Wonder Festival 2010 [Winter] in Japan

Yesterday, I went to an garage kits event called Wonder Festival 2010.

Professional and amateur modelers bring the kits that they put all their skills into, and display and sell for the purpose of showing their abilities of modeling.

The host is the most known figurines company, Kaiyodo Co. Ltd..

What attracts the visitors the most is that there are the garage kits of existing characters that are sold only that day, and one-off or limited kits are lined up (especially  amateurs’ works are in very small quantities, so if a buyer misses getting one on the day, he/she’ won’t get it forever).

In the site, there are a great number of garage kits, plastic models, dolls and costumes, which is interesting because many of which are not found at usual stores.

Let me talk about it in order. First of all, I got this admission ticket but it’s actually a “guide book”.

wonder festival 2010

The admission fee is 2,000 yen (about US$22). The visitors buy it first.

The exhibitors’ ads are in the book.

wonder festival

The booths are like this.

wonder festival 2010

Figures especially stand out.

Manga “Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no ken)”, The Neon Genesis Evangelion, ONE PIECE, Miku Hatsune, Professor Layton, Gundam, and from America, Batman and Michael Jackson’s figures were there.

Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no ken)

Fist of the North Star



A poster of the movie “Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva”, which was released at the end of last year.

Professor Layton Professor Layton

The Neon Genesis Evangelion

Evangelion Evangelion

Miku Hatsune

hatsune miku hatsune miku

Unidentified Figure


A villain Hakaider from Android Kikaider. This is cool.
I want it too but very expensive (I think it’s about US$650).

villain Hakaider villain Hakaider


Figures of EXILE?

EXILE figure


one peace

A robot (?) from Godzilla series “GIGAN” and Space Battleship Yamato’s model were there too.

gigan gigan


Space Battleship Yamato

I don’t know what it is but it was standing out.

Japanese robot

Manga “Tensai Bakabon” (Genius Bakabon)

Genius Bakabon

Anime “Akira”


Kamen Rider (Masked Rider)

Masked rider ultraman

Manga “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

A replicated gun from an anime? Looks familiar though…

replicated gun

Transformers too


The world known TAMIYA’s booth was crowded.


Imitation swords were exhibited too. They were cool.

Imitation swords

For some reason, there was a stuffed cat underneath a kotatsu (^_^)

kotatsu cat

Costumes for figures were sold a lot too.

Costumes for figures

Figures of PREDATOR

Figures of PREDATOR


Batman figure

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

How were they?

This was the first time I went there but I found how popular it is by seeing many foreign visitors.

The sculptures are made really detailed, and I realized how Japanese creators are great.

Wonder Festival is absolutely important event for collectors because there are many limited kits items that are only available there.

Even though the world is in the depression, the products were sold like hot cakes.

How rich they are!

This is JAPAN Style!


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