The HLJ crew rushed off to Tokyo bright and early on February 8 for Wonder Festival 2015 winter! The event is held at the gigantic Makuhari Messe convention center and takes up all 8 of the available halls. Our first stop was in the commercial area where we had the opportunity to view upcoming and newly announced figures and other merchandise! Below are many of our favorite selections from the event, and we think you’ll agree that 2015 is turning out to be a great year for collectors!
We hit up Bandai’s booth first, where the S.H.Figuarts line was taking spotlight all around! The “Sailor Moon” section had some particularly excellent reveals, with Super Sailor Moon, Sailor V, Sailor Moon (original anime color ver.) and Fake Sailor Moon stealing the show. Don’t remember fake Sailor Moon? That’s actually Zoisite dressed up as Sailor Moon to trick our heroines. I guess this means the villains made it into the lineup, after all!
The last new addition from the Sailor Moon S.H.Figuarts line was the long-awaited, Sailor Pluto!
Other new additions to Bandai’s Sailor Moon collection included the lovely Figuarts Zero Sailor Scouts based on the “Sailor Moon Crystal” designs (with Sailor Mars’ uncolored prototype front and center), and the full set of five Sailor Moon Tamashii Buddies all lined up and ready for action!
Continuing with Bandai’s S.H.Figuarts line, we got to see the first glimpse of the new Kinomoto Sakura (Tobira wo Akete ver.) figure from “Cardcaptor Sakura”, along with the entire cast of “Love Live”, looking fabulous on their miniature stage! “Pretty Cure” was up next with Cure Echo standing tall and awaiting her color treatment!
Alter’s booth was our next destination, and they started off strong with their breathtaking figure of Velvet and Cornelius from “Odin Sphere”! This pair marks the third addition to Alter’s “Odin Sphere” line, and they just keep getting better with each new character!
Following up was a prototype of the sadistic and sexy Plamya from “Sekai Seifuku Bouryaku no Zvezda”. And next to her was Yuuna Yuuki from “Yuuki Yuuna ha Yuusha de Aru”, with a figure announcement for her fellow Hero Club member, Mimori Tougou! We hope to see her prototype soon!
Other highlights from Alter’s booth included Shinobu Oshino from “Nisemonogatari”, Chitoge Kirisaki from “Nisekoi”, Rin Hoshizora from “Love Live!” Yui Tokegawa from “To LOVEru Darkness”, Lorna Murasame from “Shining Hearts, and more!
Alter also brought along their ALTAiR line of male figures; showing off an exquisitely detailed Keigo Atobe from “Shin Tennis no Oujisama”, a freshly painted Rin Matsuoka from “Free!”, and renewal versions of Izaya Orihara and Shizuo Heiwajima from the ever popular “Durarara!”.
MegaHouse had their own fancy “Sailor Moon” section as well, with trading figures and other adorable new items coming to the lineup!
To round up the MegaHouse selections, we saw upcoming figures from the Variable Action D-SPEC and Hi-SPEC lines, as well as new figures from “Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199”, “Mobile Suit Gundam” and “Shinrabanshou Chocolate”.
Next up was Kotobukiya! One of their biggest highlights was definitely the Ken Kaneki ARTFX J figure from “Tokyo Ghoul”! The second season of this anime recently started and it was getting some much deserved attention at the event.
Also from Kotobukiya’s ARTFX J line is Grell Sutcliff from “Kuroshitsuji”, looking stylish with his chainsaw in hand.
Kotobukiya is keeping the comic book figures coming strong! From the DC Comics side, we got an announcement for a Raven figure, who’s sure to look stunning next to Starfire. And Deadpool, Lady Deadpool and Wasp were on display (or announced) from Marvel Comics!
Other figure announcements included Saber from “Fate/stay night (Unlimited Blade Works)”, Inazuma and Ikazuchi from “KanColle”, Yukari Akiyama from “Girls und Panzer”, Asseylum Vers Allusia from “Aldnoah.Zero”, and some new Cu-poche figures from “The Idolm@aster” and “KanColle”!
Kotobukiya didn’t disappoint with their mecha lineup either–we’ve got some amazing kits and figures coming from “Transformers”, “Super Robot Wars”, “Muv-Luv”, and more!
The Aniplex booth was small, but full of surprises, with a lovely figure of Kaori Miyazono from “Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso”, a giant Kuma from “Persona 4”, and a very elegant Saber from “Fate/stay night”!
Next up was the manufacturer with the biggest booth in the whole event–Good Smile Company! Their list of figure reveals was so massive, they arranged the ones that didn’t have prototypes yet on a wall so we could view them all at once. See any Nendoroids, figmas, or scale figures that catch your eye?
Starting with Good Smile Company’s Nendoroid prototypes, we have the adorable Mako Mankanshoku from “Kill la Kill” rocking her Two-Star Goku Uniform! The Stormtrooper Nendoroid from “Star Wars” was equally cool, and we look forward to seeing all of the accessories that will come with these guys!
Good Smile’s scale figure lineup was equally noteworthy, with some new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” figures, an enormous Guts from “Berserk” and more on display!
Also featured at the Good Smile Company booth were new figures from Phat Company, Max Factory and FREEing. Phat Company brought out two prototypes for their Parform line of articulated figures, Labrys from “Persona 4 Arena” and Momohime from “Oboro Muramasa”! And all three companies had an impressive lineup of scale figures, with Link from “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” being one of our personal favorites!
At the Medicos Entertainment and Di molto bene booth, we saw new Super Action Statue and Statue Legend figures coming to us from “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”, “Tokyo Ghoul” and “Kiseijuu”!
Ques Q brought out a few treats as well, rolling out their new figures from “Hoozuki no Reitetsu”, “Suisei no Gargantia”, “Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena” and “Sekai Seifuku Bouryaku no Zvezda”!
Next up at the Medicom Toy section, we had the pleasure of viewing the newest RAH (Real Action Heroes) and Mafex figures–including a RAH of Ultimate Madoka from “Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica” and the hero of “Kamen Rider Drive”, to Mafex figures of Joker and Batman from “The Dark Knight” trilogy!
Threezero brought along some incredibly detailed “Game of Thrones” figures, as well as an impressive sci-fi lineup!
Last up was the Arcadia booth, which featured some amazing, transformable aircraft from “Macross Zero” in 1/60 scale. They even had a replica of Nekki Basara’s guitar form “Macross 7”!
We hope you enjoyed our tour of the commercial side of Wonder Festival 2015 winter! There are so many exciting figures coming to us this year, and we look forward to seeing all the finished versions of the prototypes soon!