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Are you sitting down? Aliens Revoltechs are on the way


Oct 26
// Topher Cantler
Yes, it's true. Destructoid editor Jim Sterling has just passed out in ecstasy at this news, surely. Those of you still conscious will be pleased to know that Kaiyodo has seen fit to expand the Revoltech universe beyond its t...
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Destructoid rocks 24 hours of games for Extra Life charity


Oct 17
// Topher Cantler
Over at our sister site, Destructoid, the Miami crew is participating in Extra Life -- a 24-hour gaming marathon which will raise money to fund research for pediatric cancer. If you're a Dtoider, you probably remember SingSte...
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TGS 09: Behold the Bayonetta figure prototype


Sep 24
// Topher Cantler
Well, look at that. If you read Destructoid, (and you should), you probably saw the alleged leaked Sega document Jim posted, talking about all sorts of juicy secrets we weren't supposed to know yet. Among them was a proposed ...
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TGS 09: Capcom brings along life-size Okamiden statues


Sep 23
// Topher Cantler
Well, this was almost embarassing. Hamza over at Destructoid pointed out to me the latest post on Kramez's blog over at Capcom-Unity, featuring these lovely Okamiden statues. Which, as it turns out, are life-size statues and ...

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We all scream for Erick Scarecrow's Ice Cream Micci


Sep 22
// Topher Cantler
From the mind of Erick Scarecrow comes a pair of new limited edition exclusives, featuring none other than his Mousey Micci. You might remember Micci from the plush we reviewed recently, and now he's back in the form of two 6...
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OMG Halloween! Pumpkin-suited DokoDemo Issho prize Revoltechs


Sep 21
// Topher Cantler
This should be illegal. Blending the sheer awesome of DokoDemo Issho with the magic of Halloween, Taito has teamed up with Kaiyodo to produce these two Revoltech prize figures. We've got Toro and Kuro, not only wearing Jack O...
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The newest Yamashita beauty, Hatoori Kiriko, now available for preorder


Sep 08
// Topher Cantler
We talk a lot about oversaturation around here, but one thing I don't think I'll ever get tired of seeing is figures based on the art of Shunya Yamashita. Latest of these is Hatoori Kiriko here, from the media project Enka Ou...
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Not for eating: promo posters and CM for the new Vocaloid Puchi Nendoroids


Sep 08
// Topher Cantler
Good Smile Company wants me to choke to death. That's the only conclusion I can come to upon seeing the TV spot and these new promotional posters for their Vocaloid-themed set of Petit Nendoroids.  We often remark around...
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Get in the car: Nendoroid Magical Theia from Lucent Heart


Sep 06
// Topher Cantler
That's a lion. You know what to do. Mikatan's blog -- shower-offer of all things GSC -- has recently been updated with a peek at the company's latest Nendoroid, Theia. She hails from Gamania's MMORPG, Lucent heart,  and ...
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Revoltech hugeness: King Raoh and his bigass horse, Kokuoh-go


Aug 31
// Topher Cantler
Revoltechs come in many shapes and sizes, but this guy is ready to charge in and screw up the averages. Raoh here is part of Kaiyodo's series of Fist of the North Star Revoltechs, and comes poised atop his trusty steed, Kokuo...

Tomopop Review: Erick Scarecrow's Mousey Micci

Aug 29 // Topher Cantler
Those of you who know me are already aware that I'm a sucker for anything that manages to combine cute and dangerous in one package. Add to that the cudly factor, and you'll understand why Mousey Micci's appeal was instant. This guy comes in your choice of five colors, and the two we'll be checking out are Snow Attack and Pink Rage.  The Snow Attack Micci seems the calmer of the two, with blue eyes and accents.  The material he's made from is fuzzy and kind of bumpy ...  While the Pink Rage colorway is velvety and smooth. Both are equally soft and squishy, so it's up to you to decide which surface you prefer.   The eyes are solid quality embroidery, and also vary depending on colorway. You can see the tiny differences when the two are placed side by side. The Pink Rage version certainly seems the angrier of the pair. Both feature a dangle string poking from their little noggins, which is also of quality material and makes them suitable for hanging from just about anywhere. And they've got curleh mouse tails.   Great color choices on both, with the tails and feet matching the inner ears of the mouse suit to create a nice overall balance. FEETS.  My favorite part by far is the spooky eyes visible in the mouth of the suit. It's such a small detail, but makes for such a cool effect; stating that there's more to this character than what appears at first glance. The outer face of the suit looks very happy to be here, but who knows what the little dude on the inside is thinking.   Erick and ESC-Toy have ignited a great sense of imagination with just a tiny bit of yellow thread. Micci just wouldn't be the same without it, and having that seemingly small detail in place adds a tremendous amount of character and personality to this piece.  I do like 'em spooky.  Overall, just a rad little plushie. Seemingly simple, but with tiny details that make the character far cooler than the sum of its parts. These guys are 8" tall, and will run you a measly $15 each. They're being distributed by DKE Toys, so you can head over there to adopt one for yourself. Awesome quality to match an awesome little character. Tomopop highly approves and welcomes Mousey Micci to our humble planet. Check out the gallery for more photos.
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We're fans of Erick Scarecrow around here. We've seen him put a lot of awesome vinyl out there, and there's no question that the guy is talented. But how does that translate into plush? Rio brought us word a while back on his...

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Custom Delights: Black Rock Shooter ver. Hatsune Miku Nendoroid


Aug 25
// Topher Cantler
Listen up, Good Smile Company. Are you listening? Someone out there has taken it upon themselves to create a Black Rock Shooter Miku Nendoroid and I want one, too. Spotted over on 2chan, she looks to be the skillfully crafted...
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Mikatan gives us a peek at the new Vocaloid puchi Nendos


Aug 24
// Topher Cantler
Always willing to share, Mikatan is giving us a peek at Good Smile Company's upcoming collection of Vocaloid-themed Petit Nendoroids (remember these from Tokyo International Animwe Fair?). Alas, it might be the only vindicati...
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Win a (sort of) cuddly Lost Planet 2 plushie from Capcom


Aug 21
// Topher Cantler
The good folks at Capcom are looking for some ideas on a tagline for their upcoming multiplayer title, Lost Planet 2. As a reward for crafting the best one, they're offering up this much friendlier rendition of the game's sal...
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Nendoroid-sized papercraft dioramas are totally worth the effort


Aug 17
// Topher Cantler
Here's something for those of you who know how to have a little fun when it comes to displaying or photographing your toys. The contributing geniuses of engineering over at Paper Museum have a very impressive gallery of paper...
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Comiket 76: Tons of new Touhou project goodies on the way


Aug 14
// Topher Cantler
The Marisa Nendoroid we showed you earlier today wasn't the only Touhou-related item showcased at Comiket 76. It seems the project's franchises and characters have been snowballing in popularity as of late, with more figures ...
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Comiket 76: Nendoroid and Good Smile Company roundup


Aug 14
// Topher Cantler
Our good neighbors at Akiba Hobby have returned from Comiket 76 with a truckload of photo coverage, and it appears Good Smile Company was in full force this year. Among the new offerings they had on display was the above fina...
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Pop Culture Shock's Street Fighter collection continues with Ryu Vs Sagat


Aug 06
// Topher Cantler
Hot on the heels of their unforgettable Zangief that Brian showed us the other day, Pop Culture Shock is back to give us a look at the next piece in their Street Fighter collection: Ryu Vs Sagat. Standing at 18" tall, th...
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Free toy modding class with artist Lily Black at 1 AM Gallery in SF on 8/4/09


Aug 03
// Topher Cantler
Undoubtedly, one of the coolest parts of working at (or reading, for that matter) Tomopop is getting a look at all the incredible custom pieces out there. We see a lot of truly amazing stuff, and we're always on the lookout f...
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Tomopop gets a server upgrade this weekend, please pardon our dust


Jul 31
// Topher Cantler
It's not just any dust, it's magical pixie dust. It's the stuff we use to make the site faster. Better. Stronger. Capable of lifting heavy objects and growing chest hair at an alarming rate. We apologize, however, if you shou...
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A closer look at the Revoltech Gloomy Bear (but not too close)


Jul 15
// Topher Cantler
If you're like me, you'll agree that some of the coolest Revoltechs out there are the rounder, cuter characters that don't fall in with the usual killer robot crowd. Case in point, the upcoming Gloomy Bear, who achieves that ...
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Custom Delights: Appy's Boy and His Blob figure is not edible, but should be


Jul 14
// Topher Cantler
[As originally posted on Destructoid] Whether you realize it or not, you've seen Sculpey around these parts quite a few times before. But if you're still unfamiliar with the stuff, all you really need to know is that it's a b...

Tomopop Review: Nendoroid Itoshiki-sensei by Good Smile Company

May 12 // Topher Cantler
  The box, while standard Nendoroid fare by now, is appropriately colored to match Itoshiki's character, and maintains some semblance of masculinity with its browns and earthy colors.   Our man here comes fitted for his first day on the job, with his trademark red scarf and breifcase. The outfit is impressively done altogether, and it's evident that GSC is really getting good at this. It's easy to take the overall quality of the figure as a sign of more good things to come.   From the back, you can see the detachable piece of hair, which can be replaced with an alternate that features a hole through which his little noose can be threaded in the event life becomes a bit much for Itoshiki to handle. Because hey, some days a man just needs to f*cking hang himself.   Like the Yuki Nendoroid before him, Itoshiki's glasses fit into the front piece of his hair, and can be easily removed. You can see a bit of a scuff on his hair that is hopefully not featured on your own Itoshiki should you decide to order one. Not pretty, but it happens.   He includes two alternate faces, this one being my personal favorite.   His outfit is consistent with what's seen in the show, and really deserves another look. I'm not sure what it is about it that I like so much, but it's just impressive. Dignified. Scholarly.   His briefcase is fairly detailed as well, and it's appreciated that GSC opted to include an alternate hand that's permanently connected to its handle. It cuts out the annoyance of him dropping it all the time like Ryoko does with her knife.   He also includes a tiny folder, which can be tucked under his arm. Not so clean with the paint here, GSC. The white is kind of all over, but it doesn't take away from it too much. I just worry it'll send poor Itoshiki-sensei into ...   DESPAIR!!   "I'm in DESPAIR!! My reviewer is 30 years old and still drinks his coffee from a mug with kittens on it!"   I'm in DESPAIR! The extinction of Edison's magnificent phonograph has left me in DESPAIR!!   If I don't transplant these soon they won't come back next Spring!   I'm in DESPAIR! Someone ate all the brownie corners!   This cat's grumpy disposition has left me in DESPAIR!   A boring life as a result of boring tuna has left me in DESPAIR!!   I'll never finish eating these bananas before they go bad!   WTF, I JUST MOWED THIS SH*T 3 DAYS AGO!!   The Pillsbury Doughboy makes his living promoting dough-based bakeables, yet is himself made of dough!! I AM IN DESPAIR!!   Some days you can't blame the guy. I also wouldn't blame any of you for going out to pick Itoshiki-sensei up for yourself, as he's a great Nendoroid and fun to have around. Especially with that rope.
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With Spring upon us, the Japanese school year is now well underway, and there's a new Sensei in town, thanks to Good Smile Company. Itoshiki-sensei here comes to us as the latest in a (thankfully) growing line of boy Nendoroi...

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Damn you Japan: Kotobukiya's Comptiq-limited 1/8 Halloween Nooumi


Apr 05
// Topher Cantler
If you've ever held a copy of Japanese fandom magazine Comptiq in your hands, you are already aware of its two defining characteristics. For one, it's about five times too thick to carry around anywhere, and secondly, it's of...
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A closer look at D.C. II's Asakura in Nendoroid form, courtesy of GSC


Mar 25
// Topher Cantler
As per usual, Mika-tan can't resist showing off the lastest cuteness over at the GSC staff blog, and also as usual, not a single one of us is complaing. Today's morsel is the upcoming Asakura Nendoroid from D.C. II, who we ca...
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Fisher-Price celebrates 50 years of everyone's favorite Little People


Mar 22
// Topher Cantler
Nothing like a nostalgia-flavored punch in the face on a fine Sunday morning. Remember these guys? Of course you do. You had them, I had them, and if you didn't have them, it means your parents didn't love you. In fact, they ...

Tomopop Review: Phat! Company's School Life Nendoroid playsets

Mar 21 // Topher Cantler
  The School Life playsets are the first two in what now looks to be a rapidly growing line of products from Phat! Co. The boxes are more or less identical to each other, and should fit right in with the ones your Nendos came in. Many people might not care, but if you're a big collector you'll appreciate that the layout matches the standard in size and design.   Inside, you'll find that this was achieved by cramming ten tons of crap into a very tight space. Everything is packed close together with very little breathing room, and taped to death.    The floors and walls are individually wrapped, and you can see the dark prophecy of tape on the floor segment here. Get ready for that. It is my sincere hope that Phat! Company learned a thing or two about packaging (and how not to do it) from this first venture. The tiniest pieces in the set are left floating freely in the plastic packaging, so when opened, they pop out and fly all over the room like a true Nendoroid product. Anything that doesn't get a home in the plastic tray gets wrapped in a plastic bag and taped. And then taped again. And then again. It's almost like they wanted it to be waterproof. Here's a tip for next time, guys: If you've already put it in a plastic bag, then tucked it behind the parts tray, then put that whole deal into a box and sealed it, I don't think it's going anywhere. Unpacking these was not fun, and we will hereafter refer to the experience as TapeRape.   If you manage to survive the TapeRape™ ordeal, there's still the matter of putting it together. Luckily, this turns out to be a reasonably simple process, and aside from discerning which of those little clear tabs goes where, you're not going to need the instructions. The only part of either playset that actually needs to be assembled is the room itself, and it's as simple as inserting the tabs into their respective holes and then popping on the chalkboard and corkboards after you've got the walls up.   The only other work that stands between you and playtime is deciding which label you want to have on the drink box that each set includes. Playset A comes with either plain ol' boring regular milk or awesometastic strawberry milk, and set B gets either coffee or juice. Choose wisely, and then prepare your Nendo friends for their first day at school.   Set A includes a desk and chair, laptop, juice box, opened book, pen, chalk, eraser, sandwich and baseball bat. The front wall of the room holds a corkboard and half the chalkboard, and the left wall has a set of windows in it that can be washed by Nendoroids who are serving detention after class. They're pre-assembled out of clear plastic, and let plenty of light through so the room doesn't get too dark when you're displaying it. It should also be noted that the chalk doesn't actually work, and the writing you see on the chalkboard in the photos is shamelessly shooped.   Set B includes another desk and chair, this time with a full desktop PC. There's a tower, flatscreen monitor, keyboard, and even a tiny mouse. Evening things out are a closed book, pen, drink box, and another sammich. (I got the sandwiches and pens mixed up in the photos -- the big meaty hero and the black pen actually go with set A, while the triangle sandwich and red pen go with this set. Hey, the stuff is tiny and hard to keep track of.) The front wall is a mirrored version of set A's, and the right side wall has a sliding door with a window over it. The door actually slides, too, which is awesome. This also comes pre-assembled, so you don't have to snap anything together but the walls and floor themselves.   The two sets can be put together to form what is effectively half a room, with the chalkboards meeting in the middle. Each set comes with a few exra tabs to be inserted into the floor pieces for this purpose, as well as some alternate pieces for the corners that let you stack another playset on top to create a "second story" as it were. While this is a great idea, the holes are configured so that the rooms can only be assembled one way -- which means you can't stack set B on top of set A. I would have liked to have seen a little more versatility in that respect. It would have been cool if they'd put holes on all four sides of each piece, so that you could put 4 sets together to make a full room. Hell, put eight of them together and make a gymnasium, or make a big room with lots of windows. That would be expensive of course, but it sucks to know that if I strike it rich one day I still wouldn't be able to do it. But you take what you can get, and the playsets are still loads of fun with only two at a time.   Contrary to what some might expect, things can get a bit crowded in there. The playsets work best with only a couple of Nendoroids at a time -- I would recommend maybe two per playset at most. That is, unless you want to recreate a classroom mosh pit scene, in which case, by all means.   The room might not be quite as spacious as you'd like, but all of the furniture and doodads are perfectly sized, and work very well with any accessories that might have come with your Nendoroids. Asakura's bookbag hangs neatly on the desk hook above, and if you've got the alternate hands for your figures, they can hold any of the smaller items as well. Everything is custom-tailored for their use and enjoyment.   Some pieces can live in their natural habitat, such as the chalk here, but the eraser is too big for the ledge and is forced to go elsewhere. You'll get the best results if you're only using some of the pieces at a time rather than all of them -- a lunchtime scene, a reading scene, a computer scene, etc. Trying to fit everything in there at once and then tossing your Nendoroids into the mix usually makes for a mess, especially since heavy-headed Nendoroids are not exactly the most ... stable of figures.   I didn't put them like this on purpose, it happened naturally. If you're a Nendo collector, you already know that their favorite thing in the world is to fall over. They love it. It's like a sport. The only thing they like more than falling over is taking out everything around them as well. Take that into consideration, and be sure to place everybody carefully. Otherwise it makes for a lovely tornado simulator. On that note, while the playsets go together tightly enough that you can easily make some cool scenes, they're not something you'd want to pick up and move around as a whole. But when it comes to their intended purpose, they make an awesome setting for when you want to liven up your shelf with a nice display or take some fun photos.   It's a big day for Binchou-tan. Fans know how she's always dreamed of going to school with the other children, and today she'll finally get her chance.   Kaito's ready to get his learn on, too. All he needs now is the proper uniform.   At least Miku's on top of things. Looking marvelous, darling.   That's a nice effort, Kaito, but I think you're doing it wrong.   Haruhi even brought along her bat. She's all about those extra-curricular activities.   Now to help Binchou-tan find a uniform. I hear J-List carries them.   Eh ... I think the place Kaito got his might be a different kind of website. Probably best not to get caught browsing that during class. Poor Binchou is so innocent.   Looks like Hachune doesn't have one either, but that might be the least of her worries today.   After a hard morning's work, there's nothing like lunchtime. A chance to stretch your limbs and take a well-deserved break.   Maybe have something to eat, and daydream for a while.   Or think about what you'd like to be when you finally finish school.   Some students are hungrier than others. Is that how idols keep their figure?   It's also a great time to chat with friends. Or people who you think are your friends.   Mikuru is enjoying her favorite lunchtime beverage, strawberry milk.   The Hiragana reads "awesome."   Looks delicious. Got another one of those?   Ah, I see. You gave it to Haruhi, and she sure as hell isn't gonna share.   You know, that selfish attitude is no way to make new friends at school.   And you wonder why no one replies to your tweets.   But I suppose not everyone is here to make friends. Well, regardless of whether all of your Nendoroids get along with one another, Phat! Company's playsets are pretty awesome. The pieces are as pleasantly detailed as anything else that carries the Good Smile Company brand, and everything is scaled perfectly for your little friends. Figma collectors might also take these sets into consideration, as they work surprisingly well with those, too. Definitely worth the fun you can have with them, especially when priced at right around what another Nendoroid would cost you.
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Quite possibly, the greatest thing about Nendoroids is the way they pack tons of adorable personality into such a small figure. The downside of that, however, is that they've got so much personality that it almost seems crimi...

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Golgo 13 Figma heads up GSC news blowout from Tokyo International Anime Fair


Mar 18
// Topher Cantler
Pardon me, Good Smile Company. But is that a goddamned Duke Togo Figma? Because I know my Figmas, and I know my Golgo 13, and that looks like a goddamned Duke Togo Figma. You tell me, you're the ones spending the next four da...
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GSC offers a better look at the upcoming Priecia Nendoroid


Mar 16
// Topher Cantler
Not content with the damage they've already done to our wallets this month, Good Smile Company is preparing its next assault in the form of this Priecia Nendoroid from Prism Ark. Complete with Ruby Flash and inexplicably tiny...
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Never enough Miku: PSP's Project Diva to come bundled with Petit Nendoroid


Mar 14
// Topher Cantler
Alright, so maybe it's getting to be enough Miku. I'm not sure if you've heard the news, Japan, but we Americans aren't exactly sporting the deepest pockets as of late. Times are hard. And you're not helping. Dammit. Laughing...

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