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9:30 AM on 03.26.2014

This S.H. Figuarts Sadako of The Ring will go through your screen

When it was announced, a lot of us were surprised to see Sadako of The Ring get a release in S.H. Figuarts. Let's be honest here, we didn't really think of the property as something that would be a good translation to toys. H...

Andres Cerrato

9:00 AM on 03.26.2014

S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Kabuto 2.0 preview details new possibilities for line

The original S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Kabuto was released more than 5 years ago. At that time, it was a great figure and in many respects, still is. However, with 5 years come a lot of innovations. Bandai deemed it necessary...

Andres Cerrato

4:30 PM on 03.24.2014

Complete the family with S.H. Figuarts Android 17

It's just about time to put a wrap on the Android/Cell Saga for the S.H. Figuarts line. All of the major players have been released or are about to be, so there's only a few pieces left of the puzzle. Enter Android 17, who wi...

Andres Cerrato



Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts MMPR Black Ranger photo
Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts MMPR Black Ranger
by Andres Cerrato

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers defined the childhoods of most of those born in the mid-1980s. Compared to the toys of the past, it really isn't fair to compare them to what we've already seen from Tamashii Nations in their release of S.H. Figuarts lineup of MMPR figures (Red and Green | Armored Red | White). The newest entry to the line is the Black Ranger, whose powers were shared by both Zack and Adam.

Find out why this latest release is no frog in today's review of the S.H. Figuarts MMPR Black Ranger!

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8:00 AM on 03.21.2014

More new Gunpla including HGUC Neo Zeong with an equally large price

When the Neo Zeong was revealed, no one thought it would actually get a HGUC release. Things get crazy and sure enough, it does. This month's hobby scans give a glimpse of what to expect from the monstrosity, along with a few...

Andres Cerrato

7:00 AM on 03.20.2014

Bandai finally announces the release of S.H. Figuarts Sailor Jupiter

After the release of S.H. Figuarts Sailor Mars, fans were expecting Sailor Jupiter to be next. However, Bandai broke the order and released Sailor Venus next. This prompted fans to question what happened to Jupiter? We knew...

Vanessa Cubillo

3:00 AM on 03.19.2014

Tamashii Nations announces Figuarts ZERO Mercury's price; isn't much better

Sailor Moon fans hoping to get a reprieve from Tamashii Nations USA on Figuarts ZERO Mercury's pricing are out of luck. While the announced list price of US$90 is cheaper than the ¥10,800 you might otherwise pay to import...

Scarecroodle



Tomopop Review: Persona 4 Half-Age Characters photo
Tomopop Review: Persona 4 Half-Age Characters
by Martin Siggers

I, like all rational and reasonable human beings, love Persona 4 with all of my heart and soul. And considering I write for a toy website, it's pretty obvious that I like cute things too. So what happens when Bandai takes the already adorable girls of Persona 4 and makes them extra adorable for their Half-Age Character series? Well, read on to find out! 

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7:00 AM on 03.14.2014

Figuarts ZERO Sailor Mercury looks like a beautiful water nymph

Bandai’s Figuart ZERO Sailor Moon line started off on shaky ground. Their first release was Sailor Moon, and her figure wasn’t that great. So you pair up a mediocre figure with a high price, and fans aren’t...

Vanessa Cubillo

8:00 PM on 03.11.2014

Gunpla returns to retail sales at over 400 Barnes and Noble stores

For years, people have clamored for the return of Gundam models to retail stores. While the internet has more than supplied the need, there's still something nice about buying something in person at a store. Beginning next mo...

Andres Cerrato

4:00 PM on 03.10.2014

Gilgamesh Archer (Chogokin line) Unboxing / Review

[editor's note: Oh hey, a cblog promotion! It's been way too long since we last did this, and if the current trend of awesome stuff being published in there continues, I feel it'll be difficult to choose what to bring up to ...

Greatlandstander





The slash heard round the world! Mega Man Zero comes to the S.H. Figuarts line photo
The slash heard round the world! Mega Man Zero comes to the S.H. Figuarts line
by Scarecroodle

Remember Capcom's little April Fool's stunt last year where one of the four characters shown was going to be made into a D-Arts figure? You know, the teaser which involved the Mega Man Zero-series Zero, classic-series Roll, and Iris (Mega Man X4), --- all of which were really neat choices --- and that lame ol' Ultimate Armor X which naturally was the one that Capcom actually picked? Do you recall how after the announcement Capcom Japan held a fan's poll and the MMZ-series Zero blew all the other poll choices out of the water? Guess what? THEY LISTENED!

The fans spoke (I've personally been shouting at the top of my lungs for years) and the companies did indeed listen: we're finally getting a Mega Man Zero-series in Bandai's S.H. Figuarts line. Capcom Unity has posted some photos of the unpainted prototype which looks as cool as you'd imagine. The images only show the basic figure and his hair, although he'll presumably come with both a Z-Saber and his buster shot gun (unlike his MMX-series counterpart, Zero's arm doesn't transform into a cannon).

Mega Man fans will recall that Mega Man Zero, a sequel/spin-off to the Mega Man X series (itself a sequel/spin-off of the classic series), features a badly damaged Zero waking up in a distant future where X has seemingly become a tyrant who hunts down (or "retires") Reploids who resist his regime. Zero, at this point consisting of little more than a shattered torso, is restored with a new body thanks to the sacrifice of a Cyber-Elf (using them, by the way, will permanently lower your rank in some of the games) and joins the Resistance to fight against Copy-X (and then Doctor Weil in the later games). The franchise consists of four incredibly awesome Gameboy Advance games that were later ported to the DS in the Mega Man Zero Collection (which adds a few new features as well... although it's hard to get used to the change in button layout).

Of course, this won't be the first highly articulate MMZ-series Zero. Kotobukiya produced a PLAMO some years ago which I purchased under the assumption that Bandai would never do a MMZ-series Zero... a purchase which I can now regret. I can only hope that Bandai will follow this one with Copy-X's four generals: Harpuia, Leviathan, Phantom, and Fafnir.

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