Wonder Festival has come and gone, and left a hole in my wallet. Rather, it’s left many holes in my future wallet. I decided to compile a list of the ones that caught my attention this year. It’s a long one, very long, and took far longer than I thought it would. Enjoy!
Table of Contents
- Cafe Reo
- Good Smile Company
- Max Factory
- Orchid Seed
- Other / Unknown
- Updates (Updated: 2010-02-13 10:15)
The pictures in this post came from so many different sources it was such a pain to keep them in order, and hopefully I managed to do so. So here’s the list:
Alter had a bunch of K-On! figures which don’t really interest me, but they did look well done. They also even had a male character with an interesting base, which seemed entirely unlike Alter, actually a nice change. I don’t particularly want this male figure they produced, but the base on which he is situated is a good start for Alter. I hope they do more interesting bases like it in the future. But the figure I’m interested in is Amae Koromo from Saki.
I can’t say much about Amae Koromo as a character, I don’t know anything about the series she’s from, Saki. But I can tell you that she’s adorable and I want her. She’s got this “White Rabbit” from Alice in Wonderland feel to her with her rabbit ears and over-sized pocket watch that really does it for me. I suspect without these 2 things she’d not be on my list of figures to buy.
I have no idea who this company is and I wont pretend to. It’s somewhat confusing to me because I’ve seen figures listed as being manufactured by Questioners or Studio Saru Bunshitsu, then seeing them elsewhere as being manufactured by Cafe Reo. If someone could offer up some clarification that would be splendid. Cafe Reo has a wide assortment of styles with their figures, all of whom appear to be original works. It’s hard to be sure what their quality is like or how much it can vary but they do have some interesting stuff you wont see elsewhere.
I’m not sure when I first saw this figure, or one like it, but I know that it was quite some time ago. Since that time, every time I’ve seen her I’ve been captivated by her. She’s not cute in the same way any of my other figures are, she’s not sexy or pretty in the same way as many figures are. She seems entirely different from the sort of figure I go for, yet I’m captivated by her. I don’t quite understand it, because she seems perhaps too thin, and perhaps too tall, and her skin seems an odd colour, too pale at times, almost sickly. Yet I’m attracted to the figure still.
I think I wanted everything Good Smile Company showed this year. It seemed like everything they displayed I was drooling over and wishing I had it right here and now, regardless of paint or not. Many of the figure they had for showcase were from the Black Rock Shooter series, and some were figures already seen at other events. But some of them, some of them were simply huge, I’m not even sure that’s a big enough word to describe the “Love is War” Hatsune Miku they had on display. I can’t imagine shipping that thing.
Everyone already knows about this figure, at least in it’s unpainted form. If one had a keen eye they may have noticed the finished figure in some of the pictures from Good Smile Company’s blog, but I admit I didn’t have such keen eyes myself. She looks pretty good all painted up, I would have liked to have seen her in person, but I suppose I’ll just have to wait until some promo shots are released. Until then, some pictures from the event.
Another Black ★ Rock Shooter figure, but at least this time she’s a different character. Dead Master “Anime Ver.” looks like she’s going to be quite a tall figure with that skull base of hers. But I think it will help her stand out amongst the other figures in my collection, or will be in my collection. The skull, scythe and horns make her seem much more evil than anything I’ve purchased so far. Though I’m not sure her clothes really fit with the ‘evil’ feel.
Good Smile Company is doing the same thing with Dead Master as they did with Black Rock Shooter, multiple versions. I’m speaking of the anime version and original Black ★ Rock Shooter figure, not the 2 variations of the original itself. I kind of get annoyed with multiple versions that don’t differ greatly, it feels as if they’re just trying to rip people off that way, and they probably are. At least the differences between the anime versions and normal versions are enough to make it worth the effort. If GSC were to offer another Dead Master figure that only had some minor changes like they did with the original BRS I’d be pretty disappointed. But they seem to be going that way with things, just look at their release of Saber Lily Golden Caliburn, just a stripped down version of Saber Lily Distant Avalon.
HUGE!! Absolutely massive, this figure is just enormous. But I still want her, even if she takes up my entire bedroom. She’s gotta have one of the biggest bases ever created for a figure that wasn’t an entire diorama. I’m not entirely sure I like the styling of her face, or the exact pose Miku seems to be in, as it doesn’t seem cute so much as angry and screaming. But it still looks like a great figure, I dread the price though.
Inaba Yui is from an eroge illustrated by Noizi Ito titled Flyable Heart. From the artwork, the characters all look quite cute, as often seems to be the case with Noizi Ito’s characters. This particular pose for Yui is based off some stick poster artwork. Yui was displayed at previous events and I keep wondering when, when will Good Smile Company finally release her. They released Nemu who I was also waiting for, in fact they released her while I was writing this. I love Yui’s raccoon tail, and that she’s eating a doughnut instead of toast, my kind of girl.
While I was searching for pictures for the other figures I kept coming across this blue figure, I didn’t really pay attention to it because I was looking for other figures and scrolled on by each time. I don’t know how she kept passing me by each time, even though I just explained how, my brain must not have been working right. Even after noticing though I had no information about her, none what so ever. I had limited search terms to use, all of them far too generic such as “blue hair” I didn’t even know the manufacturer. Luckily as I was searching through Flickr posts from Wonfes I came across one picture of her that was tagged and titled! So thank you dansnosekai! (To anyone who points out Good Smile Company’s name in one of the pictures, hush you, I was blinded by the figure!)
Before seeing this figure I would have told you that you couldn’t do this, it’s not possible to recreate that picture. Good Smile Company happily proves me wrong and creates the best Senjougahara figure out there currently. Other manufacturers, many others actually, tried their own renditions, but Good Smile’s blows them out of the water, simple as that. I think the next best is likely Kotobukiya’s, but it’s just no where near as awesome. Many people are commenting saying they hope Alter does one too, but I suspect all Alter could bring to the table at this point is a more lewd Senjougahara, such as her getting dressed in front of Araragi in episode 1 (?). Which I certainly wouldn’t complain about, but it would still lack all these office supplies and her expression.
Kotobukiya was the first manufacturer I came across that was producing a Senjougahara Hitagi figure. I was ecstatic, but unfortunately for them that was short lived because as soon as I saw Good Smile Company’s version above there was no chance for them. Of course, that wasn’t the only figure they were going to produce so there was still hope for Kotobukiya yet. They have a cute looking figure of Yuzuhara Konomi from To Heart 2 in a bikini, but To Heart figures are as prolific as Evangelion figures at this point, more are not needed. Though the one of Kurusugawa Serika dressed in her school uniform with a cape and witch hat on was cute, but still uneeded. They showed off their Mari Illustrious Makinami figure, as well as Alfin, yet another Ayanami Rei figure, among some others. They also had indications that they’d be doing a Mina Tepes figure from Dance in the Vampire Bund, as well as K-On! Sore no Woto figures.
The only one of the Kotobukiya figures that caught my attention after Senjougahara really was just this Feena Fam Earthlight figure. I love the flowing dress and hair, though I do feel it doesn’t quite look like her. Perhaps some paint will help with that more, but it’s still a pretty figure.
Max Factory, FREEing and Good Smile Company all shared the same area at the convention called “Wonderful Hobby Life for You!! 11” which makes things a little confusing when trying to figure out who made what. It’s fairly obvious that Max Factory made the figmas, and Good Smile Company the Nendoroids, but when you hit scale figures, it’s hard to know if it was FREEing, GSC or Max Factory. Hopefully I’ve got them right. Max Factory had all kinds of figmas on display, from Neon Genesis Evangelion, to Suzumiya Haruhi, and even to Michael Jackson! Seriously! They also had figmas from their own ‘free’ eroge, free? Apparently.
A number of Mari Illustrious figures have entered the scene since Evangelion 2.0, but most we can thrown under the table and ignore. I don’t believe Max Factory’s is one of them, she admittedly has one of the more simplistic poses but the quality seems to be there. Her face also seems to match better with what I remember from the movie than other figures, such as Kotobukiya’s. But Kotobukiya’s is a much more interesting pose, even if it looks terribly uncomfortable. I’d like for there to be a good figure produced in both her prototype suit and casual clothes, and I suspect there will be if i wait long enough. The popularity of this franchise is never ending, so we’ll likely see more Mari figures out there in the future for sure.
Young Suzumiya Haruhi and in figma form-factor too! Cute! I find it somewhat curious actually that no one has made a figure of young Haruhi yet, you’d think it would sell like hotcakes, 2 things Japan loves combined into one. Max Factory has stepped up to the plate with a figma of Haruhi in her casual clothes from the night she and Kyon first met, except it wasn’t the first time for Kyon, yay time travel. I do wonder if she’s smaller than normal figmas to keep some sense of scale, or if she’s still ‘full’ sized.
Max Factory couldn’t be satisfied with just one Suzumiya figma announcement, so they produced yet another Haruhi figure. This time they thought a young school uniform clad Haruhi would be a best match with her casual counterpart. And I’m inclined to agree, I would much like to purchase both of them, because long haired Haruhi is win, even with her angry expression. Interestingly I find I’m liking some of the prototype shots possibly due to their hard edges, it makes the figures, or figmas in this case have a distinct feel to them. Once painted I may lose interest, but hopefully it sticks because I do need more figmas.
Orchid Seed seems to have a lot of work planned ahead of them, but the majority of it doesn’t seem to appeal to me in any way what so ever. It all appears to be based off artwork, and sure some of it is cute, but a lot of it is not, a lot of it has ginormous breasts or strange design that just doesn’t appeal to me. They of course had Kawai Ameri for sure with hearts covering up her see through shirt. They also had their Al Azif figure, in which Al Azif seems to have let herself go with age, poor girl. Nearly all the upcoming work that seems to be indicated via artwork posted in their booth doesn’t look like anything I’ll be purchasing, so perhaps this is the end for Orchid Seed so far as I’m concerned.
Ignis is from a series I’m not familiar with so I can’t really compare figure to artwork very well. The artwork Orchid Seed provided however makes this figure look as though she doesn’t resemble it very well. Which I think is great, because the artwork doesn’t really do much for me but the figure looks well done indeed. My Only complaint seems to be one I often voice, her breasts look like they’re going to be much too large for me. In that respect I wish they’d held to the artwork more closely, since she doesnt’ appear to have massive breasts in it.
As is the problem with Japanese events and not knowing any Japanese, I often find myself getting pretty stumped as to who is producing what. Is this a garage kit? is it official? unofficial? who sculpted it? is there a circle name as well? Finding all this information out is a huge pain and consumes so much time it’s often not a viable option. So I’ve chosen to just lump it all together here. There were a lot of great garage kits at Wonfes, painted, unpainted, some with a great pose but lacking in the finish department, some with great finish and lacking quality elsewhere. It’s always fun to browse through pictures of this area, and see what creative minds come up with, even if the quality is lacking sometimes I still wish the figure would be produced so that I could buy it.
I imagine the figma name can only really apply to products produced by Max Factory, but you can’t deny that this appears very much like a figma given the arm behind her. I haven’t managed to find many pictures let alone any information about this figma, but with some proper finish this looks like something I’d buy. I guess she seems more like an action figure than a figma, and I know they’re pretty much the same thing. But figmas tend to feel different from an action figure, I can’t really explain why.
Seems odd to call a figure this, but I didn’t see any other distinguishing characteristics. I couldn’t call her a bust since she has half her legs, but she’s not quite a full figure either now is she. Whoever this catgirl is, she seems to have a more mature feel to her than other figures, mostly in her face I find. She doesn’t seem old, but she does seem like someone you’d describe as beautiful or mature rather than cute or pretty. I’m not sure what happened to her pants, perhaps the same thing that happened to the bottom of her legs, but what she does have on seems to work quite well as both a sweater and dress. Would be nice if I could find more angles to this figure and see what’s happening with her hair back there, it looks confusing frrom the front.
It seems like every single figure event I’ve ever seen has had this figure in attendance. I often wondered what she was holding in her hands, it varied between vacuum, airbrush or air compressor, but in the end after seeing better pictures I settled with airbrush. Since finding that out I’d always called her ‘Airbrush Girl’, but after finally figuring out who produces the garage kit, M-Field, it seems her tentative name is “Girl Modeler”. Her pose is cute though I’m not sure why she’s making it, other than to reveal an up skirt shot of her white panties. Since this is a garage kit and doesn’t come pre-painted, I don’t think I’ll ever purchase her unless I’m able to download figure producing skills into my head via some Matrix like head gear.
Hakurei Reimu was originally released back in October 2009 along with a Kirisame Marisa figure to support her. I imagine it’s back then that I first saw these figures, originally wanting both of them. However after seeing Marisa’s face I decided she wasn’t for me. Reimu however looks wonderful with her happy face and dynamic pose. I have the impression that these come pre-painted due to their cost being ¥10,000 but I have no basis for that assumption other than surely it couldn’t cost that much unpainted. There are some studio shots over at MyFigureCollection.Net but I’ll just include some shots from the event here.
Another sexy Mari figure in her prototype plugsuit. She has a similar feel to the Wave figure already released but I think a better pose with one of her tails over her shoulder and one leg forward, holding her helmet behind her. A believable pose for sure, one can imagine she just got out of her Evangelion and is about to throw back and relax. I’m not sure who the producer of this figure is but there appears to be 2 nearly identical versions of it in different locations at Wonder Festival. One has plugs coming out of her arm, the other does not. One has a cleaner plugsuit than the other, but both have the same pose. It’s very confusing, but I’ll only include one of them.
My first mecha figure to grace the pages of my wishlists. And like many things, I haven’t a clue what it’s from, who’s making it or anything. Alls I know is that it looks badass and quite intricate in detail. I wish I knew how tall it was and what it’s from but whatever, it doesn’t stop me from wanting it, just makes it damn hard to find out where to get it.
Plug-chan! I already have a figure of you but you’re fully clothed, and that’s not right! This figure is far from perfect, far, but it’s cute anyway, and if she was cheap enough I’d buy her for shits and giggles. As you can see her price is ¥7,000 though, and that’s no where near cheap enough. But cute!
Why does Saber look displeased in this figure? What did the sculptor think Shiro had done to her to make that face. Ignoring dimwitted Shiro and what he’s done to Saber… Saber’s looking mighty good in that Yukata of hers. I’m wondering why she’s lifting her leg like that, but thanks to that you get to see a little hint of white. Sabers legs look quite nice as well, as do her sandals and feet. Decently sculpted, but wow ¥13,000.
Asuka in her test plugsuit, minus legs. Do people just not know what to do with legs so they don’t make them? She would be making an awkward stance with her legs spread like that but that’s ok, since her legs are chopped off. The doll kind of makes this creepy though. I’d like to see a figure produced by a good company where Asuka is wearing her test suit, it seems overly sexy for such a thing, due to it’s extreme low cut and transparency. Despite that it still covers up what needs to be covered, but it surely must be the most embarrassing plugsuit yet. Seriously, check out how low it is around Asuka’s bum!
As pictures are still being posted I keep finding better examples. So I’ll just list off the sources here with the figures contained within, it’s easier that updating the posts above.