Wonfes Winter 2011

February 14, 2011 at 17:09 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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Finally, an excuse to go out for an excursion. Unlike previous years, I came hoping to buy something, having developed a recent interest in Revoltech figures. I arrived at noon on a cold, gloomy Sunday and headed for the vendor booths. First stop was Kotobukiya, with some Zoids:

And then there’s an assortment of mechas, including Super Robot Wars, Armored Core, Patlabor & Frame Arms:

There’s also these Hoi Hoi san figures:

And some other figures:

 

Next up is the Revoltech section. At the Tokusatsu (特撮) series section, they had  several already released and soon-to-be released lineups on display, including Ironman & Jack Sparrow. I wanted to get my hands on the Skeleton Warrior but as luck would have it, it was sold out. They also had this promo where you buy a Tokusatsu series figure for 3000yen and you get the chance to win another random one with a spin of the dice. But having already bought Alien Warrior and Gamera recently, there wasn’t anything that I was interested in (except the Skeleton Warrior which was sold out).

For the Yamaguchi lineup there was the Jehuty from Zone of the Enders:

And several Gainax-related figures:

Some pics from the Yamato Macross series:

 

These are some pics from the Figma section. I’m curious how the Robocop figure will turn out.

Some Marvel  & DC Comic characters:

And some Panty & Stocking figures, including Pantymus and Stockingtron from the Transformers parody episode.

The very few Gunplas that were on display that day:

Mechs from Full Metal Panic and The Big O:

Some finely detailed monster figures:

And creepy heads:

Some random figures:

Some other stuff in and around the area. The pic on the right is a scale model of the Tower of the Sun in Banpaku Kouen, Osaka.

Remember the boob mousepads I showed some while back? Well they came up with another variation: ass mouspads

And if you’re expecting some cosplay pics, sorry to disappoint. I just couldn’t bother queuing up to take their photos, especially those ladies with more skin on show. Here’s just some random shots I took:

It seems Dom and Gyan lost their inner frames:

As a consolation, here’s some pictures of proper models (race queens maybe?) at the Evangelion section. There was a race car and bike painted in Eva unit-01 colors there as well.

And that’s it for this years Winter Wonfes. I was walking around looking for some stuff to buy, and was quite tempted to buy the Peacewalker by Playarts at 5000yen. But in the end I decided against it. Tried looking for some rare gunlpa kits as well, but as expected most were sold at a premium price. In the end, I bought a 1/6 scale sniper rifle from Yellow Submarine. I figured it would fit my MG Dom which I plan to build (someday).

48th All Japan Model & Hobby Show

October 21, 2008 at 16:59 | Posted in Events | 3 Comments
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So this was the 2nd hobby show I went to, after the one in Shizuoka. This time I had to venture further, coz it was held at the Makuhari Messe which is about 45min train ride from Tokyo station. And unlike the one in Shizuoka, this one had a 1000 yen entrance fee, which I duly paid. As I made my way inside, I noticed that all booths were in one single hall:

My first excursion was to the Bandai booth, where the main attraction is much awaited MG Sinanju:

My first impression was WOW… Aesthetically pleasing, bad-ass looking, this MG should be on everyone’s Christmas list. But the lack of dynamic poses makes me worry that it might share the same fate as MG Unicorn : looks good on the outside but with severely limited joint movements, i.e. just good for a standing pose. Compared to the weapons for the Unicorn, Sinanju’s weapons looks limited to a rifle and some beam ax/sabres, which was disappointing.

The rifle has some sort of gimmick though, if you can see the bottom left of this pic:

The gold engraved patterns on the chest, wrists and knee areas look set to be molded in black and supplied with gold stickers. This might prove tricky for those Out-Of-Box (OOB) builders, but painting it might prove less of a hassle (I hope).

And finally here’s a pic of the box art, with the standard Ver. Ka white background. The dude in the background? That’s just Amuro Ray, he works for Bandai now :p

Moving on to the next MG lineup, is another Zaku variant, Shin Matsunaga’s Zaku II. As much as I love Zakus, I think I’ll pass on this one. The boxart looks cool, though.

The next MG on show was the Infinite Justice. No comment on this one, since I’m not a huge fan of Seed

For the HGUC lineup, the only kit on display was the Geara Doga. Considering how much I love grunt units, especially green ones, I’m quite tempted to get this one, even though I’ve already bought the HCM Pro version. It definitely needs a paintjob though, if you compare the OOB version below:

with the painted ones here:

For the UC Hardgraph fans, the next release seems to be this tank. Sorry I don’t know the full name

And here’s a pic of the next (presumably) Gundam Fix Figuration release, Zeta Plus

Next was the Gundam 00 section. Here’s the Gundam Raziel which will come as a free gift in the coming issues of Dengeki Hobby magazine.

Here’s what it should look like fully painted:

Other than the previous lineup of 00 models such as this:

there were some soon to be released kits like the 1/100 Gundam 00, complete with LED(?) gimmicks for the shoulder things.

And there’s the 1/144 GN-XIII, which looks nicer than its predecessor, except for the lance. It reminds me too much of Code Geass’s Knightmares. I prefer the rifles of the original GN-X.

And then there’s this abomination: Ahead. Looks like something out of Gurren Lagan, if you ask me.

And that’s it for the Gundam related section. There were some stuff on sale, like this Gundam beam sabre. It just makes sound effects as you swing it around. I just don’t get the point of buying one of these

They were also selling a limited alternate color version of the 1/100 Exia, called the Roll-Out version. Its just grey in color, just like the Phase-Shift off version in Seed

There were the familiar booths in the show, like Kotobukiya, Hasegawa, Tamiya etc… as well as a section dedicated to remote control stuffs. I learned my lesson since the last hobby show, and came ready with a fully-charged camera battery this time. So here’s some pics that I thought were interesting:

This was the Evangelion spark plug, or whatever plug you call it. Its actually quite huge, almost the size of a baseball bat.

And there’s this cute little fella. Can’t remember the name, forgive my ignorance

Some Zoids stuff,

Armored core stuff,

Plenty of Super Robot Wars stuff,

Patlabor,

A lot of Macross stuff, particularly from macross frontier,


And some very nice macross art:

Also some models from Code Geass

plus some Geass eye candy :)

Some Linebarrel mechas and figures. Haven’t seen the show so I don’t know what to comment

And now some random figures. WARNING: Some images might not be worksafe

Tired of these anime figurines? Here, have some real girls instead :)

And that concludes my report. I was quite disappointed there weren’t many ‘new’ stuff, since most exhibits were similar to the one in Shizuoka. But this time there weren’t any booths for local gunpla hobbyists to show off their work. Instead there was a museum-like exhibit on the history of scale-modelling in Japan.

I didn’t manage to buy any model kits, just bought some Hasegawa aircraft decals (again), Yellow-Submarine joints, epoxy putty (they were selling it cheap) and got some free postcards.

Considering the entrance fee and the taxing journey I had to make, I really have to think twice before going to the next Hobby show in Tokyo. In conclusion, it was a good experience, just. Anyway, enjoy the pics and wipe the drool off your monitor :)

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