Collection of plastic models from Gundam Seed Animation. A major toy exhibition featuring new plastic models of Gundam and other characters opened Thursday in Shizuoka. (Shutterstock/Anurak Pongpatimet)
A major toy exhibition featuring new plastic models of anime robot Gundam and other characters opened Thursday in the central Japan city of Shizuoka, a production hub of such items.
In addition to figures from the popular sci-fi television animation series "Mobile Suit Gundam", figures of cats armed with weapons called "Nekobusou" are among the items displayed by some 80 companies at the annual Shizuoka Hobby Show.
The exhibition is open to buyers until Friday and to the public on the weekend, with about 70,000 visitors expected, according to organizers.
Companies have planned events to attract children as most visitors in recent years have been in their 40s or older, the organizers said. The Gundam series, which began in 1979, has attracted many adults.
Checking the new products on display, Koji Uchida, 50, an official of a toymaker in Tochigi Prefecture, said, "It's important to feel the quality and get an impression of real items when you can get any information now on the internet."