Pure plastic love. It lives on desks. Its lives on shelves. But in Japan, it lives everywhere. Figures are more than collectibles. They're sculpted fantasy that reflect the artistic tradition of the country's past and its present.
In Japan, there are events dedicated to figures and figure collecting. The summer Wonder Festival was recently held in Tokyo, dazzling visitors with figurines from famous figure-makers as well as ones sculpted by hobbyists. The figures ranged from super-heroes to bikini babes to sexually-explicit S&M themed pieces.