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My Top Picks From Wonder Festival Summer 2017

As I trawled through the many photos that were taken at this year's Summer Wonder Festival, I began to fear for my bank balance. Figures featuring the many characters from the Fate franchise were either announced or had prototypes on display. Heck, I even pre-ordered one the moment it was available on AmiAmi. Things continued to go downhill when I saw prototypes from Girls und Panzer, Kantai Collection and Saekano. 

Manufacturers were firing on all cylinders and even SEGA and Banpresto's line of prize figures wouldn't look out of place next to a scale figure that would cost thousands of yen more. Here are just a few that caught my eye at the annual expo and I'm already looking forward to the Winter edition in December if the Summer one had this much eyecandy on display.

1. (Orange Rouge) 1/7 scale Gilgamesh (Caster) from Fate/Grand Order

The almighty Babylonian king that everybody knows and loves is getting a 1/7 scale figure from Orange Rouge, although he wont be in his usual glittering gold armour. Gilgamesh will be donning his Caster garb instead, which features a turban and harem pants to boot. If you're wondering how he ends up as a Caster instead of an Archer, you just have to play the game to find out.

2. (Aniplex+) 1/8 Kasumigaoka Utaha (Kimono ver.) from Saekano

This had to be one of the most attractive figures on display at Wonder Festival. The bombshell from Saekano swaps her usual Toyogasaki High School uniform for an ornate kimono, much like Saber before her. Aniplex+ is on a roll with their line of kimono figures and I can already imagine how good Sakura's scale figure will look when fully painted.

3. (Aquamarine) 1/8 Nishizumi Miho from Girls und Panzer

I'm glad to see Miho receive more attention from the manufacturers and with the upcoming series of movies, I'm also sure it's no coincidence that they're steadily announcing more Girls und Panzer scale figures. It's always refreshing to see characters in kimonos and yukatas rather than their usual uniform or armour.

4. (Alpha Omega) 1/7 Toujou Nozomi (Pentel Eye Plus Collab ver.) from Love Live!

If you're wondering who or what Alpha Omega is, you'll be happy to know that it refers to Alter and Megahouse's collaboration brand. I'm itching to pre-order this figure, with Nozomi being my favourite character from Love Live!. I'm also hoping that Alpha Omega manufactures the rest of μ's in their Dancing Stars On Me costumes and even the outfits from their other singles.

5. (Stronger) 1/7 Nero Claudius (Type-Moon Racing ver.) from Fate

This was the aforementioned figure that had me pressing 'Pre-order' at lightspeed on AmiAmi. Rin and Saber's Type-Moon Racing scale figures before her were tempting as well but the genderbent Roman tyrant was much too attractive to pass up. I had already resisted buying her Alter and Alphamax scale figures previously so there was little reason for me not to purchase this. I'm looking forward to the other characters having their own Type-Moon Racing versions although my wallet won't be thanking me anytime soon.

5. (Good Smile Company) Nendoroid Mercy (Classic Skin Edition) from Overwatch

Mercy is the most outstanding Overwatch Nendoroid so far and the rest of the Nendoroids featured at Wonder Festival were much less flashy compared to the Swiss guardian angel. Mercy is in her original Valkyrie suit and comes with her Caduceus Staff and Caduceus Blaster. Even her wings are adjustable and can be used to craft a wider variety of poses.

The figures I listed above were not exhaustive and there were many more that I would gladly splash my cash on. I wish I could've attended the convention at the time but my schedule would not permit. I hope to see many more painted prototypes by the time the Winter Wonder Festival rolls around and by then, I shudder to think how many I would've pre-ordered.

Written by ET

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