Photo Report from Wonder Festival Winter 2012

Whew, I'm back from Tokyo. And Wonder Festival was quite the event. One thing for certain - even despite my best efforts I really wasn't prepared for this. Even though I tried to go early I was still far back out in line, and by the time I got to the Hobby Rock booth they were just selling the last of their stock!Pretty much everywhere the good stuff was selling out in minutes. I'm not sure I'm bothered, though, since I really don't know how well I could assemble and paint a garage kit. Nevertheless it was a fun time. There was a lot of neat things to see and I even got to hang out a little bit with Ucchy-san. Also, the Mega Man 2 Dot.Straps were shown off by Union Creative, which are coming out this month (after having been delayed to March). Sadly, nothing on the Mega Man front was shown by Kotobukiya, and I don't think Bandai was even present (could have missed them though).

At any rate, follow the jump to see plenty of pictures of the Mega Man wares present at the show!

Rockman Garage Kits Converge at "Hobby Rock"

For you fans of awesome Rockman garage kits and figures you'll probably never be able to buy, things got a lot easier to keep track of with the opening of Hobby Rock. This site lists the various Rockman kits planned to be at the Winter 2012 Wonder Festival, on February 12th, with product pics and expected prices. Some of the figures present, like Yama Tai Koku's Leviathan kit, were released last year. But there are new ones in the works too, such as an Ariga styled Quick Man, a waist-up of Zero styled after the Mythos arranged album, and of course Iwamoto's highly touted Merti kit, also by Yama Tai Koku, which is said will be color cast (and run you ¥10,000!). Don't think I've heard anything before about that color cast Prairie kit either. So much cool stuff!

Incidentally, it appears Yama Tai Koku is working on a Rockman X kit based on Kotobukiya's Zero kit, although I can't say for sure whether this is aimed at being a Wonder Festival product (they'd certainly be busy with everything else).

Man, I really don't know if I'll be able to make to Wonder Festival, but it'd be a shame to miss out on this rare swag. Perhaps now that Hobby Rock has manifested, we should raise our voices if having them bring their wares out of Japan! They are on Twitter!

Leviathan Garage Kit Revisited

Just giving an update from our previous post to show off the finished sample of Yama Tai Koku's finished Leviathan garage kit, and boy, this is a thing of beauty. The full list of features include being completely poseable, having four face plates with different expressions, coming cast with six colors (resin kits are often entirely unpainted), and comes with decals for the pupils. Aside from the kit, you get a bonus postcard.

Again, it's going for ¥8,000 and is only being sold at the 2011 Winter Wonder Festival in Japan. But if you're diligent enough, you might find a way to get it! Good luck! Check here for more individual photos of the kit.

Thanks Viku-Asakura!