The aptly named Tokyo Wonder Festival (WonFes) is where dreams are made for many collectors of anime and game memorabilia, with the biggest names in the industry showing off upcoming additions to their respective figure ranges, giving fans a glimpse into what they be adorning their favourite character’s shrine with in the future. It has become tradition that whenever the bi-annual event roles around, that enthusiasts stay up into the early hours keeping a keen eye on the social media posts of attendees, in the hopes that their favourite anime receives a wealth of merchandise for them to bankrupt themselves on and this year has been no different.
Out of nothing but our sheer excitement about some of the figures confirmed, we would like to share with you the items that will cause the Tanuki Bridge team to face bankruptcy:
After lamenting Masahiro Sakurai choosing the (in our opinion) less visually-striking male avatar of Fire Emblem Fates as the default skin for the royal’s appearance in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U, we are happy to learn that Good Smile Company are making both a nendoroid and figma of the character’s female appearance – which combined with the male amiibo, means merchandise for both genders of Corrin! However, she won’t be journeying alone…
Elise (Fire Emblem Fates) – Nendoroid:
The young troubadour of the Nohr Kingdom and Corrin’s adorable little sister, you will soon be able to bring this bundle of joy into your home! Although arguably not as cute, Meta Knight from the Kirby series will also be receiving a nendoroid as well!
Link (The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild) – Nendoroid:
Although the joint Wii U/NX title was only officially unveiled in full last month, Good Smile Company have already committed to adding this iteration of Nintendo’s iconic hero to their nendoroid range, which has previously seen figures based on the character’s appearances in The Wind Waker and Majora’s Mask. Additionally, Dengeki Online have also confirmed that Medicom Toy are also working on a pricier figure based on the upcoming game.
Link & Zelda (The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess) – Figma:
Princess Zelda will finally be receiving her own figma action figure
Wearing the intricate, regal dress of her appearance in the Twilight Princess era, the Hyrulian royal family are finally being blessed with a figma bearing the likeness of Princess Zelda, who will be accompanied by a Link in the style of the same game. Another iconic Nintendo heroine, Metroid‘s Samus Aran, will also be receiving a new figma bearing her suit’s likeness from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.
With a (pictured) figure of Red due out this November, Kotobukiya’s range of figures based on iconic Pokémon protagonists is set to grow with the inclusion of two recent heroines – Serena from X/Y with her Fennekin, as well as Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire‘s May with Mudkip! Credit to NintendoTweet for the image.
If you hadn’t already guessed from her review, Demelza Ward is a huge fan of Bungo Stray Dogs and although she already likely has January 2017’s release of Dazai on pre-order, so she’s definitely excited about another character getting the figure treatment. Chuya is admittedly a choice that feels out of left field compared to more likely candidates such as Atsushi or Kunikida, but perhaps he struck a chord with the fanbase? Either way, we’re just happy to see more love for Bungo Stray Dogs!
With Good Smile Company set to release a nendoroid of female protagonist Aqua in November, it should come as no surprise that they are planning on expanding the range of characters from Studio DEEN’s spectacularly comedic fantasy. Our favourite character is easily the explosive arch wizard Megumin, so we’re definitely keen to add her to our collections! A premium figure is also in the works.
Rem (Re:ZERO -Starting Life In Another World) – Nendoroid & Alter:
The most talked about anime of the current season, it should come as no surprise that the Tanuki Bridge team absolutely adores White Fox’s ongoing adaptation of Tappei Nagatsuki’s fantasy light novel series Re:ZERO – Starting Life In Another World- and have developed a particularly strong attachment to the adorable and loyal Rem. With our most highly anticipated nendoroid, now you will be able to secure the safety and happiness she deserves! Additionally, Alter will be producing a scale figure of the character and Kotobukiya is producing a 1/8 scale of Emilia-tan from the same series.
What figures are you looking forward to the most? You can see a more expanded collection, including a MegaMan.EXE nendoroid and My Hero Academia, here!