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17 August 2008 @ 10:01 pm
Wonder Fest summer 2008!!  
Sorry, I've been SO busy! That might explain why I'm flat broke now.. ToT

Aaaaaanyways! It's the summer of the hot! Or maybe I'm just a lot more active this summer, since I have friends staying over and beckoning for me to go out and plaaaaaay!! ^O^ I've been so busy that I haven't even had time to write about it! I'm sorry!! ^^;;; It's also pretty warm out, with the humidity being really high, so being outside all day just wipes you dry. :3

Anyways, without further ado! Update time! The day after my birthday party (August 3rd, Sunday), I went out to my first-ever Wonder Fest!! Wonder Fest is kind of like comicket, only for toys. If you like action figures, models, garage kits, blow-up-dolls, you name it, it's all there! Everything BUT Cloverfield models. Seriously, what is a toy convention without Cloverfield models? I mean, who needs Godzilla and nekkid ladies? :D (Me?)

I got there about 11 am and walked in, thinking that I could relax and take a break from the heat/humidity combination of death outside... but no. ^^;;;;; Anime is getting more mainstream and more popular now than ever, and so this means more and more people willing to make the trek out to Tokyo Big Site and peruse the events. There were so many people that there was no hope of the pitiful air-conditioners in the halls keeping up. So, it was more humid than outside, and possibly hotter. We're talking a temperature of around 95 (not too bad) with a humidity that was probably in the 70th percentile (?). It was like drowning in a pond, slowly, with volcanic activity keeping it warm. Oh, and lots of sweat that doesn't belong to you. (my worst enemy!)

But yeah.. I actually lost stamina after being in the heat all the day before at my party. It was really too much to take. But I did manage to enjoy myself as much as possible!! I went alone, but met up with Adrian and some other work-friends and extended friends, and purused the thousands of plastic models of all shapes and kinds. ^^ Then we had lunch with a bunch of new friends. Including a guy who has a really cool blog/site about Japan, Danny Choo. Check out his site, it's pretty cool!

My favorite treat of the day was the amazingly delicious tuna curry that I had for lunch, and the CUUUUTE fan-made statue of Ranka Lee that a guy was selling. I wasn't able to get one, since I didn't discover it early enough to snag one of the 10 copies, but I saw it and drooled after it for a while anyways! The guy was really nice, and told me that after paying licensing costs to Bandai for the rights to make the fan-figure and selling all of the copies, he still lost about $20. But he did it anyways for the love of the character. Now that's my kind of fan!! ^O^

The Escalator of DOOM™. Apparently as the convention opened, so many people rushed in, intent on getting their favorite exclusive figures, that as they stormed up the escalator, they broke it. XD I heard from Adrian that it started going backwards, and people started piling up at the bottom. According to the news, whom seemed eager to jump on the otaku-related mishap, said that there was even someone who broke a bone. LOL So amusing. I wish that I'd been there to see it!!

Here is where you find out which way to go to buy the pron figures of your choice!

This was a booth from Gainax (?) that had pictures of "future Asuka" and Rei. Asuka looked great!!! Wahh I hope that they make this into a manga or something! (that is not boring, preferably..)

Blast from the past!! Someone is releasing a Creamy Mami goth loli figure! LOL where in the world did this come from??? XDXDXD

Interesting figure.... (s)?

Okay, possibly the coolest thing at the entire convention... There is going to be a kappa figure design competition!! If you know me and my obsession with kappas, then you know that I HAVE to enter this! The flyer is tacked to my bulletin board to constantly remind me that I have to make something for it!

LOL. You know I would have bought this if it was for sale.

Mama and papa kappa. :D

I don't like Galaxy Express 9999, but I love this statue that is coming out soon!! It's so gorgeous!!

I think that I should be watching xxxHolic. What is this statue about and is it canon?

Why people would want a figure of Yoko..

How everyone but me saw it..

Some pretty fairies (not the gay kind)..

This.. I just don't know..


I love mermaids! Japanese mermaids and Disney mermaids and all mermaids!!


Guess what the menu was today?

Godzilla x canned air?


These made me think of mippa

I..... want... should I be admitting this? There is something beautiful about this, though I can't imagine what I would ever need a figure of a naked girl for.... My house should be rated pg at the most... er....

There is something for all tastes at Wonder Fest!! =D;;;;

Labyrinth? This reminds me of my favorite movie of all time somehow. ^^

That's all for this one! Uwaaaaaa I walked out of there wanting to make figurines of my own!! :O
The Queen of Lame and Typo Errors.: mikura kazuma; sweatyaestalitz on August 17th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your photos, I saw another side to WF. :> I've always thought that it's mostly about anime figures, so I was pleasantly surprised to see Godzillas and that... creey figure. XD

I wish some items aren't WF-only though. *wants the WF Hatsune Miku*
Mayasasuke2itachi3 on August 17th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
WOW a lot a cute figures! and a lot of scary ones too ^__^;;

These are all hand made by fans right? If it is, they're amazing!!
Carlos Mediyacmediya on August 17th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Wow, those figurines are very detailed, especially the Horror Mermaid Haru from the show GARO. I want one ;_;
Pure Trancepure_trance on August 17th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Ever since I got into the figure scene I've been following Danny's site. He seems really nice, so I'm glad you got to meet him/ have him in your circle of friends :)

PS. When I finally get enough money to visit Japan, you bet I will be going to WonFes xD;; I <3 figures so much haha...

Edited at 2008-08-17 04:49 pm (UTC)
Mewgokumew2 on August 17th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
If you got one of the WF limited Gurren Lagann figures (I think it was a Revoltech one), you could make like a $200 profit by selling it. X.D I think it was like 2000 yen or something and on eBay, it sold for almost $300. Craaaaaaazyyyy~
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 18th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
I was actually planning on buying one, but I didn't get there until 11, so they wouldn't have had anything. I should have had my friend pick me up one or something.. ^^;; (The limited one I wanted was 10,000)
Mewgokumew2 on August 18th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm sure they went out fast.
Wah! 10000!?
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iceminxiceminx on June 3rd, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
Did a fan make that to sell or diplay? *wishe he had that kind of talent*
chibicerebuschibicerebus on August 17th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Wonder Fest! XD Ah I want to go one day. It looks awesome. I love figures
even if I don't have money/room to collect a ton of them right now.

That's awesome someone made a fan figure and sold it there,
It's awesome he did it for the love of the character.

Thanks for sharing pictures~ I love to see what things they sell there.
I laughed out loud when I saw the magnifying glass on Yoko's bust.

I'm working on a Lockon sculpture... Gah need to finish it.
Janellechibi_rei on August 17th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
The xxxHolic figures were canon. It's Yuko's little soulless "minions" Maru & Moro. I haven't watched/read much of it either, but from what I've seen they're canon... of sorts.
akibareakibare on August 17th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
The faces on the winged fairies(?) sort of remind me of the movie The Dark Crystal.

The figure wearing nothing but 上履き in a compromising position, well, I'm wondering if that is technically even LEGAL in my state... :O

hagelschadenhagelschaden on August 18th, 2008 11:58 am (UTC)
I love the pic of Asuka, she is like one of my all time favorite charas *_*
cryduchatcryduchat on August 18th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Ooo! Do you know anything about the figure in the 6th pic down? The nekked blond with the hand coming out of her stomach. Want!
Chiakichiaki777 on August 19th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
OMG I want that ⑨ It's so perfect. XD

also, those are all some pretty adorable figures. Makes me wish I had the disposable income and space for them. XD
♡ アシュリー > Ashiehanami_panda on September 1st, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Wow. The Ball jointed fairy dolls looks amazing. :O
kawaii-clamp-fanmiss_fuu_chan on June 21st, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
I hope you don't mind me commenting on an old entry ^^;

I'm planning to go to this year's Summer Wonderfest - I can't seem to find out whether I need to buy tickets for it beforehand though, or if I can pay at the door :S Do you happen to know? <3
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 22nd, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
You can buy them at the door, don't worry ^^