Two times each year the probably most important fair for figure manufacturers and figure fans takes place in Makuhari Messe Hall in Tokyo. This winter wonfes was the first one in 2012 and I was eagerly waiting for the new figure announcements from the different manufacturers.
Lets start in alphabetical order with the much vaunted ALTER company
From the Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai anime they decided to make a figure of Honma Meiko. It’s a nice compact combination of base and figure, personally Im no big Menma fan, but the figure and the base recreate the atmosphere of the anime very well.
From the Wii game Oboro Muramasa ALTER brings us another figure, after they already made Momohime(there will be a re-release, btw). The figure is named Kongiku and is a well endowed fox spirit. With the same sttyle as Momohime this might turn out as a really pretty figure
Tales of Xillia was also chosen as origin for one of their figures, character Milla Maxwell comes off in an elegant and proud pose, the main attention grabbers are the wildly flowing hair and the interesting design of her warrior outfit.
ALTER also decided to make something from the previous Last Exile anime, here is a wonderful 2 figure combination from an Range Murata illustrations, it shows the cute Alvis and Lavie sitting on a futuristic bench. The sculpt will be scaled 1/8 and the release date is still TBA.
Yuri Yuri an anime from the previous season also received ALTER’s attention, they’ll make a figure of Mirakurun in an adorable loli witch outfit, I haven’t watched the anime, but I have a soft spot for magical girls and loli witches. This one might turn out very cute.
Chara-Ani made a very nice figure of Touwa Erio from the Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko anime, its so cute how she is hugging her futon while lying on a matress. Her petite body was captured hopfully they will deliver a good final product. The figure just went up for preorders and the release is sheduled for May 2012. She’s scaled 1/8 and the whole thing is 170 mm long.
CM’s Corporation also made a creative attempt for an Touwa Erio figure, here Erio is sitting in the basket of the bike where she was driven around by her cousin. The prototype already looks quite appealing, it would be quite difficult to mess this up, but you’ll never know in advance.
Now lets move over to the not so well known company Freeing, so far I’ve seen this cool Nanoha figure from Mahou Senki Lyrical Nanoha Force with her updated look and weapons.
Gift just showed a single figure so far this one shows Takamachi Nanoha loli style in a nice beach outfit, she looks a bit different than my image of Nanoha, but still very cute. 1/4 scale!
The always popular Good Smile Company also brought a good lineup like ALTER, but they aimed for the more popular franchises, I wouldn’t mind if they would produce something aside from the most popular cashcow franchises from time to time. From Bake/Kizumonogatari we see the adult Shinobu, with a playful yet dangerous face expression. The sculpting looks quite smooth and also the pose appears very good. She is too scary for my tastes, but great figure anyway.
From Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica they prepared an impressive prototype of Kaname Madoka goddess version in her final transformation outfit. The outfit is beautiful and the whole figure has quite a different look in comparison with the previously released Madoka figure.
One of the already painted prototypes was the Cheerful Japan! Hatsune Miku-Support version. This one has a very cool color combination, the dynamic pose is awesome and the figure itself is very cute, I love her face :). she also has an awesome base for her. I’ll probably get her.
Kotobukiya’s lineup also showed some interesting figures this year. From Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai they showed us a rather ecchi posed Sena Kashiwazaki, eating a bowl of cherries, sculpt looks nice but the paintjob on her will be quite important to say more about this figure. They also have a nice Sora both will probably be 1/8 scale even though they look more like 1/6.
One bigger surprise from Kotobukiya was the Idolm@ster trio, there will be Haruka, Makoto and Miki. They have recreated the distinct style from the very enjoyable anime and Im really interested in Makoto with the enchanting beach hat and also Haruka looks appealing to me.
There were also some Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse related figures, what grabbed my attention the most was the 1/6 scaled Inia Sestina in her enchanting appearance, I like the stockings + swimsuit outfit. The hair and the cute blush marks in her face, are just beautiful.
Max Factory is next, they produce more figmas than figures, but when they produce figures, most of the time they’ll turn out great. Ok first is Vocaloid Luka, she looks quite different than Miku. Luka is very attractive with her body, but also her brown dress with the golden details make Luka appealing. The face turned out better than expected, even though her smile looks a bit evil.
Honma Meiko was also adapted by Max Factory, a very cute prototype, well they somehow made a ultra loli of her, she’s very cute, but something in me says its wrong to look at her like that XD
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai is also included in the lineup of Max Factory, they made the figures of the two younger characters from the cast, Maria and Kobato. Putting these young girls into such an outfit is slightly questionable, but their faces are as lovely as in the illustrations.
Both are scaled 1/7 and fit very well together, but they will be sold seperately.
An rather unknown character was also transported into figure form, she’s called Samurai and comes from the game 7th Dragon 2020, I like the more comic less anime look of this figure.
Im not sure about purchasing this one, but Im curious about how she will look colored.
Orchid Seed is a manufacturer that I like a lot, but it seems like they are the slower ones, since they showed a lot of their older still unfinished prototypes at this Wonfes. But they showed their updated 1/7 scaled Kotegawa Yui from To love Ru with a fully castoffable school uniform.
The best thing at their booth was the painted prototype of Blanc Neige from Shining Tears with an awesome ice like base. The preorders for this figure might start in the next few weeks.
They also announced to make a 1/7 figure from the Sonicomi manual illustration, called Super Soniko – Sonicomi PKGversion. Very nice choice with bikini, star pattern stockings and boots, her outfit will be very appealing. That might turn out great.
Plum is a relative new figure manufacturing company, their Nymph received mixed opinions, their other Sora no Otoshimo related figure, Astraea made a much better impression. The latest announced figure from PLUM is called Alisa from the game God Eater Burst I’ve seen the illustration some time ago, I guess it’s still on my hdd. The design is pretty cool with the skirt and the hiigh boots and the girl looks sexy im looking forward to see the painted version.
So that was my personal winter Wonfes 2012 coverage post, I didn’t wrote about everything just about the things that really interested me, overall it was a nice Wonfes with a lot of pretty figures. Nearly everyone of the manufacturers announced something good and interesting.
Some things I missed was a new casual dressed Soniko figure, there was also no new Louise Françoise Le Blanc de la Vallière figure and no figure of Saya from Blood-C, maybe next time 🙁
What was your impression about this event, anything you would consider to buy?