It’s that time of year once again when figure and toy collectors are preparing their wallets for sacrifice as new figure announcements were made by some of the biggest names in the industry like Good Smile Company, Max Factory, Kotobukiya, and many many more. But this time, SGCafe writer Zenko and yours truly got into the middle of the action in Makuhari Messe in Japan where the biggest garage kit and figure event in Japan was held.
We started off looking at Good Smile Company’s Wonderful Hobby Life For You 20 booth, which was the biggest and most anticipated are in the event. GSC’s partner companies like Max Factory, Phat!, Wing, ThreeA, Freeing, and many more joined in to make it the most popular booth.
There were plenty of great wallet busters announced from the Nendoroid version of Darth Vader, Batman, Archer (Fate/ Stay Night), all μ’s members from Love Live!, and even Frozen’s Elsa (which was not allowed to be pictured by the way and there was an event staff standing guard besides her). Meanwhile, Marion & Luigi, Hulk, Conan Edogawa, Satsuki from Kill la Kill, the entire Girls und Panzer Angler fish team (riding a figma-sized Panzer IV), and Leonidas from 300 were just some of the names who got themselves their own figma versions. Ryuko’s ultimate form, No Game No Life’s Shiro, several iDOLM@STERcharacters like Chihaya, Ranko, and Takane, as well as Fate’s Saber Sakura (not to be confused with Saber and Sakura) were all given scale figure versions.
Up and coming companies are also well represented during WonFes, like Amakuni who had plenty to announce like Yu Yu Hakusho’s Hiei, Fairy Tail’s Lucy, Chuunibyous Rika, and many more.
Kotobukiya was one of the biggest names during the event and they showed the world why they are one of the most successful figure companies not only in Japan, but also the entire world. It’s most impressive new figure may be from Knights of Sidonia which has a really really long gun.
Aniplex+ meanwhile kept their end of the bargain and announced their latest figures, including swimsuit versions of Sword Art Online heroines, Suguha and Asuna!
But the big name companies weren’t the only ones who impressed as several independent garage kit makers showed their bigger rivals that they too belong in the same event as them. Check them out along with other figure images we have taken from the event!
There were also several Kaijuu puppets on display and the detail in them is just impressive. They can even copy (sort of) Godzilla’s destructively powerful atomic breath.
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