July 26, 2015 – The “Summer” edition of Wonder Festival once again opened its doors to thousands of figure collectors. It is a place where all toy companies and figure manufacturers around Japan gather and showcase their new and upcoming figure goodies to the public. Just in case you didn’t know, Wonder Festival is a “bi-annual” event meaning it happens twice a year. This is the second Wonfes event for the year 2015 (You can check the Wonfes Winter coverage here) and like the first one, the figures showcased at the event will make your “inner otaku” rejoice while at the same time, make your “inner wallets” bleed :P
Like always, big props to resident Wonfes photographer and blogger Ryoku-san for the awesome event coverage!
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.