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Wonfes 2018 - what to expect (first time)?

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Hello fellow MFCers,

I will actually be taking the time to visit Tokyo this coming winter Wonfes. This will be the first time I attend one. I am familiar with how to take the subway in Tokyo and how to get there, however I wanted to ask if there is anything we should be aware of when entering Wonfes? Are there rules or procedures we should follow? Will it be impossible to take the subway to and from the event? Will there be too many people.. I'm used to how crowded the subway is usually during rush hours already >.>

What about purchasing tickets to enter? I heard you need to buy a guidebook and that will be your pass. Will there be a long line on the day they open to get those guidebooks? I heard you can purchase them in stores before the event (maybe the Radio Kaikan store in Akihabara) but that sounds more complicated for someone that does not speak Japanese.

I'm not looking to purchase anything, but will there be long lines? I imagine there will be very long lines hours before anything opens but I will not be purchasing any exclusive figures. Is there usually a lot of waiting to view figures from the various suppliers? Will there be a huge queue just to get inside?

Can you leave and come back in as long as you have your guidebook? Or will there be long lines to re-enter?

I plan to take lots of pictures when I go there. I'll post a review if I have time :)
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2pt
As some others have mentioned, dress warm as it is usually pretty cold waiting in line in the morning for WonFes. Another option is to bring the disposable heat packs to warm yourself up. A small stool (from Daiso or another 100yen store) or something to sit on is nice if you plan on arriving early.

There typically isn't much of a line to get guidebooks, so that can be done quickly on-site, right near the entrance of where you get in line. Cash-only.

There is a restriction on moving between halls for the first 10 minutes, but you may not even be inside the halls until after that time.

It's good to ask if you can take a photo first before doing so, unless you see the signs that say photos are ok.

You can check out some previews of stuff that circles are selling by searching the hashtag #wf2018w on Twitter
3 days ago
1pt
chosokabe_senshu (3 days ago) #30896178do you guys know when is the event because I have to watch the livestream instead just like last time :)


18th Feb' :)
3 days ago
1pt
The-Hurricane (3 days ago) #30896201Yep, not uncommon at all to drop even more than that too. I save up for it for basically the rest of the year though and I've cut down majorly on buying other figures. I've passed up tons of PVC figures I would have bought otherwise.

Not this time, but it is def something I'd love to go to one day!! To be able to peruse through and snatch up some of those rare kits would be awesome!
3 days ago
3pt
Stacycmc (3 days ago) #30896170Wait, so you're saying you drop like grand on GK from Wfest???? When buying it THERE?? Are you buying it or you're paying someone else to buy it and ship it to you? Man I know they are rare, but that's sooo expensive. Then you have to paint it...LOL!

Yep, not uncommon at all to drop even more than that too. I save up for it for basically the rest of the year though and I've cut down majorly on buying other figures. I've passed up tons of PVC figures I would have bought otherwise.

I pay personal shoppers to go there, purchase the kits and then ship them to my contact who also takes a cut of the fees and then they get sent to me, I send out the other kits that others have bought and then keep my own. That's why it ends up costing so much, because it's two different people needing a cut of the fees, it includes shipping fees, packing, all that stuff. It's actually not that bad compared to some other services I've seen and because I personally pay for the deputies anybody else that get something through one of my deputies gets all of their money back if it can't be bought. That's another reason the fees are high, they accept that if a kit can't be bought they're forfeiting the fees in their entirety for that kit, they just bank on the fact that I and others always get so many kits that it remains more than profitable for them. They make a pretty penny for a half a day's work lol, but they're also really accommodating, listen to instructions well and provide personalized, live updates which is invaluable if you miss a highly coveted kit and need to find it ASAP on the aftermarket while all the scalpers are flooding the auction sites.

It's definitely a production but it's also really exciting and I like being able to help others find the kits they want. :) It's why I offer spots on my list even though I don't make anything on it (sometimes there's an extra $50~ left over but for all of the planning, organizing, packing, etc, that's barely anything and it really just covers supplies).

You planning to got to WF? :)
3 days ago
1pt
do you guys know when is the event because I have to watch the livestream instead just like last time :)
3 days ago
0pt
Que doesn't take took long. Took less than an hour for me to get in.

The guidebooks usually get sold out pretty quick in Akihabara but you can also get them at WonderFes.

The guidebook is your pass so you should be able to enter once you leave, but in most cases you won't be leaving until the end anyways!

The lines inside aren't too big, if you are buying something and depending on what it is it shouldn't be too long. It may take up to 30 minutes depending on what you want to buy, but most of the time it usually is much quicker.

If you happen to need help finding a certain stall there is a certain staff that can help you locate it for you.

I'm actually attending Wonder Fes so I won't mind showing you around if your up for it.
3 days ago
1pt
The-Hurricane (3 days ago) #30896146
Lol yeah for non-Japanese fans the price hikes can be insane even during the event itself if you aren't on location. I pay something like 3-4x the price per kit (it works out to like kit price + $200USD per kit inclusive of everything but shipping to me and other people who bought with me) and in addition I pay a whole bunch of money to secure personal shopping deputies. It's easily thousands upon thousands of dollars between myself and others who join me (anybody can join me if they want to put out the money for their kit(s) and if something can't be bought all their money gets returned, which is different from most of the few services out there that basically keep a travel/wage fee whether or not you get the item), but I will admit despite that it's a lot of fun still. It's also the only way to get a lot of kits, many of the kits in my collection haven't even shown up once on the aftermarket, I would be screwed if I didn't get them directly from WonFes.


Wait, so you're saying you drop like grand on GK from Wfest???? When buying it THERE?? Are you buying it or you're paying someone else to buy it and ship it to you? Man I know they are rare, but that's sooo expensive. Then you have to paint it...LOL!
3 days ago
1pt
take123 (4 days ago) #30895848Thanks for the comments. Do you guys know if there is a map before the event or do you have to wait for the Guidebook. I would like to take a look at GSC and FREEing.

They usually have a map that slowly gets filled out as GK sculptors get added (I'm not positive what the process is for adding and whether it's an automatic tag search or if a group adds themselves/gets added by fans). Last Wonfes it was on wfmap.jp/, it doesn't seem like the new map is up yet (understandable) but hopefully it should be on the same website this time.

Stacycmc (3 days ago) #30896066Ah, thanks... And I'm painfully aware of the price spikes garage kits can be years after, but what would one expect to pay for a kit around the 1/8 scale at one of these? Nothing too elaborate...and I know they are likely all pretty different, but I guess I'm just curious what they range on average...if you're buying them on location you know.

Lol yeah for non-Japanese fans the price hikes can be insane even during the event itself if you aren't on location. I pay something like 3-4x the price per kit (it works out to like kit price + $200USD per kit inclusive of everything but shipping to me and other people who bought with me) and in addition I pay a whole bunch of money to secure personal shopping deputies. It's easily thousands upon thousands of dollars between myself and others who join me (anybody can join me if they want to put out the money for their kit(s) and if something can't be bought all their money gets returned, which is different from most of the few services out there that basically keep a travel/wage fee whether or not you get the item), but I will admit despite that it's a lot of fun still. It's also the only way to get a lot of kits, many of the kits in my collection haven't even shown up once on the aftermarket, I would be screwed if I didn't get them directly from WonFes.
3 days ago
1pt
chobittsu (3 days ago) #30896071Most kits vary between 6000 and 10000 yen, but a number of them will be well over that. Those are usually from the bigger circles like T's System, Liquid Stone and Ques Q, or the larger kits in 1:6 scale or bigger(obviously). There are circles with good quality kits though that can be bought for around 6000 yen.
There are of course cheaper kits, but a lot of those make for great nightmare fuel...


Hahaa....I hear ya. Well thanks so much for the information, very good to know! :D
3 days ago
2pt
Stacycmc (3 days ago) #30896066Ah, thanks... And I'm painfully aware of the price spikes garage kits can be years after, but what would one expect to pay for a kit around the 1/8 scale at one of these? Nothing too elaborate...and I know they are likely all pretty different, but I guess I'm just curious what they range on average...if you're buying them on location you know.
Most kits vary between 6000 and 10000 yen, but a number of them will be well over that. Those are usually from the bigger circles like T's System, Liquid Stone and Ques Q, or the larger kits in 1:6 scale or bigger(obviously). There are circles with good quality kits though that can be bought for around 6000 yen.
There are of course cheaper kits, but a lot of those make for great nightmare fuel...
3 days ago
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