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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): misc Garage Kits (Part 2)

Here we are, the final garage kit gallery which, as tradition dictates, is the final miscellaneous gallery.  Well, I don't think anyone expected a figure of the girl with the pearl earring! Still, it's a mighty impressive figure. The M...

 
 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Anime Garage Kits (Part 3)

We're reaching the end of our Winter wonder festival coverage and we're wrapping up the coverage of the anime kits with a number of more recent characters. I don't think any of us expected kits from Drifters but here we are with Yoichi and ...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Rhythm game Garage Kits

I thought I'd try something a little different and combine the rhythm game figures into their own gallery so they don't bloat out the other video game kit galleries. So here, you will find the idolm@ster and Vocaloid kits. A part of me want...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): KanColle Garage Kits

Regardless of the resurgence of Fate kits, it's safe to say that the KanColle juggernaut is showing no sign of slowing down. Warspite makes her WF debut this time around (Rule Britannia!!) and, as always, the Abyssal units are super impress...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Fate Garage Kits

Well, a lot of people took it unto themselves to make sure the "year of fate" definitely came to pass. And with Fate/Grand Order, there no shortage of characters to choose as a subject! While I think Granblue Fantasy still edges it out on s...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Anime Garage Kits (Part 2)

One of the best things about the figures seen in the dealer area is that you can find some kits from titles which have been all but forgotten now, particularly from older shows. And you can also find some seriously new characters in the mix...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Misc Garage Kits (Part 1)

And now, we get the the miscellaneous gallery, where I put the original kits, ones I was not able to identify or just simply didn't fit into one of the other galleries. I mean, where DO you put kits of characters from eroge? I do like the d...

 
 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Anime Garage Kits (Part 1)

And so, after a short break while we gathered info and sorted photos, we now return to our wonder festival coverage and we begin as we always do with a gallery to anime garage kits. As you can probably tell, in a move that should surprise n...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 Winter: Wonderful Hobby Life For You

There were some intriguing Nendoroid and figma announcements at Wonder Festival but the scale figure previews weren't as interesting. Under the Wonderful Hobby Life For You banner, Good Smile Company and associated groups showed off a ton o...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Megahouse

Megahouse seem to be pretty happy to rest on its established lines and not really rocking their boat and I'm sure that's fine for many. Wonder Festival showed us more P.O.P figures and some other figures based on popular Jump manga such as ...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Native

Normally, here at Tomopop, we tend to avoid the 100% NSFW coverage, which I feel is a shame because there are some really REALLY good Ero figures out there which look classy without going too far into the realm of lewd but I digress. As suc...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Hobby Japan

Just look at the banner! Just look at it!! Bathe in the awesomeness that is the final scene between X and zero in Megaman X! Done enough? Then check out the figure of Yuzuruha who, sadly was a bit too NSFW to get onto the banner. Still a ve...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Flare

Since their resurrection and rebranding from the Yamato name, Flare has been keeping pretty low key on their releases, slowly building up their catalogue with some interesting figures and that trend is set to continue.  The standout fi...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 Winter: figma

By my estimates there were about 17 million Nendoroids announced/shown at WonFes. The figma announcements were not as numerous but there were still some juicy ones. Just as with Nendoroids, the figma lineup has diversified outside of the no...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Kotobukiya mecha

Kotobukiya clearly knew that they were sitting on a money pit when they released the first Frame Arms: Girl since they seem to be pushing more of them out at the expense of the others, including the original Frame Arms line, though the shor...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Kotobukiya Figures

Kotobukiya were the first company to have a proper focus on the western markets and took steps to license western titles for their figures and so they have an interesting mix of figures from anime and also western movies and shows. On the J...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Aquamarine

At the last Wonder Festival, Aquamarine teased us with placeholders and a prototype of Jack-O and kuradoberi Jam from Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator and now, we get to see them in all their glory! I have to admit that I'm a little disappointed t...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 Winter: Nendoroids

I think any responsible financial planner would take Wonder Festival into account (well, provided they collect figures). I mean, look at all this stuff! This is real stuff that is coming! I'm not the biggest Nendoroid collector but each yea...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Volks

Mecha Musume have definitely had a rather large resurgence as of late. After the retirement of Busou Shinki, we didn't get much until Bandai introduced the AGP line with the gundam girls, after that, Kotobukiya ran away with it with their F...

 
 
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Get a glimpse of the future at MegaHobby Expo 2016 Autumn

It's late fall so you know what that means: MegaHobby Expo time! I'm always hyped to see what kind of new stuff is coming soon (or in Alter's case, much later). Let this be a reminder for all of you to start saving up! Here's a quick rundow...

 
 
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Answer the Call of Cthulhu at DesignerCon this weekend

Another Halloween has passed and artist Mikie Graham is bringing more creepy goodness to DesignerCon this year. At the show (November 19-20 in Pasadena), he'll be debuting the new Dagon Cultist figurine. Based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft...

 
 
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NYCC 2016: Good Smile Company

Good Smile Company's Mamitan has been hard at work revealing their upcoming figures at NYCC. There are lots of Nendoroids and figmas but I wasn't expecting this many video game figures. The full armor Megaman X Nendoroid has been painted an...

 
 
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SDCC 2016: Square Enix

You can count on the Play Arts Kai brand to bring some unique (if not overly busy) interpretations of some of your favorite comic book characters. I found a couple such figures at the Square Enix booth at SDCC. They were part of the Play Ar...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 2)

And so we reach the last Gallery for this years dealer floor coverage for Wonder Festival. And the first thing we should do is say hi to an old friend. Chainsaw girl makes another appearance after several years. She's an original kit from K...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Game Garage Kits (part 2)

Man, there really are a lot of Fate/Grand Order and Gran Blue Fantasy kits, and I'm sure the numbers will only rise! but for me, the two most standout figures would be the one of the Fei Yen knight from Virtual On and her large sword as wel...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 4)

And now, we have reached the last stretch of the garage kit coverage for Wonder Festival Summer 2016!  We end the Anime kit roundup with a better look at the Love Live! kits as well as a number of magical girls in the form of Precure k...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 2)

I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of the Japanese Kaiju movies but even I have to put my hands up and say that this Godzilla skeleton figure is pretty damn cool! Still, it adds to the weirdness that is the miscellaneous gallery a...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: KanColle Garage Kits (part 2)

If nothing else, it's good to see the overall quality of KanColle kits to have improved over recent events. Before, it was only really the abyssal fleet figures which truly impressed but now, we have quite a few kits of the ship girls incre...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 3)

For such a popular anime, you would think that One-Punch man would get more figures than it has. Well, the big companies have given us a few Tatsumakis and a couple of Geonas but that's about it. But at least we got one figure of Saitama in...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 1)

And here's the first of our miscellaneous kit gallery. As usual, these kits are those which I was unable to identify, are original designs or simply come from a title which doesn't really fit the previous categories.  The steampunk Ali...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: KaColle Garage Kits (part 1)

KanColle still continues its iron grip on the dealer section of Wonder Festival but at least its dominance isn't quite on the level as previous events, where it was actually painful to sift through. Kashima is also a popular pick these days...

 
 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 2)

Back when I was a fledgling garage kit painter, one maker who always impressed me with his great works was Vispo. Initially, the most famous kits were those of the Evangelion Girls with racing motorbikes. Eventually, 3 were made for Asuka a...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Video Game Garage Kits (part 1)

Next up, we have the first batch of video game garage kits and the first thing one will probably notice is the number of Fate/Grand Order and Gran Blue Fantasy kits. Rather unsurprisingly, the most popular games get the largest number of ki...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 1)

And, after a long haul, we've reached the dealer floor for Wonder Festival. As usual, I've split up the kits into some rough categories and we start with the first lot of anime garage kits! Love Live! seems to have had a boost in popularity...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Arcadia

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 Katanamonogatar...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Aoshima

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 KanColle due to the...

 
 
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SDCC 2016: Shiflett Bros.

The Shiflett Brothers have made a name for themselves with their fantastical, steampunk-y sculptures. What first struck me about them was the level of detail in each sculpt. But over the years their designs have gotten more elaborate and am...

 
 


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