I was expecting some really big new announcements but most of the stuff on display there had already been shown at recent hobby events like Wonder Festival and Chara Hobby. Their first Five Star Stories exhibition for the event wasn't as exciting and filled with mecha awesomeness as I had anticipated. Quite a disappointing and boring show for me really. There were about 400 people waiting in line before the opening with most of them aiming to purchase event exclusives. I got out of the event in less than 2 hours after the 11am opening time and headed straight of Akiba instead.
Volks is now going into the scale aircraft industry with the announcement of their upcoming 1/32-scale Super Wing Series Shinden plastic model kit. Due out on 15 January 2010 and retailing for 8,190 yen. Only available through Volks online shop and retail stores in Japan.
These were basically what they had on display for their first Five Star Stories exhibition at Hobby Round, with just a handful of their FFS resin kits displayed on the right next to a counter selling reissues of their FFS resin kits.
Detail is absolutely incredible! Would love to own one but too bad it's a resin kit, and priced at 123,900 yen! >_<
Up for charity auction was the Volks 1/4 KOS-MOS kit professionally assembled and painted. Starting bid at 120,000 yen. Not sure how much it went for as the auction closed at 3:30pm. I was already on my way back home on the bus at the time. How much would you have offered for this stunning work of art?
Second completed model up for charity auction. Mecha is from Muv-Luv. Starting bid at 40,000 yen. I highly doubt it went for much.
Third item up for charity auction was the E=X Garland from Megazone 23 III. Starting price at 80,000 yen. All proceeds from the charity auctions went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Volks' original manga Duel Knight gets some statuesque releases of the mechs.
1/6 Elizabeth Blanctorche in 1P and 2P colors
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann planned for a pre-painted statue release. Most probably made of polystone. Info on price and release date still TBA. Anyone excited about this announcement? I know a few people who would love to get it as a completed statue.
1/4 Kanu Unchou to be offered as a pre-painted statue due out this Autumn and limited to only 300 pieces. Only available through Volks online shop and retail stores in Japan, of course. Pre-order begins on 10 October 2009. Sure to sell out within minutes.
Traditional Japanese garagara lottery whereby one spins the wheel and whoever gets the yellow ball wins a prize of their choice. Check out the stack o' prizes behind counter. Free try for those with the flyer to the event.
Volks' mascot Bokko-chan and cat mascot. They're a resin kit set that lucky winners might get playing the garagara lottery.
1/6 Horo PVC with packaging. Due out end of October 2009.
A very limited quantity of their Miku Hatsune PVC figure were sold at the event. I counted roughly 40 pieces or less behind the counter and it was sold out in less than an hour after the start of the event.
Nanoha, Hayate, Fate, and Vivio PVC figures. I have a complete set of all four for sale. Contact me for details!
Their complete lineup of Muv-Luv mecha action figures were on display at the event. They look almost the same to me except for some color differences. ^^
Strike Noir Gundam-inspired Muv-Luv mech! Awesome!
Very creative custom of a Muv-Luv mech to look like Nirvash from Eureka Seven!
Nanoha-inspired Muv-Luv mech! They had Hayate and Fate customs too but this was creepy enough so I skipped on taking pics of those. The guy was still setting them up for display.
Here's a look at some of the past FFS resin kit releases that were on display and sold at the event. This one here is the glorious Knight of Gold, of course.
View more and larger pics in my flickr gallery set linked below:
Hobby Round 2 event coverage gallery