At the time of this post, it's only 15 days until San Diego Comic Con. With time ticking down, you know that there'd be a ton of exclusive announcements and let me tell you, companies have definitely unleashed the floodgates....
After appearing in scans a few weeks back, Bandai's Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar went up for pre-order yesterday. Despite the wallet-battering ¥32,400 price tag customers weren't deterred as several stores sold out immediately. As of writing Amiami, Hobby Search and Hobbylink Japan have closed orders (though there's still a chance a second wave will become available). He's still up at several of the smaller stores however.
Stoking the frenzy, the Amiami Blog also released a full hands-on preview that confirms several tantalising facts like size (big!), level of detail (high!) and transformation ability (show accurate!). As ever for the Soul of Chogokin line there's minute attention to show accuracy, with little stuff like having full rolling tracks on DrillGao or a sculpted cockpit in LinerGao. Disappointingly, the preview also confirms that accessories will be limited to replacement hands, although you do get hands for both GaiGar and GaoGaiGar, including specific hands for the Hell & Heaven attack. The Dividing Driver is also present and correct, but there's no sign of a Goldion Hammer, which suggests to me an extremely lucrative add-on coming at a later date. There's also no sign of the traditionally fabulous SoC base, though I'm sure that'll be in there somewhere.
Despite the incredibly high cost, this really does look to be the ultimate toy for any fan of the show, and I can tell you I buckled almost immediately and put in an order. Most stores are offering hefty discounts on that list price, which makes the whole affair slightly less insane. It's a tough call, but I'd make it soon - I don't think he's going to hang around for long.
Office work sucks. There is no soul or personality in the boring cubicle of life. Now thanks to the efforts of Bandai, you can try to find some happiness in the crushing defeat that is work.
This set of gashapon tries to put ...
Bandai of Japan's S.H. MonsterArts Mecha King Ghidorah, which recently received a preview gallery, is currently available for pre-order. Standing roughly 25-centimeters tall (9.8-inches), this mighty Godzilla rogue is sure to dominate your shelves.
Fans may recall that Mecha King Ghidorah first appeared in 1991's Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, where a defeated (and dead) Ghidorah was upgraded with cyborg parts to do battle with Godzilla in a climatic "final" confrontation.
S.H. MonsterArts Mecha King Ghidorah features die-cast parts which presumably add to the price (although it's still less expensive than the S.H. MonsterArts Biollante) and comes with interchangeable mechanical "hands" (which attach to the torso armor) as well as three Dorat figures (the creatures that originally mutated into King Ghidorah).
Bandai's S.H. MonsterArts Mecha King Ghidorah can be pre-ordered for US$200 (which, again, is less than S.H. MonsterArts Biollante) and is slated for a March release.
Bandai of Japan's Digimon offerings are apparently far from over, as pre-orders (through Bluefin Distribution) have opened for S.H. Figuarts Alphamon.
Alphamon apparently starred in Digital Monster X-Evolution (more commonly known as Digimon X-Evolution), the eighth Digimon film. The figure stands 17-centimeters tall (or 6.7-inches) and will apparently stand as tall as the previously released D-Arts (or S.H. Figuarts?) Omnimon/Omegamon. While I have no familiarity with the movie, it's certainly a neat design.
Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Alphamon can be pre-ordered for US$76 and is slated for a March release. However, there's still no word on a S.H. Figuarts Betamon.
Figuarts Zero Sailor Mars is about ready to go up for pre-order in Japan, with reservations for the Tamashii Shop-exclusive figure starting at 4 p.m. Japan Standard Time (or about 13 hours from this post). Shipping out in Feb...
Ever since it was announced last November, I've been chomping at the bit to know more about Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar. Who wouldn't be eager to see more of one of the all-time great super robots joining the undoubted king of...
Bandai's Devil Fruit Mera Mera (Mera Mera no Mi) is currently available for pre-order. This replica of the Mera Mera Fruit (or Flame-Flame Fruit), which originally gave Fire-Fist Ace his powers, stands 5.9-inches tall which I'm assuming is to scale (with a human, not a figure...).
The fruit itself recently played a prominent role in the Dressrosa/Corrida Colosseum story arc so I suppose it's not terribly surprising that Bandai chose to replicate it over Devil Fruits, although I hope that we'll see some of the others as well (personally I might find a Yami Yami no Mi hard to pass up).
The only downside is that Bandai's Mera Mera no Mi will run you US$67 which seems like a bit much although I'm sure that it'll be a hit. The Mera Mera no Mi is slated to heat up your December.
I used to fancy myself an anime-obsessive. I would watch as many things as I could jam into my eye sockets and if it had a robot of some sort in it? Boy, I'd be on that double time. However, as time has gone on, I can't watch nearly the same amount of stuff I used to, and that's why I haven't seen Infinite Stratos. Despite some potentially interesting content (robotic exoskeletons, nations at war, harem antics, etc.), it was remained unwatched.
I will say this though: if the gals are as cute as their Figuarts ZERO counterparts, I may have to give it a watch sometime soon. Hit the jump to see what I mean!
Mama Mia! We here at Tomopop have been so busy with SDCC and Summer WonFes news that we missed Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Luigi and Super Mario Bros. Play Set C pre-orders go up!
Everybody's second favorite plumber (YMMV) is slated for a December release through the Japanese market and January/February release through the American market. He comes with a Red Koopa Shell, an alternate pair of hands, a brick, and a stand. Despite being the younger, less popular brother, Luigi will run you a bit more than Mario as he features a ¥3,564 and a US$33 list price, depending on your preferred market.
Play Set C, also available for pre-order and slated to release at the same time, features a red pipe, a pipe cover part, Piranha Plant, Buzzy Beetle, and a coin. The set can be ordered for either ¥2,808 or US$26.
I have a somewhat strange confession to make in that I think that I find the SHF Luigi more appealing than Mario. The "B" character really strikes me as being the "A" figure, which I suspect mostly comes down to the choice of faces.
You know, there's something to be said about the harem show. Sure, they're usually puerile, insipid and lacking in any sort of redeeming value. Yes, they usually rely on fanservice in lieu of good animation or solid design. You know what... there's very little to say about most harem shows beyond their pervy value.
What's interesting on the merch side of things is that most harem shows don't usually get posed figures. Outside of Bakemonogatari, which definitely has a harem element to it, I can't think of many series that'll get figmas or Figuarts. Bandai, perhaps trying to stretch out their poseable figure line, has gone ahead and made an S.H. Figuarts of Momo Deviluke, from To Love-Ru Darkness.
How good is the figure? Well, let's just put it this way: there's usually a reason why harem shows don't get poseable figures. Hit the jump to find out why.
Bluefin and Tamashii Nations set aside a corner display at their booth to show off the new Tamashii Buddies line. It's a series of 3.5-inch trading figures, each coming with a unique backdrop and base to display them on, which are apparently also stackable so you can display them on top of each other on your shelving.
The figures themselves look to have the same quality as their bigger counterparts in the Figuarts Zero line, and so far both Dragonball/Dragonball Z and Sailor Moon have been announced. Sailor Moon was the only figure on display from her series, while Dragonball fans can look forward to the likes of Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, Freeza, Broly, Cell, Super Saiyan Gohan and even Kid Goku from the original series. That last one is the one I know I want!
You'll have to wait until November for the Tamashii Buddies to become available in Japan, and presumably a little longer after that for a North American release.