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See Banpresto's latest figures from the 31st Prize Fair


Fate/Zero, K-ON!, IDOLM@STER, and many others hit the show!
Feb 22
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Just when you thought all of the figure shows were over for February another one sneaks in with a bunch of new things to see. Dengeki Hobby has posted their coverage of the Japan Amusement Expo 2013 31st Prize Expo showi...

Tomopop Review: Anohana Menma 1/8th Scale Figure

Jan 03 // Jon Wills
Figure Name: Anohana Menma 1/8th Scale FigureFigure Maker: AlterRetail/List Price: ¥8,800Available at: HLJ | AmiAmi | Hobby Search | Otacute  Menma comes packed in a nice little box. I was a little surprised at how small and light weight her packaging is. The colors Alter chose were really appropriate to her character. As a nice touch the little multicolored flower petals painted on the box reminded me of the animation from the ending theme of Anohana and how countless petals had fallen to the song. Here is Menma, still snugly wrapped in her packaging. You can clearly see her diary, umbrella, and various things. At a glance her included instructions seemed a little complicated, but really all you need to do is attach the stack of tires to her stand and place her umbrella, diary, and figure on the base as shown in the illustration. Simple enough right?  Menma's base is one of the coolest parts about this figure. It is modeled to look like part of the club house that she and her friends used to play in as kids before she passed away. It's kind of jumbled and messy, but that's half the charm, it looks lived in! The cherry blossom at the base is is also a nice addition to this piece of art.  Clearly scrawled on the front of her base is something from the series. I could be wrong but I think it says their club name, "Super Peace Busters!"  Here you can see the woody grain and all the little imperfections that Alter created in the planks. You can also see her diary. In the series Menma occasionally wrote in this diary to convey messages to her friends to tell them things that she wanted to. It was one of the only ways she was able to do so, and the inclusion of this diary was what made me decide to purchase Alter's version of Menma. The diary and the base sort of set the scene, and are figures in of themselves. Well, what can I say? I love minis! So I had to try seeing how some of my minis fit on her base. After all there is this empty cot under where she sits! Sure her feet will be dangling partly in view, but the lower half of her base is a perfect place to stash some mini nendoroid figures or any super miniature figurines. Well, here is Menma! She is really light weight and skinny compared to my K-On girls and other 1/8th scale figures, which adds a little bit of believability to her ghostly status. I would guess that she has no metal supports in her body. Of course she doesn't need them either, because she sits quite nicely on her stand and is very well supported by it, or anything else she might sit on. As you can see this is one of her less flattering angles. Her bottom is keyed a little to sit easier on the wooden shelf provided by the stand, but rest assured her balance is great for sitting on anything, even partly curved surfaces! One nice thing about this picture is it shows off her hand and foot sculpts. Outside of swimsuit figures it is rare that you get a barefooted character, so it is cool to see here. I really like the barefoot look! Menma's face is pretty simple, her pose and expression just seem relaxed to me. Speaking of her pose, I was initially worried that with her sitting up high it would be a little too easy to accidentally get a glimpse up her skirt. Thankfully the little frills of her dress tastefully obstruct that from most angles. From the backside she looks relatively uninteresting. This is definitely a figure that looks better from the front! All the grey and white is a little bit spooky. Here is a closer look at one of her feet. As usual Alter has polished every toe-nail and the overall look is very good. While I like what Alter did with Menma's figure, she does not stand out too much by herself. Yes the frills of her skirt are really cool, as are the frills up by her arms. Alter did everything they could to try to make a character with a very simple design appealing. What really completes the package is the base and her diary, adding character and reminding those who watched the show a few of the little things about it that helped make it special. Finally we have the complete package. I do think that Alter's Menma is a cool figure to display. She may not be as cute as some figures, or attractive as other ones, but the fact that she is not a typical anime character makes her more appealing to collect to me. What do you think Tomopeeps? Had this little ghost caught your interest? Let us know in the comments.
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Alter's little angel, Menma
Anohana was one of the most memorable shows last anime summer, but in anime time that was such a long time ago. Lots of good shows have come and gone since then, but few of them have had a theme like Anohana's. It's not much ...

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Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Ques Q and others


Small lineup of collectibles
Nov 08
// Tianxiao Ma
For the sake of everybody's sanity we're grouping some of these smaller displays together. Ques Q's display included their 1/8-scale Menma, Nanoha Takamachi in a swimsuit, Taiga Aisaka in bunny outfit, and the Hajime Ueda-sty...

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Take a peek into Menma's clubhouse with this new gallery


May 12
// Chang Su
I love Anohana -- that show opened a water faucet out of my face. But back when I was watching it, I didn't think it'd be a very figure-friendly show, as it was neither action-oriented nor very parndering. I was glad to have ...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for April 17, 2012


Apr 18
// Jonathan Tubbs
Another day, another introduction here for Reserve or Regret. Though I have nothing today. But that's just my intro. I do have figures to tell you about that are up for pre-order. Square Enix continues to focus on titles from...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for March 29, 2012


Mar 30
// Jonathan Tubbs
Lots of stuff so let's get on with what you may be reserving today because you may have to be figuring out how to juggle your living costs here in a minute so you don't regret passing any of this up. I'm going to start off wi...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for March 19, 2012


Mar 20
// Jonathan Tubbs
After yesterday's disappointment, maybe your wallet will be much happier with today's selection from Reserve or Regret. You, however, might have different feelings after missing that money you don't have. Today brings trading...
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Be a good friend of AnoHana's Menma whenever and forever


Mar 19
// Jonathan Tubbs
Proovy has proven that they know cuteness with their Chara Many series for Aoi and Mahiru from WORKING!!. So it comes as now surprise that they would go for that little lady of cuteness from Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokuta...
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Accessorize with a closer look at Kotobukiya's Anjou


Mar 16
// Emily Smalara
Another day, another Anaru! It wasn't too long ago we took a look at Wave's upcoming beach-ready Anaru, and while I liked that one quite a bit, I'm most excited to get a better glimpse at Kotobukiya's release! While prior to ...
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Penguin Parade's 2012 Winter Hobby Maker Expo booth was the place to be if you like to sit. Yes, there was a figure of Sonico, but the spotlight was on their Petanko series of figures! At Hobby Maker Expo, Penguin Parade...

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Hobby Maker Expo: Good Smile, Max Factory, Phat! Company


Feb 20
// Jonathan Tubbs
Always on the tail of Wonder Festival is the Hobby Maker Exhibition, another even where manufacturers gather to show off their upcoming goods to potential buyers. For us, it's another opportunity to gaze and drool at what's c...
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AnoHana's Menma by Sen-ti-nel brings the same cuteness


Feb 14
// Jonathan Tubbs
With Sen-ti-nel mostly pushing their poseable RIO:bone, especially at Wonder Festival 2012 [Winter], I forget that they dabble in static figures. As is the case with the latest pre-order of the popular little lady from Ano Hi...
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Wonder Festival 2012 Winter: Good Smile/Max Factory


Feb 13
// Brian Szabelski
Have you been waiting for Good Smile Company and Max Factory's wares to appear on Tomopop? Well, sorry to have kept you waiting so long, but here they are! And let's jump right into it: we have the Pixiv-winning Cheerful Miku...
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Kotobukiya's Naruko and her giant belt open for pre-order


Jan 26
// Brian Szabelski
As seen in the latest batch of scans (and in prototypes before), Kotobukiya's Naruko from AnoHana isn't too bad of a 1/8-scale figure, even if that giant belt around her abdomen makes me question her fashion sense. But now, s...
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Kotobukiya's Naruko from AnoHana looks pretty with color


Jan 24
// Jonathan Tubbs
The problem with a lot of characters who go to school in anime is that when there is a figure of said character, they are either going to be in a school uniform or a swimsuit. So it's always nice to see a figure release sport...
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Penguin Parade show off six Pettanko figures


Jan 23
// Kristina Pino
This month's scan goodies included images of three pairs of Pettanko figures by Penguin Parade, all shown as prototype sculpts. Most of them are from Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa mada Shiranai. That's....a mouthf...
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The lovely Naruko from AnoHana is also going to the beach


Jan 10
// Jonathan Tubbs
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai seems like it's only been about the little lady Menma but manufacturers are slowly starting to expand beyond her. Wave Corporation is one of those companies by adding th...
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Anohana's Tsuruko brings beauty and smarts to the beach


Dec 01
// Jonathan Tubbs
With the way we've seen figures for Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, you'd think the only character from the title is the adorable Menma. But there are other characters which Kotobukiya has recently sho...
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Kotobukiya brings AnoHana's Menma a friend, Naruko Anjou


Nov 25
// Jonathan Tubbs
With Kotobukiya's Menma from Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai now available for pre-order, the company is ready to move on to another character from the title. A character that has been subject to a many...
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Pre-order more AnoHana cuteness with Kotobukiya's Menma


Nov 24
// Jonathan Tubbs
There's one thing I'm learning about Menma from Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai; no matter the manufacturer, you can expect that figure to exude magical waves of happiness. We just saw ALTER reveal a 1/...
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Megahobby EXPO: Alter announces Menma from AnoHana


Nov 23
// Chris Seto
Truthfully, this announcement was broken a day early from this months Magazine scans but there was a banner at the Megahobby Expo in case you missed it! Alter will be releasing a figure of Menma from AnoHana (I'll be damned b...

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