Wonder Festival 2009 Summer Digest

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The passing of Wonder Festival 2009 Summer has brought with it an incredible wealth of figures of all kinds, the highlights of which are presented below.

Most notably, a profusion of K-ON! and Vocaloid figures appear to be in evidence, many of which will surely become instant classics…

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  • Celestz commented on August 1, 2009 09:24

    Aw Gaadddd~ I want the Miku Figures! Aisaka, Yomi, Kagura and the Rest are nice~! Hope they have that at amazon.... More

  • Gradation commented on July 31, 2009 19:37

    K-ON! Figures is a must for me now!!!! I don't care how much I need to spend on them. I'll be getting Kamina too, just to place him in all the middle of all the... More


Tokyo Big Sight Eva Girls

Japan’s biggest figure event, Wonder Festival (WonFes), had been on an uncertain hiatus since the escalator accident of WonFes 2008 Summer, but event goers will be elated to know the 2009 Summer event will resume, albeit not at the Big Sight, but at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba.

WonFes 2008 Winter was set to open this February, but the controversy over the refusal of the event’s organizer (Kaiyodo) and the Tokyo Big Sight to accept responsibility for the non-lethal accident which injured 10 people (including some broken limbs) forced the cancellation of the Winter event and has apparently spurred the WonFes to abandon the famed Big Sight in favor of the Messe center.

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  • ichiro ino commented on February 22, 2009 23:43

    why? I haven't seen Azumanga daioh yet... spoilers!... More

  • Halconnen commented on February 22, 2009 23:35

    I had to chuckle because I rewatched Azumanga Daioh not long ago.... More


Wonder Festival Cancelled

Tokyo Big Sight Eva Girls

Event goers will be unhappy to note that the next Wonder Festival, one of the top anime hobby events, has had its next opening cancelled completely. This means there will be no Wonder Festival 2009 Winter at all, though it is thought that future events will go ahead normally.

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  • Artefact commented on October 16, 2008 19:52

    Nobody else is affected. It's not actually clear if this is forced on them by the authorities or not.... More

  • metatron commented on October 16, 2008 18:55

    Are other Big Site events also affected? or the authorities isolated WonFes 'coz the incident happened during the said event?... More


Puchi Lion Saber

Puchi Lion Fate

I am a devoted fan of this illustration, so seeing the latest figure compelled me to post. No wonder Type Moon’s illustrations are so sought after. Also some more puchi nendoroid type images are provided…

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  • Tyciol commented on August 10, 2008 08:31

    These are really cute thanks for posting them.... More

  • IrrugaSinX commented on August 7, 2008 01:58

    woot..i cannot resist looking at mr.despair..... More


Cake Festival 2008 Summer Digest

Cake Festival 2008 Summer Digest

There’s plenty of coverage of Wonder Festival, and a fairly full digest is already published, but not too many sites actually bothered to prepare a delicious cake figure gallery… except one notable site, of course. Also plenty of /d/ type figures. Intrigued?

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  • Tim commented on August 19, 2008 08:00

    I agree with lord !!... More

  • Artefact commented on August 6, 2008 05:32

    I was going to post that image actually... As /d/ material goes, that sort of material is something I have time for, so I will see what I can do.... More


Wonder Festival 2008 Summer Digest

Wonder Festival 2008 Summer Digest

Wonder Festival 2008 Summer stayed open despite the escalator carnage, and so naturally this means a look at the fine crop of figures being exhibited there has been provided by a variety of sites.

What caught my eye is below – in particular, you’ll note the excellent Touhou figures, more Valkyria Chronicles figures, including Selvaria, some belated Odin Sphere figurage, and of course Tears to Tiara figures. Yoko seems to be much in evidence.

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  • Phenie commented on August 4, 2008 02:15

    They made a figure of my avatar... awesome.... More

  • kyouray commented on August 4, 2008 00:17

    Touhou figures are cools :D My favorites are the figure Shiki Ryougi and Gwendolyne. A lot of pictures on Dengeki Online too :D http://news.dengeki.com/... More


Disaster Festival – Broken Bones at Wonder Festival

Disaster Festival – Broken Bones at Wonder Festival

Ten people have been injured in an escalator accident at Wonder Festival, at least one apparently severely injured with a broken leg; the escalator is said to have been overloaded, although staff were present.

Some 50 people on the errant machine were knocked down, and looking at the heights they could have fallen from, it is fortuitous that no fatalities ensued.

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  • Halconnen commented on February 22, 2009 23:32

    Mortifying indeed. Been using escalators over here in Germany for my entire life, and not ever once have I seen the emergency stop buttons being abused. The only escalator outage I've ever witnessed was during an... More

  • イチロ イノ Ichiro Ino commented on February 20, 2009 17:35

    they don't have camera's? kids here are too n00b-ish to know what's a button...... More


Mini Miku

Mini Miku - Hatsune Miku made small

Hatsune Miku has been successfully miniaturised into a version superceding all previous in terms of sheer mini-moe, though perhaps even Mini Miku cannot compare to the nendoroid or even normal versions. The limited edition Mini Miku has been dubbed “Kocho Kore Hatsune Miku”, so expect it to become a collector’s item, perhaps.

Ultra-puchi Miku is set to be available exclusively at the summer Wonder Festival & Comiket, so you had better get your plane fare ready, or else be prepared to make liberal use of Yahoo Auctions. On the other hand, it seems quite possible hundreds of thousands of them will negate all rarity value.

In case you are wondering about the actual size, she is said to be some 20mm in height, or for non-metric types 1/16th of a shaku (6 bu). She is set to go on sale for a bank breaking ¥500.
Via Yujin.

  • sashi- commented on January 7, 2009 02:47

    i want one so badly T-T... More

  • ipood commented on October 20, 2008 04:56

    I think I'll try to get a bunch of them to display as a swarm.... More


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