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Spidey 2099, new Venom, and two other Pop!s coming exclusively to Walgreens photo
Spidey 2099, new Venom, and two other Pop!s coming exclusively to Walgreens
by Scarecroodle

It wasn't that long ago that I never had a reason to step foot inside a Walgreen's but, within the past year or so, the small pharmacy has managed to land exclusive after exclusive. The retailer's most recent coup is four of Funko's Marvel Pop!s: Spider-Man 2099, Venom, a black-suited Spider-Man, and the Punisher.

While the news had me at "Spidey 2099", I also find my eyes drawn to that Venom and his wickedly evil face (and claws!). Thoroughly impressed, I figured I'd see how he stacked up against the previous Pop! Venom(s) and... I couldn't find any. This *might* be the first-ever Pop! Venom, who easily numbers among the most popular Spidey rogues, and yet he's an exclusive for a marginal (as far as collectibles go) retailer. Say whaaaaaa?

Although it's not unusual for Funko to give retailers exclusive Pop!s (in fact, *most* retailers seem to get an exclusive Pop!), but usually it's just one or two items in a larger wave and they're often just variants of a character in that same wave (like a white-robed Raven). However, this crazy news is making Walgreens -- which also scored Hasbro exclusives -- suddenly seem relevant.

These figures are slated to release in January and hopefully won't be hard to find. Some of Walgreens' previously held exclusives were on its website (and as a pre-order, no less!) months and months before popping up at retail.

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Mega Drive Megatron gets a Genesis makeover  photo
Mega Drive Megatron gets a Genesis makeover
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Everyone's favorite video game-console-turned-killer-robot Mega Drive Megatron from Takara Tomy is getting a limited makeover. Soon Megatron will be getting redesigned as a Sega Genesis and come complete with a matching mini Sonic the Hedgehog cartridge. But despite the Sega Genesis primarily being sold in North America only, this is going to be a Japanese exclusive to the Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. shop and limited to only 1000 pieces. 

It's basically the same figure, but has had the the red replaced with purple which makes me wish this 'reformated' Mega Drive had a Galvatron head to match the new colors. Oh well, maybe they'll save that for a Saturn. Pre-orders are open now until January 8, though you'll have to get this through proxy from the Japanese store. He'll be seeing release in February which happens to also be the same month Playstation Optimus Prime is coming out. Coincidence? Probably not. 

Oh, but that's not all! As traditional for many of the Autobot and Decepticon leaders, Mega Drive Megatron will be receiving a super limited Lucky Draw gold (chrome) plated lottery figure. Famitsu is reporting that anyone in Japan that buys a copy of Sega 3D Reprint Archives for Nintendo 3DS and fills out a survey between December 18, 2014 and January 31, 2015 will get a shot at one of five of these beauties. Notice that instead of Sonic he'll come with a cart for Bare Knuckle, the Japanese version of Streets of Rage. Nice, but not something any of us are likely to see in any of our lifetimes. 

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BeeFy & Co.'s La Blues Lagoon Mari surfaces photo
BeeFy & Co.'s La Blues Lagoon Mari surfaces
by Brian Szabelski

Beefy and Co. have a new colorway of their Mari the Cuddlefish resin figure up for grabs: the La Blues Lagoon variant. As you can guess, it's a blue Mari, albeit with a rather toothy grin. He looks a little more angry than feeling the blues, if you ask me.

La Blues Lagoon Mari is limited to 125 pieces and is currently in the Beefy and Co. store for US$65 each.

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Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Sorceress photo
Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Sorceress
by Tianxiao Ma

Good Smile Company generally sticks to the popular properties (or pushes their own) when they make figures, but sometimes random partnerships happen and you get something way out of left field. This is probably why you're looking at a figure of the sorceress character class from the MMO Dragon Nest.

I don't have any particular fandom for the game itself because I just don't play MMOs. However I did find the character design cute enough that I asked for a review copy. Click through to see how the figure pans out!

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11:30 PM on 12.05.2014

Don't be fooled, this is an amazing custom Gundum kit

One of the most exciting things about this hobby is seeing others thinking outside the box. Sure, anyone can slap paint on a model kit, and some do an amazing job at it, but then you get pieces like this that are just too epi...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Tomopop Review: Max Factory's Mea Kurosaki photo
Tomopop Review: Max Factory's Mea Kurosaki
by Tianxiao Ma

Mea hails from To Love-Ru Darkness, and as you can probably tell, the manga has its fair share of ecchi elements. Before Mea, Max Factory has also made a 1/6-scale Momo Velia Deviluke from the same property. The two share a theme in terms of their frilly lingerie.

I loved the Momo figure when it came out, and HobbyLink Japan has generously hooked me up with the companion piece. Read on to find out if it's up to snuff - although you can probably guess the conclusion since this is Max Factory we're talking about.

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2:00 PM on 12.05.2014

Riot Games finally, finally opens League of Legends merch store

After a long, long wait, Riot Games have finally opened up an official merchandise store for League of Legends (and presumably, any other games they make), and no surprise: collectibles are a significant part of the offe...

Brian Szabelski

12:30 PM on 12.05.2014

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Autumn: Revolve

I'm completely unfamiliar with Revolve or most of the characters they had on display at their MehgaHobby Expo booth, but their painted figure of Chu Feng's Liu Li is stunning. Yes, she looks like a bee and that "stinger" of h...

Brian Szabelski

1:00 AM on 12.05.2014

Amiibo gets its first crazy auction buy with US$2,500 Samus

Some people say factory error figures are worthless. Be it a figure with screwy paint apps, the wrong backer card, or only one leg, the general consensus is that they're a nice novelty, but worth less than a normal carded fig...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



1:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Nemo shows off some new sculptwork

Nemo (a.k.a. Mike Mendez) has been a busy sculptor as of late, and yesterday, he posted on Facebook two new sculpts he's been working on. The first is a sculpt of a Krampus that will be made into a candle by Dead Hand Studios...

Brian Szabelski

8:00 PM on 12.03.2014

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Autumn: Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya's MegaHobby Expo 2014 Autumn offerings weren't too big on the new announcement side of things, but fans of Black Butler ~Book of Circus~ should be pleased. Not only were Sebastien and Ciel there, but so w...

Brian Szabelski

1:30 PM on 12.03.2014

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Autumn: Alter

I've been feeling lukewarm about Alter's showings at events lately, but that changed when I saw what they brought to MegaHobby Expo. There's still the usual bishoujo/bishounen figures I don't really care for, but there were a...

Tianxiao Ma