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17 days till the Wonder Festival!

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The GSC offices have gotten a lot busier with the event closing in.

But that also means samples of the WonFes products are starting to arrive!

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        /     \     “WonFes products? What are those?”
     /   ⌒  ⌒ \   
   /     (●)  (●) \
    |   、” ゙)(__人__)”)|    ___________
   \      。` ⌒゚:j´/ j゙~~| | |              |
__/          \  |__| | |              |
| | /   ,              \n||  | |              |
| | /   /         r.   ( こ) | |              |
| | | ⌒ ーnnn        |\ (⊆ソ .|_|__________|
 ̄ \__、(“二) ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄l二二l二二  _|_|__|_

If you haven’t had a chance to look at them, take a look at the page below!

[WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU!! 13]

http://www.whl4u.jp/products.html

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Today we’ll be starting the WonFes figure reviews with this cute pair!

Nendoroid Petite: Mato & Yomi Set!

The two girls are Mato Kuroi and Yomi Takanashi from Black Rock Shooter.

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This is how the packaging looks!

These two don’t come with any optional parts, but there is a base for them hidden at the bottom there. I’ll go into more detail about the base a little later.

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Mato Kuroi and Yomi Takanashi!

Takanashi’s name is very clever in Japanese – the kanji for her name mean ‘Small’, ‘ Bird’ and Playing’. But ‘Takanashi’ also means ‘No hawk’, because small birds will only play where there is no hawk around!

The energetic Mato and the refined Yomi both manage to keep their personalities and look adorable in Nendo form!

That little gap that let’s you see Mato’s waist is priceless!!

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This is how they look from the back!

They use the usual stands for Nendoroid Petites with a prong to push into their backs. Mato’s twintails are fitted on an axis so you can move them up and down! It’s so cute!

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A special diorama base for the girls!

Oooh! The road they walked on!! ((((゚Д゚)))

If you choose to display them on this base it’ll make them look as if they are walking to school together!

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They look so happy!!

゚ | ・  | .+o   ____* o。 |。|   *。 |
゚ |i    | +   /_ノ ‘ ヽ_\   | |!    |
o。!    |! ゚o / (≡)   (≡) \   | * ゚ |
  。*゚  l ・/:::⌒(__人__)⌒::\ |o  ゚。・   
 *o゚ |! |      |r┬-|     |  + *|
| ・    o \       `ー’´     / *゚・ +||    
 |o   |・゚  >         |  *。*   |   
* ゚  l|  /            |    | +|

So cute!!

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The poses are based on this illustration!
It’s a really stunning scene that really captures the two of them nicely!

It’s impressive how similar the figures are to the illustration!

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Displayed with Nendoroid Petite: BRS Set!

These two were extras with the BLACK★ROCK SHOOTER Blu-ray & DVD Set (Limited Edition).

The two bases are both the exact same size so they look really nice together!

Seeing all four of them together at once really stirs up my emotions!! (´;ω;`)

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You can put other expressions on them!

(Although expressions from some products might not fit them.)

This expression comes from the Nendoroid Petite Fate/stay night set’s ‘Saber Lion’ Nendo! This is an incredible level of cuteness… it’s like I could forget all the bad things in the world just by looking at the two of them like this…

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Let’s change her into Miku!

For those of you who are too lazy to exchange the expressions, you can take the easy way out and just exchange heads entirely!

If you have a lot of Nendo Petites then there are so many weird and wonderful combinations you can make!

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The Wonder Festival 2011 (Winter) Limited Edition:

Nendoroid Mato & Yomi Set!

It’ll be on sale for just ¥1500!

There are two ways to get your hands on them!

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 / ) ) )/ \  /\  
 {   ⊂)(●)  (●) \
 |   / ///(__人__)/// \
 !   !    `Y⌒y’´    |
 |   l      ゙ー ′   ,/
 |   ヽ   ー‐    ィ

↑ Going to Wonder Festival

They will be sold using numbered tickets at the event on the 6th February! More details will be available on the ‘Event Sales Page’ which will be available soon.

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        /     \ 
     /   ⌒  ⌒ \   
   /     (●)  (●) \
    |   、” ゙)(__人__)”)|    ___________
   \      。` ⌒゚:j´/ j゙~~| | |              |
__/          \  |__| | |              |
| | /   ,              \n||  | |              |
| | /   /         r.   ( こ) | |              |
| | | ⌒ ーnnn        |\ (⊆ソ .|_|__________|
 ̄ \__、(“二) ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄l二二l二二  _|_|__|_

↑ Buying Online

Sales will start on 7th February 2011 from 0:00!
For more details a ‘Web Sales Page’ will be put up soon! Just wait a little more!

Unfortunately we do not ship these figures overseas!


If you’re looking for more information…

[WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU!! 13]

http://www.whl4u.jp/

The site is updated regularly, so be sure to take a look now and then!

That’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow! (・∀・)ノ゛

(C)huke / B★RS Project
(C)2002-2006 TYPE-MOON
(C)Crypton Future Media, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Up on the GSC site tomorrow!

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The third figure in the 1/8th Scale Bakemonogatari series:

Suruga Kanbaru!

Kanbaru is the third to join this set of figures, and she is just as incredible as both the previous two figures in the series. Yesterday I went over the actual figure of Kanbaru, which you can read about here:


1/8th Scale Suruga Kanbaru


But today we’ll be taking a look at this part:

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The base!

The piles of books that surround Kanbaru are made to look identical to how they did on the DVD jacket!

These books actually caused a lot of trouble for the sculptors…

   / ̄ ̄\
  / . _ノ ヽ、_\  ← GSC Sculptor
 | o゚⌒  ⌒゚o |  
 |   (_人_) |   ” Aww… time to start mask painting those books again…”
 |   `i  i´  |  
 |   . `⌒   }   
  ヽ       } 
   ヽ     ノ 
  /      ヽ 

They really did moan about it quite a lot… it must have been quite a nuisance to work with. ^^;

If you’re not sure what mask painting is, you can take a look at this article:
1/8th Scale Senjougahara (Part 3) – Stationary Painting

But simply put, it’s a method of separating the parts that need red painting from the parts that need white painting.

 

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Close-up on the books!

You can even see all the bookmarks are there!

Also, it might be hard to tell from this photo but…
Both the white pages and red covers use gradient painting!

It’s almost a waste to have so much detail on the base of a figure!

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Here’s the base from a different angle!

You can really see she is surrounded by books!

I wonder how these are going to be made… I’m pretty sure the production team is going to have just as much trouble as the sculptors…

     / ̄ ̄\
   / _ノ  ヽ、_\  ← Gakkun from the Production Team
  | (≡)  (≡) |  
  |   (_人_) |     ”I’m sure we’ll figure something out!”
  |   `i  i´  | 
  |   . `⌒   } 
   ヽ       } 
    ヽ     ノ 
   /      ヽ 

We’ll just have to leave it to them!

 

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Here is the base by itself!

At the moment the base and Kanbaru don’t actually connect in anyway, you simply place her onto the base! (That might change during production, however.)

That means you can do things like this as well:

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Kanbaru can sit on the edge of the desk!

You could seat her on all sorts of things~

The elbow floating in the air looks a little strange, but you could easily put some real BL books there instead, or ever have her supported by another figure!

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The Valhalla Combo!

This particular set of figures isn’t really designed to all be displayed together, but they still look good when displayed next to each other!

Unfortunately Nadeko is on a trip in China at the moment so I couldn’t display her with them this time… maybe next time!

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The third figure in the 1/8th Scale Bakemonogatari series:

Suruga Kanbaru!

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       /      \
      /  ─    ─ \ 
    /    (●)  (●)  \
    |       (_人_)    |  ________
     \     |r┬-|   ,/   | |           |
    ノ     `ー’´  \    | |           |
  /´                  | |           |
|    l                 | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

She’ll be on the GSC site from tomorrow!

Check out our partner shops if you have any questions regarding ordering yours. (Japanese only)

But that’s not all for today!

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Let’s go back to the first figure in the series:

Hitagi Senjougahara!

We got a review from a certain someone to celebrate the figure’s release!

Hello to everyone!
Today I’ll be showing some of my favorite photos of the figure and commenting along with them, but first a little history about myself: In the past I used to build models from Gundam, sketch pictures of Crusher Joe and build 1/35th scale models from TAMIYA for contests.
but ever since I got introduced to the world of figures at Wonder Festival, I’ve changed compeltely into more of a collector than a builder. I absolutely love collecting figures now. To see one of my very own illustrations make the change into a figure is an absolute honor for me. Thank you so much.

It’s Bakemonogatari’s character designer and animation director…

Akio Watanabe!

Oooh! This is amazing!! I can’t believe it!!

Let’s get going with his very own figure review!

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First up I tried to match the figure up to the composition of this poster. Unfortunately the lighting in my studio isn’t very good, so the pictures didn’t come out great, but the real thing looked a lot better. There is nothing more to say about the stationary other than it looks absolutely incredible.

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It’s amazing that I can see new angles of my illustration that were never even there in my 2D version!

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All these pieces of stationary must have taken ages to make! They look great!

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It even looks great with a close-up. The slightly opened mouth and cold glare are both captured so nicely!

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The hands look so soft, and even the nails are painted so meticulously.
It really is a stunning figure in my opinion. When you actually see it for yourself and get to handle it, you’ll be amazed way more than just by looking at the photos!!

By the way… if there are ever any older figures I can’t get my hands on, I’m counting on you guys to get them for me! I might be very involved in the anime world, but I’m very jealous of figure sculptors now!

– Akio Watanabe

Thank you for taking the time to send this!!

As a big fan, so it makes me really glad to read this!
It makes me glad that I keep running this blog!

The 1/8 Scale Senjougahara
– Even praised by Watanabe-san!

Check out our partner shops if you have any questions regarding ordering yours. (Japanese only)

That’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!!  (・∀・)ノ゛

* Please note that this blog’s contents is originally written for a Japanese audience and is then translated for our foreign customers. All pre-order and release dates are the Japanese dates. Also note that not all products can be sold in certain areas

(C)西尾維新/講談社・アニプレックス・シャフト

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Today we’ll start off with a quiz!

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Who do you think this is…?

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   /      \
  /  ─    ─\    ”Ehrm… her name is in the title…”
/    (●)  (●) \
|       (__人__)| ))
/     ∩ノ ⊃   /
(  \ / _ノ |  |

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It’s the 3rd figure in the 1/8th scale Bakemonogatari series:

Suruga Kanbaru!

Following on from the figures of Senjougahara and Nadeko from the same series.

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The pose is based on the jacket cover of the 3rd BD/DVD of the series, which you can see in the back here.

Of all the different stories in Bakemonogatari I enjoyed the ‘Suruga Monkey’ story the most. Whilst I love Senjougahara’s personality, Kanbaru’s story really brought tears to my eyes… plus the battle scenes were also really impressive. If you haven’t seen it you should definitely try to find the time!

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This is how she looks from the back!

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      /::::::─三三─\
    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\   
        |::::::::::::(__人__):|
     \:::::::::|r┬-|  ,/
   ノ::::::::::::  `ー’´ \

That base is huge!!

The Bakemonogatari figure series is becoming very will known for it’s very detailed extras and bases. They’re just getting better and better with every release…

The production quality on this one really makes me want to shed a tear…. ^^;

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She looks so entranced by her book…

She has been sculpted with a downward gaze… definitely not something easy to sculpt, but it looks great!

But just what is she reading…?

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Barazoku!

Kanbaru really loves her BL titles…!

Those who have seen the anime will remember the famous scene where Kanbaru is with Ararararagi-san in the sea of red books.

Even the posing and details of how she holds her book is incredible… those long fingers have a kind of erotic feeling to them.

By the way… for those of you who don’t know what BL is… good for you! 😛

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Another extra that just has to come with any figure of Kanbaru…

A basketball!

If you compare the ball to the one on the original DVD jacket, you’ll notice even the logo is placed in the exact same place… it has a stunningly realistic design!

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Her beautiful long legs!

Those calves… just look at those sexy calves!!  You can also see that even her basket ball shoes’ soles are finely detailed!

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Summer clothes!

Those little gaps where you hope to see something really add something extra to the figure! (even if you can’t actually seen anything)

On that note… it’s amazing how much you can actually see in between the gaps between buttons on blouses. Watch out for that girls!

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The best shot!(in my opinion)

            ____
        /_ノ ‘ ヽ_\
    / (≡)   (≡)\   “Her pose is so regal… I want it!!”
/:::⌒(_人_)⌒::: \
|     |r┬-|     |
\      `ー’´     /
ノ            \

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The 3rd figure in the 1/8th scale Bakemonogatari series:

Suruga Kanbaru!

          ____
        /      \
   /  ─    ─ \
/    (●)  (●)  \
|       (_人_)    |  ________
\     |r┬-|   ,/   | |           |
  ノ     `ー’´  \    | |           |
/´               | |           |
|    l              | |           |
ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、| |________|
ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

She will be on the GSC site from the 20th!

Check out our partner shops if you have any questions regarding ordering yours. (Japanese only)

Tomorrow I’ll take a look at the base in more detail!

   / ̄ ̄\
  / .ー ー \  ← Otanaka from the Planning Department
|  (●) (●) |
|   (_人_) |    “We actually got a comment from Akio Watanabe –
|   `i  i´  |     the character designer and animation director
|   . `⌒   }    of the series when we showed him the Senjougahara figure!
ヽ       }
    ヽ     ノ
/      ヽ

What?! Really?!

But that’s all for today…

I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛

* Please note that this blog’s contents is originally written for a Japanese audience and is then translated for our foreign customers. All pre-order and release dates are the Japanese dates. Also note that not all products can be sold in certain areas

(C)西尾維新/講談社・アニプレックス・シャフト

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It’s been ages since I last found a figure at Oda-P’s seat!

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Last week the Wonder Festival figures were announced, but there are some normal figures to play with as well!!

I’d better get started! (・∀・)ノ

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Nendoroid Petite: B.G.M Festival Set – vol.0!

The B.G.M Festival Vol.0 is an music event which will feature music from a variety of different games – it’s going to be held on the 16th April 2011. This set features a set of 5 Nendoroid Petites of characters from the various games that the event will be based on.

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      /::::::─三三─\
    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\     “Wow!
  |::::::::::(__人__)::::|    Does that mean I can get characters
     \:::::::::   |r┬-|   ,/           from different studios all in one set?!”
    ノ::::::::::::  `ー’´  \  

Yep! This really is the perfect set for fans of games full of cute girls! It’s great to see all the game makers have come together to work on an event like this!

GSC’s first figures were actually mostly of characters from games like these, and I for one still love them just as much as ever!

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This is how they look from the back!

Each of them have such different hairstyles and every single one looks lovely!
You can tell which is which so easily even from behind.

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Let’s take a look at them one-by-one!

First up from Alice Soft it’s…
Uesugi Kenshin from Sengoku Rance!

The Rance series are definitely Alice Soft’s most well known titles.

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Her helmet can be taken off!

You can put the ribbon in her hair in place of the helmet, leaving you to choose which pose your prefer. Her armor and sword are stunningly detailed for such a tiny figure!

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Next up is Navel’s
Asuka Watarai from ‘Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai’!

We definitely couldn’t leave out Asuka from this set. Doesn’t her uniform look absolutely adorable in Nendo Petite form!?

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Then from minori…
Miyako Miyamura from ‘ef – a fairy tale of the two’!

From the popular game that even got an anime conversion!
This is the first time Miyako has been made into a figure! Wow!

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And from Circus…
Otome Asakura from ‘D.C.II~Da Capo II~‘!

We’ve had a couple of Nendoroids from Da Capo II before, and now the elder sister will be joining the Nendo Petite world. She carries her bag under her arm and has a brilliant smile beaming across her face for you to enjoy!

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Finally from OVERDRIVE
Kirari Shiino from ‘Kira Kira’

The guitar and mike are so detailed it’s hard to believe she’s a petite Nendoroid!
Kirari also really needed a nice figure to remember her by!

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Nendoroid Petite: B.G.M Festival Set – vol.0!

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       /      \
      /  ─    ─ \
    /    (●)  (●)  \
     |      (__人__) |  ________
     \      |r┬-|   ,/  | |           |
     ノ      `ー’´  \ | |           |
  /´                 | |           |
|   l                   | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |


The set will be on the GSC tomorrow!

Check out our partner shops if you have any questions regarding ordering yours. (Japanese only)


Notice!

The B.G.M Festival Vol.0 will be held on 16th April 2011 (Sat)

This set of figures will be available at the event!
(However please note that stock will be limited)

If you want to check it out then head over to any of the above game studios websites and grab a ticket – pre-sale tickets also come with a special bag for free!

For more info check out the official site below. (Japanese Only)

[B.G.M Festival Official Site]

http://www.bgm-fes.jp/

That’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛


(C)B.G.M Festival (C)ALICESOFT (C)Omegavision,Inc (C)minori (C)2005 CIRCUS
(C)OVERDRIVE 2007

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Wonder Festival is just 23 days away!

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Unfortunately it’s only available in Japanese, but…

The ‘WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU!! 13‘ site has just been updated!

 
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       /      \
      /  ─    ─ \   ”Ooh, give me the link! I wanna see!”
    /    ( ○)三(○) \
   |       (__人__)  | ________
     \      |r┬-|   ,/ | |          |
    ノ      `ー’´  \  | |           |
  /´                 | |           |
 |    l                | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

Here you go – go and take a look:

http://www.whl4u.jp/

For those who don’t know, ‘WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU!!’ was created as a joint group of Max Factory, Good Smile Company and all the other related companies. It represents them all!

It’s also often shortened down to just “Wonder Hobby”!

There is an article that explains it in a lot more detail that I wrote back in 2008, but once again it is unfortunately only in Japanese…


Let’s Head to Wonder Festival 2008! (・∀・)ノ゛ (Japanese article)


Today I’m going to be going over the latest updates to the site above!  (・∀・)ノ


[Event Summary]http://www.whl4u.jp/gaiyou.html

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On this page you’ll find all the details about when and where the event is going to be held.

This year’s event will be held on 6th February (Sunday) at the Makuhari Messe.

This page will also feature updates about handouts, Indotei, the special thanks corner and the Wonder Hobby Map.

It’ll be updated fairly often, so if you’re interested stop by and check it out whenever you have the time.



[Product Information]
http://www.whl4u.jp/products.html

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These six products will be available this year!

 
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      /::::::─三三─\   ” What is… threeA…?”
    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\  
  |:::::::::::::(__人__):::|  ________
     \:::::::::   |r┬-|   ,/ | |          |
    ノ::::::::::::  `ー’´   \| |          |  

You can find the following info about the WF products on this page:

  • Product Name
  •  Product Price
  •  Number available (per person)

Anyone who wants to get hold of the products will find them available both at the event and online. Sales at the event will work through numbered tickets. There will be more details coming up on how to go about doing that soon.

In a few days, there will be new pages added for both:

  • Event Sales
  • Web Sales

Everything you need to know to grab the figures will be put up on these pages – just be patient for a few more days, they’ll be up soon!


[Special & Live Wonder Hobby TV]http://www.whl4u.jp/stage.html

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This year’s live broadcast will include the festivities at the event’s stage… and it’s scheduled to go on into the early hours of the morning!  

The show will be separated into two parts – one for the afternoon which will feature the event’s stage performances, and one later in the evening where there will be all sorts of interesting topics being discussed!

 
      / ̄ ̄\
     /ノ( _ノ  \     ”I can’t make it to the event! :(”
   | ⌒(( ●)(●)    
    .|    (_人_) /⌒l  
   |     ` ⌒´ノ |`”’|   
    / ⌒ヽ     }  |  |         __________
   /  へ  \   }__/ /             | | ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄| | |
 / / |      ノ   ノ           | | \      / | | |’, ・
( _ ノ    |      \´       _    | |   \ ノ(  /   | | |
       |       \_,, -‐ ””   ̄ ゙̄”―—└’´ ̄`ヽ   | | | 
       .|                        __ ノ _| | | (
       ヽ           _,, -‐ ”” ̄|_ ̄_o o o___|_|r'”

That’s why we’re going to be bringing you a live broadcast of even the stage performances… so everyone can enjoy them!

If you want to know more about which guests will be there and when, take a look at the page above!  (・∀・)ノ

We’ll also be interviewing a number of guests for the evening show… who knows what kind of interesting stuff they might end up talking about!


[Photo Contest]http://www.whl4u.jp/photo.html

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The competition is for any photos that feature products distributed by Good Smile Company. The photos can be anything you like – photo editing is allows and even photos from cellphones are welcome. Just send in your beautiful pictures!

The deadline is today at 23:59! (JST)

Everyone who enters will recieve a “Wonder Hobby Stand” as a present.


That’s all that was updated today!

Keep watching the page though, it’ll have a number of more updates as more information is released.

WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU!!13’s Website:

http://www.whl4u.jp/

Just 23 days to go!

All of the limited edition products for Wonder Festival will be allocated to customers at the event using numbered tickets.

This is something new we’re trying to try and minimize the time people spend waiting in queues, and also to allow more people the opportunity to grab the figures. We really hope it’ll all go smoothly, but bear with the new system in case something goes wrong. We’ll do our best to see it through smoothly!!!

But whether you’ve realized or not, it’s already Friday…

And that’s all for today!
So I’ll see you all again next week! (・∀・)ノ゛

* Please note that this blog’s contents is originally written for a Japanese audience and is then translated for our foreign customers. All pre-order and release dates are the Japanese dates. Also note that not all products can be sold in certain areas



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Is everyone enjoying their new figure?

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Good Smile Company’s 1/8th Scale:

Hitagi Senjougahara!

The finale of the Senjougahara blogs is here.

It’s quite the challenge to show everyone the production side of the figure world, but I was really amazed by how it was all done while I was in China, so I want to try and convey that amazement to all my readers.  You can find the previous parts of the Senjougahara blogs here:


  1/8th Scale Hitagi Senjougahara (Part 1)
 1/8th Scale Hitagi Senjougahara (Part 2)
   1/8th Scale Hitagi Senjougahara (Part 3)


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Lat time I went through how the stationary was painted.

For the part in the picture above, the scissors, pen and ruler would all me made as a single part and then painted by using various masks.

Today we’ll look at how the painted pieces are put together!

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In this photo, the eraser and the tips of the ruler are being glued together.   

This is done one-by-one!

The little pink container in front of her hands here is filled with a special bonding agent, and the little sacks on her fingers are to prevent the glue from sticking to her skin!

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The biggest part – the scissors.

As you can see these are actually first made in two different halves.

Then, once again…

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They are glued together, one-by-one!

The toothpicks there are actually tools used for the gluing – the sculptors here at Good Smile actually use the little toothpicks as well!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… the factory workers in China really are craftsman!!

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Gluing the outer and inner parts of the stapler!

The stapler has a large area in which the outer and inner parts can be glued together, so by creating them in two seperate pieces and then gluing them together a more accurate rendition of a stapler can easily be made.

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The scissors, craft knife have all been glued together!

There isn’t much place to glue the smaller parts like the craft knife and pen, so gluing them is very difficult –  if you use too little glue they’ll come apart, but if you use too much the glue will end up visable.

There is no way I’d ever be able to do this…!!

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Pens are being glued on here…

Take a look at the bottom right to see a complete part… how can it be so tiny!?
I don’t even think I could hold a pen that small…

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By the way, let me pose a question to you now…
How do they always come out at the same angle?

It’s done by using these little tools:

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Bases that adjust the angles!

As the gluing is done the parts are placed on these bases to make sure the angles are correct.

Every single Senjougahara figure has every single part finely tuned like this! It’s incredible!

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Finally a little dusting!


Particularly clear parts like the ruler show dust very easily, so at the end of the process all the parts are dusted off with this fluffy little tool.
Careful work down to the very end!

     / ̄ ̄\
   / .ー  ー \   ← Production Team’s Gakkun
  |  (●) (●) |  
  |   (_人_) |    ”This kind of thorough work
  |   `i  i´  |    is done for all scale figures.”
  |   . `⌒   }
   ヽ       } 
    ヽ     ノ 
   /      ヽ 

You can appreciate the price of scale figures seeing how much work needs to put into them. I’m definitely keeping better care of my figures ever since my China trip!

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Good Smile Company’s 1/8th Scale:

Hitagi Senjougahara!

   / ̄ ̄\
 /   ⌒ ⌒\
 |    ( ●)(●)               ____
. |   ⌒(__人__)          /      \   “Senjougahara, please!”
  |     |r┬-|           /─    ─    \ 
.  |     `ー’´}  \     / (●) (●)     \
.  ヽ        }     \    |   (__人__)     | 
   ヽ     ノ       \   \   ` ⌒´     _/
   /    く. \      \  ノ           \
   |     \  \    (⌒二              |
    |    |ヽ、二⌒)、      \         |  |

She’s on sale at all of our partner shops!
Check out our partner shops for ordering details or questions. (Japanese only)

But today I’ll be looking at some other new products!

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figmas of Hitagi Senjougahara and Koyomi Araragi!

They look so good displayed with one and other!
Ararararagi-san doesn’t get nearly as many figures as Senjougahara, so this is for all those Araragi fans!

I want more figures of male characters… please sell, Araragi!!

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figma Hitagi Senjougahara!

She comes with three different expressions, as well as a ton of stationary just like the scale figure… she also comes with exchangeable hair parts to put her hair up in a pony tail! You can create all kinds of scenes from the anime… and even more if you grab Araragi as well.

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Araragi also comes with three expressions, separate fringe parts, his bag and effect parts! I really love the two different fringe parts – the one covers up his eye and the other one shows it.

Plus you need to see the back of his neck!

You can see the teeth marks from Shinobu-san… It’s perfect!

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Recreate the first episode!

Everyone remembers the scene where Senjougahara fell from the stairs!

figma Hitagi Senjougahara and Koyomi Araragi

     ____
    /      \
  /  ─     ─ \
/     (●)  (●)  \
|       (__人__)  |    ________
\      |r┬-|   ,/   | |           |
 ノ     `ー’´  \    | |           |
/´                | |           |
|    l               | |           |
ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、| |________|
ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

Are now up for preorder!

Check out our partner shops for ordering details or questions. (Japanese only)

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Extra News!

1/8th Scale Suruga Kanbaru coming soon!

It looks like yet another incredible figure…
It’ll be on the blog sometime soon as well, so look forward to it!

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Random Extra!

This here is one of the foods I ate while in China, it’s called “Ankake Fried Rice”, it came out on the a baking dish which I thought was interesting. ^^;

Chinese food has a very fine taste to it which I actually really enjoyed!

I also have a photo of some of the giant clam that I ate… but it looked a little gross so I decided to lave it off the blog…. though it actually was very tasty. 😛

That’s all for today!

I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛

* Please note that this blog’s contents is originally written for a Japanese audience and is then translated for our foreign customers. All pre-order and release dates are the Japanese dates. Also note that not all products can be sold in certain areas

(C)西尾維新/講談社・アニプレックス・シャフト

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She is on sale as of today!

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Hitagi Senjougahara!

If you head down to the stores right now you should find her lined up for you to buy… if you’re in Japan of course!

Check out our partner shops for more details on getting hold of her. If you’re not in Japan take a look at your favorite  online store as well!

Today I’ll be continuing with the third part in my Senjougahara Special!

“What?! There’s still more?!”… and if you’re thinking that… then yes, there is still much more! ^^;


1/8th Scale Hitagi Senjougahara (Part 2)

1/8th Scale Hitagi Senjougahara (Part 1)


While I was on my trip to China back in December, I managed to get a look at some of the painting of this figure. It really was incredible to watch it in action…

Today I’ll be showing you some of that incredible action!

By the way….

If you haven’t read the previous articles on my factory tour some of the lingo might be lost on you, so take a look if you have the time:


Mikatan’s Factory Field Trip! – Part 1
Mikatan’s Factory Field Trip! – Part 2
Mikatan’s Factory Field Trip! – Part 3


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Some more photos from the December factory trip!
All these pieces are freshly molded parts that have been painted white.

They are in fact Senjougahara’s torso!

If you take a look here….

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This is the painted product!

     / ̄ ̄\
   / .ー  ー \   ← Production Team’s Gakkun
  |  (●) (●) |  
  |   (_人_) |  ”The various colors on Senjougahara made her quite
  |   `i  i´  |   difficult to work with. The violet kept coming out too dark.
  |   . `⌒   }   I think the eventual product looks great though!”
   ヽ       } 
    ヽ     ノ 
   /      ヽ 

There is actually a ton of drama involved in the painting of the torso as well, but if I were to get into that it would take me about a month to get through… so I’m just going to hold myself back for now…

As you can see, even the inside red bit of the uniform is carefully painted!

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Let’s move onto today’s main event!

The famous stationary parts!

For size comparison, the left corner shows the size of the ruler, scissors and pen in comparison to Senjougahara’s thigh.

As you can see, each of the pieces are made separately!

The reason they are made from clear plastic is because the ruler is going to stay that way anyway!

But this is where the painting starts!!

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1) First the parts are painted with a green air brush.

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(2) This completes the base painting of the pen!

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(3) Then the handle of the scissors is painted…

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(4) Just the tip of the scissors are then painted.

         ____
      /::::::─三三─\
    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\    “Eh?!
   |:::::::::::(__人__)::::|     But doesn’t that take ages then?!”
     \:::::::::   |r┬-| ,/
    ノ::::::::::::  `ー’´ \

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The blade of the scissors crosses over with the pen, so a mask is used to make sure the painting is separated completely.

This was one of the people in charge of painting the scissors’ tips. who paints the tips of the scissors.

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(5) The base of the scissors are then painted.

The part of the scissors’ blade above the pen is painted with an airbrush. The mask above is used to paint both sides at the same time, it takes just a few seconds!

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(6) The finer details are fixed by hand painting!

The masks sometimes have a little leak that causes the painting to come out a little bit wrong, so here is where they fix all the little errors that might come from that.

She holds two paint brushes at once!!

That’s what you call a true craftsman!

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7) Work Complete!

This tiny little part actually uses an incredible 4 masks alone!

It’s hard enough to get one of these to come out so nicely… but they are able to make thousands all with the same good quality!

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The complete parts are stored away in this container.

The container is actually made specially just to hold these specific parts! It is made both to store the parts safely, and to make them easy to count at the end of the day.

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The outer part of the stapler! (The plastic part)
In a previous article I mentioned that some of the color was lost, and that’s because the two parts of the stapler (the outer and inner parts) are painted seperately!

The inside of the staplers are painted, and yet you’ll never see that painting – but it’s still a much more efficient way of painting them.

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The inner part of the stapler! (The metal part)
The two parts are stuck together with a glue, but I’ll be getting into more detail about that in a future article.

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Remember how tiny these staplers are! I believe these are the staplers that are used right by Senjougahara’s skirt!

It looks like they are each held together using two clips while they are painted. Isn’t it beautiful!!?

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Here we have some craft knives!

It’s quite amazing to see how many of them there are here…! Even from this photo you can see the gradient painting  if you look carefully.

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Good Smile Company’s 1/8th Scale

Hitagi Senjougahara!

   / ̄ ̄\
 /   ⌒ ⌒\
 |    ( ●)(●)              ____
. |   ⌒(__人__)            /      \   “Senjougahara, please!”
  |     |r┬-|            /─    ─    \ 
.  |     `ー’´}  \      / (●) (●)     \
.  ヽ        }     \    |   (__人__)    | 
   ヽ     ノ       \   \   ` ⌒´     _/
   /    く. \      \  ノ           \
   |     \  \    (⌒二              |
    |    |ヽ、二⌒)、      \         |  |

Visit one of our partner shops and grab her today!

Check out our partner shops for ordering details or questions. (Japanese only)

Tomorrow we’ll have the finale of this blog series!

Plus I’ll be introducing some other Bakemonogatari figures!!

That’s all for today!
Hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ




*Please note that this blog’s contents is originally written for a Japanese audience and is then translated for our foreign customers. All pre-order and release dates are the Japanese dates. Also note that not all products can be sold in certain areas.

(C)西尾維新/講談社・アニプレックス・シャフト




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