It’s time again for our Wonder Festival Wishlist where we pick out what figures we hope to see in the upcoming Wonfes happening on July 29th at the Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall in Japan. This is the event where many figure manufacturers announce new figures and show off their prototypes. For us, it’s almost the roadmap on what our figure purchases will be like for the next half-year.
Luth: First off, we’ll start with the characters we’d like to see. I recently managed to marathon season one of Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, mostly because those bodysuits were HOT and the characters looked interesting. It was definitely alright, and I’m enjoying the second season, but I’d love to see more quality figures from that series. Max Factory is making an Tomo figure and Volks made a Horizon figure but I’d love to see some of the other characters, most notably the witch duo, Margot Knight and Malga Yuruze. I love their character design with the wings and outfits (although the ‘normal’ outfit is pretty awesome too) and their broom cannons are sweet as well. C’monnn Max Factory!
Zai: I’ve seen about 10 minutes worth of Horizon so I can’t comment on the series itself although I can’t deny that it features some interesting character designs. I prefer Horizon’s design the most although the witch girls Luth longs for look pretty neat too.
Luth: Next up is Muv-Luv Total Eclipse. The anime series so far has been pretty intense, in a good way. And damn, I’m loving this trend of skintight body suits. So far there have been a few figures by AlphaMax and Kotobukiya but all with little clothes on. Which is all good but body suits! In the show they look incredibly shiny, which would fit Good Smile Company’s glossy finishes well. I haven’t seen much of her in the anime yet but Cryska Barchenowa looks like a fox and her suit’s colors are pretty cool so I’m hoping for a GSC release there.
Zai: Totally up for some more Muv-Luv figures that aren’t in swimsuits or underwear as I’m all for bodysuits too. Cryska is nice and I certainly wouldn’t say no to a good looking figure of her although I prefer Inia a little more, design wise. GSC or Max Factory would be by pick for manufacturer here.
Luth: I’m still waiting for her: Airy from Shining Hearts. Kotobukiya seems to be really beating around the bush on her, even though she’s one of the main characters in Shining Hearts. Also, Alter seem to be picking up their Shining lineup with their amazing recent renditions of Melty and Mistral. So even though its a long shot, I’m hoping for an Alter rendition of Airy.
Zai: Poor Luth, if he doesn’t get his Airy this Wonfest then he may never get her! I don’t mind Airy but lean a little more towards Amil’s design so I’d love to see her pop up too. Kotobukiya’s Shining line isn’t bad judging by their Rufina, who we recently picked up, but I have to say I’d probably pick Alter as my manufacturer of choice.
Luth: Moving onto stuff that’s been announced but not sculpted.. one of the characters I’d love to see is Cat Girl by Native. It has that ‘just enough’ naughty appeal to it, potential for lots of details, and hey, it’s Native! The sign says ‘Next Product’ so I’m guessing they’ll have at least an unpainted sculpt by Wonfes and I’m excited.
Zai: I wonder if by Next Product they mean the very next product? Well, let’s hope so ’cause this is super cute. I’m not usually into the whole catgirl thing but she’s doing it for me so far.. well, in the illustration at least. Let’s hope she translates to figure form well, which I’m sure she will!
Luth: The next figure I’d love to see more of is ‘Cover Girl‘ by Orchid Seed. Orchid Seed have really been upping their game lately and they’ve ever so slowly been sculpting illustrations that were featured at various Wonder Festival events including gems like Mecha Nurse Nana and their upcoming Winter Ignis. Cover Girl has a cool, almost nonexistent outfit, she’s got a magic wand which might have cool sparklies, and GLASSES. Definitely interested in seeing how well Orchid Seed does with her.
Zai: We don’t yet have anything from Orchid Seed and it’s more than about time we did so I’m looking forward to what they have to offer at the upcoming event. Cover Girl looks quite nifty and I hope they capture her pretty face well in figure form. Orchid Seed are notoriously slow but I’m hoping they pick up their pace and give us a good sized showing at this Wonfest.
Zai: Ah.. sweet, sweet Eucliwood Hellscythe. I’m actually quite surprised there hasn’t been a decent figure of this lovely little lady made yet and I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only one interested in buying it. I think so far she only has a garage kit and a trading figure to her name, poor thing. Really, really hoping to see some Eu love this year and I fear if we don’t.. we probably never will.
Luth: I would have thought figure manufacturers would be all over Eu, at the very least a Beach Queen or garage kits. I have a feeling that something else is going on here and that Eu’s chances for figuratization are slim.
Zai: This one is a long shot, okay.. a really long shot but I think it’d be lovely to see Chris from Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? Why? Because she’s a cute drunken loli and that’s all the reason I need.
Luth: Haha, I wouldn’t mind Chris actually, I like the white and pink color scheme and being constantly drunk makes her endearing where you can forgive her for yelling out in a loud, sometimes annoying voice. Also, lovelove spirally hair.
Zai: We’re hoping to pick up the Saber Bride Figma a little cheaper after release as we did with Saber Extra but I’d still love to see a gorgeous scaled figure of her. Look at her in that body suit.. delicious, yeah? My picks for manufacturer would be either GSC or Gift.. Satoshi Toda’s take on her could look quite cool!
Zai: Good Smile Company sure are taking their sweet time when it comes to poor Sena from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, who they announced they were scuplting at the previous Wonfest. Yozora is about to be released and we haven’t even Sena’s unpainted prototype yet. I was really looking forward to this figure but after having waited so long, my enthusiasm has dampened quite considerably. It’d want to be really good or I shall be giving Meat a miss.
Luth: I used to like Meat a lot but I have a feeling that GSC’s upcoming figure will be in a boring school uniform and based on their Yozora, in an unexciting pose. They could prove me wrong and come out with a fantastic sculpt but I’m not holding my breath.
Zai: I doubt we’ll see the Charles D’Artagnan (who was announced about 2 years ago along with the rest of the line) sculpted considering Alter are pretty slow with their Samurai Girls line and they revealed a painted Gisen that went up for preorder not that long ago.. but it’s still nice to hope! I’d love to finish up our Hyakka Ryouran collection with this lovely lady.
Luth: I think there might be a chance we could see Charles in an unpainted sculpt but to be honest, a lot of the Samurai Girls first peeks have been in magazine scans so we could be left waiting. Charles is the girl that I’ve been most looking forward to though since Hanzo, I mean, look at those swords!
Zai: Moving onto things that we want to see painted, I’m really looking forward to Gift’s ultra cute King Arthur from Eiyuu Senki all painted up. I wouldn’t mind seeing Gift pick up some other characters from Eiyuu Senki also.. some of those character designs are pretty damn neat.
Luth: I’m not usually into characters like this but the outfit and design are done so well that I folded. And it’s Arthur! I’m eager to see her painted as Gift has been doing well so far and I agree, there are a lot of other designs in that game that look pretty awesome.
Zai: I was pretty set on purchasing Good Smile Company’s first Tenshi release but ended up finding it just a touch too lackluster for my tastes.. and boy am I glad that I held out. I love winged figures and am a big Kanade fan so this figure really does it for me.
Luth: I was surprised to see another rendition of Tenshi come out as GSC had already done a version that seemed to be popular and it’s been awhile since anything Angel Beats has come out. That being said, we were so close to getting the first version but I’m so glad we decided to pass as this version looks amazing.
Let’s hope we’ll see a couple of characters we’d like to see on our list pop up. Who knows what else manufacturers will surprise us with.. we can’t wait!
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