volks shows off their next 1/4 scale kit... finally!

Been a long time coming!
Oct 19
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... read
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! read feature

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

End of the Line... For now!
Aug 01
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... read

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Misc Garage Kits

Block Rocking Beats!
Aug 01
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... read

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (Part 3)

Like a BOSS!
Aug 01
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... read

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Mecha Garage Kits

you make me feel Naked!
Jul 31
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... read

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Vocaloid Garage Kits

Not out of the game yet!
Jul 31
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... read

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

Jul 31
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... read

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kris gives us a closer look at more Garage Kits!

Extreme Closeup!!!!
Jul 31
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'... read

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kantai Collection Garage Kits

No more, please?
Jul 30
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'... read

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Video Game Garage Kits

insert coin to continue
Jul 30
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... read

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Anime Garage Kits

Naval warfare!
Jul 30
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... read
call of the queens

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

Curtain Call
Feb 13
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 ... read
the heck?

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Misc garage kits

The weird and wonderful
Feb 13
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... read
Can't ignore this...

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kantai Collection Garage Kit

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

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Vocaloid garage kits

Down, but not out
Feb 12
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 ... read

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Video Game Garage Kits

Retroforce GO!
Feb 12
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... read
Hard Boiled!

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

A new look from an old friend
Feb 12
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... read
The Japanese figure industry might be walking straight into a dark period and it's our fault!
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 boo... read feature

Game on!

Tiki is ready to make a splash at Treasure Festa

Stepping up the game
Dec 16
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... read
Custom garage kit
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 G... read feature

Nan Desu Kan model show

Highlights from the Nan Desu Kan 2013 model competition

Plamo, garage kits, miniatures, and even some papercraft
Sep 20
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.... read

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

End of the line! See you next time, space samurai!
Jul 31
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 ... read

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (Part 4)

Enter! Enter! Mission!!
Jul 31
We've reached the final stretch for our garage coverage for wonder festival Summer 2013 and now we have the final anime garage kit gallery for this event! We have the two Grizzry Panda Busou Shinki kits which I have been tryi... read

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Vocaloid Garage Kits

Miku domination, again!
Jul 31
Hatsune Miku rules the roost again when it comes to vocaloid kits. But there were a few Rin and Mieko kits around to spice things up a little.  The kits definitely had more than a little taste of Project Diva f in them, ... read

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (Part 2)

The Weirdness ensues!
Jul 31
We dive into the misc garage kits again but this time, there's less of the pronounced weirdness like there was in the first gallery. However, there are still a few surprises in the shape of kits with a clearly western basis. ... read

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

Vivid Yellow Operation!!
Jul 31
More astute readers may have been aware that one other show also had a rather dogged display at Wonder Festival. Vividred Operation was also a popular choice and, while it didn't have the same popularity of Girls und Panzer, ... read

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Game Garage Kits (Part 2)

Ladies and Gentlemen, it's Showtime!
Jul 31
For our second video game garage kit gallery (try saying that three times quickly!), we'll take a look at characters which may be more familiar to the wider gamer community. And before I start, I'll get this out of the way. Y... read

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Mecha Garage Kits

Choukou Senki KIKAIOH!!!!
Jul 31
The mecha offerings this year was a little thin. Perhaps the shift towards anime kits is becoming more pronounced but none of that really matters now as we have been given a diorama of Capcom fighter, Choukou Senki Kikaioh! O... read

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (Part 2)

Who needs an apple iPhone stand when you have these?
Jul 31
And now we return to the anime garage kits to have a look at another batch of kits on display on the dealer floor at Wonder Festival. For me, the standouts of this batch were the quartet of Saki Side A busts and the iPhone ho... read

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (Part 1)

It's gonna get weird!
Jul 30
Next up is a look at the kits which either didn't fit into the other categories, I failed to identify or were just too plain weird! I mean, how are we meant to categorise a freaking octopus girl? Aside from the aforementioned... read

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