The Halls of AFA13
Last weekend, I’ve made a trip towards Suntec Convention Centre to pay a visit to the annual Anime Festival Asia 2013!
It’s only been a year since my last visit to the place, but it seems that the usual route (From the City Hall MRT station to Suntec) has taken a new identity, underwent renovations while I am stuck on my island for the year.
Managed to briefly lost myself in the shopping mall labyrinths, good thing I’ve already researched the route the day before.
Oh well off to AFA we go!
Reaching the site several hours early, there’re already many comrades in queue awaiting the ticket counter to start their sales.
The same long line formed just in front of the main entrance too for those who have already got their tickets beforehand.
The view from behind the entrance…
Unlike past years where comrades are allowed to camp just in front of the gate, this time several dividers were placed to ease the crowd controlling… Although them staffs were highly underestimating the power of the otakuism…
True enough, as soon as the opening hour approaches, various scumbags started to rush and push the lines, many derps took the opportunity to cut queues too.
After some struggling within the waves of otaku, I’ve finally got into the halls, breathing a sigh of relief from escaping the human tin sardines.
Watch as them comrades go into the speed of light to hop into their targeted booths.
This year’s rushes were especially brutal since there are many artistes and seiyuu as well as other guests have dedicated autograph sessions(Most of the schedule clashed with one another tho since many booths have their own mini stage for such sessions), but you’ll have to buy a certain amount of them merchandise before you can earn a limited signature ticket.
Moments later, the halls were jam-packed with comrades.
There are various commercial booths from various companies, with Bandai as always being the pioneer exhibitor for this event.
Upon entry you’ll be greeted by a human size Valvrave unit 01 Hiito, the main mecha of the featured anime of the event Kakumeiki Valvrave.
Being Bandai, their booths are littered with various plamo and figures, especially those from the latest Gundam Build Fighters anime series.
Let’s not forget the gigantic sales booth packed with boxes of various merchandise.
Close-ups to them displays! XDc Here’s be them Valvrave plamo, かっこいでしょう?
Tempted to get that limited metallic edition bling bling Hiito but the pricing is way outta my budget. :/
Besides, a fellow plamodeler comrade advised against getting them too since the runners are not moulded in correct colours (Unlike most Gunpla) and required extensive application of stickers…
Gundam! Bandai’s foremost milked merchandise ever! :P
The Master Grade series of Gunpla.
I was once an avid Gunpla modeler and my usual purchases are MG kits since they are more advanced and feels better in size (1/100) when compared to the smaller 1/144 Hight/Real Grade or the larger 1/60 Perfect Grade. www
Gradually stopping the collection once I’ve started on Unlimited Installment Works to conjure a Tama-chan years before. w
In conjunction to the airing of the Gunpla kit-bashing anime Gundam Build Fighters, all of them main Gundam units from various past series are now being released in HG form. XDc
There are some Mobile Suits in the anime series that looks quite incredible and awesome like the 1/144 HG Sengoku Astray, of which I’ve already PO’d online.
Basically a tween of a Master Grade and a High Grade, the 1/144 Real Grade series has the detailed inner frames and pricing of the former while the size of the latter.
Another new series of HG based upon the side story Thunderbolt, set in the Universal Century series.
How to milk the same mould over and over again? By applying bling bling onto the runners or make them translucent of course!
These limited Gunpla are usually at least twice the pricing of their original base so to speak.
Lots of Robot Damashii action figures of mecha from other series besides Gundam as well.
These guys are from the Full Metal Panic! series…
Chogokin series of action figures usually contains some metal parts as well as bling bling colours, which makes them heavier than your average figures.
Gilgamesh and Saber from Fate/Stay Night join the ranks of the Chogokin as well.
I wonder who from the Nasuverse is next in line…
Wild Tiger and Barnaby Brooks Jr. of Tiger and Bunny.
The titular Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199.
Saint Seiya. Pretty much an action figure based cult classic by now with cast off armour pieces that can be combined to form an avatar of respective constellations each of them represents.
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Sailormoon is making a come back especially since there’s an updated anime remake coming soon.
Various pirate plamo ships from the One Piece series.
Bushiroad setup a booth for the usual sales and trading card battle tournaments as well as the appearance of Milky Holmes!
Danny Choo is back with his Suenaga Mirai goods in the Culture Japan booth.
Bought a new full print Mirai T-Shirt there too.
Your familiar cutesy figures expert Good Smile Company.
Lots of limited and standard Figma, Nendo and figures on sale here.
GSC also showcased various prototypes of upcoming and past releases as well.
Oh Dayo-san dayo! Speaking of Dayo I got a Nenpuchi Dayo-san just for the troll of it. XDc
Monokuma and Usami/Monomi Nendo… 0w0
But wait, there’s still more! However due to the sheer amount of them piccies, I’ll have to split the rest from this post.
More of them displays in the exhibition halls in my next writing! Stay tuned.