For those who didn't know, Wonder Festival 2016 Winter was held this weekend in Japan. WonFes is a big event where many companies announce their future figure and doll releases and have them on display :) This is typically a big weekend for figure collectors, since the amount of upcoming releases is quite overwhelming, especially if there are new figures from many of your favorite series/characters... People will know to start planning their purchases month by month and save up money XD
My earlier WonFes posts:
First, let's take a look at the future doll releases from Azone! The news about upcoming Pureneemos are usually posted on Twitter first, so unless you're on Twitter, you might've not seen some of these yet. I'm such a stalker, so I've been aware of most of these for a while already, some were introduced for the first time at WonFes~ Neemosi had posted great photos of all the dolls, so I'm sharing her tweets :)
サアラズ ア･ラ･モード ～Twinkle a･la･mode～『ペリドット/マヤ』
Peridot Maya is the first girl from Twinkle a la Mode series, which is based on gemstones. The one with darker outfit is the standard version (available for purchase on Amiami, HobbySearch, etc.), the one with white outfit is the Direct Store version (available only through Azone International web store and physical stores). I really like the white outfit, but already have Maya with blond hair, so I'm going to pass on this one... I'm not sure when the pre-order will start, but I'm suspecting later in this month.
『Original no kuni/Sera of Green Gables』(赤毛の少女 せら) 通常販売ver.トータルデザイン・パターン作成 チクロ
Next we have Sera of Green Gables, another doll to the Otogi no Kuni series, possibly released in March/April :) This one with dark copper hair is the standard version. I really like this hair color and the green eyes, but would've preferred the smiling mouth and the other (blue) outfit... I guess you can't always have everything XD
『Original no kuni/Sera of Green Gables』(赤毛の少女 せら) アゾンダイレクトストアver.トータルデザイン・パターン作成 チクロ
Sarg fell in love with this black-haired Sera, which is the Direct Store exclusive. It also has the smiling mouth and blue outfit >3< Me and Sarg don't have a Sera in our Neemo family yet and first we planned to get both of these new girl (the red-haired for me and this black-haired for Sarg), but Sarg decided to skip due to other doll-related purchases so I'm re-thinking which one I should order... I do like the smiling mouth a lot more and green is my least favorite color, so the blue outfit would be better. We'll see, we'll see...
『Otogi no Kuni/Snow White Princess AIKA』『Otogi no Kuni/Snow Black Princess AIKA』 #azonejp #wf2016w pic.twitter.com/N8KT7FGf5u
Snow White Princess and Snow Black Princess Aika were announced earlier this week. Snow White (blond-haired) will be available as standard version in summer, Snow Black (caramel-haired) is a Hobby Japan limited doll that can only be pre-ordered through Dollybird vol.23 magazine until summer (the other details are still unknown). Of course I fell in love with the limited version, though once again, I would've preferred a different mouth XD I've ordered the Dollybird magazine and will try to figure out a way to get her, but if it gets too complicated (since I don't live in Japan), I might hunt her down from Yahoo Japan or just pre-order Snow White instead.
『Original no kuni/Mermaid Princess Minami』(人魚姫 みなみ先生)トータルデザイン・パターン作成 nico
This is the doll that I'm most excited about right now, Mermaid Princess Minami! ♥ A teaser of her was posted on Twitter earlier this week, showing just a glimpse of her pastel-colored outfit and even that got me really excited. Back then they didn't say the doll's name yet and I thought she'd be either Himeno or Miu... I was so surprised when it was actually Minami! I also thought that she was a fairy princess, but fairies and mermaids are both very relevant to my interests so it doesn't matter XD I absolutely love her~ ♥♥
She'll be released sometime this spring, I haven't noticed details on her availability (standard or limited) yet. I hope she'll be a standard version ^^; Anyway, I'll be hunting her down no matter what!
サアラズ ア･ラ･モード ～Twinkle a･la･mode～『ラピスラズリ/柚葉(通常販売ver.)』
After Maya, the next Twinkle a la Mode girl will be Lapis Lazuli Yuzuha, no sales schedule has been given yet. This black-haired girl is the normal sales version, the one with white outfit in the background (you can see better photos on Neemosi's Twitter!) is the exclusive version. For once I like this standard version more, hahah XD Definitely going to pre-order her, I've been wanting a black-haired Yuzuha! My nickname safir comes from sapphire (one of my favorite gems) and I thought that 's the gem behind Yuzuha, but it was actually lapis lazuli... This actually gave me the idea to name my Yuzuha as Sapphire, so she'll be my lovely sapphire in any case~
I don't know much about this girl, but she's a 50cm Azone doll from the Happiness Clover series and looks really pretty! There are so many lovely releases coming up that I will have to pass on this girl, but I would definitely love to have a big Azone girl someday ;___;
After dolls we're moving on to the figures... At first I thought I'd share my thoughts on everything that caught my interest, but there were more than I expected and this would become a looong post if I rambled about all of the figures ^^; So I'm only sharing the photos and info on what the figure is.
There doesn't seem to be a complete list of all new WonFes figures on Myfigurecollection yet, but once I see one, I'll add a link to this post! (EDIT. The list!)
Toujou Nozomi Sunny Day Song ver. from Love Live (SEGA)
Cyan from SHOW BY ROCK!! (Good Smile Company)
Saber Alter from Fate/Stay Night (Good Smile Company)
Kanzaki Ranko from iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls (Max Factory)
Shadow Wing from Aion (Orchid Seed)
Michelle K. Davis from Terra Formars (Good Smile Company)
Besides prototypes and colored figures, there were also some interesting announcements as just concept art. When the figure companies show just the image, you don't really know the final product turn out until there are pictures of the prototype. I usually try not to get too excited of releases at this point, since I could easily end up disappointed if something turns out the way I don't like, but thought I'd still include these in this post.
Caster from Fate/Grand Order (by Flare)
Cyan from SHOW BY ROCK!! (Ques Q)
Kinomoto Sakura from Card Captor Sakura (Good Smile Company)
I guess this became a long post even without a lot of text, sorry about that ^^; This was a lot of figures (many Nendoroids again, hahah) and I'm still uncertain if I'll be ordering all of them - if I had endless money sources, I'd definitely want to lol XD Once there is more information on their release schedules, I can decide which ones to get and which ones to pass. I hope they won't all get released in the same month...
Did you guys find any favorites from the huge selection at WonFes?