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Anime Figure Fans Flock to Wonder Festival’s Winter Convention 2018

If you often make pilgrimages to Akihabara and your bedroom is floor to ceiling filled with anime figures, then this is the festival you need to know about. Wonder Festival is a twice a year figure festival in Tokyo, which shines a spotlight on the most beautiful and coveted models.

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The winter convention took over Makuhari Messe last Sunday on 18th February 2018.

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Billed as a figure festival it really is just that. Long queues form for the chance to take photos of the most popular figures. This time around it seemed the merchandise for Love Live!, the school idol group anime was receiving a lot of attention.

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As one of the biggest dates in the year for figure companies, they also use the event as a chance to debut or announce their newest models. Kaiyodo's Mega Sofubi Advance series are large size replicas, and at the winter festival you could see their newest, not yet available offering, an Eva from the Evangelion anime.

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Apart from just figures and merchandise, the festival is also a favourite of the craftier otakus. The festival gives the chance for a wide variety of fan-made merchandise to be viewed and sold, including super popular classics, as well as original characters. We found some very interesting/strange/amazing goods for sale in this area, which is why the creative forces of these ‘garage kits’ will explored in depth in another article.

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With this emphasis on crafts and hobbies, even many of the figures sold and displayed at the professional booths are unpainted so that the fans can do it themselves at home.

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Although most of the exhibits were behind glass cases, the fans could actually interact with this scene from the swimming anime, Free!. The figures were posable and there were plenty of props to mess around with, so that die hard fans could create their perfect, photo-worthy scene.

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The event was heavily focused on anime and Japanese video games, but there were also appearances by Western pop culture icons and various types of obsession were catered for. Army paraphernalia enthusiasts were in full force, shown here in a stand off with the obligatory Deadpool cosplayer.

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There were plenty of other things going on apart from the figures. There were also demonstrations of new technology being used for models such as this 3D scanner.

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Talks and musical performances were also attended by the figure fans.

No pop culture convention in Japan is complete without cosplayers, the event’s best will be detailed in our Wonder Festival Winter 2018 cosplay round-up.

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By - grape Japan editorial staff.