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Jul 29 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 1)

Now that coverage of Wonder Festival has calmed down a little, we have some time to look at the dealer floor to see what garage kit makers have brought to the event. The good news is that there was no depressingly large domin...
Jul 27 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Alter

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...
Jul 27 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Ques Q

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...
Jul 22 // Chris Seto

Macross 2 gets some love with a release of the VF-2

Macross 2 doesn't get much love compared to other series, mostly because it's not that good. Still, it does have some fans and it's hard to fault its mecha designs which were more of an update to the much loved and remembered...
Jul 22 // Chris Seto

Amiami finally expand their Infinite Stratos figure line with Cecilia Alcott and Blue Tears

Oh how I have waited... After teasing us relentlessly at pretty much every major figure event for the past few years, Amiami have finally decided to release the second of their <IS> Infinite Stratos figures for pre-orde...
Jun 12 // Chris Seto

Tomopop Review: Ques Q's Image Model Lene

It wasn't too long ago that many collectors would look at the dealer booth section of events like Wonder Festival to look at the works of the garage kit makes and just admire and think, "I wish that was a PVC figure..." Well,...
May 30 // Chris Seto

MegaHobby Expo 2015 Spring: Revolve

Revolve is a company which is still in its infancy (just one release under their belts so far) but their figures are still making small waves by looking rather good and covering titles which other companies don't really cover...
May 30 // Chris Seto

MegaHobby Expo 2015 Spring: Alter

The Spring MegaHobby Expo has just recently concluded and it looks like all the figure companies are giving a final push for their soon-to-be-released figures to make way for all new announcements at Wonder Festival but even ...
May 25 // Chris Seto

Hobby Round rises and throws in a few surprises!

Hobby Round has grown considerably since it started up six years ago but even with the increased showing from the garage kit makers and other companies, it is still very much the Volks show so it makes sense that Volks use it...
May 19 // Chris Seto

Kinetiquettes kicks some more ass and puts on some nostalgia glasses to go back to the 80s for their next line of statues!

The good guys over at kinetiquettes have been pretty busy as of late. Having completed their initial Evil Ryu vs Oni statues, they are now hard at work at not one but TWO new lines of figures. The first is a continuation of t...
May 12 // Chris Seto

The Variant Play Arts Kai Batman is up for Pre-Order and HOLY...

Square-Enix has really been pushing their Play-Arts Kai line as of late and after grabbing some of the superhero licenses, they've done some pretty interesting new designs, particularly around the DC side.  We've seen th...
Apr 10 // Chris Seto

Henge returns under a different name and with a new transformer!

It has been a while since we had last heard from HENGE. Long time readers may remember his amazingly detailed mecha model kits but we haven't heard from him recently. Well, he's back with a new name and a new kit! Henge has r...
Apr 06 // Chris Seto

Sword Art Online gets another addition to its dollfie dream family

Ever wonder if Volks are overdoing things a little with their Dollfie Dream Releases? Not only are they prepping for a Snow Miku release as well as the two Macross F ladies, hot on the heels of the Dolls Party event in Kyoto,...
Apr 04 // Chris Seto

Volks add a few new extras to their upcoming Macross F Dollfie Dreams

The pre-order window may be closed and the actual items aren't expected until the end of the year but that hasn't stopped Volks from adding a little something to their new Dollfie Dream releases (to be)! Back at the end of la...
Feb 21 // Chris Seto

The next Transformers Masterpiece breaks cover on this months Magazine scans!

Last month, our own Jeremy posted some interesting rumours about the next masterpiece transformers releases. Well, consider one of those rumours confirmed! MP-25 Tracks is on his way! Unfortunately, that's pretty much all we ...
Feb 21 // Chris Seto

This months magazine scans give us the Key to Victory!

We all knew it would happen.. nay, it MUST happen but this months magazine scans show that it truly is happening! Hot on the heels of the release of the Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar, we are getting a release of Goldymarg and yo...
Feb 14 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Misc Garage Kits (part 2)

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...
Feb 14 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 5)

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...
Feb 13 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Video Game Garage Kits (part2)

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...
Feb 13 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 4)

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...
Feb 13 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Vocaloid Garage Kits

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...
Feb 13 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 3)

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...
Feb 12 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: KanColle Garage Kits (part 2)

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......
Feb 12 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Misc Garage Kits (part 1)

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 ...
Feb 12 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 2)

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...
Feb 11 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Video Game Garage Kits (part 1)

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...
Feb 11 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: KanColle Garage Kits (part 1)

...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...
Feb 11 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 1)

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...
Feb 10 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Volks

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...
Feb 09 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Alter

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...
Feb 08 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Vertex

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 ...
Feb 08 // Chris Seto

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Fighting Game fans rejoice! Guilty Gear figures are incoming!

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...
Jan 21 // Chris Seto

Volks milks the Hatsune Miku License for yet another Dollfie Dream

It has only been a few months since Volks have completed shipping their Hatsune Miku dollfie dreams to buyers, and now they are already planning the next one! We've had a couple of additional costumes already, but in a rather...
Jan 11 // Chris Seto

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Tomo Asama

Once more, we return to the world of Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, and Kotobukiya are once again the providers of another figure of a cast member from the show. We've had a look at Honda Futayo before and this time, we're lookin...
Dec 24 // Chris Seto

Volks release promo Video for their Dollfie Dream X Macross F Collaboration!

Just in time for the holidays!! Volks has just released a promo video for those of us on the fence about buying one of their Sheryl Nome or Ranka Lee Dollfie dreams! In a rather insidious move, they have released the video j...
Nov 17 // Chris Seto

GoodSmile Company gives us a Racing Miku... Transformer?

Unveiled over the weekend, GoodSmile Company showed off the next item in their Wonderful Hobby Selection in the shape of a collaboration with Shouji Kawamori to give us a racing Miku "Transformer" (and I use the term lightly ...
Nov 16 // Chris Seto

The Dollfie Dream Macross F Collaboration items have been priced!

If you've been following the Dollfie Dream twitter feed, you will have noticed that several additional costumes have been announced for the Macross F x Dollfie Dream collaboration but rather than bore you with multiple posts ...
Oct 19 // Chris Seto

Hobby Round 12: Volks shows off their next 1/4 scale kit... finally!

Looks like Volks was a busy bunny this weekend. As well as showing off their new Macross F dollfie dreams, they were also holding their usual biannual Hobby Round event and used the event to finally show off their new 1/4 sca...
Oct 19 // Chris Seto

Get a first glimpse of the Macross F Dollfie Dream Collaboration!

Well, that didn't take long! It was only a week ago when the Macross F X Dollfie Dream collaboration was announced (with a basic website with no info made live a few days later) but we've already got a first glimpse of the tw...
Oct 13 // Chris Seto

HairyAsHell and Kinetiquettes ramp up for their first release!

Regular readers may remember that the supremely talented HairyAsHell started up his own studio earlier this year with the intent of creating new works to sell to collectors. Well, they're ramping up now and have opened up the...

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