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).

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Shizuoka Hobby Show 2010 (Part I)

May 24, 2010 at 11:55 | Posted in Events | 2 Comments
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Yep, it’s that time of the year again. My yearly pilgrimage to Japan’s biggest hobby show. I finally get to add some new content to this blog which has been lacking lately :p

So again I’ll split my coverage into 2 parts; the first will be the new products by the various vendors and companies, and later I’ll post builds by various modeling circles. So first off is the Bandai section and the major headline of the day: The-O will be released as an MG kit. This is based on a survey among the Japanese on the most wanted MG kits. The-O actually won 2nd place, with V2 Gundam and Double-O Riser placed 1st and 3rd respectively. Actually I’m quite surprised V2 was the most wanted MG kit, since Victory Gundam has already been released, I’m quite sure Bandai will release the V2 eventually. Same goes with the Double-O Riser.

Anyway here’s a pic of the prototype The-O; it’s quite huge actually. Expect to see more photos in the coming months.


Also on show are the samples of what’s coming along the MG production line. First up is the Full Armor Gundam. I have to say it doesn’t really appeal to me, coz Bandai went with the retro look of their recent RX-78 ver2.0. If the design was more to the Ver. Ka or the various resin kits, then I would’ve been sold.

Then there’s the Musha Gundam Mk.II. Great news is the gold parts will come as they are; all bling-bling, not like a certain St**ke Fr**dom. Surely a must have for those who already own the red Musha Gundam.

Victory Gundam fans rejoice (or despair, depending on your wallet). Next MG release will be the V Dash with new parts and loads of weapons. To be released separately will be the MG V Core Booster ver. Ka which you can combine with your existing plain ol’ Victory to become the the V Dash version. Also comes with the weapons and probably an extra display base.

Next is Bandai’s latest series of model kits, termed Real Grade. It’s the size of a 1/144 HG and comes with the internal frame akin to its MG counterpart, but without the nice details. Supposedly superior in flexibility and posing ability compared to the standard HG. First release will be the RX-78 and following that will be Char’s Zaku (surprise, surprise).

At the High Grade section there’s the already released models like Gundam X, G Gundam and ZZ Gundam. Also seen was a Gunpla Starter Set with the RX-78 and Zaku II together in one box, probably similar concept to the older HG RX-78[G] and MS-06J kit from the MS 08th series.

But what really got me salivating was the (probable) release of kits from the Unicorn series. I say probable because they’re not officially announced yet and the models on display were just ‘reference exhibition’. If they really do release the Sinanju and Delta Plus, they’ll definitely be on my shopping list. The Geara Zulu (Angelo Sauper type) also looks interesting, but according to the novel it will be in a nasty pink/purple color. It seems the only confirmed release is the GM Kai.

Some mechas from Gundam 00 will also be released as HG kits, though I’m not too familiar with these. Probably some sort of MSV or something. Next to it were the kits from the Gundam Seed MSV which look rather frankenstein-ish.

The Gunpla Pro Shop section offers balls, two actually. I’m not too sure of the specific details but you can easily find out from your favorite gunpla gossip blog.

Also available were resin conversion kits:

The new release from the Figurise series will be this Kamen Rider. Also seen was a prototype of Luffy from One Piece but I didn’t took any photos of it. Some new Evangelion kits will also be released, probably  in conjunction with the release of Eva 2.22 movie.

I also took some pics of some Keroro-pla, for those who are interested:

Moving away from the Bandai section there were the usual stuff like these Airsoft guns from Tokyo Marui.

And some pics from the Yamato booth:

And finally some uncategorized random pics from random sections. I actually wound up back at the Bandai booth after walking around in circles.

And so that’s it for this year’s Hobby show. I didn’t buy anything this year, except a kebab for lunch. I was hoping to find some Hasegawa Macross kits at a nice price, but all they had were some boring ones, probably leftovers from last year. Anyway I hope you enjoyed the pics and Part II will be coming soon.

Wonder Festival Winter 2010

February 11, 2010 at 03:14 | Posted in Events | 1 Comment
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Boredom got the better of me when I decided to travel more than 150km to Makuhari Messe for the Winter Wonfes. Again, for the uninitiated, Wonfes is a showcase of figurines, garage kits and some cosplay on the side. Truth be told, I’m not really into any of those, but do like taking photos of both people and inanimate objects. I spent only a few hours at last year’s summer Wonfes but this time a have half a day to look around. Entrance fee was 2000yen and you get a booklet which also acts as the entrance ticket.

I’ll start off with some cutesy pics…

Before moving on to the not so cute…

This is how Batman is supposed to look like:

And as always, there’s Japan’s mascot, Godzilla. The green creature on the left might be a Kappa, but the hairstyle doesn’t suit the traditional description. Maybe he went to a stylist…

There were a few mecha-related figures on display, like these SRW ones:

Unsurprisingly, Gunpla were far and few in between, with most of them found at the Hooby Japan and Dengeki Hobby booths; the rest were scattered among the random garage kit vendors

and then there’s some random mecha

Last year there was a pillow cover of the Yaranaika-man; thankfully I didn’t come across it this year. Instead there’s the more pallatable pillow covers of anime girls:

And now it’s time for the main attraction of Wonfes: the figurines and garage kits. Enjoy

Somehow she looks like she’s wearing cabbages…

Last year there was a model of the (now ex) Prime Minister of Japan. This year’s celebrity is…

no points for guessing correctly. And now we return you to your regular programming…

And finally, some cosplay photos. I have to admire these cosplayers for parading outdoors in the chilly, windy conditions sometimes wearing only the slightest bit of clothing. Understandably, these particular cosplayers (with the least clothing on) have a line of photographers queuing up to take their photos. Here’s just some that I managed to take:

And this is what the inner frame of the Gundam MkII actually looks like:

And that’s about all the pictures I took. I was expecting that photos were the only things I was gonna bring back from this Wonfes, until I came across a small booth selling old and new gunpla kits. I decided to buy the 1/144 Turn-A, seeing as I already had a Kapool and Sumo of the same scale. It was cheaper than a bento, too. As I was on my way to the exit at the end of the day, with most vendors starting to pack up, I chanced upon a vendor selling an MG Strike Freedom Clear Color Version. It was one of the limited items on sale during last year’s Gundam Big Expo. Not wanting to miss out on it again, I proceeded with the purchase. It was slightly cheaper than the original selling price, and much more cheaper than prices quoted on online auctions. Now I’m contemplating whether to build it, or sell it to the highest bidder (cue evil laugh)…. Oh, here’s a photo of my procured items:

For those of you interested in the adult-oriented figurines, you can find some pics here. Definitely not safe for work. You have been warned.

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