Nendoroid Ooyodo photo
The assistant to the secretary ship!
[ Update: Pre-order info added ] Relaying orders to the fleet, handling communications, giving mission briefings, and occasionally getting glomped by Kongou - these are all part of Ooyodo's everyday life. Doesn't that make he...

Sailor Moon Dolls photo
Sailor Moon Dolls

It's almost time for Sailor Pluto and Luna fashion dolls

Time IS on your side
Aug 17
// Soul Tsukino
The fine folks over at Groove are making your Sailor Moon collection look even better with their Pullip series Sailor Pluto and human Luna dolls. Both dolls are 37 x 20.5 x 11 cm in size and are fully articulated. They c...
Plush photo
Do you cuddle with them or eat them?
After a slight delay, Inki-Drop's Saltwater Sweeties Kickstarter campaign is currently underway and will run until September 7th. The campaign seeks to raise US$26,000 to fund the creation of three food-themed animal plushies...

Naruto S.H. Figuarts photo
And perhaps the best so far
After three fairly "meh" figures from the Naruto Shippuden S.H. Figuarts series (Naruto, Sasuke, and Kakashi) they appear to have finally hit their mark. The fourth figure in the series, the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, ha...

Sunken World photo
Sunken World

Sunken World set to release first toy, Maneki Neko

Who said black cats were bad luck?
Aug 13
// Vanessa Cubillo
Montreal artist and designer, Max Charlton recently launched a new brand called Sunken  World. Now Sunken World is releasing their very first toy called Maneki Neko, Black Edition. This resin figure shows a cute, happy, ...
Disney photo
Christmas in October
Slated to come out BEFORE Christmas, Funko has an array of Nightmare Before Christmas collectibles, a selection which notably includes TWO versions of Jack's Pumpking King costume. The first of the new items are two Pop!s, on...

Crummy Gummy photo
Crummy Gummy

Crummy Gummy shows us the four faces of a gummy bear

Look at the gummy face of death
Aug 12
// Vanessa Cubillo
Artist, Crummy Gummy is still out there making his cute resin bear figures. They always look delicious to me, but of course I can't eat them! His latest figure is called "Four Faced Gummy Bear" Raven edition. Instead of a ful...

Tomopop Review: Nendoroid Mako Fight Club Spec Two Star Goku Uniform Ver.

Aug 12 // Martin Siggers
Figure Name: Nendoroid Mako Mankanshoku Fight Club Spec Two Star Goku Uniform Ver.Figure Maker: Good Smile CompanyRetail Price: ¥4,167Available at: N/A Packaging wise, Mako is very much just another Nendoroid, even keeping the distinctive black and yellow aesthetic that all of the Kill la Kill Nendoroids. On the one hand I kind of like it that GSC doesn't make a big song and dance out of the exclusive variants - they even retain a standard number in the lineup. On the other, a little something to indicate that this Mako is a little special would be nice. Perhaps just a little flash in the corner? Regardless, this is a Nendoroid box, which means it's sturdy, smart and informative without being particularly interesting or spectacular. Out of the box, Mako is immediately striking, largely due to that distinctive overcoat. It not only provides a really nice contrast to the blue and white of her uniform, but gives the figure a lot more width than a standard Nendoroid. Combined with the big chunky hat, the net effect is of a figure which feels much bigger than is standard for the line, even though that's not actually the case. Looking from behind gives us a few more details of the coat/cape. You can see that it's hinged at the shoulder blades, a very welcome touch as it allows the coat to fit around Mako's shoulders much more easily than a single piece of plastic would. There's also jointing on the arms of the coat at the shoulders and elbows, and the overall result is a surprisingly poseable accessory. There's no clip or peg to fix the coat to Mako, it simply slips over the shoulders and is held in place by the head. However, Mako's stand does include an extra long extension peg which fits straight through the coat and into her back, and this helps hold the coat more firmly in place as a consequence.  As it is in the show, Mako's coat is lined with golden weapons, all reproduced here in loving detail. Note that they aren't removable, but are instead moulded into the surface. Nonetheless, it's a bravura touch which helps lift the overally impression of the cape as well as reinforcing GSC's attention to detail. Mako comes with quite a few different accessories, the first of which are the iconic folded arms used in many, many Studio Gainax productions, and clearly inherited by Kill la Kill's production house Trigger (which is largely made up of ex-Gainax employees). It's also worth pointing out at this stage that Mako's hat doesn't pin to her head, but instead simply sits on top like a real hat would. This means that not only can you cock it at a jaunty angle as I've done here, but that it'll fit any Nendoroid with a relatively smooth head. It wouldn't be much of a fight club without weapons, and to that end Mako comes with both a nasty looking spiked bat and her self-promoting knuckle duster. The bat fits smoothly into an alternative hand part while the knuckle duster just clips on over the existing fist part. Again, some terrific fine detail work by the sculptors over at GSC. Including the piece of grass Mako chews on (in iconic bancho style) is a nice touch, but I wish they'd moulded it as a permanent part of this face. As it is it's a tiny plug-in part and given that the grass strand is made of soft, bendy plastic, it can be incredibly frustrating to fit.  Throwing up the cutesy V signs might seem a little out of place for this figure, but it looks rather good regardless, courtesy of a pair of lower arm replacement parts. Mako's second included face is this sad face, which pairs up wonderfully with the unique 'huge gloopy tears' accessory. That's what I call it and I'm sticking to it. The tear part actually snaps onto the lower part of the face and round the neck peg, making it surprisingly secure. It's so precisely moulded to this face though that I'm uncertain if it'd work on any other Nendoroid. You get not one but two tear-related accessories with Mako, the other being this enormous fountain of tears designed to recreate the goofiness of an animated breakdown. I'm much more ambivalent on this one - it's a great idea and a pretty funny one-time visual gag, but it's big and fiddly and pretty much a one-joke item. I will note that GSC were smart enough to make the tears high enough to line up with Mako's eyes when she's on her stand. Naturally, if you own 'regular' Nendoroid Mako there's an awful lot of fun to be had swapping parts and expressions between the two. Fight Club Mako even has the small unique piece of moulding in her hairpiece that allows the sleep bubble from regular Mako to be attached, so it certainly seems this is a case of straight mould reuse. Overall, I'd say Nendoroid Mako is pretty much the platonic ideal of what a WonFes exclusive should be. She's definitely not essential by any means, especially considering a cheaper, more readily available version of Mako is out there with arguably superior acessories. But she is a lovely little extra for those who love the series, and a great treat for those who do go that extra mile to get hold of her. Keep your eyes on those convention booths! With many thanks to Good Smile Europe's Maritan, who was hugely helpful in getting hold of Mako for review.
Fight Club Mako photo
Packing a Punch
In the past few years, Good Smile Company has generally become much better about the way it does Wonder Festival exclusive figures. They're now available from the GSC website as well as cons around the world, and the company ...

Batman photo
Pocket the rainbow
Funko has "shrunk" rainbow Batman for its Pocket Pop! keychain line. The world's greatest detective (not named Sherlock Holmes) will be available in the same six colors as the Entertainment Earth-exclusive Pop! line. Fans of ...

Horror photo
Do ghosts get vacuumed up with a pop?
Guillermo del Toro's upcoming horror film Crimson Peak isn't going to hit theaters until October 16, but horror collectibles fans won't have to wait that long for the film's merchandise as Funko plans to release three Po...

Target photo

Target announces its eliminating gender based signage

Retailer to phase out gender singage
Aug 09
// Soul Tsukino
In a statement on its corporate website, retailer Target announced that it will be moving away from gender-based signs in its stores. In the statement Target specifically mentioned that the Toys section will no longer be labe...
Plush photo
A tasty new campaign is on the way
Fans of sea creatures and food may be excited to hear about Inki-Drop's upcoming Kickstarter which will feature three food-styled animal plushies. The line-up includes the Mint Chocoturtle (a mint chocolate chip ice cream san...

My Little Pony photo
In fact, maybe even more adorable?
We Love Fine has an array of cute My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic chibis on the way. The seven ponies can be pre-ordered individually for US$15 each or in a set that also includes an exclusive Discord. The line-up consist...

DST photo
If you're the wallet-shaking type
Diamond Select Toys has announced that a number of its superheroic and not-so-heroic collectibles will be hitting stores this week. The new releases include THREE Marvel Cinematic Universe (ie, movie) Marvel Select figures: A...

Premium Digimon photo
Premium Digimon

Premium Bandai gives you the tools to lead the Digidestined

Be the next goggle-head
Aug 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Digimon is 15 years old and Premium Bandai knows how to celebrate! They could just do a bunch of figures and models and call it a day, but that wouldn't be enough. Instead they're doing a bunch of figures, a model, a cool Dig...

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 3)

*drops the mic*
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
That's it, I'm done. If you want an image which pretty much explains what kind of weirdness to expect from these kinds of galleries, I think the banner image pretty much sums it up. We can safely ignore the cool (and borderli...

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 4)

See you later, Space Samurai!
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
We're just about ready to wrap up the garage kit coverage for this years summer Wonder Festival and for our penultimate gallery, we're taking a look at the last few anime garage kits from the dealer floor. There's an appearan...

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Video Game Garage Kits (part 2)

Retro for all!!
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
Here's our second and last gallery for the video game garage kits for this Wonder Festival and we have a fair bit of retro goodness to share! From the Flameman from Megaman, to the evil minion from the Pop'n Twinbee series an...

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 2)

Decidedly normal
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
For our second gallery of misc garage kits, we have a... rather normal collection if we have to be honest. Most are likely to be based from a video game series but sadly, my knowledge doesn't stretch far enough to name them a...

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 3)

King! King!! King Gainar!!
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
And here we are, at the third anime garage kit gallery and we have a few older anime shows added to the mix. We have ourselves a Boogiepop Phantom kit and also one of Adette from Overman King Gainer! Remember that show? I mea...

The Tetsuya Nomura designed Hatsune Miku can now be yours!!

Aug 02
// Chris Seto
Bit late to the party but for those of you who remember the Tetsuya Nomura Designed Hatsune Miku and were not scarred for life, she is now available for pre-order on your preferred online store! It's just that.... Oh god...

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: KanColle kits (Part 2)

It's good to be bad!
Jul 31
// Chris Seto
We've reached the second and final KanColle gallery for this Wonder Festival and this time, we get a couple of rather cool looking Abyssal ships in this gallery but mostly, we get several ships out of their usual attire. Espe...

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Vocaloid Garage Kits

Miku Miku you!
Jul 31
// Chris Seto
The popularity of Hatsune Miku may have waned among garage kit builders but she still has a presence within the booths. You aren't getting rid of her that easily! Sadly, none of the other Vocaloids got a shout out this time a...

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 2)

more ship girls!
Jul 31
// Chris Seto
And now, we get to part 2 of our collection of anime garage kits and it's good to see ship girls not from KanColle getting some love still with kits of Takao (best ship) and Kongou from Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio present. Chiyo-...

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 1)

Jul 31
// Chris Seto
Next up, we have the first gallery of kits which either didn't fit into one of the previous categories, were completely original designs or I simply didn't know where they came from! These galleries often prove to be popular ...
Mega Man photo
Hopefully just the beginning
Exciting news! KidRobot has announced that its Mega Man "Capsules" (blind-boxed figures) will be released August 4th. The selection includes a line of 3-inch figurines, smaller keychains, and larger 7-inch "medium" figurines ...

One Piece photo
No, I'm not talking about Kaidou...
Whitebeard lives on in Tsume's HQS line, as the dreaded Yonko referred to as "The World's Strongest Man" is receiving one powerful statue. Standing roughly 40-cm tall (or a little under 16-inches), this resin Whitebeard statu...

Top sales 7/13 to 7/19 photo
Top sales 7/13 to 7/19

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 7/13 to 7/19

A so-called "girl's toy" makes the ranks
Jul 30
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
I remember a time when toys were toys; not trading cards and professional drones. Times have really changed... Overall (→)Yo-Kai Watch Youkai Medal Busters Vol.1 (Bandai) (New) Shuriken Sentai Ninninger D...

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Volks

It's nothing much
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
Volks had a rather (read: very) subdued showing at wonder festival this time around with the only major new showing being a charagumin kit of Angelise from Cross Ange. There were also unpainted prototypes of the fonewear...

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: KanColle kits (Part 1)

Stare into the abyss...
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
Well, it's not like we would be able to avoid this but, as stated earlier, there are far fewer KanColle kits this time around! Having said that, it is still the title with the largest number of kits under its name. As usual, ...

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