Word came in from the World Hobby Festival website over the weekend that the circle list is now online for the upcoming WHF Ariake 17 (list by space, list by kana, hall map). For those unfamiliar with WHF it’s essentially a miniature version of Wonder Festival: an event where garage kit dealers gather to hawk their wares and PVC makers display some of their hot upcoming items. WHF Ariake 17 will take place on Sunday, December 23rd, from 11:00 – 17:30 in East Hall #1 of the Tokyo Big Sight. Despite being just a week before Comiket (argh) I’m going to try to make it down for the day and whip up some sort of event report; if you missed the last one you can check out our look at WHF Ariake 16. More geekdom below:

A quick look over the circle list reveals that mystery sculptor Hikouki Dake wa Kanben na will be making an appearance, creator of the one kit I was most lusting after from the previous event: this lovely sculpt of Meg from Mahou Shoujo Ai 2.


Hikouki Dake wa Kanben na takes on Meg from Mahou Shoujo Ai 2

As we reported in May he was unable to sell the kit at the event due to the confusion surrounding the transfer of the game’s license from Hue / Colors to MS Pictures, but now that the transition is complete I’m holding out hopes that he’ll be able to receive permission without any problems and finally give us a chance to pick up this amazingly kick-ass kit.

Stay tuned for further HD coverage of WHF Ariake 17!