If you are expecting tons of pictures from WF2015 this past weekend, then this may disappoint as pictures are not my strongest forte I believe several others will have pics and videos to contribute later. I just thought to share my thoughts on WF these days. Initially, I was hesitant to attend this WF. In part, the ticket is very costly to me this time round and summer fest is always seriously HOT and filled with rather unpleasant odour. It is almost sauna liked in those halls. Over the years of attending WFs, one thing that hasn't change is the crowd. Of course, only a small proportion of the crowd in WF are there for the sofubi that this community love. It is good to see WF continue to draw large crowd and growing stronger by the year, but this may inevitably drive prices higher. Talking about prices, retail prices of sofubi has been creeping up over the years for sure. For one of the rare few times, I actually ran out of cash at this WF that forces me to restrict buying. These days, retail prices of 15,000yen, 20,000yen, 30,000yen are becoming common. Some premium stuff were retailed between 40,000 to 60,000yen at this past WF. I guess it is somewhat ok that the makers who are still in this niche hobby making a little more to enrich themselves than to benefit some middlemen if they were to set the retail prices lower. Overall, you need a pretty healthy toy budget to make WF worthwhile for you. Obviously I am hoping that friendlier retail prices will be the norm rather than the exception. I am quite surprised by myself that I actually managed to burst my budget this round. Especially since the makers which older collectors like myself go for are no longer participating in WF for various reasons. So without Gargamel, RxH, Buta, Marmit, Cronic, Toygraph, etc etc I thought there wasn't much I would be buying. I guess over time, the hobby rejuvenates itself. Relatively newer makers like MirockToy, Goccodo, Restore, etc etc etc have come to the fore while the older ones like Denboku, Blobpus, CKA, M1Go, KK etc have continued to hold their fort. Overall, nice to see the newer makers filling the void. Although I still hope Gargamel, Buta, and RxH etc will return someday. The sofubi buyers have also evolved over time. Several of the known long time sofubi resellers are turning away from sofubi at the fest these days. I thought this is great, and that I finally have a stress free time buying stuff at WFs. I couldn't be more wrong. Competition were as keen as ever with a mixture of old timers, newer local folks and influx of foreign buyers. Of course, there are also a newer generation of resellers who have replaced the familiar ones. Overall, it appears that sofubi buyers have increased which I think is good for the hobby overall but makes it tougher when it comes to getting the more popular releases. Finally, I am glad to have picked myself up and attended this WF afterall. I still feel the excitement in collecting at these events and hope to continue to do so for as long as I can.