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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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Bihou

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Bihou


Heads up!
Feb 12
// Soul Tsukino
Wonder Festival Winter 2016 has provided us toy folks with lots of cool things to ogle over during the exhibition. Everything from anime toys to  statues to big robots has been on display during the exhibition. But one booth seems to stick out amongst all the presenters.
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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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WonFes Union Creative

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Union Creative


All of the boys
Feb 11
// Tianxiao Ma
Union Creative is a producer partnered with several toy makers, such as Sentinel and Kaiyodo. That means they usually bring a ton of figures to WonFes, so yay for us! While most manufacturers' figures have a decided bias towa...
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Prime 1 Studio

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Prime 1 Studio


More than just Transformers now
Feb 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Known for their giant sized and exceptionally expensive Transformers movie statues, Prime 1 Studio appeared at Wonder Festival 2016 Winter bigger than ever. Oh, sure, they're still pumping out Transformers statues at a surpri...
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WonFes GSC

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Good Smile Company part 2 - Nendoroids


There was an actual tower of Nendos
Feb 09
// Tianxiao Ma
If there's one thing I want to know about this industry, it's how Good Smile Company picks the licenses to make Nendoroids for. At this point their Nendoroid production line must be a well-oiled machine, possibly on its way t...
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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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WonFes GSC

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Good Smile Company part 1


I'm so sick of bunny outfits
Feb 09
// Tianxiao Ma
Good Smile Company's Wonderful Hobby Life For You display is like the all-you-can-eat buffet of Wonder Festival. By my quick internet research I estimate they have infinity figures. And I feel like half of that infinite numbe...
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WonFes X-Plus

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: X-Plus


Dragon Ball Z, kaiju, and Harry Potter
Feb 09
// Tianxiao Ma
X-Plus hit WonFes with some big name properties. Right off the bat you have their Godzilla figures, sure to please you kaiju fans out there. If classic anime is more to your taste, they also showed a selection of Dragon Ball ...
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WonFes Embrace Japan

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Embrace Japan/Milestone


Some great stuff for Street Fighter fans
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
Man, Embrace Japan has really put out some lovely designs as of late. They're looking to continue that roll with the Diabolus Angelite figure shown at WonFes. Fun fact: this line of original designs has been titled Black Arts...
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WonFes Alphamax

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Alphamax


T2 Art Girls and... Transformers?
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
Alphamax is usually all about girls with clothes falling off their bodies. Well they took it to a literal extent this WonFes with some of the figures from their SkyTube label. I won't focus on the NSFW stuff but Amiami a...
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WonFes Arcadia

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Arcadia


A big dose of Katanagatari
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
Arcadia's showing at Wonder Festival featured a whole lot of Katanagatari. If you've waited this long for Katanagatari figures, hopefully you like what you see. These look like 3D printed prototypes, with the grainy finish an...
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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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WonFes Aquamarine

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Aquamarine


Persona, Guilty Gear, and more
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
I don't have much experience with Aquamarine, but the photos from their booth caught my attention. If you're a gamer - particularly if you're into Japanese games - you might recognize the gals in the header image. I picked th...
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WonFes Aoshima

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Aoshima


Going all-in on Kantai Collection
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
It looks like more Kantai Collection stuff is coming from Aoshima, who showed off a few prototypes at Wonder Festival. The biggest crowd pleasers will probably be Shoukaku and her tsundere sister ship Zuikaku. Although it's t...
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WF2016W Takara Tomy

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Takara Tomy


More than awesome robots
Feb 07
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Takara Tomy has been slowly building their presence at Wonder Festival every year and this is no different. For the 2016 winter show they've brought some of their biggest new bots to be released later this year. The big revea...
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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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Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Kotobukiya Mecha


change in the wind
Feb 07
// Chris Seto
Despite having one of the most unfortunate shorthands in the business, the Frame Arms Girls (or FA:G) seem to be doing quite a considerable amount of business for Kotobukiya, especially if the time it took for the latest rele...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Kotobukiya Figures


A good spread to start!
Feb 07
// Chris Seto
Kotobukiya really decided to start off this year with a bang! Wonder Festival saw quite a few new announcement and figures from Kotobuiya and there was pretty much something for everyone, and some things which really shouldn'...

Tomopop Review: Nendoroid Mako Fight Club Spec Two Star Goku Uniform Ver.

Aug 12 // Martin Siggers
Figure Name: Nendoroid Mako Mankanshoku Fight Club Spec Two Star Goku Uniform Ver.Figure Maker: Good Smile CompanyRetail Price: ¥4,167Available at: N/A Packaging wise, Mako is very much just another Nendoroid, even keeping the distinctive black and yellow aesthetic that all of the Kill la Kill Nendoroids. On the one hand I kind of like it that GSC doesn't make a big song and dance out of the exclusive variants - they even retain a standard number in the lineup. On the other, a little something to indicate that this Mako is a little special would be nice. Perhaps just a little flash in the corner? Regardless, this is a Nendoroid box, which means it's sturdy, smart and informative without being particularly interesting or spectacular. Out of the box, Mako is immediately striking, largely due to that distinctive overcoat. It not only provides a really nice contrast to the blue and white of her uniform, but gives the figure a lot more width than a standard Nendoroid. Combined with the big chunky hat, the net effect is of a figure which feels much bigger than is standard for the line, even though that's not actually the case. Looking from behind gives us a few more details of the coat/cape. You can see that it's hinged at the shoulder blades, a very welcome touch as it allows the coat to fit around Mako's shoulders much more easily than a single piece of plastic would. There's also jointing on the arms of the coat at the shoulders and elbows, and the overall result is a surprisingly poseable accessory. There's no clip or peg to fix the coat to Mako, it simply slips over the shoulders and is held in place by the head. However, Mako's stand does include an extra long extension peg which fits straight through the coat and into her back, and this helps hold the coat more firmly in place as a consequence.  As it is in the show, Mako's coat is lined with golden weapons, all reproduced here in loving detail. Note that they aren't removable, but are instead moulded into the surface. Nonetheless, it's a bravura touch which helps lift the overally impression of the cape as well as reinforcing GSC's attention to detail. Mako comes with quite a few different accessories, the first of which are the iconic folded arms used in many, many Studio Gainax productions, and clearly inherited by Kill la Kill's production house Trigger (which is largely made up of ex-Gainax employees). It's also worth pointing out at this stage that Mako's hat doesn't pin to her head, but instead simply sits on top like a real hat would. This means that not only can you cock it at a jaunty angle as I've done here, but that it'll fit any Nendoroid with a relatively smooth head. It wouldn't be much of a fight club without weapons, and to that end Mako comes with both a nasty looking spiked bat and her self-promoting knuckle duster. The bat fits smoothly into an alternative hand part while the knuckle duster just clips on over the existing fist part. Again, some terrific fine detail work by the sculptors over at GSC. Including the piece of grass Mako chews on (in iconic bancho style) is a nice touch, but I wish they'd moulded it as a permanent part of this face. As it is it's a tiny plug-in part and given that the grass strand is made of soft, bendy plastic, it can be incredibly frustrating to fit.  Throwing up the cutesy V signs might seem a little out of place for this figure, but it looks rather good regardless, courtesy of a pair of lower arm replacement parts. Mako's second included face is this sad face, which pairs up wonderfully with the unique 'huge gloopy tears' accessory. That's what I call it and I'm sticking to it. The tear part actually snaps onto the lower part of the face and round the neck peg, making it surprisingly secure. It's so precisely moulded to this face though that I'm uncertain if it'd work on any other Nendoroid. You get not one but two tear-related accessories with Mako, the other being this enormous fountain of tears designed to recreate the goofiness of an animated breakdown. I'm much more ambivalent on this one - it's a great idea and a pretty funny one-time visual gag, but it's big and fiddly and pretty much a one-joke item. I will note that GSC were smart enough to make the tears high enough to line up with Mako's eyes when she's on her stand. Naturally, if you own 'regular' Nendoroid Mako there's an awful lot of fun to be had swapping parts and expressions between the two. Fight Club Mako even has the small unique piece of moulding in her hairpiece that allows the sleep bubble from regular Mako to be attached, so it certainly seems this is a case of straight mould reuse. Overall, I'd say Nendoroid Mako is pretty much the platonic ideal of what a WonFes exclusive should be. She's definitely not essential by any means, especially considering a cheaper, more readily available version of Mako is out there with arguably superior acessories. But she is a lovely little extra for those who love the series, and a great treat for those who do go that extra mile to get hold of her. Keep your eyes on those convention booths! With many thanks to Good Smile Europe's Maritan, who was hugely helpful in getting hold of Mako for review.
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Packing a Punch
In the past few years, Good Smile Company has generally become much better about the way it does Wonder Festival exclusive figures. They're now available from the GSC website as well as cons around the world, and the company ...

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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 3)


*drops the mic*
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
That's it, I'm done. If you want an image which pretty much explains what kind of weirdness to expect from these kinds of galleries, I think the banner image pretty much sums it up. We can safely ignore the cool (and borderli...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 4)


See you later, Space Samurai!
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
We're just about ready to wrap up the garage kit coverage for this years summer Wonder Festival and for our penultimate gallery, we're taking a look at the last few anime garage kits from the dealer floor. There's an appearan...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Video Game Garage Kits (part 2)


Retro for all!!
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
Here's our second and last gallery for the video game garage kits for this Wonder Festival and we have a fair bit of retro goodness to share! From the Flameman from Megaman, to the evil minion from the Pop'n Twinbee series an...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 2)


Decidedly normal
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
For our second gallery of misc garage kits, we have a... rather normal collection if we have to be honest. Most are likely to be based from a video game series but sadly, my knowledge doesn't stretch far enough to name them a...

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