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What's in UFO catchers? Eva, Persona, Toy Story, and more photo
What's in UFO catchers? Eva, Persona, Toy Story, and more
by Kristina Pino

I make it a point to visit one of my local arcades at least once every couple of weeks to see what figures are in the UFO catchers, and I figure I may as well share it with you all. Pardon the image quality — I don't walk around arcades with my DSLR.

The way that prize figures in arcades work is, rather than trying to pick them up like a normal crane game, you've got to manipulate various objects inside the machine that would then give way to a box with your new figure in it. Sometimes, it's a square of toilet paper that sits in your way; other times, it's one little peg that needs to be moved aside. These games are designed to eat tons of yen before they pay out, which is why they can sometimes be expensive or difficult to find online.

Check out the gallery for images of what I saw in the UFO catchers last week, which include goodies from Amnesia, Evangelion, Bakemonogatari, Toy Story, P4U: The Ultimate, Blue Exorcist, and bonuses like plush Robo-Hello Kitty. 

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12:30 AM on 05.31.2013

Tales Fest 2013: Alter's Tales of Symphonia and more!

Fans of the Tales series have a lot of awesome news to look forwards to with the upcoming Tales of Festival 2013 on the horizon, but a little bit of that awesomeness leaked out ahead of time! Alter is making a 1/8-scale figur...

Jon Wills



Magazine Scans reveal new Ichiban Kuji prize figures photo
Magazine Scans reveal new Ichiban Kuji prize figures
by Jon Wills

New hobby magazine scans showed these Ichiban Kuji prize figures based on characters one of my favorite shows, The Idol Master. If you remember, last month I sort of bashed Ichiban Kuji's designs of their K-ON! prize figures. So what do I think of their latest design of the Idol Master characters? Well in short, I think they are really cute.

The body language of these girls feels very close to what I would expect from their characters, and while the outfits of the figures do not differ greatly this is more excusable given their idol nature. Sure in The Idol Master each girl has little subtle differences, but regardless the sculpt and body language of their figurines still bring out each idol as an individual character. Besides, at least Ichiban Kuji made all of their hair ornaments different and there are lots of different details such as the way their skirts and outfits seem to move with their poses, which really adds a lot to the overall look.. I hope that Ichiban Kuji continues this design trend and keeps making great looking collectibles like these.

My favorite character of the lot is hard to place because many of these figures and espcially all the minis are so cute. However if I had to choose one I would choose Prize A: Haruka. Her posturing is very cute and her hair sculpt is very good. I also love those little ribbons up in her hair. 

What do you think Tomopeeps? Do you like these Idol Master girls? Let us know in the comments.

via 2chan

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7:00 PM on 02.22.2013

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

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...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

2:00 PM on 02.22.2013

Banpresto, Wing show off Sword Art Online Ichiban Kuji

It's that time again when magazine scans flood the internet and both Wing and Banpresto has some pretty choice figures on digital display hailing from the anime,  Sword Art Online. The first in the loyal lineup is a pose...

Natalie Kipper



Tomopop Hatsukoi: the figure that started everything photo
Tomopop Hatsukoi: the figure that started everything
by Jon Wills

Ever look over your collections and think about what started it all in the first place? As collectors, we always treasure new and old things, but there is always a special place in our hearts for the first things we collect.

The header images may make it obvious, but hit the jump to see what figurine kick started many of our editors' collections.

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Tomopop Review: Master Stars Piece Kotetsu T. Kaburagi photo
Tomopop Review: Master Stars Piece Kotetsu T. Kaburagi
by Pedro Cortes

Without a doubt, the biggest merchandising surprise in the last couple of years is Tiger & Bunny. I don't think anybody figured that both men and women would flock to a show inspired by western super heroes, but lo and behold, everybody loves it. What's even more interesting is how that the most popular character is Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, the main character. He's a guy in his late-thirties, which is quite a bit older than your usual protagonist, yet everybody snaps up every bit of merch that's got his face on it. Believe me, there's a ton of it.

Shows that get this popular usually get a bunch of prize figures. Since they're on the cheaper end of the figure scale, companies can take risks and make obscure characters and/or different outfits for popular characters that usually wouldn't get any love. Then again, that lowered price usually means lower quality. However, just because a prize figure is cheap doesn't mean it's bad quality. The Master Stars Piece Kotetsu is definitely an example of a nice figure that's available for a lower price.

Hit the jump to find out more!

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12:00 AM on 11.23.2012

It's prize figures aplenty in the latest magazine scans

This time around from the wonderful world of magazine scans we get some serious offerings from the big three in the realm of prize figures: Banpresto, FuRyu, and Sega Prize. All three look to be bringing their A-game, gi...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

10:05 PM on 11.14.2012

Banpresto has new Gundam Unicorn figures for its DXF line

Outside of two releases by Megahouse, if you wanted some figures of the cast from Gundam Unicorn, you were out of luck. It's taken six episodes, but we're finally getting them! They were on display at several prize fairs, but...

Andres Cerrato

2:00 AM on 11.09.2012

Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Cospa, Banpresto and the rest

As the cap on our Miyazawa Model Exhibition coverage, there's a few more companies whose wares we've rounded up into one big post. The Ken Elephant booth was chock full of Kaiyodo's Revoltech figures, including the prototype ...

Brian Szabelski

10:00 AM on 11.07.2012

30th Prize Fair: Banpresto

Cripes! Another event, Japan? You're keeping yourselves busy with all the product showcasing. At least with the focus of this event, there are plenty more chances for characters we may like at a fraction of the cost. I'm talk...

Jonathan Tubbs



12:00 PM on 10.30.2012

Who is coming to Animate Girls Festival 2012?

Otome games, anime, cosplay, and especially Boys' Love are all the things you're going to find at the upcoming Animate Girls Festival 2012 event in Tokyo. But what about figures of boys, boys, and more boys? Who is coming alo...

Jonathan Tubbs