20 March 2011
2011 C3 in Hong Kong Coverage Part 2
Continued from previous post, here comes the second part of 2011 C3 in Hong Kong coverage.
Will add captions later!
HGUC 1/144 Gunpla lineup for Gundam UC (Unicorn) series
Diorama of HG 1/144 Gunpla from Gunpla Builders miniseries
The 2 metre Unicorn Gundam in Destroy Mode. Seeing this guy several times before (e.g. ACGHK & Gundam Expo) makes it seem like seeing an old friend again XD
1/100 MG lineup for Gundam Wing series
Huge poster for the new Gundam Wing manga: Glory of the Defeated (敗者の栄光)
A prototype of MG 1/100 Shenlong Gundam (or "Shenron Gundam" as suggested on the tag there ^^;). Note the missing dragon hand on the right arm.
Diorama display for HGUC Gunpla lineup for Gundam UC (Unicorn)
C3 event exclusive Gunpla on display
HGUC 1/144 Unicorn Gundam Destroy Mode Platinum Finish version, to be released soon.
Event exclusive 1/144 HG 00 Gundam Seven Sword/G Inspection Type + Special Action Base
Event exclusive 1/144 1.5 Gundam type Dark + Special Action Base
Event exclusive 1/144 White Sazabi as seen in Gunpla Builders miniseries
Event exclusive HGUC 1/144 OVA limited Sinanju "Red Comet Spark" ver
RG (Real Grade) 1/144 Gunpla on display
Prototype of RG 1/144 Aile Strike Gundam on display. Looks pretty good I have to say.
PG 1/60 Gunpla on display
PG 1/60 Astray Red Frame
PG 1/60 Aile Strike Gundam
PG 1/60 Strike Freedom Gundam
PG 1/60 00 Raiser (well here it's just 00 Gundam with GN Sword III without the O Raiser)
Upcoming MG 1/100 00 Raiser on display
HGUC 1/144 Dreissen on display
SD Sangokuden Gunpla on display
Bandai's event shop at the back of the exhibition. Event exclusive stuff are sold here as well.
A small corner of Bandai's exhibition features an art collaboration from Austrailium illurtrator Ashley Wood
Some of the works by Ashley Wood displayed on the Ashley Wood x Bandai corner
Ashley Wood's impression of the Zaku II
Zeon bikes in one of the shop. Only one each are available for buying, but it appears that no one was willing to buy it even on the third (and last) day.
A poor image, but people are playing on Gundam Extreme Vs arcade machines. The Gundam Vs series is pretty popular in Hong Kong, and since the Extreme Vs is not available in Hong Kong (at least not yet), not surprisingly there is a mass queue of gamers eager to try it out, while another mass crowd surrounds the area watching live and past matches. I stood there and watched for whole half an hour too ^^
SHF Kamen Rider W action figures on display
One Piece figures on display. Some are fixed statues while others are action figures.
SHF Kamen Rider Faiz action figures
SHF Dragon Ball Z action figures
GFFN (1/144 scale) ReZEL and Full Armor Unicorn Gundam
GFFMC (1/100 scale) Unicorn Gundam. The one on the left is pearl coat version, while the one of the right is the normal version.
Very similar to the one seen in the Gunpla section, but here is the Robot Damashii lineup for the Gundam UC (Unicorn) action figures
Upcoming Metal Build 00 Gundam Seven Sword
Upcoming Composite Ka Exbein
Event exclusive GFFMC RX-78-2 Gundam Roll Out Color on display
A banner showing all sorts of merchandise available for purchase. One of the most expensive one to buy was Serah Farron's necklace (from FFXIII).
Play Arts Kai Metal Gear Solid Snake Piece Walker action figures
Final Fantasy trading figures
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children posters
Play Arts Kai Ezio Auditore da Fironze action figure from Assassin's Creed II
More Play Arts Kai action figures from Final Fantasy series
Play Arts Lightning action figure holding Odin's blades
Play Arts Kai Dante and Nero action figures from Devil May Cry
Play Arts Kai Halo action figures
A customised Anaheim Electronics desktop tower
Various Macross Frontier merchandise
Action figures on dispay from Medicom Toys
Distributor EliteToys showcasing figures from ALTER, Good Smile Company, and Max Factory
ALTER Nanoha series figures
ALTER K-On! figures
Other ALTER figures
Black Rock Shooter merchandise
Nendoroids and figures from Good Smile Company
Nendoroid Puchis and actsta 1/8 Nanoha from Good Smile Company
figma action figures from Max Factory
More figma action figures from Max Factory
Crowd of people shopping at EliteToys' shop area
Thoughts? Well this is the 2nd time C3 has happened in Hong Kong, and it's the first time being held in HKCEC. Compared to annual ACGHK events, there surely aren't as many people going around in C3, which on the good side means it's much easier to cruise around from one booth to another. I have a feeling that the C3 event isn't as heavily promoted as ACGHK, so not as many people have become aware of the event as expected.
I am not exactly sure how successful this event has turned out to be in the Japanese's eyes. There sure could have been more people, but sales seem to have gone pretty well, with many event exclusive items got sold out by the end of the 2nd day. But I won't be certain whether this is what the big firms and exhibitors think. Well, should we see C3 coming back to Hong Kong for the 3rd time next year, then we know that this year has been a success, and the Japanese firms sure would like to continue to share the hobby outside their own market.