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8:00 AM on 03.17.2015

Lechery unveils their prototype of a big bad wolf

Lechery's a manufacturer that puts out a lot of original character designs - some are ero, some are less so. Recently they've been making figures based on fairy tale characters, which is where this Ookami-san design comes in....

Tianxiao Ma

4:00 PM on 03.16.2015

Not so abominable! Matty unveils King Chooblah

Have you signed up for Club 200x yet? Matty Collector has unveiled a prototype for the FIFTH figure in the limited 6-figure club, King Chooblah. Despite having never seen the 2002 Masters of the Universe, I've found many of t...

Scarecroodle

11:00 AM on 03.15.2015

Star Wars fan takes speeder bike to new heights

A Star Wars fan named Adam Woodsworth has taken the Speeder Bike sequence from Return of the Jedi and brought it to life! Combining a Power of the Force Speeder bike from Hasbro and some quadcopter technology, Adam created a...

Soul Tsukino



Ice to meet you: Introducing the new batch of editors photo
Ice to meet you: Introducing the new batch of editors
by Scarecroodle

If you're anything like me, you may have suddenly noticed an influx of Tomopop editors. It's like, who are these people? Where did they come from? Who do they work for? (Oh, right, us.)

Having learned our lesson from previous recruitment drives, we here at Tomopop can confirm that these writers are actual humans and not a group of squirrels in a trenchcoat pretending to be a man (Fool us once, squirrels, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us). And now that we have all of that convention craziness out of the way, it's finally time to introduce the newest additions to #TeamTomopop.

So let's give a warm welcome to... the new guys! (and gals!). Introductions after the jump.

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2:25 AM on 03.13.2015

Expelled from Paradise's Angela Balzac from Alphamax

Expelled from Paradise is a big deal anime film release from this past December, so I haven't had a chance to see it (even if Aniplex was kind enough to screen it in America, I don't live in a city large enough to warrant exh...

Oansun

1:30 AM on 03.13.2015

Masterpiece Tracks gets better pictures, price, and date

More photos bring more excitement as the latest addition to Takara Tomy's Transformers Masterpiece line finally enters the pre-order stage. You might remember the first colored preview we got just last week and we're already ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Threezero prepares two CHAPPiE figures for pre-order next week photo
Threezero prepares two CHAPPiE figures for pre-order next week
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

You know what's a fun movie about a war machine that takes on a life of its own with a child-like innocence? Short Circuit, not CHAPPiE. What CHAPPiE was is a fascinating movie about the moral dilemmas of creating artificial life and how we'll be responsible for how that life turns out. I loved the movie, but I really wish it had gone further to show how Chappie's life impacted society and what the reaction to his existence was. You get a glimps of that in the beginning, but it quickly falls to the wayside of the movie's present without much exploration. If you saw the movie then you know the moral questions it raised went well beyond just creating an artificial life, but I suppose there wasn't enough time to explore everything with a single movie. CHAPPiE 2 perhaps?

Whatever the case at least we're getting great looking figures.

Threezero is no stranger to super cool robot figures, though typically they're of the larger than life variety. Essentially their 1/6 scale, 12 inch tall Chappie figures aren't made any differently from their large scale figures, but it's nice to see that technology used in a human-sized figure for a change. In most cases you would want to hide the joints as much as possible, but for these guys the more exposed the better. I love the looks of the shoulders, the way the body bends and twists, the shifting of his hips, and are those articulated fingers? This is my idea of a beautiful figure! Plus he has LED lights for eyes just like in the movie that you can change the expression of.

The two figures feature some very distinct differences. First you've got the original Chappie with lots of battle damage and weathering. This was Chappie at his most child like in this developmental stage so I don't know if the included AKS-74 was a great fit. I'd rather he came with something a little more fitting like his black sheep book and doll. I wonder Threezero's designers had seen the movie before making this figure? More true to form is the "gangsta" Chappie we get from around the half way point of the story. This version features an orange arm, Die Antwoord graffiti, and lots of bling. The added gold makes me wish the standard Chappie came with the children's stuff all the more, but at least the gun now feels like a better fit.

Both versions will be available for preorder on March 16 at 9:00am HKT (effectively March 15 at 9:00pm EST). The regular Chappie will be available everywhere, but the gangsta version will only be available only at the Threezero store next week. Both are priced at US$230, but no release date has been given just yet. There's still something like three more uses they could get out of this body type going from the very beginning of the movie to the very end. Will they get to all of them? Time will tell. And what about the Moose, I can't believe Threezero wouldn't make one of those even if it were out of scale?

Check out the gallery because Threezero couldn't restrain themselves in taking pictures of these two!

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1:00 PM on 03.12.2015

2015 Good Smile Racing sponsor tiers revealed

Good Smile Racing have revealed the sponsorship tiers for their 2015 season, with every tier getting access to the new Racing Miku Nendoroid. I'm not quite sure why she's a knight now, apparently, but hey, it's still a better...

Brian Szabelski



Disney fights spill into the Mystery Minis line with a Heroes vs Villains series photo
Disney fights spill into the Mystery Minis line with a Heroes vs Villains series
by Scarecroodle

Good and evil is a never-ending black & white struggle in Disney movies and, to apparently commemorate that struggle, Funko has a Mystery Minis series devoted to some of Disney's most iconic heroes and villains.

The series (which we saw at NY Toy Fair 2015) features Ursula and Ariel (The Little Mermaid), a snow monster Marshmallow and Anna (Frozen; which still need to see), Captain Hook and Peter Pan (Peter Pan), Jafar and Jasmine (Aladdin; why they couldn't just do Aladdin himself is beyond me), Hopper and Heimlich (A Bug's Life, which I saw but still needed to Google to remember who these guys were; I did think Antz was better, though), and finally Captain Gantu and Stitch (Lilo & Stitch, which I never saw).

The rivalries seen here are somewhat interesting. Ursula (being one of Disney's big 3 or 4 villains) and Ariel was something of a no-brainer. Jafar, of course, ranks right up there with Ursula (but I *STILL* don't understand picking Jasmine over Aladdin or even Genie). However, there's ALREADY a Frozen Mystery Minis series at retail now which makes those two a little redundant and I can't imagine A Bug's Life having the same prestige as a lot of other series (such a grown Simba vs Scar from The Lion King, for instance).

The figures themselves are... different. The sculpting is solid as usual, but each character has a slanted eye effect which I'm assuming is them giving their opponents the evil eye. Ariel, for whatever reason, breaks this trend because she's actually looking away (although I love her huffy expression).

For most of these characters, this is their first time in the Mystery Minis line. The exceptions are the Frozen characters (which, again, are STILL at retail right now. Yes, I know Frozen is popular, but this is overkill!), Ariel (who had 3 figures in the Hot Topic exclusive version of Disney series 2), and Stitch (who appeared in Disney series 1 which opted for a different style).

The figures are individually blind-boxed with an equal 1/12 rarity (and, with any luck, I'll get the Ursula and Ariel... and maybe also Jafar). The series is slated to release in April and I'm curious as to whether it may have a Hot Topic version as well.

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2:00 AM on 03.12.2015

ABC's of Death 2 features a wicked toy commercial parody

ABC's of Death 2 is finally available via Netflix Instant (streaming service), meaning that I've finally been able to watch the sequel to the bizarre 26-story anthology. Thankfully it's FAR better than its predecessor and eve...

Scarecroodle



Matty unveils MOTUC Queen Grayskull photo
Matty unveils MOTUC Queen Grayskull
by Scarecroodle

Matty Collector has unveiled its Masters of the Universe Classics Queen Grayskull, the fourth figure shown thus far for the 6-figure "Club 200x" subscription.

Queen Grayskull is the wife of King Greyskull and was apparently the first Sorceress in the 2002 series (which makes her a character from the very distant past). I'm a little surprised at the way the figure was handled, as the torso joint lines up so nicely between the armored and body portions. A lot of the sculpting/deco looks surprisingly good as well, despite recycling a piece here and there. I'm not entirely fond of the wings but I assume it's accurate to the cartoon (which I have yet to see).

All things considered, the selection for this mini-club is starting to look cooler than some full-year clubs.

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Get in the game with the NES Gremlins 2 Mohawk photo
Get in the game with the NES Gremlins 2 Mohawk
by Scarecroodle

NECA recently released some official product images for its upcoming Gremlins 2: The New Batch video game Mohawk. The most amusing of this images puts the figure in the game itself.

Fans may recall that the 1990 video game was an okay cash-in on a beloved sequel. Unlike the Gameboy version, the NES game was actually fun. While I'm basically guaranteed to pick this figure up, I still wish that we were getting the Machine Gun Mohawk in his original colors because, as I mentioned in the Toy Fair coverage, this is a repaint of a figure that was never released.

That said, there's a certain amount of nostalgia involved for me with these one as I think I might even still own my original cartridge. It's especially relevant given the game-themed packaging which I imagine I would probably wind up saving.

NECA's Mohawk is slated for a July release and will run you around US$20.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth ]

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