So DF became more and more prominent toy wise, and for a while there was some order to it all as the indie makers were mostly clustered in one area. This time around, that fell apart. There were a few booths alongside one another (Max Toy, Sunguts, Yamomark, + Blobpus), but most others were scattered all over the Big Sight. On top of that, some customs and releases were brought out at random times, and there was a lot of booth sharing, which is cool but it took a lot more figuring out what was whose and what was up.
Having said all that, if you put on your walking shoes and stuck to it, there was quite a lot to see. A number of makers debuted for the first time, there were new sculpts released and protos revealed, and in general folks seemed to have a good time.
Here is probably my largest ever DF report, with more than 200 photos, arranged alphabetically by maker. I've added links to the websites/Facebook pages/blogs of some of the newer makers.
|The BR dude told me he used to use this phone - so cool!|
|Custom pro-wrestling masks!|
|New resin figure: Pan Pan Mosquito. "Pan pan" comes from the sound made when tapping a full belly with your palm.|
|Cesar's brother Jose explained to me how quite a lot of expert optics design went into making the red ball, so it has really cool reflective properties.|
|The figures are made of resin, and many of them have a distinct Argentian theme.|
|Always fun to see craftsfolk at work.|
|New figure: Vampire Batman|
|A new maker on the scene. His booth got a lot of attention when the show opened. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kawata.syuichi|
|New sofubi figure. The package says Mogu Ring in big letters, and on the top it says: The Deep Sea Sofubi Series|
|The blank Migoras were sold in two ways: In a mega pack, and via blind bag.|
|If you bought a blind bag, you got a scratch off card. Winners got a free mini Migora handpainted by Konatsu-san.|
|Upcoming figure proto sculpt|
|Marmit's boss. He designed the armor.|
|Another stunner by Todd Robertson|
|So this is a really interesting set of releases. They're being sold pre-order, as a tie in with the Dai Kaiju Salon, a bar in Nakano run by Pico Pico.|
|If you pre-order the big fellow + micro Negora, you can pick them up at the bar on June 22 and also get free drinks - no limit!|
|Order this fellow + the micro, and you pick them up at the bar + get a free drink + food!|
|Hints and Spices x rampage|
|By Todd Roberston|
|Lots of new figures at the booth!|
|Sold blind bagged. You got one of the two (painted or unpainted) in the bag.|
|Another first timer. Blog: ameblo.jp/wpzokei|
|Kinokeshi sofubi. Four parts to this version. The arms are jointed, and despite the small feet, the balance is excellent. These are about 1.5" tall.|
|On the right you can see the gas mask version. (I'm not sure why, but gas masks were a major theme at this DF.) The mask attaches via s magnet. Superb execution on this mini figure!|
|Here's their website: skulltula.web.fc2.com|
|Upcoming exhibition for the hard working Uky, who lives in Nagasaki.|
|More sushi package releases.|
Not sure if that will mean future shows will be completely fragmented. Let's hope not, because I think it's a lot better - for toy makers and fans - when booths can be grouped together - at least in the same section of the Big Sight.
Thanks for reading!