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8:30 PM on 08.10.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company - miscellaneous

Continuing with Good Smile Company's (and associates) apparently near-infinite display at WonFes, we arrive at some Attack on Titan figures and a bunch of Sonicos. GSC usually does a decent job with Sonico figures in that I d...

Tianxiao Ma


10:00 PM on 08.08.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Revoltech - Iron Man

Kaiyodo had Iron Men past and future at their Wonder Festival booth ... well, Revoltech Iron Men. Kaiyodo's display featured not only their past Iron Man Revoltechs, but the upcoming Mark XXI figure in its golden splendor.&nb...

Brian Szabelski



Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: QuesQ photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: QuesQ
by Scarecroodle

QuesQ's Summer WonFes display featured painted and unpainted prototypes of characters from Kancolle, Touhou Project, Busou Shinki, and more (which, in this instance, means I can't ID the other franchises).

The selection included a really neat unpainted Remilia Scarlet (see header) and cute painted Flandre Scarlet.

Be sure to check out the gallery for all of those characters I couldn't ID.

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4:30 PM on 08.07.2014

[NSFW] Wonder Festival 2014 Summer - figFix Shimakaze kicks off new line

Wonder Festival saw Max Factory unveil a brand new line for the company - fixFix. As you might be able to guess from the name, it's a spin on their omnipresent figma line, but without the signature poseability. Instead, these...

Martin Siggers

10:00 PM on 08.06.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Vertex

So yeah, Persona 3's Yukari is getting a figure. That makes me pretty happy. Thanks, Vertex! They had a few other figures on display at WonFes... some of which I'd like to forget. From the folks who brought you Super Sonico,...

Tianxiao Ma

9:15 PM on 08.06.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Pulchra

I'm limited by Tomopop's language policy, but please feel free to make all the male anatomy jokes you want about the display base for the Mikasa figure. Unintentional humor is often the best kind after all. Pulchra's WonFes d...

Tianxiao Ma

8:15 PM on 08.06.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company girls part 2

Partial nudity and figure collecting go hand in hand. If it makes you uncomfortable, you may want to avoid this gallery. However it makes me very comfortable, so I'll tell you a little about what's going on! These figures are...

Tianxiao Ma

12:00 AM on 08.05.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Art Spirits

Art Spirits likes to take things slow. After they first announced their To LOVEru Darkness Precious Collection Momo Belia Deviluke figure it took some seven months for them to finally reveal it. The same seems to be...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

11:30 PM on 08.04.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Broccoli

Broccoli apparently doesn't care if a series isn't a super popular anime or blockbuster game. Just having a following is enough for them. Just take visual novel series Amairo Islenauts as an example, it's getting its fir...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

4:00 PM on 08.03.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Volks

If there was any doubt about what Volks will be focusing for their future revenue streams before, this Wonder festival pretty much snuffed it out. after shuttering down the resin kit lines and slowing down news in general, it...

Chris Seto

1:00 PM on 08.03.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Orchid Seed

Orchid Seed has come a pretty long way from its early beginnings. While the company still focuses on more... adult figure offerings, their releases now are of much higher quality so any embarrassment felt when showing off the...

Chris Seto





Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kaiyodo - Revoltech Star Wars photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kaiyodo - Revoltech Star Wars
by Scarecroodle

Not wanting to be left off the Lucas gravy train, Kaiyodo has apparently added Star Wars characters to its Revoltech line. Unpainted prototypes for Darth Vader, a Storm Trooper, C-3PO, R2-D2 and a Mouse Droid were on display at WonFes alongside placards which displayed the silhouettes of Boba Fett, the Millennium Falcon, and an X-Wing.

The news that Kaiyodo is handling the license is somewhat diminished by the glut of Star Wars merchandise these days. For years, Star Wars collectibles were primarily being produced in the 3.75-inch scale by Hasbro (and Kenner before that). However, that's changed almost overnight with Hasbro moving into the 6-inch scale, Medicom's decision to add Star Wars to its MEDICOM line, Bandai of Japan apparently planning to produce samurai Star Wars figures, and Star Wars even appearing in the Nendoroid line. That's not counting the 1/6-scale figures (which have been around for a while) and Kotobukiya's Star Wars offerings.

That's not to say that these figures don't look cool. The sculpting looks to be pretty decent and Vader will apparently feature an articulated cape (unlike Hasbro's and MEDICOM's decision to use a fabric cape). The Storm Trooper (who was on display next to a Clone Trooper helmet for some reason) will provide fans with an opportunity to army build although, given that Revoltechs have been running ¥3,000+ lately, it would make for an expensive army.

I'm also surprised that one of the items Kaiyodo will be leading with is a Mouse Droid. Sure, he's just going to be an accessory (for C-3PO?), but it's still such a seemingly random choice. I'm also curious as to whether Kaiyodo will offer a ton of R2 variants, something that Hasbro has yet to do in its 6-inch Star Wars Black Series (despite having done heavily in its smaller scale line). Will we see a R2-Q2? Only time will tell.

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