The winning entries of this year’s Macross Modelers contest were announced at a small awards ceremony attended by Shoji Kawamori and Nishida Nozomi and went on display today in Akihabara at Softmap buildings 1 and 4. Building 4 is displaying winning entries while Building 1 has honorable mentions.
This year’s contest was the biggest yet and attracted some very creative entries from some seriously talented modelers. The following is a gallery of photos of most of them. (The models were packed in tight in very reflective glass cabinets, meaning that some were a little difficult to photograph).
Enjoy the deculture!
Part art exhibit, part toy display, part promotion for the upcoming Japanese release of the Bumblebee movie on March 22, “The World of Transformers – 35th Anniversary Exhibition” opened at Ikebukuro Parco Department Store last week.
Focusing primarily on Transformer box art, with a smattering of other designs, from the 80’s and 90’s, the exhibit will run until April 1 and is only 700 yen to get in to. The bulk of the art from the exhibit has also been compiled into an event book which, at this point in time, is only available from the event itself. Photography was permitted in most areas of the exhibit however, and the following are a few shots we snapped.
The latest in the ongoing series of Macross pop-up shops, “Oshare Macross Gaiden: Macross Boys” is being held at Shinjuku Marui Annex Department Store from February 8 through to February 25.
While the majority of the popup shops over the past couple of years have focused on Walkure (with a couple of Fortier-themed ones, albeit primarily over in the Kyoto/Osaka area), this one focuses on the male characters of the Macross franchise, although Shin, Hikaru, Hibiki, Basara, Gamlin, Michael and Hayate are conspicuously absent from the lineup. Maybe there’s room for a Macross Boys sequel? Only time will tell. For now, here are our pics from the current shop. Enjoy!
Wonder Festival 2019 Winter was held, as it usually is, at Makuhari Messe on Sunday, February 10.
The following gallery is a mix of commercial products and garage kits with a smattering of cosplay, starting with products from Arcadia and overall Macross-related products, then mecha-anime related kits and toys, finishing up with miscellaneous (but cool!) stuff. We’ll be going into more details regarding the show on an upcoming podcast episode. Enjoy!
The event space at the Akihabara Radio Kaikan held a small exhibit and charity auction for Street Fighter 2 recently. Running for a little over 2 weeks, from Jan.11-27, the event space showcased original design documents and art from the game, as well as a selection of merchandise from the 90’s. The following pics were taken by both the SpeakerPODcast Crew and podcast guest Tony, who actually went on auction day to see first hand how much some of the original pieces of art went for.