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WonFes 2015 photo
WonFes 2015

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: MegaHouse


I'm slightly underwhelmed
Jul 28
// Tianxiao Ma
As I comb through all this WonFes coverage, I have to say the showing from MegaHouse feels a little uninspired. Honestly, they've never been a go-to brand for me. I'm never watching my news feeds wondering what they're up to ...
WF2015S: Embrace Japan photo
WF2015S: Embrace Japan

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Embrace Japan


An unexpected World Warrior appears
Jul 28
// Brian Szabelski
Embrace Japan's Wonder Festival offerings had a clear highlight: the Ryu and Alex statues from Street Fighter III: Third Strike, mostly because ... well, was anyone expecting Alex? I wasn't, and Embrace's painted Alex looks p...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Alter


total recalling
Jul 27
// Chris Seto
Alter had a rather eclectic mix of figures at their booth. There was quite a large focus on recent idol anime, specifically, Love Live but fans of the original idol anime, Idolm@ster have not been forgotten as there are plans...

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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Ques Q


Whatever floats your boat!
Jul 27
// Chris Seto
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that a figure company which basically takes garage kits and gives them a PVC release is going really heavily into the KanKolle boat. After all, if the whole community is pretty much chu...
Log Horizon Akatsuki photo
Just say wow, wow, wow, wow!
Let's take a moment and look at what Log Horizon has going for it: Nine light novel volumes and counting 11 manga volumes between four different titles, all ongoing Two anime seasons totaling 50 episodes (and a good chance f...

WonFes 2015 Summer photo
WonFes 2015 Summer

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Wonderful Hobby Life For You


Highlights from GSC and associates
Jul 27
// Tianxiao Ma
[ Update: Hobby Search has even more coverage of the WHL4U booth, including more Nendoroids, figmas, and ThreeA figures! ] Wonder Festival has come and gone. While it's odd to me that such a big event is one day only (wouldn'...
Durarara!! figma photo
It's finally happening!
Well, here's my favorite bit of news from Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Durarara!!x2 figma are happening! A series that has long been on my figma wishlist will finally get checked off, just as I was trying to cut down on my fi...

Good Smile Company photo
Good Smile Company

Good Smile Company announces WonFes exclusives


WHL4U 22 site is up now
Jun 19
// Tianxiao Ma
It's time to gear up for the one-two punch that is Anime Expo and Summer Wonder Festival! Good Smile Company has put up their Wonderful Hobby Life For You site with a list of "exclusives" that they'll be bringing. I use quote...
Broccoli photo
Broccoli

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Broccoli


I'm sure you can find a waifu here...
Feb 14
// Oansun
Broccoli doesn't exactly have a banner year of super-popular characters on their slate (save for one), but it's not like they care. In the gallery, you'll see their bread-and-butter. Emphasis on the butt(er). Their 1/8 scale ...
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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...
WonFes 2015 Alphamax photo
WonFes 2015 Alphamax

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Alphamax


The most voluptuous booth?
Feb 14
// Tianxiao Ma
If you're into more developed women, Alphamax is a good manufacturer to look at. They mostly make borderline ecchi figures, although their SkyTube label has more explicit stuff. They had a handful of figures on display for Wo...
Prime 1 Studio photo
Prime 1 Studio

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Prime 1 Studio


Official statue line of the Michael Bay fan club
Feb 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
No matter what you think of Michael Bay's treatment of the Transformers and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles you have to admit that Prime 1 Studio knows how to make a killer statue. I'm guessing they use actual CGI renders fr...
Azone Aldnoah.Zero photo
Azone Aldnoah.Zero

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Azone Aldnoah.Zero Asseylum Vers Allusia


Holographic disguise projector not included
Feb 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Are you a big fan of Aldnoah.Zero with some money to burn? Then Azone has the doll for you. Announced back at Wonder Festival 2014 Summer we've finally gotten our first look at Princess Asseylum Vers Allusia at Wonder Fe...
Wonder Festival MegaHouse photo
Wonder Festival MegaHouse

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: MegaHouse


Sailor Senshi, swordsmen, and shinobi in here
Feb 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
MegaHouse appears to have had one of the larger displays on the floor at Wonder Festival 2015 Winter. MH had no shortage of new figures to show alongside some figures they've been toting along for a few years now. While a lar...
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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...
Good Smile YouTube photo
Good Smile YouTube

Good Smile U.S. kicks off their YouTube channel with a look at WonFes


Short video gives a look at their recent booth
Feb 13
// Brian Szabelski
Good Smile Company's U.S. office has opened an official YouTube account, and their first video features a look at the GSC booth from last weekend's WonFes 2015 Winter. With Mamitan narrating the video, it's a brief look at t...
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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...
WonFes Embrace Japan photo
WonFes Embrace Japan

[NSFW] Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Embrace Japan


Very nice demon designs
Feb 10
// Tianxiao Ma
I'm often taken by Embrace Japan's original character designs. The build quality of their figures, though, tends to be pretty rough. But once again, they're showing off some great designs at WonFes and I'm itching to get my h...
WonFes 2015 Kotobukiya photo
WonFes 2015 Kotobukiya

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Kotobukiya's anime and video game ladies


There are some familiar faces
Feb 10
// Tianxiao Ma
Kotobukiya isn't only about their Shunya Yamashita-designed Bishoujo series figures, in case you've forgotten. They also make, well, bishoujo figures... in the traditional sense. Kristina was able to get a load of photos from...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Volks


Soon, my precious...
Feb 10
// Chris Seto
They came, they saw, they left us (well, me) impressed.  For the most part, Volks were content with showing off their older works with only a few glimpses of what they have in store for the future. In terms of completely...
X-Plus photo
X-Plus

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: X-Plus


Kaiju and anime; classic and modern; crazy and cool
Feb 10
// Oansun
X-Plus drops some new and old figures, making a great impression this year. Some wacky stuff here, folks. Let's break the diverse range down a bit. The vinyl masters are offering another chance for some high demand figures in...
Bishoujo photo
But when will a Red She-Hulk variant be announced?
While Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Raven and Lady Deadpool may have just been illustrations on cards, our intrepid reporter in Japan managed to capture some additional photos of the upcoming Bishoujos on display. These photos includ...

WonFes 2015: QuesQ photo
WonFes 2015: QuesQ

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: QuesQ


Do you like KanColle? No? Well, too bad ... mostly.
Feb 09
// Brian Szabelski
Kantai Collection fans, your ship has come in from Ques Q, and we perhaps mean that literally. They brough enough KanColle PVC with them to sink a small fleet: Kitakami, Yukikaze, Tatsuta, Tenryuu, Kongou, Kirishima, Kit...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Alter


Welcome back, old friend!
Feb 09
// Chris Seto
For a while now, Alter has pretty much towed the line with the other manufacturers and their output has been somewhat dull with characters just standing or some other mundane pose. It has been a while since they produced a fi...
Star Wars photo
Boba Fett? Where? Where?!
An unpainted prototype for Kaiyodo's Revoltech? Boba Fett was on display at Winter WonFes. Fans will recall that the character had previously been teased with a silhouette at Summer WonFes 2014 when Kaiyodo first displayed it...

Figuarts Zero SM Crystal photo
Figuarts Zero SM Crystal

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Figuarts Zero Sailor Moon Crystal


Moon, Mars and Mercury show off their newer looks
Feb 08
// Brian Szabelski
Bandai doesn't think you have enough Sailor Moon figures in your life, because they're rolling out Figuarts Zero figures of Sailor Moon, Mars and Mercury in their Sailor Moon Crystal design. Seen at Wonder Festival, Moon...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Vertex


What happens when you show your cards early?
Feb 08
// Chris Seto
Vertex were one of the few companies to announce exactly what they were bringing to Wonder Festival so their booth packed little in terms of surprises.  Celia continues to impress (though I'm probably a little biased in ...
Grell Sutcliff photo
Grell Sutcliff

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Kotobukiya's painted Grell Sutcliff is a cut above


Don't fear the reaper
Feb 08
// Soul Tsukino
After showing an unpainted preview last month, Kotobukiya showed off the final painted version of its statue of the ArtFX J Grell Sutcliff Grim Reaper from Black Butler. Besides a smile and being "covered in red", Grell ...
MegaHouse Sailor Moon photo
MegaHouse Sailor Moon

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: MegaHouse Tsukino Usagi schoolgirl uniform


Schoolhouse rock!
Feb 08
// Lynnette Cantos
With the inner Sailor Senshi lineup complete, MegaHouse displayed the school uniform versions of Usagi, Ami and Rei at WonFes. The three figures are stand-alone and already posed, which is common for UFO prize figures so that...
Sailor Moon photo
Sailor Moon

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: S.H. Figuarts Sailor Pluto, Super Sailor Moon, and more


Sailor V joins S.H.Figuarts
Feb 08
// Oansun
If you're ready to complete the Outer Scouts/Sailor Senshi, Sailor Pluto is incoming. Bandai is providing an unpainted prototype (complete with staff and a serious face) and it looks pretty great. Super Sailor Moon was also s...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Fighting Game fans rejoice! Guilty Gear figures are incoming!


Working their way up!
Feb 08
// Chris Seto
Wonder Festival has finished and we're trawling through all the news now. But while much of it is (dare I say it...) rather standard and dull, we have already had a few interesting bits and bobs from various makers. One of my...

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