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Posted by Leah Bayer on July 25, 2016 | 1 Comment
While obviously for Wonder Festival is on PVC figures that you can actually buy, there are always 10x more garage kits than commercially produced merchandise. The dealer room is absolutely massive, and if we attempted to hunt down and show you every single kit at the event it’d probably take several days worth of coverage. And, you know, it’s kind of bittersweet because they’re pretty but you can’t buy them (unless you have a proxy + the skill, time, & money to paint one).
This year we had a pretty decent lineup, though I have to say I think it was lacking a bit compared to the last few. There was a LOT of Kantai Collection–mostly Iowa and Kashima, oddly enough. Of course we had Fate/Stay Night, IDOLM@STER, Love Live, and tons more (like a surprise Adventure Time figure!). Check them all out in the gallery.
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on June 7, 2016 | No Comments
It’s that time of year again for San Diego Comic Con exclusives to start pouring in before the show in about a month and first up to the plate this year is Kidrobot, with a whole slew of exclusives. First up is a really awesome limited edition of 200 of The Litch from Adventure Time in an 8″ clear resin rendition for $100. This is probably my favorite of all of the exclusives and definitely something you won’t want to pass up. Then we finally have the final version of the Mr. Sparkle figure from The Simpsons that we showed off a bit of back at Toy Fair and he looks, quite frankly, phenomenal! This 7″ vinyl figure limited to 500 pieces and retailing for $50 is everything a Simpsons fan would want out of a Mr. Sparkle figure and I really hope there’s some left after the show to pick one up myself.
Over in video game land we’ve got two new additions: a 7″ version of Shin Akuma from Street Fighter limited to 500 pieces for $50 each and a 3″ metallic Mega Man limited to 1500 pieces for $15 each. The Akuma looks great in this colorway and Mega Man looks like a must own, especially at that price where he doesn’t break the bank as a nice souvenir to take home from the con. Last over in cartoon land we have three pieces: a new glow in the dark version of Jason Freeny’s Anatomical Wabbit featuring a dissected Bugs Bunny from Looney Tunes that’s 12″ tall, limited to 500 pieces, and $65, and then two 7″ additions to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line with a gold Shredder and a green Triceraton, which will both be limited to 500 pieces and retail for $40.
Now, if you’re looking to score any of these exclusives, Kidrobot is now offering a pre-order situation where you order your items online before the show and then pick up at the show. Starting on June 13th, next Monday, all of these exclusives will be up for pre-order. To pick up your piece at the con you’ll need your order number, ID, and badge, and your names on all three must match, so no picking up for others! No word on what time these will be up on Kidrobot’s site, but that will most likely come in the next few days and best of luck to anyone trying for these.
Posted by Leah Bayer on April 5, 2016 | No Comments
We’ve talked about our love for Javier Jimenez’s Wananeko vinyl cat figure before, and today we have a new update on this little fellow! He’ll be heading across the pond to Toycon UK which takes place this Saturday April 9th at York Hall, London. So if you’re lucky enough to be nearby, what Wananeko goodies can you get at the event?
Well, there will be a limited edition chocolate-colored STRAY colorway who comes with the Ghost Blaster weapon and a nifty header designed by Pedro Delgado. Want something a little more fancy? There will be a super-limited 3-piece edition Outlaw Wananeko, which is hand painted! And he comes with a little poncho, aww. They’ll be at Martian Toys’ booth No. 11-12 if you want to grab one! We’ll also be getting a new resin figure at the event, which hopefully we’ll see in a few days.
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on February 14, 2016 | No Comments
Every year I love stopping by Argonaut Resins’ Toy Fair booth as it’s so different from his New York Comic Con setup and different from nearly every other booth here: it’s focused on creating. Every year Eric sets up a sculpting station at his booth and helps to teach those interested about the magic behind toys and figures.
This year Eric’s working on a large scale Tuttz action figure little by little and even letting others get in on the sculpting action on it by applying Sculpey and learning techniques on how to blend, texture, and smooth it and I’ll definitely be joining in on the fun later in the con. Outside of that the usual Tuttz, Piragua, and Mariposas were on display to give visitors an idea of what can be made via the techniques he’s showing off. I personally have my eye on that water blue Kings of Atlantis though…
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 12, 2016 | No Comments
Wonder Festival has come and gone: we’ve seen all the new PVC figures from it, and have a good sense of what the coming 6 months will look like in terms of pre-orders. But what about the non-PVC stuff? I mean, Wonder Festival is a big event, and it has a dealer’s room! Where you can get garage kits and kaiju and all sorts of great goodies… if you have the money, and of course the skill to paint. We showed you a pre-event roundup, but there’s always lots more to see at the actual thing.
A LOT more. And such a wide variety! There are weird tiny cats in kimonos, so very many KanColle and IM@S/Love Live girls, Chima Group’s goodies, a suspiciously low amount of Miku, lots of cuteness, and a very surprisingly SMT Nocturne kit. Check them all out below!
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 3, 2016 | 1 Comment
Cerberus Project might be the circle I look forward to the most every Wonder Festival. They always have tons of releases, and their distinctive style is one of my favorites. Plus they consistently make Monster Hunter kits, and they’re one of the very few producing anything from that franchise. And this year is just as good as always!
We have what you’d expect: a new Elin (and probably my favorite so far, those wings!) and a new Monster Hunter girl. There’s another Walkure girl, too: Akane Ryuuzouji. Then we have some surprises! Two Love Live! kits, which are both gorgeous: Nozomi and Niko. Then, last but certainly not least, a stunning kit of Therese from Granblue Fantasy. Of course all kits will be available at WonFest, but good luck getting one (and painting it) if you’re not in Japan!
[via Cerberus Project]
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 20, 2015 | 1 Comment
Volks used to have a pretty decent PVC presence. They had a specific PVC line, and while it was exclusive (and prone to insane delays) they produced some very nice things. Especially the ToHeart 2 line, which had particularly fantastic figures of Tamaki & Sasara. But they’ve all but abandoned those, putting all their efforts into the CharaGumin line: which is like garage kits without any of the benefit of garage kits. They’re pre-painted resin, so they’re easy to assemble, but the paint jobs are pretty basic (nothing like the promo shots) so you need to do work on them anyway. But the sculpts are stuff you could get in PVC anyway, and don’t have any of the intricacies we see in the great gks.
But, apparently, they’re popular enough to churn out a bunch because they sure did show some off at Hobby Round 15. From a decent Saber Bride to a terrifying (but seasonal) Super Pochaco, there’s something for everyone who feels like emptying their wallets!
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 13, 2015 | 3 Comments
Treasure Festa is one of the biggest garage-kit-centric events, and we always get lots of beautiful goodies to look at and drool over. I mean, the chances that any of them will get made into PVC are pretty slim, but hey, we can dream! And salivate over how freaking perfect some of these are. That Ranko, man!
Some of the trends were pretty obvious: there’s a lot of Miku Hatsune and quite a bit of Sailor Moon. We also saw, of course, some Evangelion, Fate/Stay Night and Bakemonogatari. More surprising was the lack of some things: we have a bit of Love Live! and IDOLM@STER, but not as nearly as much as I’d expect. And there’s also one Monster Musume figure: I thought that show was basically made to make figures from, but this is literally the first item we’ve seen from it. Maybe there will be more at Wonder Festival?
Also, we usually like to focus on the good kits here, but I’ve included a truly, startlingly horrible one for you at the end. It involves boobs literally floating toward heaven. Enjoy.
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 8, 2015 | 1 Comment
I have a real love-hate relationship with garage kits. I love the creativity and artistry that sculptors bring to them. I hate how hard they are to get, and the fact that even if I did get one I couldn’t paint it. So every time I find a new one to lust after it’s pretty bittersweet. Sure, there’s a like 1% chance that a PVC manufacturer will pick it up, but most of the time I just have to love them from a distance.
That is definitely the case with this kit of llyasviel von Einzbern from Fate/Stay Night by the circle Crea Mode. Illya is one of my favorite Type-Moon characters but we really don’t see a lot of her (and no, I’m not counting her magical girl spinoff show). While I’ll admit that the face on this sculpt is a little spooky, everything else is just so perfect. I love how delicate she looks, the detail of her hair sculpt, the clear ombre, that crazy base, her Swan Lake inspired outfit… it’s just amazing!
[via Crea Mode]
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 24, 2015 | 3 Comments
It’s time for your monthly mediocre magazine scans! It’s been well over a year, and I’m not over how lackluster they are now. Because once again, it’s almost all MegaHouse! Okay, we do have some Volks stuff this time, including a brand-new Saber Bride for their overpriced CharaGumin line that makes me angry. It’s like “wow, that sculpt is awesome… too bad it’s going to be insanely expensive and look terrible without lots of paint detail work!” SIGH.
Okay, the MegaHouse stuff! Most excitingly, Pokemon’s James is painted to go along with Jessie. And he has a little Meowth! Plus, he’s a standard release (thank god). We also have figures from Gintama, One Piece, Gundam Reconguista in G, Shinrabanshou Chocolate, and more. Check them all out in the gallery!