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Mainichi Junk: May 5th, 2008

Today’s Updates

As can be seen by the content of the day’s updates, today was World Hobby Festival Ariake 18 Final. I’ll be rolling out posts continuously over the next couple of days based on what was shown there. It was a fun event, bustling with a lot of fans and sculptors who had all worked hard to make it a success. From that perspective it’s a pity it had to end this way, and I’m going to miss it; though this was only my third trip to WHF I’ve grown fond of the way it’s run. No nonsense, no glitz or pretensions to grandeur, just a bunch of folks getting together and geeking out over a shared hobby. I can only hope that Hobby Complex is ready to take over the mantle of second tier convention, as the empty space between Wonder Festivals is still jumping around saying “fill me!”.



That’s it from me for today – regular updates resume tomorrow.

WHF Ariake 18: Industry News

In the interests of me getting some sleep tonight I’m going to confine this post to actual news, and leave images of already announced figures for a subsequent update. There wasn’t a huge amount of industry movement at the event, but the tidbits that came out are noteworthy nonetheless:

WHF Ariake 18 at a glance

I just walked in the door from World Hobby Festival Ariake 18 Final and am now in the midst of processing images for our site coverage of the event. First up is a preliminary overview of some of the exceptional items on display at the Big Sight today, which will be followed shortly by a roundup of news from PVC makers who were there (lagging slightly behind the Tokyo-based blogs due to the four-hour trek home after the event ^^;;). Stay tuned!

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