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Wonder Festival 2016 (Photo Gallery)

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The biannual event brings together creators and fans of figures and models in a showcase of the latest additions to popular series, limited edition items, and original creations from manga, anime, and video games.

The Wonder Festival summer session held on July 25 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture featured over 1,800 presenters, including leading manufacturers and individual creators, and was visited by over 52,000 fans.

A replica by Kaiyōdō of the eighth-century sculpture of Ashura, the Buddhist deity of war, at Kōfukuji in Nara Prefecture.

A life-size model of Kashima from the online game Kantai korekushon, or Kankore for short. In the game players organize fleets of World War II Japanese naval vessels that are personified by young women.

New additions to Kaiyōdō’s Sofubi series.

Ultraman B from Kaiyōdō’s Mega Sofubi series.

A summer-wear version of Murasame from Kankore.

A model based on a drawing by Japanese illustrator Kow Yokoyama. The figure was part of an exhibit celebrating the artist’s sixtieth birthday.

A working pair of miniature scissors.

One of several models from Godzilla Resurgence on display at the event.

Figures designed by Kow Yokoyama and sold by miniature maker Brick Works.

Cats take on human characteristics in the Nekota series.

Characters from Kankore were also popular among amateur miniature makers.

(Banner photo: Kasutamuririi Type-D miniatures from Ryunryuntei.)

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