Nendonesia Showcase @ AFAID 2012

The X-Banner is signed by Takanori Aki!

The X-Banner is signed by Takanori Aki!

Wow … it’s been a week since the first Anime Festival Asia Indonesia (AFAID) 2012 ended. Yes, Nendonesia has also taken part in the event by opening a community booth there and I am going to share a bit of our experience during that unforgettable moments in this report. XD

Kindly scroll past the break to view the complete report.

Note: Credits for most photos go to Pus2meong, Lazypioneer, Shuuya, and Juan.

Setting Up The Booth: Part 1

That day, August 31st, just one day before AFAID 2012 took place, I arrived in Jakarta from Surabaya on around 1PM. I went to the hotel to unload some of my personal stuff and went straightly to AFAID 2012 venue in JIEXPO.

I met Pus2meong and Lazypioneer just after I finished taking care of the administration stuff and we started to bring our stuff to the booth, including the display case, X-banner, flyers, and the Nendoroids to be showcased.

The X-banner

The X-banner

Most Nendoroid has been put inside the display case

Most Nendoroid has been put inside the display case

Admins in charge

Admins in charge

Shinkyu joined us to help set the Nendoroid in the display case, while Pus2meong went out to print the photos to be used on the photo wall.

Aki-sachou paid a visit to our booth during loading day

Aki-sachou paid a visit to our booth during loading day

When we were waiting for Pus2meong to return, we had a surprising guest: Takanori Aki, president of Good Smile Company, who came and paid a visit to our booth. Thanks to Vincent Kuroyami who took the photo we see above. XD

We gave Aki-sachou one Nendonesia’s flyer as well, which he tweeted last week.

Pus2meong arrived a bit late in the night, so we decided to call it a day and continue it on the next day, just before the exhibition started.

Setting Up The Booth: Part 2

I arrived at the venue on around 8AM in the morning, and this is what I saw at the ticket booth:

Long queue in front of the ticket booth

Long queue in front of the ticket booth

Yes, it was quite a long queue in front of the ticket exchange counter. A friend told me that he had to queue for about 2 hours before he finally got inside the venue.

Corridor to the venue

Corridor to the venue

Fortunately, as an exhibitor, we were able to enter the venue prior to the attendees, before it got too crowded.

Entering the exhibition hall

Entering the exhibition hall

I met Pus2meong and Lazypioneer just in front of the exhibition hall. Well then, time to enter the hall and pick up from what we left yesterday! ^^

Putting the photos on the wall, cleaning up, etc.

Putting the photos on the wall, cleaning up, etc.

Juan and SaintDemon also joined us to help setting up the booth.

Juan and SaintDemon joined in

Juan and SaintDemon joined in

Lazypioneer is cleaning the display case

Lazypioneer is cleaning the display case

Momonoji and Shinkyu arrived shortly afterwards to help setting up the X-banners and tidying up the booth.

Setting the other X-banner, tidying up the booth

Setting the other X-banner, tidying up the booth

Cybeast arrived a bit later to bring some Nendoroid to be displayed, while Shuuya joined us to help us watching over the booth.

The Visitors: Crowd

I have to say that it was totally unexpected that we would have so many visitors at the booth. Here’s how it looks like:

So crowded! XD

So crowded! XD

A mother is asking her daughter about Nendoroid

A mother is asking her daughter about Nendoroid

We didn’t expect that we would be having this many visitors. In fact, we ran out of flyers in less than 6 hours, although we prepared it for two-days exhibition.

Admiring Nendoroid's cuteness? XD

Admiring Nendoroid’s cuteness? XD

Crowd in front of the booth

Crowd in front of the booth

The booth was fully packed with visitors most of the time

The booth was fully packed with visitors most of the time

Taking photos with the display case

Taking photos with the display case

I also met with some Nendonesian here, and although that was the first time I met some of them, they were so friendly. Thank you for visiting the booth Icha, Lita, Dira, Ferris, Aga, Tako, Billy, Noza, Fauzan, Desi, Anton, Exceltron, and other Nendonesian that I forgot to mention.

A visitor is putting her signature in the Guest Signature Board

A visitor is putting her signature in the Guest Signature Board

Guest Signature: Day 1

Guest Signature: Day 1

Guest Signature: Day 2

Guest Signature: Day 2

We also have a pair of Guest Signature Board (for Day 1 and 2) that the visitors can use to write short comments and leave their signatures as a remark that they have visited Nendonesia booth.

The Visitors: Cosplayers

Among the visitors, there were some cosplayers who comes to our booth. Juan and Momonoji were asking their fellow cosplayers to visit the booth and take photos.

A cosplayer posing inside the booth

A cosplayer posing inside the booth

Some cosplayers are looking at the Nendoroid catalogue

Some cosplayers are looking at the Nendoroid catalogue

Momonoji and Juan are also cosplaying! XD

Momonoji and Juan are also cosplaying! XD

Thanks for making our booth even more lively!

The Visitors: Photographers

Obviously, there were a lot visitors who took photos of the Nendoroid inside the display case as well as the booth decoration. I am really curious to see how they captured the cuteness of Nendoroid with their camera. XD

Taking photos using a smartphone

Taking photos using a smartphone

Taking photos using smartphone

Taking photos using smartphone

Taking photos using smartphone

Taking photos using smartphone

Taking photos using iPad

Taking photos using iPad

Taking photos with point-and-shoot camera

Taking photos with point-and-shoot camera

Taking photos with DSLR camera

Taking photos with DSLR camera

Video recording!? XD

Video recording!? XD

I also come across some great folks whom I admire for their wonderful photos, such as Kurodot, Allgroasai, Alictoya, and JozzyCozzy. Thank you for visiting the booth and supporting us!

The Visitors: Special Guest – Takanori Aki and GSC Crew

GSC’s Aki-sachou had visited the booth on Day 0, but we had not finished setting up our booth at that time, so we asked him to re-visit us on Day 1. Yep, he did visit our booth again the next day, and this time he brought along his crew.

Taking photo of the signed photobook

Taking photo of the signed photobook

We asked him to sign the proof print of The Wandering Fay photobook and let him took a look at the photobook too.

“Sugoi!” was one of his comments when he flipped the pages of the photobook.

Signing the Guest Signature Board

Signing the Guest Signature Board

Aki-sachou's signature with "GoodSmile" remark

Aki-sachou’s signature with “GoodSmile” remark

Aki-sachou also left us his signature in the Guest Signature Board.

Anyway, we also met Aki-sachou and his staff on Day 2. This time, he was chatting and taking photos with some fans near GSC’s booth.

Aki-sachou with Pus2meong

Aki-sachou with Pus2meong

Pus2meong asked Aki-sachou to sign the print sample of the completed photobook. He also decided to give away a copy of the photobook for Aki-sachou. We also gave him a black-colored Nendonesia badge there.

Aki-san flipped the pages of the photobook

Aki-san flipped the pages of the photobook

Aki-sachou looks amazed when he saw through the pages inside the photobook.

Go Suzuki-san from GSC Sales Dept. also visited us later on Day 2

Go Suzuki-san from GSC Sales Dept. also visited us later on Day 2

Thank you for visiting Nendonesia booth, Aki-sachou and Good Smile Company’s crew. 🙂

The Visitors: Special Guest – Danny Choo

Danny Choo of Culture Japan paid a visit to Nendonesia’s booth on Day 2.

Danny Choo (black shirt) with Nendonesia admins

Danny Choo (black shirt) with Nendonesia admins

Danny Choo (black shirt) with Nendonesia admins

Danny Choo (black shirt) with Nendonesia admins

Unfortunately, some admins were not present when we took photos with Danny-san.

Danny-san is signing the photobook

Danny-san is signing the photobook

We also asked Danny-san to sign the sample print of The Wandering Fay photobook.

Chatting with Danny-san

Chatting with Danny-san

Looking at the photo wall

Looking at the photo wall

Taking photos of the photo wall

Taking photos of the photo wall

Taking photos of the photo wall

Taking photos of the photo wall

Taking photos of the photo wall

Taking photos of the photo wall

Danny-san also left us his signature on the Guest Signature Board.

Putting signature on the board

Putting signature on the board

Pus2meong gave away a copy of The Wandering Fay photobook to Danny-san later that day, when we were about to close down the booth. We also gave away a Nendonesia badge for Danny-san.

Nendonesia crew and Danny Choo

Nendonesia crew and Danny Choo

Thank you for visiting Nendonesia booth, Danny-san! 🙂

Nendoroid Showcase

This is how the completed display case looks like:

The display case, filled with Nendoroid

The display case, filled with Nendoroid

Rear view

Rear view

Side view

Side view

The display case consists of three levels and entirely made of glasses. In order to save space, we decided to add another level inside each level by using Nendoroid boxes. XD

Handmade sign board, pasted on the top of the display case

Handmade sign board, pasted on the top of the display case

This lovely hand-made framed board is made by sh3rli, a famous Nendoroid collector and photographer. Thank you, sh3rli!

Nendoroid boxes stack

Nendoroid boxes stack

This is where we put the Nendoroid boxes after we unpacked them and put the Nendoroid on display. FYI, some of those Nendoroid were initially brand new, i.e still inside sealed boxes. XD

Playing slideshow of Nendoroid photos

Playing slideshow of Nendoroid photos

During the second half of Day 2, Lazypioneer put his laptop on top of the display case and he played a slideshow of Nendoroid photos there.

The Nendoroid!

The Nendoroid!

Those were the Nendoroid roster that were displayed on Nendonesia booth during two days of AFAID 2012. If you want to see the close-up pics, kindly visit the Flickr set here.

Photo Wall

A few days before AFAID 2012, I discussed with Pus2meong about this idea. As we didn’t have enough time to open a photo submission, we decided to select a few photos from Nendonesia Photocon #1 and The Wandering Fay photobook to be put on the Photo Wall.

The photos

The photos

The photos

The photos

The photos

The photos

The photos

The photos

The photo

The photo

Best photo for The Wandering Fay

Best photo for The Wandering Fay

The Wandering Fay Photobook

Another point of interest that attracted the attendees to visit our booth is The Wandering Fay photobook. Yes, thanks to Pus2meong, the project manager for the project, we were able to provide the visitors with some samples of the photobook. Interested folks could contact Pus2meong directly for inquiry regarding the photobook pre-order.

The Wandering Fay photobook

The Wandering Fay photobook

A lot of attendees seems to be interested with the photobook. No worries! Pus2meong said that the next batch of pre-order for the photobook will begin shortly – perhaps in 1-2 days. Stay tuned for more updates! XD

Other Booths: Good Smile Company

GSC opens a booth in AFAID 2012 – you can say this is one of the reason that motivated us to open up a booth in the event. Yes, one of our main mission was letting GSC know that there are a Nendoroid collectors community in Indonesia. XD

Anyway, here are how GSC booth in AFAID 2012 looks like on Day 0:

The booth condition on Day 0

The booth condition on Day 0

They also bring along a few prototypes there.

Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Yukata version

Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Yukata version

Nendoroid Kamui Gakupo

Nendoroid Kamui Gakupo

Nendoroid Suenaga Mirai

Nendoroid Suenaga Mirai

Nendoroid Nano and Hakase

Nendoroid Nano and Hakase

Info card for Nendoroid Sakura Miku

Info card for Nendoroid Sakura Miku

They also put some Nendoroid and Petites from Vocaloid series on display there, along with Nendoroid Petites Puella Magi Madoka Magica set. XD

Wall posters

Wall posters

Wall posters

Wall posters

Posters of new and upcoming Nendoroid!

Posters of new and upcoming Nendoroid!

A lot of lovely figurine posters were also seen in GSC booth, as you can see from the photos above.

Nendoroid sales

Nendoroid sales

Yep, GSC also sell some of their products there: Nendoroid Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, Megurine Luka, MEIKO, KAITO, and Saber-Rin Cheerful were put on sale along with Nendoroid Petite Vocaloid set and Fate/hollow ataraxia set. However, the most interesting stuff (IMHO) were the Vocaloid straps.

Thank you for coming to AFAID 2012, Good Smile Company! Hope to see you again on next event(s). XD

Other Booths: Culture Japan

Danny Choo‘s Culture Japan booth is also one of the main point of interest in AFAID 2012.

Crowded

Crowded

Mirai Millenium related pics are displayed on the wall

Mirai Millenium related pics are displayed on the wall

Mirai itasha (front/side)

Mirai itasha (front/side)

Mirai itasha (rear)

Mirai itasha (rear)

Nendoroid Suenaga Mirai giveaway contest

Nendoroid Suenaga Mirai giveaway contest

Danny-san also setup a contest to win a Nendoroid Suenaga Mirai. The quick how-tos can be seen in pic above. XD

Other Booths: FIGMANIA

Actually, we had been working together with FIGMANIA‘s admins to make sure that our community booth could participate in AFAID 2012. XD

Anyway, FIGMANIA booth was located just beside Nendonesia booth, and this is how it looks like:

FIGMANIA booth: Day 0

FIGMANIA booth: Day 0

FIGMANIA booth was also fully packed with visitors during exhibition day. Oh, and their booth setup looked stunning as well. XD

During exhibition day

During exhibition day

Thank you for your help, FIGMANIA! Hopefully we can work together again for the next events. ^^

Misc Stuff

This section covers stuff that cannot be put into the other categories above.

Yao Ming meme face: Juan version

Yao Ming meme face: Juan version

Lazypioneer got his Nendonesia T-shirt signed by Aki-sachou!

Lazypioneer got his Nendonesia T-shirt signed by Aki-sachou!

Me and Zatsune Miku XD

Me and Zatsune Miku XD

Well …. you want more pics like this? Sorry, but that’s all I got … for the time being. XD

Thank You

Firstly, I want to say thank you to the admins who have worked hard to ensure that the booth is running well. Thanks to:

  • Pus2meong
  • Lazypioneer
  • Shinkyu
  • Juan
  • Cybeast
  • Momonoji
  • SaintDemon
  • Shuuya
  • Rasyid

I want to say thank you to the contributors and donators who have lent their Nendoroid and submit their donation to support Nendonesia Showcase at AFAID 2012.

Special Thanks!

Special Thanks!

… and last but not least, I want to say thank you to you, Nendonesian, as well as the booth visitors! Thank you for making our dreams come true! Thank you for showing your enthusiasm and appreciation toward our booth! ^^

We are sorry for any inconveniences that you experienced during your time in Nendonesia booth. XD

Well, I guess that concludes my report of Nendonesia Showcase at AFAID 2012. Feel free to leave your comments, feedbacks, or anything related to either the Nendonesia booth or this report itself. XD

Thank you for your contribution, Nendonesian, and see you again on the next events!

Note: One of Nendonesia’s admin Pus2meong posted his own view of the event on his blog, Nekoroid.com.

16 comments on “Nendonesia Showcase @ AFAID 2012

  1. Nicole says:

    Kyahhhh! Aki-sachou AND Danny Choo got copies of the “Wandering Fay” photo book!? That means… they saw my picture inside of it. *Turns red* I… I feel honored that they saw everyone’s pictures! 😀

  2. Momo Noguiko says:

    Nice booth! I’m very happy for you, I couldn’t help but i was cheering for you success at the AFAID! Congratulations :3

  3. Wow! I was looking forward for this post! What a blast ^^ How many people were in your team?

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