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These Gaming Figures are Great, But There's a Catch

Posted by James Newton

Japanese Wonder Festival shows off Nintendo treats

Japan, video games and figurines go together like bacon, lettuce and tomato, and here's a particularly tasty sandwich of gaming figures from the latest Japanese Wonder Festival.

Monster Hunter Tri fans are well-served as always, with series stalwart Rathalos roaring wildly, hunters in sets of Rathalos and Lagiacrus armours and an array of Felynes and Melynxes. A Gravity Suited Samus Aran and her energy-sucking Metroid nemesis, Midna from Zelda: Twilight Princess and upcoming Okamiden lead Chibiterasu also feature heavily, alongside plenty of other gaming greats.

The catch? Sold as so-called garage kits, these figurines are unpainted and in need of assembly, so be wary of importing these unless you possess a potent combination of talent and patience, but for those willing to put in the hours these are undoubtedly fine figures. Some of them are unreleased and they're all currently Japan-only, just to add two more obstacles to your possession of these miniature marvels.

Check out galleries of the figurines over at Kotaku and the rest at Tomopop.

[via kotaku.com, tomopop.com]

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User Comments (20)

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#1

Philip_J_Reed said:

The Samus one is great...ditto Midna. I bet these are a lot of fun to assemble...to someone who know what s/he's doing.

wes008

#2

wes008 said:

Given that I have no artistic skills, I will probably not be importing these :(

Deviant_Mugen

#3

Deviant_Mugen said:

It's just too bad that these figures go for hundreds of dollars on eBay, if the prices were a bit more reasonable I'd jump at that Samus figure. So damn sexy...

Nintendophile

#4

Nintendophile said:

I think they look pretty cool unpainted, as well. Then you can really see the impressive sculpt. If I got one, I'd probably leave it un-painted. lol.

Punny

#6

Punny said:

I'm digging the fact that there's yet another Samus figure and a Midna one, yet I don't like the idea of having to paint them. There's also import costs.... The pictures are nice, though.

LordJumpMad

#7

LordJumpMad said:

"Sold as so-called garage kits, these figurines are unpainted and in need of assembly"
Sound like fun to do,but my house is not safe for any figurines.
dam those little kids

Iggy

#13

Iggy said:

These would be sweet to get if i was artistic but im not so...

JohnWalrus

#15

JohnWalrus said:

I would get the Samus one, but I'm not too good with things that require artistic talent. Maybe I should brush up with some paint-by-numbers...

iSonic

#16

iSonic said:

Samus's legs look kinda odd...

Nonetheless these things are beauts. But seriously, they aren't even painted?! Lazy bums. :P

Klapaucius

#17

Klapaucius said:

@iSonic , that's because of the way joints on these kind of figures work, to allow them to move in any direction so they are poseable.
These kind of figure/model construction sets are hugely popular in Japan - especially of Gundam and other mech manga series. I've done a few simpler sets myself, but never anything that required painting.

iSonic

#18

iSonic said:

@Klapaucius
Oh. I didn't realize they where poseable. Well then that makes sense. If it weren't for the whole "painting" thing I might've considered one of these things someday!

Bloodysaber

#20

Bloodysaber said:

Wonder what the size of the Rathalos model is... Bet I could sneak him into my 40k army as a Chaos Demon Lord if I could fit him on a base :D

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