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C2E2 2016: Bluefin Distribution part 1

Film and comic collectibles
Mar 19
// Tianxiao Ma
Sometimes you just want to see a smorgasbord of figures from all over the place. That's when you head to Bluefin Distribution. Sentinel, which is usually geared toward anime figures, has picked up the Iron Man license. And ma...
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Bluefin expands distribution by partnering with more retailers

Now available at even more locations!
Dec 08
// Scarecroodle
Bluefin Distribution today announced that it has "significantly" expanded its retail channel network through new retail distribution partnerships with Books-A-Million, Inc., Trans World Entertainment Corp. (which includes its...
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Yet another toymaker jumps into TMNT
Say whaaaaaaa? Bandai may have just shocked the world (just a little) by adding the classic cartoon versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the S.H. Figuarts line. Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo were s...

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C2E2 2015: Bluefin

Toys from the east and west
Apr 28
// Tianxiao Ma
Bluefin distributes collectibles from a bunch of companies, so their booth is usually pretty packed at conventions. Fortunately I got there just before closing so I was able to avoid the hectic experience of photographing the...

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But what will you be reading when it's released?
You've probably already heard by now, but the Naruto manga is now in it's final weeks, set to end at the beginning of November. Seems like bad timing for Bandai to be releasing Naruto figures, that might have a little somethi...

Scarecroodle's massive EXPLOSION of AWESOME recap

Oct 08 // Scarecroodle
The first (and perhaps most) explosively awesome item is Bandai's Tamashii Effect Explosion, which comes in both a fiery "Red Ver." as well as a boring "Gray Ver." which looks like all smoke and no fire. The set comes with three explosion parts which can be combined into one larger explosion. If nothing else, you might have a total blast. These sets can be pre-ordered for around US$23 each. [ Pre-order Red ver. at Entertainment Earth | HobbyLink Japan ] [ Pre-order Gray ver. at Entertainment Earth | HobbyLink Japan ] In other very exciting news, Bluefin has released images of its currently available for pre-order S.H. MonsterArts Gamera (1996). Gamera has long been among my favorite Kaiju but, up until this point, I had to satisfy myself with Kaiyodo's Revoltech version which, quite frankly, just wasn't enough. Given that it's based on the 1996 version (Gamera: Guardian of the Universe or Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion?), Gamera will lack his "rocket shell" display options (which I'm *pretty* sure he didn't have in Guardian of the Universe but it's been forever). However, he'll have the usual breath attack and features an opening chest to reveal his core. The only downside is that he's US$81, so I'll have to see what my budget looks like by that point. [ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Entertainment Earth ] For the Bishoujo crowd, Kotobukiya released a teaser image for its upcoming She-Hulk last week. After realizing that we were a few days late on it, I figured we could maybe just float things until Kotobukiya revealed the whole thing... but apparently they're holding off until NYCC. So for everybody who can't wait until, well, tomorrow, here's a teaser. I will say that it's certainly one very fine arm. Pre-orders also recently opened for Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Master Asia and the Master Gundam. Apparently Master Asia was shown some years ago but never released so he's been a long time coming. Given that G Gundam ranks among my favorites (and is somewhat ostracized among purists), I'm always happy to see it receive more merchandise... even if Master Asia was one of my least favorite characters. Master Asia can be pre-ordered for US$39 while the Master Gundam will run you US$44. [ Pre-order Master Asia | Master Gundam at Entertainment Earth ] And finally we have the Kaiju cutie, Sunrise's Ultra Monster Girl Gomora-chan. She's an anthropomorphic version of Gomora (not to be confused with Gamera! ...although now I kinda want to see Gamera receive the same treatment) from the Ultraman franchise. Weird? Yes. Very weird? Still yes. However, the figure kind of looks like a cosplayer in half of a monster suit
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More awesome than most minds can take
Sometimes there's more awesome than there is time and humble Tomopop editors can't get around to everything. As such, an explosively awesome recap is needed. Click the jump to see explosions, Gamera, more explosions, Bishoujo She-Hulk, explosions, a monster anthropomorphized into a young girl, and, oh yeah, explosions. Plus Gamera!

Tomopop Review: SHFiguarts Momo Velia Deviluke

Aug 05 // Pedro Cortes
Figure Name: S.H. Figuarts Momo Velia DevilukeFigure Maker: BandaiMSRP: $45.99Available at: HobbyLink Japan | CD Japan | J-List | Plamoya | Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store | Amazon Momo's box is pretty much what you'd expect from a figure box. At the very least, it uses some non-standard colors and looks pretty. Much more than you're usual Figuarts packaging. In her plastic cage, Momo looks complacently happy. In addition to her somewhat vapid standard expression, there are two other faces that you can change out. She's got three additional sets of hands and an extra one to help hold one of her two accessories. More on those later. Momo out of the box looks alright. One thing I do like about To Love-Ru and To Love-Ru Darkness are the colors chosen for the Deviluke family. I'm a sucker for short pink hair, which happens to work well with the school uniforms in the show. One of the few things I like about both shows is the design of the Deviluke family. Well, and the fanservice. Believe me, the "plot" is as threadbare as the clothing on most of these characters. Here's the first problem with the figure. Instead of a peg plugged into her back, you've got a clamp. There are by far my least favorite method of holding up a figure. Yes, the bendable post helps in putting Momo in a variety of poses, but she never feels stable. The lack of pegs on the base also prevents any sort of stability, which is a problem when the figure lacks heft and balance. At the very least, the base is pretty. Her name, the pink flowers and her tail look nice on the small heart-shaped piece of plastic. Just, you know, some additional support would've been appreciated in keeping her standing. As you may have seen in previous pictures, Momo has got a little devilish tail. It's bendable, which means that you can have her clutch it, as pictured above. Considering that tail features prominently into a lot of the service in the show, it's a nice touch that you can manipulate it. Speaking of manipulating long things, here is the other accessory in the box. It's...I'm not entirely sure what it is. I'm guessing it's a plant, as Momo has summoned some rather phallic-looking plants during To Love-Ru Darkness. You can bend it to do whatever you want with it. Above, switching to the gripped hands lets Momo grip it in frustration. It was a mirror of my face, as trying to oh-so-carefully switch out the hands is a harrowing process when you've got giant meat-hooks like me. They feel like they're going to break any moment. I'm not sure if using a ball joint was a good idea for a character as small and slight as Momo. Here's a closer shot of the aforementioned phone. It's purple, tiny and has nothing on it. That's it. You get the suggestive plant and a cell phone to have fun with. It's a pretty weak selection of items for a poseable figure that isn't particularly interesting to look at. I'm pretty sure this is why we don't get a lot of poseables from shows like To Love-Ru Darkness. There's very little you can do with those characters, besides have them get molested by Hentai Woody. It's a shame too, as Momo looks rather nice. She maintains the Figuarts quality that you'd expect, only she's lacking the things necessary to have fun with her. Now, I don't know what else they could have added to her collection, but at least give her something amusing and out of the ordinary. The pervy plant doesn't count, especially for $46 MSRP. Momo isn't a bad figure. She is well-painted, well-molded and looks just like her animated counterpart. The problem here is that there's very little to do with her. It's not like she's an action characters, where just their existence alone can lead to amusement. She would've needed some more items to have fit in with other items in your shelf. Honestly, I'd stick with static statues of her, as you're going to get something bigger and frankly better looking. Go elsewhere for your service. [A big thank you goes out to Bluefin for providing Momo for review!]
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Not the service you'd expect
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. Y...

Tomopop Review: Figuarts ZERO Akainu & Aokiji Battle Ver.

May 13 // Pedro Cortes
Figure Name: Figuarts ZERO Akainu Battle Ver. & Figuarts ZERO Aokiji Kuzan Battle Ver.Figure Maker: BandaiRetail Price: ¥4,500 eachAvailable at: [Akainu: HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | CD Japan | Play Asia | Plamoya | Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store ] [ Aokiji: HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Plamoya | Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store ] As per the usual, let us begin with a shot of the boxes. Akainu's box looks positively smoldering. It'll surely light up whatever shelf it's sitting on. On the other hand, Aokiji's box looks a bit on the chilly side. Nice blues and whites make it look a bit sterile, though it's appropriate considering the guy inside. Alright, enough with the cardboard, let's move on over to the figures themselves. Let's begin with ol' grump-face Akainu. Yeesh, talk about a grouch. He's a jerk in One Piece and he doesn't look much nicer in PVC form. Bandai's sculptor did a great job catching his angry, determined expression, which is capable of sending terror down the spine of any subordinate who dare question his orders. I'm also fond of the detail on his lapel flower, which is a strange touch on a such a severe dude. His back isn't any less severe. While his ugly mug is spun around, the rather drastic "Absolute Justice" printed on the back of his coat sends a stern message to all who read. Oh, and did I mention the magma bubbling across his shoulders? When Akainu ate the Magma-Magma Fruit, he gained the ability to control one of the hottest substances known to man. I mean, the guy is literally exuding the hot stuff in this figure. Made of a harder translucent plastic, it's a great addition to this battle version of the Marine admiral. In this alternate angle, you can see how the magma goes down to his beefy fist. He looks ready to punch holes in whoever gets in his way, and as fans of One Piece know, he's really good at punching holes through people. There are also some additional fire effect parts on his relatively thin legs. Instead of having Akainu oozing magma from his entire body...'s a nice way to accent the range of his heat abilities. After all, even if he isn't immediately using magma on one side of his body, he'd still be hot enough to ignite the clothing on that free limb. Akainu's base is similar to other characters in the One Piece Figuarts ZERO line, so expect nothing really new here. The only thing of note is that there's a separate piece on the rear of the base to support his weight, as he's rather top-heavy So now that we've covered the flame, let's cover the ice! Next up is Aokiji, the (now former) Marine admiral and user of the Ice-Ice Fruit. As opposed to the tight, angry expression on Akainu's face, Aokiji looks only mildly irritated. More like he just woke up from a really good nap instead of fighting for his life. I guess that does match his personality in the show, so this is less of a complaint and more of an idle observation. Oh, and I love that the sculptor kept his sleeping mask. I love the idea of this incredibly powerful admiral that's ready to drift off to sleep at a moment's notice. Keeping with his icy abilities, Aokiji has a bunch of blue effect parts covering sections of his body. Unlike Aokiji, I'm not entirely pleased with what Bandai did here. While it makes sense for Akainu's magma to be bubbly and lumpy, it doesn't make any sense here. I think they were going for an icy wind effect, but really it should be sharp and jagged. You know, like his body froze over and the ice crystals were jutting out all over his body. Here's a closer look at the effect parts. It does look wind-like, but it still doesn't look right. If you look near the bottom of the photo, you can see the ice growing on his other hand. That's how I wanted it to look across Aokiji's back. Nice big spikes, running up his limbs. Yeah, it's a minor touch in the scheme of things, but I think it would've looked a lot better and made him look even more different from his smoldering counterpart. One thing I really love about the battle version of Aokiji is the flowing of coat. It gives him a fantastic sense of motion, like he's dodging a nasty attack. Too often figures of men will just have them standing with their arms crossed and their hips jutting out, ignoring the great posing possibilities. If a character has a coat, I want that coat to do something, and Bandai did just that with the battle version of Aokiji. Finally, here's Aokiji's base. Once again, similar to the rest of the One Piece Figuarts ZEROs. The character name, the version of the character and some sort of quote or sound effect across the base. Unlike Akainu, you don't have to worry about weight here. Aoiji is centered fairly well. So all in all, these are a pair of great figures of some pretty important characters from One Piece. Both gents have gotten some nice looking effects added to some strong poses that should impress fans of the show. They'll look fantastic in your collection, even if you already have another version from some time back or from a different line. [Big thanks goes out to Bluefin Distribution for providing the figures for review!]
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Magma and Ice, nowhere near Ebony and Ivory
With dozens and dozens of characters over 17 years of publication, One Piece is a figure company's dream. There are so many characters that can be made into figures, and just as many fans foaming at the mouth to pick them up....

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Tamashii Summer Collection 2014: Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA gallery

A whole bunch of wants
May 12
// Scarecroodle
Bluefin has released a photo gallery of this year's Tamashii Summer Collection exhibit. Although the photos don't include the recently revealed Sailor Moon collectibles,  there was a lot of other recent stuff including t...
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Tear it up with some Godzilla effect sets

Glorious destruction!
Apr 30
// Scarecroodle
Bandai has crafted enough accessories to destroy a small city... specifically a small city that the company has crafted as well. The accessory sets, both of which contain broken buildings, are divided into S.H. MonsterArts Go...
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Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA trying to arrange earlier reveal for S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 2014

Up from the depths already!
Apr 30
// Scarecroodle
Although we've seen a Godzilla 2014 figure or two revealed, we have yet to see what Bandai will be doing in its S.H. MonsterArts line. That may change, however, if Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA is able to arrange an earlier re...

Tomopop Review: Bandai's S.H. MonsterArts Alien Warrior

Apr 29 // Scarecroodle
Figure Name: S.H. MonsterArts Alien WarriorFigure Manufacturer: BandaiRetail Price: US$56Available At: Entertainment Earth | Amazon | Big Bad Toy Store As with other entries in the S.H. MonsterArts line, the Alien Warrior comes in a package with a window taking up most of the front of the box. The back and side feature some additional product images. The front of the box denotes the character's origin as being from Alien vs. Predator. I'm not sure if that was meant more as the first film (ie, Alien vs. Predator) or whether it refers to the series itself because Predator Wolf, a character who only appeared in Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, has the same label. At the risk of sounding a little xenomorphobic, all the Alien Warriors all look the same to me. The Alien Warrior doesn't come with a ton of accessories (I guess Predator Wolf must have been hogging everything?) although, in fairness, there's not a lot that a xenomorph actually needs and that over-sized tail takes up a good chunk of space. The two main accessories are a chest-burster and a xenomorph egg. While the chest-burster is an iconic stage of development, I think I would have preferred to see a face-hugger (or both things) especially if it was compatible with Bandai's S.H. Figuarts offerings (ie, adjustable legs so it could cover their heads and an adjustable tail to coil around their necks). Could-have-beens aside, the egg looks great and is a welcome addition to the set and the chest-burster is an okay add-in that bulks up the accessory count. The other accessory is the stand, which features a custom base. I'm usually not a fan of stands (it feels like cheating), but I found using one necessary for things like running poses (due to the tail) and leaping poses (due to gravity). I was somewhat conflicted on showing a vanilla pose because xenomorphs rarely just stand up straight. Usually you'll see them crouching, running, climbing, or doing some other action-y thing. If you pick up an S.H.MA Alien Warrior, odds are you aren't going to display him just standing straight. That said, it's a good reference point for the character's height as you can't fully appreciate it in some of the other poses. The detail in this figure is insane. The sculpting is intricate and the paintwork brings this detail out beautifully. It's something that you need to be relatively close to the figure to admire. The head features a translucent plastic dome for the head. It's darkened enough that at low lights it looks more solid but, under brighter lighting, you can appreciate the detail underneath. Also present is the iconic second "mouth". The Alien Warrior's lower jaw is jointed so it can move down, thus opening the Warrior's mouth. The inner mouth (or tongue) can then slide forward. The Warrior can have his mouth open without the tongue sticking out and the tongue itself is adjustable. So you can have a little tongue... ...or a lot of tongue. It all depends what you're into. Although the tail can be a wild card when it comes to posing, the figure stands well on its own two feet. Surprisingly, the toes are INDIVIDUALLY JOINTED which is something you very rarely see. The two center toes feature a wide range of movement while the outer ones were likely restricted for additional stability since they only feature vertical movement. As with Bandai's other figures, the hands (specifically the fingers) lack movement. The Alien Warrior comes with the choice of three sets of hands: clenched (default), outstretched hands with thumbs tucked in a bit, and outstretched hands with the thumbs stretched wide (shown). The fully outstretched hands, generally the best for action poses, are a little confusing since the things look nearly identical in terms of "thumb" lengths where the left one on both hands looks larger than the right one. However, the way the other figures are posed will give you some idea. The tail comes as a separate piece and, given the small size of the hole in relation to the larger connecting piece (ie, trying to jam something big into something small), inserting the piece can be difficult (and, even with careful wording, it *still* sounds like innuendo). I finally got the tail connected by twisting a bit at the same time. The tail is highly articulate. Each segment seems to have a joint (although some joints have a better range of motion) except for the last few pieces near the tip of the tail. This allows for some dynamic posing although, sadly, the joints aren't strong enough to hold a pose for long. The tail had begun to droop a little within five or ten minutes although, to the tail's credit, it still stayed up in the air. The Alien Warrior has some great jointing with the joints themselves being exceptionally well-concealed. For instance, the upper torso appears to be one solid piece at a glance but above the waist joint he has a mid-section joint that fits seamlessly into the torso as well as movement at the rib cage itself. That's some straight-up ninja articulation. There's a rather large joint in his neck with a sliding piece on the back of the neck that allows extra movement. Top of his head can pivot to the side; I believe that's tied into the ability to take the top of his head off if the tongue-mouth gets jammed (the instructions show that his lower can be removed to get the tongue-mouth unstuck. I'm not sure if you can remove the tongue entirely.) The tendrils on his back (which apparently sport small markings that look like suction-cups?) are articulate at the base/stem. The arms and legs have relatively standard articulation (other than the toes). The one issue I had was with the wrists. I wasn't able to get the hands to lie flat against the ground which meant I couldn't replicate some of the box art. It was something of a disappointment. Bandai's S.H. MonsterArts Alien Warrior is a very solid rendition of the Xenomorph. The sculpt, paint, and jointing are all exceptional. The only real drawback, I suppose, is that these figures would probably be a little too expensive to army-build with since they retail for around US$56. However, if you're a fan of the franchise, it might be worth picking up at least one. [Big thanks to Bluefin Distribution for sending over a review sample]
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The Xenomorph. Nature's perfect predator. Acidic blood. The ability to incubate in almost any living thing and take on the host's characteristics. A sleek black, bony exterior. Truly one of the greatest monster designs out th...

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Dragon Ball Z

Figuarts Zero Frieza pre-orders are about ready to blow up... some planets?

Geez, roid rage much?
Mar 05
// Scarecroodle
Bluefin Tamashii has released some product images for the upcoming Figuarts Zero: Frieza Final Form. Dragon Ball Z fans may recall that Frieza's muscles swelled (and presumably *other parts* shrank) when the villain fully pow...
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Toy Fair 2014: Tamashii - S.H. Figuarts Naruto

Orange-clad ninja somewhow infliltrated the S.H. Figuarts line
Feb 17
// Scarecroodle
No, it's not Genjutsu you're seeing, Naruto is actually getting a figure in Bandai's S.H. Figuarts line (although if you're seeing something *other* than this then you're mostly likely under the effects of Genjutsu). The oran...
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Go West, young SHF Imperialdramon!

Renewed hope for Diaboromon?
Feb 08
// Scarecroodle
Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA  has announced that Digimon is being considered as "a strategic property for the U.S. thanks to new licensing opportunities". The immediate result of said opportunity is that Bandai's S.H. Fi...
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Dragon Ball Z

S.H. Figuarts Piccolo, SS Goku get a Western reissue

Means I probably could have and should have waited
Feb 06
// Scarecroodle
Bluefin Tamashii Nation USA recently announced that Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Piccolo and Super Sayian Goku would be reissued in the West, supposedly the first such release for fans in Europe, and those pre-orders are now open. ...

Tomopop Review: Bandai's D-Arts Black Zero

Jan 29 // Scarecroodle
Figure Name: D-Arts Black ZeroFigure Maker: Bandai/Tamashii NationsRetail: US$38Available at: Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store | Amazon Black Zero features the same sort of cool-busy packaging that we've seen with previous D-Arts Mega Man X figures, such as X himself (reviewed). The amount of decoration is especially impressive since it doesn't have an overly cluttered feel despite using virtually every millimeter of the package. The most eye-catching detail is probably the giant "X" that jumps across the massive window. The other three sides feature product images. The back shows off all three alternate face-plates (meaning Black Zero has a total of four possible faces rather than the three (?) included with the Zero Type-2). Black Zero comes with a pretty solid array of accessories which includes the option of his Zero Buster Cannon (works with either arm), the choice of two nozzles for said cannon, three hand sets (open, fists, and saber-holding), two versions of the Z-Saber, and an attacking version of the Z-Saber. Additionally, he has the option of four face-plates but more on that later. The sculpting work is still incredibly solid, capturing Zero's likeness remarkably well. Basically everything on the figure except the face has a tendency to reflect light although the black armored bits have the highest sheen, as they're able to reflect in low lighting settings. The crystals on his helmet and armor are pieces of translucent, colored plastic with what looks to be a painted silver area underneath which helps give them more of a shine. As in the games, Zero can store his Z-Saber on his back. The beam portions of the swords can disconnect from the hilt, which allows one of the smaller hilts to plug into a peghole. It's a neat touch. The default face features the sort of stoic expression I so often associate with the character. It's a decent enough looking face, although it seems out of place with action poses (as seen above) so it won't pop up much during the rest of the review. The second face you won't be seeing much of in the review is this smiling and winking one, which strikes me as being totally out of character. It's been a decade or so since I last played any of the Mega Man X games (I'm certainly tempted to replay them now...), but I don't recall Zero ever being that expressive. Then again, I'm also more used to his moody Mega Man Zero-series counterpart, which could have given me an entirely different impression of the character. All the same, I enjoy the humor in seeing a quiet badass acting a bit out of character. (I also wonder if the faceplate works with the previously released X figures, since it seems like a face that I would associate with either X or Copy-X). Here we have the "shouting" face, great for things like leaping poses. The pupils in the eyes are facing to the right (apparently the normal one face differently? I guess that makes for a neat perk). It's awesomely action-y. Finally, we have the teeth-gritting face, perfect for sword parries, looking injured, or just plain being angry. As mentioned, Black Zero comes with three swords. The first two are variations on the normal Z-Saber. I imagine they reflect different game styles but it's not something that I remember from the series, assuming I noticed a difference at all. The blades themselves are purple (rather than the usual light blue), which reflects their powered up state. The "blades" have pegholes in them which attach to the top of the hilt. The bottom of the hilt (the silver ring with the black spike) can also unpeg from the hilt, which allows you to just slide the weapon into Zero's hand. Another convenience is the fact that these two hilts are identical so you don't need to switch them out if you want to change blades (the third Z-Saber, the action one, features a larger peg which renders it functionally incompatible with the others). The sword coloring is pretty neat. The alternating lighter and darker shades give it more of a video game appearance, looking as if it were part of an animation. The swinging-animation Z-Saber is probably the most eye-catching of the bunch. Given the size and heft of the blade, it makes use of a larger peg to keep it in place and balances better than I thought it would. It's good for any number of poses which look great from certain angles, but said angles don't always photograph well. I also can't seem to get a perfect swinging all the way down to the ground pose, as is seen in the games. Although Zero is most often associated with his swordplay, the character has had his Z-Cannon as a back-up weapon (or primary weapon) in most of the games. The cannon looks fantastic. The green "crystal" features the same effect as the other crystals on his body while the two smaller green circles on the side of the cannon use a shiny metallic paint. Black Zero comes with the choice of two optional parts for the cannon's nozzle. The default is a reddish crystal (seen right) while the alternate has an empty space in the center. Although no buster shot parts were included, I imagine it's probably compatible with the buster shot accessories that came with the various D-Arts Mega Man X releases and Zero Type-1. The overall articulation is very strong. The jointing works a lot better than what we saw on the D-Arts Classic Mega Man that came out not that long ago. The jointing is remarkably smooth and has a good range in most areas. The only real issue (besides that hair...) may be that the feet/calves/boots don't have much weight to them, which can affect the balance at times. This mostly impacts Matrix-style posing where the character is leaning a bit backwards. The surface area on the soles (or treads?) on his boots and the ankle joint otherwise compensate for the issue. Zero's hair can also be somewhat problematic, as it's only really jointed for side to side movement. It can't even rotate to simulate a falling pose, let alone move up to allow extra clearance at the head/neck. Finally, for the all-important question of whether Black Zero can play soccer with D-Arts Classic Mega Man, the answer is yes; yes, he can. They might want to find a soccer ball first, though (maybe it's something that Bandai can include in a future Mega Man-themed D-Arts release!). All in all, D-Arts Black Zero is a pretty cool redeco of an already great figure with a perk or two over the previous version. Although it may be a colorway, it's something canonical to the games and represents a recurring secret feature (or a palette-swap in other games). It's not something I imagine you'd necessarily buy instead of the standard version, but it's certainly something that might tempt you if you already have the D-Arts Zero Type-2. [Big thanks to Bluefin Distribution for providing this review sample]
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Once you go Black Zero, you can't go back... to your normal armor if you're playing Mega Man X 4, 5, or 6
The Mega Man franchise is all about upgrades (often in the form of new abilities taken from defeated opponents) and, when Mega Man X swung around, Mega Man (now called X) got a few fancy new armors ... two of which were made ...

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D-Arts Omnimon's / Omegamon's photo gallery pierces evil

D-Arts Omni/Omegamon returns for a Western-release sequel
Jan 13
// Scarecroodle
Bandai's D-Arts Omegamon (or Omnimon, as he's known in the English adaptation) has returned thanks to valiant efforts of Bluefin Tamashii Nations. The company has not only decided to give the figure its first ever Western rel...
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The Hobbit

Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA 'teases' Smaug

You're tearing me apart, Bluefin!
Dec 14
// Scarecroodle
Bluefin Tamashii Nations has just mega-teased fans with their most recent Facebook post consisting of an image of Smaug (from The Hobbit trilogy) with the caption, "High end articulated and extremely detailed adult collectabl...
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Knock your figures through walls or into the ground

Wait, where's the sound effect?
Nov 23
// Scarecroodle
Have you ever been worried that your figures aren't tough enough? That they can't take or dish out the punishment? Bluefin Tamashii Nations wants to bring the pain with these new Tamashii Effect Impact accessories geared to g...
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S.H. MonsterArts Biollante is nearly upon us

Would a Biollante by any other name smell as sweet?
Nov 21
// Scarecroodle
Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA has posted a box image of the upcoming S.H. MonsterArts Biollante with the captain "Sooooon". Biollante is currently slated for a Nov/Dec release. The packaging for Biollante is absolutely massive...

Tomopop Review: Figuarts ZERO Perona & Enel

Nov 13 // Pedro Cortes
Figure Name: Figuarts ZERO Enel & Figuarts ZERO Perona: Thriller Bark Ver.Figure Maker: BandaiRetail: $41.99  [Enel] | $34.99 [Perona]Available at:Perona [Amazon | Big Bad Toy Store | Entertainment Earth]Enel [Amazon | Big Bad Toy Store]  We'll start in show order, so first up is Enel, the electrical devil-fruit user, and self-professed God. This is his box. While underwhelming for a "God," it's good for a figure. It has the cocky bastard prominently featured on the front and sides, with an open window on the front and sides. It's also surprisingly large at ten inches. I'm used to these things being much smaller, which is a sign that things have changed quite a bit since I last checked in with the ZEROs. Now, let's get Enel out of the box. I can almost feel his desire to escape the plastic. Look at that arrogance, that swagger. Enel is an incredibly powerful villain and the sculptors know it. They gave him a strong, aggressive stance and I love it. He's a large and imposing for a Figuarts ZERO, with the electrified drums attached to his back. While I can't stand him in the show, I loved this figure right out of the box for nailing his personality. The only accessory in the box is his staff, which is also electrified. It slides into his right hand, adding a good amount of length to the figure. I really like the way that Bandai made the effect parts. The lighting looks nice, with alternating clear, yellow and gold-ish section all along the shaft of the staff and on his drums. Speaking of effect parts, there's an extra hand included in the box. The extra digits start with normal flesh tone and end clear, signifying that Enel is ready to fry somebody with his electrical powers. Even the clear hand radiates arrogance, with his index finger barely crooked. Enel can't even be bothered to use his entire hand against his foe. There are also an additional pair of heads for the electrical man. On the left is another jerky face you want to smash your fist into. The right face is his surprised reaction, which is one of my favorite things that One Piece mangaka Eichiro Oda has ever drawn. It's perfect for just about any occasion and I've been known to use it as a reaction face for suitable occasions. It doesn't really match the pose he's been molded in, but the comedy factor wins out over practicality. Bluefin also sent over the Thriller Bark version of Perona, the gothic lolita with the power to control negativity. Here's her box. It looks sufficiently cute for Perona. Unlike the Enel box, this is closer to the older boxes in size. Then again, she's smaller than Enel, so it's fitting that her package be proportional to her. Like Enel, I adore the pose Bandai chose for Perona. It nails her saucy childishness, what with the defiant angle of her hips and the carefree toss of her hand. The positioning is great with her ghosts flanking either side of her. Careful with these charming little guys; they pack a depressive punch. They start off translucent and end with see-through tails. It's a nice little touch. Zooming in on Perona's skirt, there's a surprsing amount of detail. Her belt looks fantastic and the frills on the edges of the fabric look great too.  Unfortunately, her face is somewhat lacking. It may be that the simplicity of her face requires extra attention to keep it from looking plain. Either way, there isn't much here to be impressed with. At least her mouth looks properly painted. That said, looking at it as a whole isn't so bad. As long as you aren't staring at her face and looking at the complete package, she still looks pretty damn good. She gets pretty close to her Thriller Bark Portrait Of Pirates entry, which I reviewed a while ago. I really liked that figure, so those are some pretty big words. All in all, I'm quite impressed with the work that Bandai has put into these Figuart ZEROs. The detail and molding has improved dramatically, getting closer and closer to the mythical quality of Megahouse's POP line. I absolutely recommend these guys to all One Piece fans and I'm sure they'll impress even those that aren't so familiar with these characters. [A big thank you to Bluefin Distribution for providing Enel and Perona for review.]
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