Winter 2012 Wonder Festival Highlights
The Winter 2012 Wonder Festival took place this weekend and as usual, a flood of new anime and game figure prototypes were out on display. Below are just some of the highlights from the event.
Max Factory has dominated the articulated figure market with their Figma line-up, and fans of the series can expect a few goodies later this year.
Two new figmas being released are Saber and Kiritsugu Emiya from Fate/Zero. Both of them are geared towards action poses, and they would look great if you had Saber’s motorbike too.
Other figmas planned for release this year include Black Rock Shooter TV Animation version, Hibiki Tachibana from Senki Zesshou Symphogear, Inori Yuzuriha from Guilty Crown, and Tsubasa Hanekawa from Bakemonogatari.
If you prefer chibi-looking characters over figmas, then the line-up of nendoroids is sure to be a treat. Good Smile Company used to be the only producers of nendoroids, but now Phat Company and Max Factory can be added to that list.
Max Factory has announced an Aoi Yamada nendoroid from Working!! to be released in July, while Phat Company has announced an Ika Musume nendoroid with no planned release date.
Good Smile Company still dominates the nendoroid market with prototypes of several new nendoroids to be released this year. The list includes a Black Rock Shooter (TV animation version), Inori Yuzuriha from Guilty Crown, Kuroyukihime from Accel World, Miu Takanashi from Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai, the Princess of the Crystal from Mawaru Penguindrum, and Saber (plain clothes version) from Fate/Stay Night.
Good Smile Company also had a few new nendoroid petit series on display. These are about half the size of regular nendoroids and have less poseability, but they often come in sets containing all of the main characters of a series. A few of the new ones in display were the Fate/Hollow Ataraxia Maid version nendoroid petits, the Vocaloid Append version nendoroid petits, and the Idolmaster 2 nendoroid petits.
The main attractions at the Wonder Festival were the scaled figures from the above mentioned companies as well as others such as Alter, Kotobukiya, and Megahouse.
Alter had a broad showing of figures including: an Alvis E. Hamilton and Lavie Head figure from Last Exile, Fate T. Harlaown from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS (summer holiday version), Kanetsugu Naoe from Hyakka Ryouran (swimsuit version), Menma from Ano Hana, Milla Maxwell from Tales of Xillia, Mirakurun from Yuru Yuri, Mistral Nereis from Shining Hearts, the angels and Knee Socks from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, and Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara.
Good Smile Company had an almost equally impressive showing of scaled figures as Alter. Some of their upcoming figure releases include: Inori Yuzuriha from Guilty Crown, Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade from Kizumonogatari, Miku Hatsune (cheerful Japan version), the Princess of the Crystal from Mawaru Penguindrum, Sakura Kyouko from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica (ultimate Madoka version), and Yozora Mikazuki from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai.
Kotobukiya had some non-anime characters on display, but they also had a new figure of Karuma from the 90’s anime Yu Yu Hakusho as well as Sena Kashiwazaki and Yozora Mikazuki from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai.
Max Factory went for popular characters such as Luka Megurine based on an illustration by Tony Taka, a combination of Maria Takayama and Kobato Hasegawa from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai dressed in bunny outfits, and Menma from Ano Hana in a swimsuit.
Megahouse had a more even split between the genders with figures of the Idolmaster cast, Kaburagi T. Kotetsu from Tiger and Bunny, Makoto Shishio from Rurouni Kenshin, Rin Okumura from Ao no Exorcist, Rororina Fryxell from Atelier Rorona, and Shirahoshi from One Piece.
Phat Company is still relatively new to the figure industry and does not have the production capabilities of Alter or Good Smile Company, but they still made a showing at the event and had a nice figure of Rororina Fryxell from Atelier Meruru (child version).
Sentinel is also a relatively new company with a large portion of their products being One Piece figures. Two of their figures on display were Menma from Ano Hana and Shirahoshi from One Piece.