Art Of The Week: The Garage Kits At Wonder Festival

I’ve been trying to get to Wonderfest  in Japan for over ten years now and have been blocked for a number of reasons. Still I am amazed at the sculpting level of some of the garage kit makers year after year.

Here’s some examples from this year’s winter wonderfest.   All from

More here:

many of these are NSFW, so don’t look unless your sure

Thanks to for the pics:

The Wonder Festival wiki page:

The official Wonder Festival page(Japanese)


Some video.

The show runners have set up special licensing deals with the anime producers so that figures made from anime can be made and sold without special licensing deals.  So many of the figures made and sold at these shows are anime related.  Many others are original work.  This is only a sample of the works at a typical Wonder Festival.



  1. JonW · June 17, 2017

    What’s a garage kit?


    • jccarlton · June 18, 2017

      Garage kits are model kits cast from sculpts in epoxy resin from silicone molds. They are very limited run due to the short lives of the molds and usually made by individuals in garages or small shops, thus “garage kit.’


      • JonW · June 20, 2017

        Okay. Thanks for your response. I like your blog.


  2. penneyvanderbilt · June 18, 2017

    Reblogged this on Ancien Hippie.


  3. SiGraybeard · June 20, 2017

    Thanks for introducing me to a whole new world. Those hand-painted, cast models are simply awesome.

    I see there’s a Wonderfest in Louisville, Kentucky every year, the weekend after Memorial Day. Probably a distant second to the one in Japan but infinitely more accessible to me.


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