“Wonder Festival” started for publicizing own creativity by exhibiting and selling their works regardless of a professional and amateur. It is also a big charm of this event that only this day you can get a character piece(we call it “kit”.) which is called a “copyright thing”, one of a kind handiwork, each pro dealer’s new product, a limited article, etc. The amount of the kits which amateurs made and sell is few. If you miss them this day, you cannot get them forever.
Exhibiting and selling of “Garage Kits”
Exhibiting and selling of “Garage Kits” is a main program. Reproductions of which models are made with creators own imagination and technique regardless of a professional and amateur is exhibited, sold and competed. The number of works exhibited is the number one in the world, so the number of people buying them is also the world’s best. Because professionals and amateur makers sell big works which they took times to make them over half year for this day, both selling people and buying people become in great agitation.
The result presentation of “Wonder Show Case”, initial sale of the works
“Wonder Show Case” was started as an official label of Wonder Festival from the summer of 1999. The creations which are selected as “Wonder Show Case” are sold at a special booth. The planning committee members of Wonder Festival get down to “Wonder Show Case” project as the presentation for asking to attendance about the whole concept of Wonder Festival and Garage Kits, not for a benefit for the host.
Exhibiting and selling of the original works
The original works are exhibited and sold. This presentation is a chance of their future for the exhibitors.
Exhibiting of Maker companies
Companies of garage kit makers, game makers etc. sell new and limited products. Moreover, they exhibit the promotion space.
Advisement of production, Demonstration of creation materials
Makers of creation materials and manufacture makers do public relations on their products and suggest the latest technique, the way of production and so on.
Not only above events, various events give birth to a mood of “Creation Festival of the World’s Best”.
About Wonder Festival (Wikipedia)
The Tokyo Wonder Festival (ワンダーフェスティバル), or Wonfes (ワンフェス wanfesu?) for short, is a bi-annual event held in the Makuhari Messe, in Chiba, Japan. The main focus is to display and sell “garage kits”, which are sculptures that usually replicate anime and game characters, but also popular mecha/sci-fi characters and creatures. These models are extremely detail oriented, and many of these sculptures appear in very small quantities due to the amateur nature of their reproduction. Unusually skilled artisans are promoted specifically during the “wonder showcase” (WSC), in which their works are given special attention and limited quantities of their masterpieces are sold for high prices to avid collectors. It also showcases future releases by major toy companies.