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”.
The admission fee is 2,000 yen (about US$22). The visitors buy it first.
The exhibitors’ ads are in the book.
The booths are like this.
Figures especially stand out.
Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no ken)
A poster of the movie “Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva”, which was released at the end of last year.
The Neon Genesis Evangelion
A villain Hakaider from Android Kikaider. This is cool.
I want it too but very expensive (I think it’s about US$650).
Figures of EXILE?
A robot (?) from Godzilla series “GIGAN” and Space Battleship Yamato’s model were there too.
I don’t know what it is but it was standing out.
Manga “Tensai Bakabon” (Genius Bakabon)
Kamen Rider (Masked Rider)
Manga “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”
A replicated gun from an anime? Looks familiar though…
The world known TAMIYA’s booth was crowded.
Imitation swords were exhibited too. They were cool.
For some reason, there was a stuffed cat underneath a kotatsu (^_^)
Costumes for figures were sold a lot too.
Figures of PREDATOR
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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