Over on foobarbaz.jp they have a report of their findings from Treasure Festa 2009. Honestly, I’m not sure what Treasure Festa is as I’m fairly new to the figure scene myself. The only events I’m aware of prior to this is Wonder Fest. Anyway, it appears Treasure Festa is a travelling anime figure convention focusing on garage kits. Which means pretty much everything there I’ll likely never see let alone own.
This event confused me at first because in trying to find further information about it, I kept finding different dates. The event surely couldn’t span months, and eventually I figured out that it travelled from place to place. foobarbaz’s coverage is from the event held in Kobe April 29th, 2009.
I could be wrong with the Sculptor, but it’s the only name that seemed to match up with these figures. You can tell they cheaped out a bit on these two as they have the exact same pose, they only differ in their head and hair. But being twins this seems like a fair decision on their part. I’m also a bit tired of the gym uniform, however it is cute from time to time. Honestly though, I’d prefer if they had shorts on. My biggest complaint about the gym uniform is the bloomers anyway.
Series: Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens
Sculptor: ? / ヒロイン工房たんぽぽ
Price: $180 CAD / ¥15,000
Google couldn’t provide me with a satisfactory translation of the Sculptors name. It said “Dandelion studio Heroine”, which didn’t make enough sense to use. This garage kit seems to be among the best I’ve seen I think, perhaps due to the scale. Nagi seems perfectly detailed and even her face seems properly rendered. I would really like to own this figure. Though perhaps it’s just this one angle that makes it seem so perfect, it would be nice to find other angles. Further, and I’m not a boot fetishist but, I rather like her boots.
Series: Sakura Strasse
Sculptor: Rin Tomorrow / あすりん
Price: Not For Sale
Marie Rudel is from a Visual Novel series entitled Sakura Strasse, an H-game of course. This figure I think is very well done, it captures the image it’s based upon quite well. Her clothes are cute and her pose. The witch hat seems out of place given her attire, but I actually kind of like it. Some mild cleavage is visible as well, the wrinkles in her socks. I feel this figure needs to be made into a PVC, I really want it. Hopefully if it does it’s done by a tier 1 company.
Series: Spice and Wolf
Price: $95 CAD / ¥8,000
Horo, my favourite wolfgirl who looks like a fox. But minor details like that aside, this is a figure I’d really love to have the proper polish done to it. I’m a bit of a Horo fan I admit, so if this were to be produced I’d likely buy it even if it lacked the polish it deserved. Hopefully though if it were to ever be produced, it would be done proper. There are 2 variations of this figure, I’m not sure if there’s 2 physically separate figures or if it’s just a component that can be removed, but she has 2 tail positions. One where her tail is between her thighs and is holding it in her hand, and the other where the tail extends out behind her. I think I prefer the tail between thighs as it’s cuter. More pictures available at their website.
The various Touhou characters by Griffon Enterprises I’m seeing at Treasure Festa all appear to be PVCs for production. Which is nice the majority are pretty enough to put on a wish list. But interestingly, the unpainted versions appear to have more detail, I don’t think they do, I stared at them for a while. But it’s interesting how the lack of paint and polish made them seem more physical and real than the painted. Take a look at the photo to the left, then look at this photo. Do you find the unpainted one appears to have more detail? It just seems the unpainted variation has much more depth.
I’m personally not a fan of Touhou, I don’t know much about it, and had to spend an inordinate amount of time looking up their names and matching them up with their figure. But when I saw the unpainted version of these figures I thought the finished product was going to look amazing and I’d have to purchase. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case, the finished product looks good, just not as good as I had envisioned.
If I had to pick favourites out of these figures it would be (assuming I got their names correct), Reimu, Marisa and Aya, in that order.
There are many more figures I’d like to mention but I’m tired of researching and translating and trying to make sense of the gibberish that’s spat out by Google Translations. I’ll just mention this last one though because it makes me think of the phrase “Jumped the Shark”. I’m not sure of the name the sculptor or group goes by but this figure is just too funny not to mention, even though it’s of poor quality.
Well, I hope that was as enlightening for you as it was me, and if not, I hope the pictures were pretty.
(Note: This post took me all day to write, why? I kept changing EVERYTHING I wrote because I kept finding more and more out. So if things don’t meld well together, it’s likely because they were written at different times, bleh)