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Chris Seto . Jul 31

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 orig...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 31

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 lar...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 31

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 fo...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 31

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 miscella...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 31

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 s...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 31

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 figur...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 31

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.  Th...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 31

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 ...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 30

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 m...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 30

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 large...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 30

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 boos...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 28

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 ...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 28

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 KanC...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 28

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: GoodSmile Company

This might be an unpopular opinion, but I don't actually rate GoodSmile Company as that great a figure company. Their output is solid but very rarely truly impresses. Then again, their output, with help from umbrella companie...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 27

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Nendoroids

And next, we move onto another GoodSmile Company juggernaut in the form of their Nendoroids. I have to admit that I still get the odd one or two of these from time to time and the selection is so large, I'm sure everyone will...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 27

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Megahouse

Megahouse had a very eclectic mix of items on display but the one major theme was that most were from very popular anime, both past and present. The Shonen Jump titles continue to have a strong presence with more One Piece, D...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 26

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Plamax

I have to admit that I'm not convinced about the new plamax line from Max Factory. Initially, it looked like a good idea, a way for them to move into plamodels and sticking with mecha lines which weren't tied to sunrise, but ...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 26

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Figma

Rather unsurprisingly, GoodSmile Company was out in full force at Wonder Festival, showing off all their associated lines with a mix of old and new as well as expected items and unexpected ones! Looking at the Figmas first, t...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 26

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Volks

Volks have a very muted presence at Wonder Festival, no doubt holding off for their own Hobby Round event, which has been growing in recent years. But they did still display a fair bit of their recent releases and some teaser...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 25

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Vertex

I think Vertex has given us the closest thing to a figure version of the "Sonic Cycle." Their figure announcements are usually interesting and the prototypes always seem to look good but the finished products always seem to f...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 25

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Figurex

Figurex may not be all that well known as a figure maker but they definitely know how to make a splash with one of the most eye catching stalls at wonder festival, no doubt in part to their massive 1/1 scale figures on displa...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 24

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Kotobukiya

With Wonder Festival happening around the same time as SDCC, it should be no surprise that a company with a booth at both events would have a lot of overlap in what they were showing off. Such is the case with Kotobukiya. Tia...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 24

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Ques Q

Ques Q continue to do what they pretty much have always done, Buy up good looking garage kits and making them into decent PVC figures. But, if they give us more great figures like their Busou Shinki figures (if they work out ...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 24

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Alter

Alter is one of the bigger names when it comes to figures but their output has slowed in recent years. Having said that, I feel that they have upped their game again after a number of rather bland entries... But for this year...   0

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Chris Seto . Jul 24

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Aquamarine

The main problem with having SDCC and Wonder Festival on the same week is that, particularly for the more international companies, like GoodSmile Company and Kotobukiya, there are lots of overlaps between the 2 events so a lo...   0

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Chris Seto . Jun 08

Hot Toys revisit Resident Evil for the series 20th anniversary!

Yeah, we know that Resident Evil 6 wasn't exactly a great game but it is the last (thus far) main game in the series so if a company is going to celebrate the series, this is probably going to be the one to go to, especially ...   0

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Chris Seto . May 10

First 4 Figures returns to basics with their next foray into the Metroid Series

First 4 Figures have released some pretty amazing figures of Samus Aran from Metroid over the past 8 years. Their first being the Varia Suit release back in 2008. and now, they have decided to revisit the iconic powered suit ...   0

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Chris Seto . Mar 26

kinetiquettes continues their capcom collaboration with a painted Devil may Cry Statue

Kinetiquettes are at it again and this time, they're plying their trade on a title not called Street Fighter! They're still in bed with capcom though, but that's not a bad thing when they can give us a great diorama like this...   0

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Chris Seto . Feb 13

Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Anime Garage Kits (Part 4)

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...   0

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Chris Seto . Feb 13

Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Video Game Garage Kits (Part 2)

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...   0

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Chris Seto . Feb 13

Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Misc Garage Kits (Part 3)

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...   0

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Chris Seto . Feb 13

Wonder Festival Winter 2016: KanColle Garage Kits (Part 2)

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...   0

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Chris Seto . Feb 13

Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Vocaloid Garage Kits

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...   0

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Chris Seto . Feb 13

Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Anime Garage Kits (Part 3)

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...   0

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Chris Seto . Feb 12

Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Misc Garage Kits (Part 2)

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...   0

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Chris Seto . Feb 12

Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Mecha Garage kits

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...   0

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Chris Seto . Feb 12

Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Anime Garage Kits (Part 2)

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...   0

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Chris Seto . Feb 12

Wonder Festival Winter 2016: KanColle Garage Kits (Part 1)

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...   0

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Chris Seto . Feb 11

Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Misc Garage Kits (Part 1)

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...   0

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Chris Seto . Feb 11

Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Game Garage Kits (Part 1)

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...   0




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