I went for the toys but had a great time checking out everything else. But we usually headline with the toys, so let's start with a look at the indie sofubi on hand.
|These weren't show releases per se (I've seen a number of them before), but figures sold as singles (from the archives or the shop or something).
|There were a few of the Tricerinext on the right on hand, so I think it was a show release.
|This was display only - as Pico Pico explained, an example of how you can easily and cheaply deck out the figure.
|Love the poses on these guys
|This was a Rumble Monsters lottery table. You paid 1000 yen and either got one of the painted figures, a GID Leatherman (special show release), or your choice of one of the figures on the left, some of which were test shots.
|Show exclusive Max Toy Negoras.
|This was an auction figure. Part of the show was an auction tie in with Yahoo Japan Auctions. They had a giant projector off to the side showing the action as it happened.
|After 5-10 minutes, the auctions were ended early, and the winner was able to go onto the stage and meet the person/people whose items which he (everyone I saw in the bidding pit was male) had just won.
|Sunguts buildings on sale at the One Up booth. Cool diorama components.
|Rin Nadeshico solo show
|Retro Games brought along several vintage Famicom systems and a Super Famicom system..
|You could choose which game you wanted to play.
|I tried my hand at Xevious...
|Massive projector screen for Street Fighter gaming.
|Retro Games' shop info. I look forward to checking it out sometime. I inquired into the cost of a Famicom system. Not too much, but I don't even have a TV. If anyone knows if I can make the system work using a computer monitor, let me know. :)
|Free remote control car playing. I tried this too and, well....I'll just say it was fun. :)
|Very friendly booth selling costumes
|Free yo yo lessons
|Lots of media coverage
I've never seen anything like it on this scale. But I thought it was cool that in an otherwise buttoned-up culture, people could do their thing without having to look over their shoulder. I mean cosplay is huge and widely accepted and practiced. But that's a kind of uniform in a way. You dress up, walk around, and otherwise keep quiet and restrained.
This was visceral. And it was unrestrained. You had some people doing standard moves on cue. You had others jumping up and down. And others were kind of moving and swaying in interpretive rhythms. Anyway I thought it was awesome, and so was the Akiba Daisuke Festival. I hope they hold it again!