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WonFest 2017 Winter

Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Video Game Garage Kits (Part 2)


Granblue X Streetfighter!
Feb 25
// Chris Seto
I'm not really a fan of Granblue Fantasy but credit where credit is due, the Collaboration figure between Granblue Fantasy and Streetfighter 2 looks pretty damn great, with (I think) Djeeta cosplaying Chun Li! What's more ama...
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WonFest 2017 Winter

Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Anime Garage Kits (Part 3)


Lots of new faces
Feb 25
// Chris Seto
We're reaching the end of our Winter wonder festival coverage and we're wrapping up the coverage of the anime kits with a number of more recent characters. I don't think any of us expected kits from Drifters but here we are w...
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WonFest 2017 Winter

Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Rhythm game Garage Kits


Are you ready? I'm Lady
Feb 24
// Chris Seto
I thought I'd try something a little different and combine the rhythm game figures into their own gallery so they don't bloat out the other video game kit galleries. So here, you will find the idolm@ster and Vocaloid kits. A ...
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WonFest 2017 Winter

Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): KanColle Garage Kits


Admire-al! It's Warspite!
Feb 24
// Chris Seto
Regardless of the resurgence of Fate kits, it's safe to say that the KanColle juggernaut is showing no sign of slowing down. Warspite makes her WF debut this time around (Rule Britannia!!) and, as always, the Abyssal units ar...
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WonFest 2017 Winter

Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Fate Garage Kits


Year of Fate indeed!
Feb 24
// Chris Seto
Well, a lot of people took it unto themselves to make sure the "year of fate" definitely came to pass. And with Fate/Grand Order, there no shortage of characters to choose as a subject! While I think Granblue Fantasy still ed...
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WonFest 2017 Winter

Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Anime Garage Kits (Part 2)


is a 2011 Anime considered old now?
Feb 24
// Chris Seto
One of the best things about the figures seen in the dealer area is that you can find some kits from titles which have been all but forgotten now, particularly from older shows. And you can also find some seriously new charac...
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WonFest 2017 Winter

Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Misc Garage Kits (Part 1)


is that... Harambe?
Feb 23
// Chris Seto
And now, we get the the miscellaneous gallery, where I put the original kits, ones I was not able to identify or just simply didn't fit into one of the other galleries. I mean, where DO you put kits of characters from eroge? ...
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WonFest 2017 Winter

Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Video Game Garage Kits (Part 1)


Glorious
Feb 23
// Chris Seto
Isn't she beautiful? I have no qualms with professing my affections for my favourite characters. Sitting on the throne at the top is Sheryl Nome but coming up behind her is KOS-MOS and this bust of the android is just stunnin...
WonFest 2017 Winter photo
WonFest 2017 Winter

Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Anime Garage Kits (Part 1)


Blue Demon Takeover!
Feb 23
// Chris Seto
And so, after a short break while we gathered info and sorted photos, we now return to our wonder festival coverage and we begin as we always do with a gallery to anime garage kits. As you can probably tell, in a move that sh...
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Figures from Good Smile Company and more
There were some intriguing Nendoroid and figma announcements at Wonder Festival but the scale figure previews weren't as interesting. Under the Wonderful Hobby Life For You banner, Good Smile Company and associated groups sho...

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WonFest 2017 Winter

Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Megahouse


Steady as she goes
Feb 20
// Chris Seto
Megahouse seem to be pretty happy to rest on its established lines and not really rocking their boat and I'm sure that's fine for many. Wonder Festival showed us more P.O.P figures and some other figures based on popular Jump...
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WonFest 2017 Winter

Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Native


LOL Japan
Feb 20
// Chris Seto
Normally, here at Tomopop, we tend to avoid the 100% NSFW coverage, which I feel is a shame because there are some really REALLY good Ero figures out there which look classy without going too far into the realm of lewd but I ...
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WonFest 2017 Winter

Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Hobby Japan


What more needs to be said?
Feb 20
// Chris Seto
Just look at the banner! Just look at it!! Bathe in the awesomeness that is the final scene between X and zero in Megaman X! Done enough? Then check out the figure of Yuzuruha who, sadly was a bit too NSFW to get onto the banner. Still a very sexy figure though! Oh yeah, there's also an Ann figure from persona 5. Now, Back to Yuzuruha!!   [via moeyo]
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WonFest 2017 Winter

Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Flare


So Nier yet so far
Feb 20
// Chris Seto
Since their resurrection and rebranding from the Yamato name, Flare has been keeping pretty low key on their releases, slowly building up their catalogue with some interesting figures and that trend is set to continue.  ...
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Gaming licenses and a few classics
By my estimates there were about 17 million Nendoroids announced/shown at WonFes. The figma announcements were not as numerous but there were still some juicy ones. Just as with Nendoroids, the figma lineup has diversified ou...

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WonFest 2017 Winter

Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Kotobukiya mecha


the money pit
Feb 19
// Chris Seto
Kotobukiya clearly knew that they were sitting on a money pit when they released the first Frame Arms: Girl since they seem to be pushing more of them out at the expense of the others, including the original Frame Arms line, ...
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WonFest 2017 Winter

Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Kotobukiya Figures


The Big Leagues
Feb 19
// Chris Seto
Kotobukiya were the first company to have a proper focus on the western markets and took steps to license western titles for their figures and so they have an interesting mix of figures from anime and also western movies and ...
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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Aquamarine


Let's Rock!
Feb 19
// Chris Seto
At the last Wonder Festival, Aquamarine teased us with placeholders and a prototype of Jack-O and kuradoberi Jam from Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator and now, we get to see them in all their glory! I have to admit that I'm a little...
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Start saving now
I think any responsible financial planner would take Wonder Festival into account (well, provided they collect figures). I mean, look at all this stuff! This is real stuff that is coming! I'm not the biggest Nendoroid collect...

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Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Volks


More Mecha Musume!
Feb 19
// Chris Seto
Mecha Musume have definitely had a rather large resurgence as of late. After the retirement of Busou Shinki, we didn't get much until Bandai introduced the AGP line with the gundam girls, after that, Kotobukiya ran away with ...
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Wonder Festival 2017

Wonder Festival 2017 (Winter): Alter


Grand Designs?
Feb 19
// Chris Seto
Is it that time already? Better get comfortable as the big japanese figure makers are setting up their show of intent for the next six months. In case you didn't get the memo, 2017 is the year of Fate and even the figure make...
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Wishing I was there
Diamond Select Toys has released preview images and information for the products which it will have on display at Toy Fair in NYC this weekend. It's a LOT of information (just see all of the photos in the gallery!) but highli...

How HBO saved Valentine's Day (A gift guide)

Feb 09 // Scarecroodle
How deep is your love? Is it a deep bond between souls or is it more of a puppy love? Either way, you'll love these direwolf puppies... err, cubs.  Summer, Shaggy Dog, Grey Wind, and Lady are all available as adorable 9-inch plushies. Can't choose between them? Why not buy all four? (Oh, right, money...) Perhaps equally eye-catching is this Drogon plush, which would look equally at home on a shelf, couch, or spewing flames on a fleet of ships. He stands 8-inches tall with a 14-inch wingspan. The HBO Store also carries a lot of Funko collectibles, including this Pop! Rides Dany on Drogon. And yes, they somehow still have series 1 Game of Thrones Mystery Minis if you missed grabbing them when they came out. Do you like Funko but are indifferent about Game of Thrones? How about a Pop! John Oliver? The star of Last Week Tonight (and guy who replaced Jon Stewart on the Daily Show for an entire summer) is ready to bring his British wit and self-deprecating sense of humor to your shelves (or your partner's, but honestly, you're going to want to keep this one for yourself). At any rate, you'll be surprised by the stuff you find at the HBO Store (I know I was). Some things make for very practical gifts (after all, who doesn't love a plushie?) while other things are impractical (but that just makes it more of a surprise, right?). And yes, the HBO store also has conventional gift ideas like mugs, shirts, shot glasses, and even jewelry, if you feel like being boring. [ Check out everything at the HBO Store ]
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(Or might save it. Who knows?)
Hey guys & gals, it's just five more days until Valentine's Day. Have you bought anything nice for your partner? (Or for yourself?) If you're sick of giving jewelry (and who isn't?), maybe it's time to head over to the HBO Store to check out their wide array of... okay, well, it's mostly a lot of Game of Thrones stuff. But it's neat stuff! Honest! Check out the full gift guide after the jump.

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Ladies (and Bats) Night
Diamond Select Toys has an array of outstanding collectibles on the way to a comic book (or specialty) store near you. These items -- likely available right now as you're reading this -- are as follows:   (US$150 MSRP) ...

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He's crazy for you.. and also just crazy
Last month, Kotobukiya unveiled and opened pre-orders for an absolutely insane-looking ArtFX+ Carnage guaranteed to drive fans crazy. This stunning 1/10 scale figure stands over 7-inches tall and captures the villain's look i...

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Exclusives

Walgreens picked up another exclusive Marvel Minimates series


Now, not when you feel like it!
Jan 14
// Scarecroodle
Walgreens has nabbed yet another exclusive wave of Marvel Minimates, adding Marvel Minimates Series 4 to its already sizable selection of exclusives. In addition, the previously announced Marvel Animated Minimates Series 3 is...
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Oh, Kidrobot, you so cray(on) cray!
Kidrobot seems to involve itself in some unusual pairings. In fact, one of the things I love about the company is that you never seem to know what's coming next. Case-in-point? Kidrobot has teamed up with Crayola (that's righ...

Tomopop Review: DC Bishoujo Wonder Girl by Kotobukiya

Dec 24 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: DC Comics Bishoujo Wonder GirlFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail Price: $74.99Available at: Kotobukiya Online Store  This particular Wonder Girl design (as always, created by Shunya Yamashita) is based on the Cassandra Sandsmark character of the classic DC universe - i.e. not from The New 52. Yamashita's take on the character is faithful to the design in the comics. The sculpt ages her up a bit compared to the illustration, making this a straightforward interpretation of Wonder Girl. Wonder Girl's Lasso of Lightning is included. It's made of plastic and painted in metallic gold. I don't find it very convincing close up, but it looks okay from a distance. As you might have deduced from the design of the figure, the setup process is pretty easy. The only thing you have to do is attach the lasso to the hands. The fit there isn't especially precise but hey, you only have to do it once. One feature I couldn't figure out is why she can be pulled apart at the hips. Could there perhaps be a variant edition in the works with swappable parts? The figure comes already attached to the base for even more convenience. It's painted in a metallic red to match the red star motif on her pants and bracers. I'm a huge fan of anything-but-a-circular-disc for bases, so I like the star shape here. I like this sculpt more the more I look at it. Wonder Girl has the bent spine, chest-and-butt-emphasizing pose that's common for female comic book characters. Fortunately Kotobukiya did a great job on her body overall (yes, her butt too). If you look closely you can see some muscle definition on her arms and thighs. There's a nice mix of power and sexiness, enhanced by the strategically exposed midriff. Wonder Girl's pants of choice are a pair of jeans. These have been sculpted with a bit of texture. I don't think it looks like real denim, but it looks better than a flat blue would have. The Bishoujo brand started as a line of budget-priced figures, and as such the manufacturing quality used to be just adequate. Nowadays it's tough to find anything to nitpick about it. Her face is clean, her eye decals are crisp, and her hair is finely sculpted and shaded. There were no flaws to speak of. That's pretty impressive considering these are still priced lower than comparable 1/8-scale figures, and that my macro lens tends to magnify the slightest imperfections. Though I have no attachment to the character, I did enjoy photographing and reviewing Bishoujo Wonder Girl. I find myself drawn to figures born from simple concepts that are executed well. This quality, as well as the distinctly pretty face, made me think of Max Factory's Kaori Miyazono as a comparison. Both are unassuming, yet still photogenic and would fit well on almost any shelf. I have plenty more of Wonder Girl in the gallery below. And if you dig Kotobukiya stuff, head on over to their Facebook page for more. [ Thanks to Kotobukiya for the review sample! ]
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The power of Zeus compels you
In just a few short years, Kotobukiya's Bishoujo line has evolved to cover properties from all kinds of entertainment media including games and film. But the brand began with comic book characters, and here we return to its roots with Wonder Girl. I have lots and lots of Bishoujo figures in my collection, yet I couldn't resist adding one more. Read on for my thoughts and review!

Tomopop Review: Cu-poche Friends Alice by Kotobukiya

Dec 23 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Cu-poche Friends AliceFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail Price: $49.99Available at: Kotobukiya Online Store Alice is the fourth Cu-poche Friends figure, joining Anne, Cherie, and Belle. While the others have more modern looking outfits, Alice has a dress that would be more at home in Victorian England. Here you can see all the accessories she comes with. Not pictured is a plastic baggie meant to hold extra parts. I've always appreciated this inclusion with figmas, and am glad that Kotobukiya decided to include one as well. You also get some nice general-purpose hand parts, but unfortunately no extra face parts. I don't have another Cu-poche so I won't be able to go over the face swapping, but it should work pretty much the same as with any other figure. One unique thing about the Cu-poche line is the use of real fabric for clothing. Each of the Cu-poche Friends figures have this (regular Cu-poches are plastic), and you can buy additional fabric outfits separately. This is standard in the world of ball-jointed dolls and 1/6-scale figures, but pretty rare for smaller poseable figures. For Alice, you need to put on her leggings, petticoat, apron, and shoes. None of it was super fussy; just remember to unbutton the apron in the back to get the arms in. There are two headbands included: one with a ribbon, and one with rabbit ears. I like the whimsical touch and the nods to Alice in Wonderland. Her watch pendant is of course a literary reference, but I also like to think of it as a Flavor Flav reference. You can also see in the above shot that Alice's feet have magnets on them (her bare feet and shoes are all magnetized). This feature is meant to provide extra stability if you're using her base. Due to the weight of her hair, I found that she does need to be propped up in some poses. Although you get a good amount of articulation with Cu-poches, the trade-off is that the joints are highly visible. In Alice's case her outfit covers most of them (without really impeding the movement, which is nice). As for the articulation itself, I found it very well executed. For Alice, the range of movement is reduced by her hair. The shoulder joints can rotate quite a bit, and her leg joints bend enough to where she can get into a sitting pose. The wrist and head articulation are the same as what you'd get on a Nendoroid. Speaking of Nendoroids, here's a size comparison with Nendoroid Kuroneko. Alice is significantly taller due to her body proportions. I think in most cases they'll look fine together. If not you can go the extra mile of swapping their heads. Another comparable figure line is Phat Company's Parfom brand, of which there are only a few figures released. Parfoms are much taller with more slender limbs, so they don't mesh as well with Cu-poche figures. Since this was my first Cu-poche figure, I wasn't sure what to expect. Alice did win me over in many categories. The fabric clothing is great as long as you tuck away some of the seams (and don't spill anything on them). I like the articulation and feel of the joints. Most of all, I like that they don't feel as loose and fiddly as Nendoroids do. As much as I like Nendoroids, they can be annoying in that the parts don't always fit well and can drop off easily. Still, I imagine the biggest point of contention for many will be the way they look. Cu-poches don't quite match the chibi proportions of Nendoroids, and the joints on some of them can be rather intrusive. They're not bad in Alice's case but other Cu-poches may not fare as well. I think Alice will appeal mostly to collectors like me, who enjoy using these figures to tell stories in images - or maybe to folks who just like cute stuff. Given the great build quality and competitive price, it's definitely worth looking at other figures in the line too. Be sure to click through the gallery below for the full photo set. And if you want to stay up to date on Kotobukiya's releases, give their Facebook page a like! [ Thanks to Kotobukiya for the review sample! ]
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Going down the Cu-poche rabbit hole
Toy collectors have a ton of choices when it comes to small, chibi-fied collectibles. From gachapon capsules to Nendoroids, they'll always be popular due to their accessibility and affordability. It's no surprise, then, that ...

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Who doesn't want a DCAU Scarecrow bust?
Still hunting for last minute gifts? (If so, why'd you wait so long?) Diamond Select Toys has the perfect items for those of you who might be in last-second panic mode while looking for the collector in your lives. (Or gifts ...


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