Gundam Front Tokyo

August 7, 2012 at 18:00 | Posted in Events, Random rants | 2 Comments
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I recently went to Tokyo to pickup my ESP M-II CTM guitar from Ochanomizu and I planned my trip to coincide with the Summer Wonder Festival (pics coming soon). So to kill 3 birds with 1 stone, I also decided to visit Gundam Front Tokyo (GFT) in Odaiba.

So what exactly is GFT? It’s basically a small Gundam museum/attraction located at the 6th (or was it 7th?) floor of the Diver City Tokyo shopping mall in Odaiba. The free area includes a roomful of all gunpla from past to present; limited GFT merchandise shop; and a clothes shop.

To enter the main display area, you have to pay 1200yen admission fee. Tickets can be bought at the counter on the same day, but if it’s a public holiday, chances are tickets would be sold out. So a pre-purchased ticket (online or convenience store) was recommended. The first part of the main area is the Dome-G. As the name implies, it’s a dome-shaped screening area, where they show a 10-15 minute clip of various Gundam animations. It was fairly interesting, but because the footage is projected onto the dome, I had a mild neck strain from looking up too long.

After the screening, guests will be ushered to the main exhibit area which contains half of 1:1 scale Strike Freedom; a 1:1 scale damaged Core Fighter; a scale model of A-Baoa Qu and a character photo spot. That’s about it.

And finally if you venture outside the Diver City building, there you will find the 1:1 scale RX-78-2. No fancy gimmicks like rotating head and smoke from the chest vents this time, but it’s still impressive as ever. And just behind it, there’s a Gundam Cafe where you can eat a Bernie hamburger (just kidding).

Overall, I personally feel there’s very little attraction to warrant a 1200yen entry fee. The 1:1 scale Strike Freedom and Core Fighter looked amazing, but the neck-straining experience in the dome was a bummer. So enough talk, here’s some pics I took. Enjoy



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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