[note]The Tokyo Wonder Festival (ワンダーフェスティバル), or Wonfes (ワンフェス wanfesu) for short, is a bi-annual event held in the Makuhari Messe, in Chiba, Japan. The main focus is to display and sell “garage kits”, which are sculptures that usually replicate anime and game characters, but also popular mecha/sci-fi characters and creatures. These models are extremely detail oriented, and many of these sculptures appear in very small quantities due to the amateur nature of their reproduction. Unusually skilled artisans are promoted specifically during the “wonder showcase” (WSC), in which their works are given special attention and limited quantities of their masterpieces are sold for high prices to avid collectors. It also showcases future releases by major toy companies.[/note]
Finally! the Wonder Festival 2014 Winter coverage I’ve been waiting for is here! Thanks to the super awesome shots and incredible work of resident Wonfes photographer/blogger Ryoku-san! He’s basically one of the best “otaku” event photographers around and you can definitely see it with his high quality and super sharp images. I’ve been a fan of his work and contributions in the otaku community for years specially for people who don’t have access to incredible events like Wonfes.
So without further ado, here’s part 1 of the “ultimate” Wonfes 2014 Winter coverage. Will also post a “digest version” of the event by filtering the best ones worth checking out. Stay tuned!