Nendoroids at the Summer 2011 Wonder Festival
Every summer and winter, there is an event called the Wonder Festival in Tokyo, which showcases anime figures from various makers. While the event was originally meant for amateur figure sculptors to show off and sell their work, it has since been taken over by large figure manufacturers wanting to advertise their line-up of new products. The Summer 2011 Wonder Festival took place on July 24.
Some of the more popular types of figures are nendoroids and nendoroid petits, miniaturized versions of characters with large heads. Because of their low price, high quality, cute appearance, movable joints, and accessories, it’s hard to find anyone that doesn’t like them. It’s no wonder that Good Smile Company, the rights holder of the nendoroid name, is churning out dozens of new nendoroids in the next few months. Below are just some of the nendoroids and nendoroid petits that were spotted over the weekend at Wonder Festival.
Millhiore F. Biscotti and Harlan from Dog Days – It is not known whether Millhiore and her chocobo-like ride, Harlan will be sold together, but they obviously are meant to be combined.
Miku Append from Vocaloid 2 – There are already a ton of Miku nendoroids out there, but this is the first one based off of the illustration on the Miku Append box.
Poplar Taneshima from Working!! – So far, Poplar is the only character from the anime Working!! to get the nendoroid treatment.
Ika Musume from Ika Musume – Other than the default pose, there doesn’t seem to be any indication of what will be included with Ika. Hopefully, the production version will have movable tentacles.
Elsie from The World God Only Knows – Probably one of the cutest death gods to appear in anime, Elsie is to be released in November.
Haqua from The World God Only Knows – Haqua will be released a month after Elsie, in December.
Minnie Mouse from Disney – It was strange to see Mickey Mouse in the nendoroid line-up last year, but it looks like his girlfriend will also get the nendoroid treatment. Someone at Good Smile Company must really like Disney.
Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica – Homura will come with a rocket launcher, grenade, and pistol, definitely one of the cooler nendoroids to be released.
Mami Tomoe from Puella Magi Madoka Magica – Preorders for this Mami nendoroid literally sold out within hours of going up in Japan, and for good reason. She will come with several muskets, her large “tiro finale” gun, and the snake-like thing that came out of Charlotte.
Jack Frost from Persona – One of the few game character nendoroids spotted at Wonder Festival.
Charlotte E. Yeager from Strike Witches – The next nendoroid from the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, at this rate it looks like Strike Witches fans will be able to have a complete set in a couple of years.
Kamui Kobayashi – It’s very rare to see a nendoroid of a real person. In fact, I think Kamui is the first. He’s a young race car driver from Japan.
Ai Nanasaki from Amagami – Ai is rumoured to be an exclusive nendoroid.
Haruka Morishima from Amagami – Haruka is also rumoured to be an exclusive nendoroid.
Ayase Aragaki from My Little Sister Can’t be This Cute – While there’s no prototype of Ayase yet, she will be the next nendoroid to join Kirino and Kuroneko.
Sonic from Sonic The Hedgehog – Sonic fans will probably want to get their hands on this one.
Sanada Yukimura from Sengoku Basara – Date Masamune (left) has already been released, but Sanada Yukimura is scheduled for a December release.
Erio Touwa from Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko – Erio was, in my opinion, the cutest nendoroid at the event. The UFO on a string comes from a popular illustration of Erio.
Meiko from Vocaloid – The sixth Vocaloid to get the nendoroid treatment.
Konjiki no Yami from To Love ru – Yami and Lala are seemingly in a race to see who can get the most figures, but Yami will be the first to get a nendoroid.
Yuzurizaki Nero and Cordelia Glauca from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes – These two complete the 4-character set of Milky Holmes detectives.
Ohana Matsumae from Hanasaku Iroha – Good Smile Company really jumped on this one by revealing an Ohana nendoroid before the anime series has even ended. I’m sure many people will be trying to get one soon.
Yozora Mikazuki from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai – The only nendoroid character to come from a light novel series.
Yune from Ikoku Meiro no Croisée – Like Ohana, Good Smile Company really jumped on Yune. The anime she’s from has only been airing for a few weeks and her prototype is already out along with a few nendoroid petits.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica – This set comes with all of the magical girls.
Fate/hollow ataraxia – If you like seeing the girls from the Fate series in maid outfits, then you’ll probably want to keep an eye on this set.
ClariS – For those out of the loop, ClariS is a 2 girl singing group that rose to fame after posting some of their vocals online. Since they are both in middle school, they use anime-styled representations of themselves rather than actual photos online.
Nanoha – Great for people who prefer their magical girls to be dark and evil-looking.
Sawako from K-ON – It’s nice to see the crazy school teacher finally getting a nendoroid petit to go along with the club members.
Menma from We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day – The most popular member of the Super Peace Busters.
Ruri Hoshino from Martian Successor Nadesico – A Ruri nendoroid petit was really surprising considering it’s been 15 years since Nadesico first aired. Personally, I’m very happy they decided to make one, Ruri is by far my favourite anime character.