Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wonder Festival 2012 (Winter) Part 1
If Wonder Festival has a fatal flaw, it's being too short. Between the stadium sized dealer's pits and cosplay alleys that snake around the venue, it's a question of either plowing through with a wide net hoping to catch everything that comes by, or hunkering down to dive deeper.
My advice to you is to steal a page from the playbook of the figure connoisseurs all around you, check your shame at the door, and simply be...
There's no room for chaff! No time to stop and admire the second-rate! The following images represent everything excellent enough to warrant pausing in our march for a closer look.
Guitar Dock and Studio Vegas is an all-in-one studio/concert venue/custom shop out in the boonies of Shizuoka that produces functional replicas of anime guitars in their down time.
Vision proves that moe comes in any number of shapes, sizes, and degrees of cellular stability.
It's always time for Silver Age sci-fi when you're Kaibutsuya.
You can rest assured, the blob goo is completely castoffable.
In the mind of Lori Funk JR , ita-Gundams totally make sense, even in the UC timeline.
Cosmos vending machines are a now defunct national treasure that dispensed borderline legal bootleg toys and candies from the late 70's through the 80's. While the kit maker, Denkai Shisei (電改試製) doesn't seem to have a net presence, you can't find plenty of historical footage on Youtube of people fiddling with cranks and cooking up hot eats that are a quarter century past the sell date.
When most figure makers sculpt resin kits for their alien skulls, Dummy Head goes straight to the source and skins the real thing. Just watch out for the leftover pumpkin guts, that stuff will eat right through to the hull.
Jin Koubou invites you to salute the King of Kaiju.
Yuugendou brings us the charming and practical Righty pencil holder...
...as well as an assortment of wearable appendages.
Roswell's sculpts are so good that they make me forget that there was ever a The Thing before or after Carpenter's.
Zoomoth wins the award for Best New Figure Dude with a triple threat of explosive kits (presented here in order of descending threat level) beginning with the Baby Metroid.
The eponymous sorcerer from Fortress of Necros stands poised to once again ravage the countryside! Fortress of Necros was a Cracker Jack box series of toys packed with ramune candy pellets, with the defining difference between it and fellow lunch money thieves Kinkeshi and Bikkuri Man being that they came with a rules card as part of a massive RPG game world.
Biggy Man fans, your day in the sun has come! When your strike zone is as narrow as this, you better believe that every hit is a home run.
Daibadi Production has perfected the art of crafting chunky Famicom cyborgs. The tech developed in creating their Mega Man line does not go wasted here on Samus.
Link Factory had a goofy Inugami Family lotto setup. Instead of a ticket, you try your luck by plucking a drowned leg out of a lake.
Saber's sweet ride should turn heads as a pinnacle of post-modern art: A full-scale replica of a figure of a bike that doesn't actually appear in the source material? Talk about the copy surpassing the original.
That's all the figures we got for this season! Join us again soon for the obligatory cosplay roundup.