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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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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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Hot Toys revisit Resident Evil for the series 20th anniversary!


New Ada Wong, enough said!
Jun 08
// Chris Seto
Yeah, we know that Resident Evil 6 wasn't exactly a great game but it is the last (thus far) main game in the series so if a company is going to celebrate the series, this is probably going to be the one to go to, especially ...
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First 4 Figures returns to basics with their next foray into the Metroid Series


With a price tag to match its size!
May 10
// Chris Seto
First 4 Figures have released some pretty amazing figures of Samus Aran from Metroid over the past 8 years. Their first being the Varia Suit release back in 2008. and now, they have decided to revisit the iconic powered suit ...
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kinetiquettes continues their capcom collaboration with a painted Devil may Cry Statue


SSStylish!
Mar 26
// Chris Seto
Kinetiquettes are at it again and this time, they're plying their trade on a title not called Street Fighter! They're still in bed with capcom though, but that's not a bad thing when they can give us a great diorama like this...
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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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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...
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Kinetiquettes teams up with Mad Catz to unleash the beast!


Just in time for Street Fighter V!
Feb 10
// Chris Seto
Well, this is one way to celebrate the end of an era and the ushering of a new one! Kinteiquettes have teamed up with Mad Catz and Capcom to create a special 1/4 scale diorama of Ryu and Evil Ryu from Street Fighter IV. ...
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Figmas


it never stops...
Feb 09
// Chris Seto
*inhales* OK, time to take on the elephants in the room, starting with the every popular figma releases!!  The biggest news was of figma #300! (yes, there have been 300 of these things now...) and it was announced that G...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Plum


Stepping up to the plate
Feb 08
// Chris Seto
Plum aren't really the kind of figure maker which one keeps their eyes on. Their figures have been decent but never particularly outstanding but sometimes, that's enough. Afterall, they have made the second best Alisa figure ...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Megahouse


Change into digital champions!!
Feb 08
// Chris Seto
Not one to be left out, Megahouse joined with the other big name figure companies... and showed off a bunch of rather boring figures from popular (mostly shonen jump) series. There was also a female Monkey D Luffy figure in t...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Flare


That's quite a coup!
Feb 08
// Chris Seto
Man, Flare really hit us with a doozy! Looks like their deal with cerberus project has managed to unearth a real gem in the form of their kit of Futaba Ooki from Amanchu! This figure is several years old but still looks stunn...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Volks


...I got nothing
Feb 08
// Chris Seto
I'm starting to think that Volks don't really want to spend too much effort or funds to promote their stuff at Wonder Festival. A lot of floor space was spent on showing of numerous kits from Votoms and Panzer World Gallient....
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KodyKoala is back with an interesting take on the Super Mario Powerup theory


It all makes sense now!
Feb 08
// Chris Seto
Ah, super mario. Everyone knows the basic mechanics of the game by now as well as the effects of the power ups such as the stalwart mushroom. Pick up a mushroom and it makes Mario double in size as well as provide him with an...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: QuesQ


KanColle... KanColle Everywhere...
Feb 07
// Chris Seto
QuesQ appear to be doing their usual thing this Wonder Festival and buying a lot of garage kits to make them into more easily obtainable PVC figures. Of course, with the track records from the previous events, there's one thi...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Alter


Back to the grind
Feb 07
// Chris Seto
I had some high hopes for Alter since their more recent showings seemed to show a return to more dynamic and extravagant designs for their figures but it looks like they went back less interesting designs for now. Having comp...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Kotobukiya Bushoujo


Whatever floats your boat
Feb 07
// Chris Seto
I can't say I've ever been a fan of the Kotobukiya Bishoujo line. There have been a few here and there which I thought were pretty cool but not enough to make me jump and purchase right away. And, like many others, I was comp...

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