BotCon 2015 photo
Seeing double here...
USA Today was given the first look at Transformers combiner Victorion through a few comic panels from IDW. The results of Hasbro's Fan Built Combiner poll ended in an all-female Autobot combiner from the Sea of Rust with grav...

SDCC photo
She's red hot!
Well, it was only a matter of time: Kotobukiya has announced plans to sell an exclusive Marvel Bishoujo Red She-Hulk at SDCC. Unlike her mainstream counterpart, she will be limited to 1,500 pieces and -- if you can't attend t...

Ant-Man photo
Little big hero
DisneyStore.com has opened pre-orders for its Marvel Select Ant-Man which features an exclusive unmasked alternate head featuring actor Paul Rudd's likeness. Additionally, Diamond Select Toys has released a photo gallery for ...

Horror photo
Perfect for boys and ghouls of every age
Funko has shown off a variety of cute-ifying (or terro-cuting?) collectibles, perfect for scaring your inner child! The selection including Pop! keychains and Pocket Pop!s for Disney's Nightmare before Christmas and various h...

BotCon 2015 photo
BotCon 2015

BotCon 2015: Transformers Fan Club reveals 2016 figure lineup


Armada Ramjet and Skywarp? Yes please!
Jun 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
This past weekend at BotCon the Transformers Collectors Club laid out their plans for 2016. This year they didn't go nearly as obscure with their figure choices as they did with the 2015 selection. I don't want to join the su...
Kantai Collection photo
Kantai Collection

A whole bunch of KanColle stuff went up for pre-order


Poi!
Jun 23
// Tianxiao Ma
The Kantai Collection engine is steaming along nicely with five new pre-orders appearing throughout yesterday. Anime fans may not recognize the first two, which would be the Tenryuu-class light cruiseres Tenryuu and Tatsuta. ...
BotCon 2015 photo
Bruticus versus a swarm of Autobots
This past weekend at BotCon 2015 Hasbro at long last revealed a first look at many figures we knew were coming, but have been eagerly awaiting a chance to see. Among them are eight classic Autobot cars reimagined as combiner ...

GSC Orange Rouge photo
GSC Orange Rouge

Good Smile Company announces Orange Rouge, a brand for male figures


Spearheading the bishounen lineup
Jun 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Good Smile Company and Max Factory have announced a new brand dedicated to male figures called Orange Rouge (after the colors of their respective logos). The idea is basically the same as Altair is to Alter, except the GSC/Ma...
Tsume photo
Almost there
The Kickstarter campaign for Tsume x Aleksi Briclot: Azzar'Hi Worlds & Wonders HQS statue (which launched back in April) is finally nearing the end. With only 3 days left, the campaign still needs to raise a little under ...

 photo

Hop on down for the EE-exclusive Hikari Jiangshi


Jun 22
// Scarecroodle
Entertainment Earth recently gave us a heads-up regarding a neat store exclusive: the Hikari "Mythos" Sheriff. Limited to just 300 pieces, Funko's Hikari "Mythos" Sheriff is apparently based on the legendary monster from Chin...
Tokyo Toy Show 2015 photo
Combaticons get upgraded articulation
Transformers fans were given a lot to be excited about at Tokyo Toy Show 2015 this past week. Takara Tomy had done some small reveals, like letting us see a finished look at their take on the Protectobots and their three evil...

Transformers Legends photo
Your move, Hasbro
[Update: The three were shown at Tokyo Toy Show 2015 earlier this week fully painted. They were only shown in bot mode and pics can be found in the gallery. Plus pre-orders are still available in a number of places. (via Daim...

Good Smile Company photo
Good Smile Company

Good Smile Company announces WonFes exclusives


WHL4U 22 site is up now
Jun 19
// Tianxiao Ma
It's time to gear up for the one-two punch that is Anime Expo and Summer Wonder Festival! Good Smile Company has put up their Wonderful Hobby Life For You site with a list of "exclusives" that they'll be bringing. I use quote...
Teen Titans photo
May cast a spell on you
Kotobukiya has released photos and additional details for its upcoming DC Comics Bishoujo Raven, whose art was previously seen at Winter WonFes. Kotobukiya has done a great job in translating the original artwork into figure ...

Marvel photo
Animated can also mean enthusiastic
Diamond Select Toys, makers of the popular Minimates line, has announced that Walgreen's will be selling an exclusive Minimates series based on the Marvel Animated Universe. Marvel Minimates Animated Series 1 will be availabl...

DC Collectibles photo
They're the cat's meow!
DC Collectibles has released its monthly solicits which includes two DC Cover Girls (Harley Quinn & Black Canary), a new Wonder Woman bust, the Batman: (The Animated Series) Mask of the Phantasm 2-pack, and FOUR DC Design...

Cthulhu photo
Hey, is he glowing or am I just crazy?
How is Warpo following up its giant 12-inch Cthulhu? By offering a limited edition glow-in-the-dark variant! The GitD variant is limited to a 300 piece run and should appeal to fans of classic-styled toys of a bygone era. The...

GSC Kongou Bust photo
GSC Kongou Bust

Check out this pretty - and creepy - Kongou bust from Good Smile Company


Pre-orders exclusive to GSC Online Shop
Jun 16
// Tianxiao Ma
Announced long ago at some distant WonFes, Good Smile Company's Kongou bust is now up for pre-order. This is based on a sculpt by Masaichiro Usui, who certainly has an interesting style. While it's beautifully detailed (and n...
Pokemon photo
He's ready to Brock your world!
Bandai knows exactly what Pokemon fans want: a shirtless Brock styled after the Pewter City gym leader's appearance in Pokemon Red/Blue! One of the Pokemon anime's long-running gags involves Brock's lack of luck with the ladi...

Shenmue 3 capsules photo
Shenmue 3 capsules

Shenmue III Kickstarter includes capsule figure tiers


I should buy one... more
Jun 15
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
As it seems everyone has heard already (and it was only just officially announced moments ago) Shenmue III is on Kickstarter seeking US$2 million to produce the game for 2017. Fans aren't wasting time in showing their su...
Supernatural photo
Supernatural

Funko goes spooky with Supernatural Mystery Minis


Fall in love with a spooky lil set
Jun 15
// Scarecroodle
Funko aims to delight (and perhaps frighten) fans with a Mystery Minis series devoted to the hit CW show Supernatural. This blind-boxed series consisting of 17 figurines is due out in July. The roster includes: Two versions ...
Top sales 6/1 to 6/7 photo
Top sales 6/1 to 6/7

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 6/1 to 6/7


Only three robots this week! Amazing!
Jun 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Normally the majority of toys we see make the rankings every week are robots. But this week things are a little different with only three bots on the list, and only two of those are Gundam. Plus we've got two girls on the lis...
Diamond photo
Diamond

Diamond announces top 10 best-selling figures for May


The best of the best-selling
Jun 12
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Comic Distributors has announced its top 10 best-selling figures for May and, if you couldn't guess, Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Deadpool ranked #1 (Did you buy a copy? EE still has him available). What were the other 9? Deta...

Tomopop Review: Ques Q's Image Model Lene

Jun 12 // Chris Seto
Figure Name: Image Model LeneFigure Maker: QuesQRetail Price: ¥23,544Available at: AmiAmi | HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search There have been quite a few reviews of Ines online already, since she was the first to be released so this review will focus on Lene. There are a lot of similarities between the two and where things are relevant, we will note the differences or similarities. But for now, lets look at the box! The box is pretty large to cover both Lene and her Shinki armour, but the window is big enough to see everything inside the box. There's also a window at the back so you get to see the back of the shinki as well. There are no windows on the side though, we just get some images of the completed figure. And here's how she looks out of the box and assembled. QuesQ have done a very good job at replicating the details of the garage kit original. There are some some differences and additions, most of which don't actually make much sense. The most obvious one is the base. QuesQ has provided the kit with a circular black disk for the base and some hooks on the feet. Ines has a white disk which is pretty much identical. The thing is... they are unnecessary. The shinki stands very well on its own. The sword may benefit from the uneven surface and not slip, but it's perfectly capable of standing on its own. Taking a closer look at Lene herself, The paintjob on her is clean and tidy. The only oddity is that the parts around the hip are raised and the sections where the parts connect are shaded in such a way that it's difficult to tell if the parts are separate or molded as part of the body. It's not something you notice on general inspection, and it doesn't really detract from the figure as a whole, but it's just a minor niggle which bothered me a little. And here's how the Shinki armour looks like on its own. Note that there is no base in this photo, just to show its stability. In a sense, the shinki is almost a separate figure rather an accessory. It actually takes up more space than Lene herself. As for the Ines figure, the Black shinki is almost identical, save for the arms being swapped over so the sword rests with the right hand instead of left, as well as one other slight alteration for the figure. Unlike the black armour for Ines, there's a peg in the right leg of the white shinki armour to hold Lene in place. It's a nice addition, and it does help, but again, it's not actually necessary. Lene is able to stand in place on her own. As a result, Lene is able to stand with the black shinki for Ines, but due to the peg on the white shinki, Ines is not able to do the same. At least not properly. Instead of putting the foot in the area where its meant to go and provides a stable footing, the peg forces you to balance the foot of Ines on the peg itself. Still, you can get Ines to pose on her sister's shinki... Just about. Despite the two shinki sharing so much in terms of design, the little differences make little things like swapping the shinki armours between the two far harder than they should be. On closer inspection of the shinki armour, the details really shine. There were some liberties taken with the overall design as the original Busou Shinki figures didn't have the leg armours connected to the main body like these figures do. The clear parts are also held in place with small pegs, but they have a tendancy to slip off. A minor annoyance, but they can be put back in with ease. Sadly, the wings on the skirt are fixed and don't expand. A bit of a missed trick there. And here's how the image model Lene compares to the Busou Shinki original. One thing to note is that the image model Lene lacks the obvious metal joints on the shoulders and knees. Even the Busou Shinki anime kept them in the anime designs, but the image model figures did away with them. Not sure if the change is for the better but it would have been interesting to see how the figure would have turned out if they kept closer to the original Busou Shinki design, joints and all. Overall, the figure provides a strong case for purchase. It's well sculpted, highly detailed and has a rather catching pose. The only problem is the brick wall which you slam into just as you hit the "buy" button, the price!! Let's not beat around the bush here, ¥24,000 is an incredibly high price to pay for a figure, and these figures aren't even that large. Standing around 24cm, it would usually occupy the 1/7 scale bracket, but since this is Busou Shinki we're talking about, these are actually larger than the source material. In any case, very few PVC figures break the ¥20k barrier, and those tend to be of the 1/4 scale variety.  Are these Busou Shinki ladies good? Heck yes! Are they very good?? Yes to that too!! Are they ¥24,000 good? No. Putting things into perspective, these releases from QuesQ are MORE expensive than the original garage kits when they were on sale from Grizzry Panda! Maybe it was due to Konami licensing costs. Perhaps you could argue that the shinki armours are large enough to be called a separate figure (hah!) or maybe it was something else entirely, but that doesn't change the fact that these ladies are prohibitively expensive. Even though they are great figures, they don't quite justify the price tag which have been slapped on them -And the only changes made are the provisioning of a base for each figure, and a peg to keep Lene stable, neither of which are actually necessary! If they were priced better, these two would be instant recommendations but as they are, only the most die-hard fans would probably want to get them as the price of entry is just too high.  Perhaps they will find their way to the bargain bin later on, but given the very limited nature of QuesQ releases, I doubt we will see reductions in price for these ladies anytime soon and once they are gone, they will be gone for good!  If you decide to take the plunge, I doubt you will be disappointed in your purchase, but steel yourself for the dent they will put on your wallet!
Review Image Model Lene photo
Install Dream
It wasn't too long ago that many collectors would look at the dealer booth section of events like Wonder Festival to look at the works of the garage kit makes and just admire and think, "I wish that was a PVC figure..." Well,...

MegaHouse Dark Elf photo
Not actually wearing a bikini, though
There's something alluring about fantasy dark elves to me... well, the sexy ones at least. MegaHouse and (who else?) Hobby Japan have teamed up to produce another media franchise consisting of under-clothed ladies and a fanta...

Nendoroid Kongou photo
Nendoroid Kongou

Kongou sisters assemble... for a relaxing tea time


Now I wish I had this Nendoroid set
Jun 12
// Tianxiao Ma
It looks like Good Smile Company's planning/development team also has fans of the Kongou sisters as they've posted a neato gallery showing off all four of them. I only know them from the Kantai Collection anime, but that's go...
Batman photo
The man behind the man
[UPDATE: Pre-orders are live] Kotobukiya recently showed off images of a member of the Bat-family that few people expected we'd ever see: Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's long-serving butler and surrogate father. The ArtFX+ A...

Embrace Japan Chun Li photo
Embrace Japan Chun Li

Embrace Japan's Chun-Li figure is ready to hit the streets


But where do her organs go?
Jun 12
// Tianxiao Ma
Street Fighter is back in a big way, and Embrace Japan is celebrating that with the pre-order of their Chun-Li figure. I have to say, it's... weird. Although the header image isn't too bad, dig deeper through the product shot...
Broccoli Luxuria photo
Broccoli Luxuria

A lustful devil from Broccoli goes up for pre-order


From the card game Z/X
Jun 12
// Tianxiao Ma
This figure, featuring Luxuria from the card game Z/X - Zillions of Enemy X-, seems pretty derivative. What I mean is, this collaboration between Broccoli and Nippon Ichi seems to be transparently cashing in on a couple of fa...
X-Men photo
The most revealing reveal of all?
We recently mentioned how Kotobukiya had teased an Emma Frost statue but, before we could blink, Kotobukiya had apparently gone ahead and revealed the rest! Kotobukiya's Marvel Now! ArtFX+ Emma Frost is billed as standing 7.5...


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