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C2E2 2015

C2E2 2015: Bluefin

Toys from the east and west
Apr 28
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... read
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... read feature

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! read feature

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... read feature

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.... read feature


Tamashii Summer Collection 2014: Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA gallery

A whole bunch of wants
May 12
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... read

Tear it up with some Godzilla effect sets

Glorious destruction!
Apr 30
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... read

Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA trying to arrange earlier reveal for S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 2014

Up from the depths already!
Apr 30
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... read
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... read feature

Dragon Ball Z

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

Geez, roid rage much?
Mar 05
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... read

Toy Fair 2014: Tamashii - S.H. Figuarts Naruto

Orange-clad ninja somewhow infliltrated the S.H. Figuarts line
Feb 17
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... read

Go West, young SHF Imperialdramon!

Renewed hope for Diaboromon?
Feb 08
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... read
Dragon Ball Z

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

Means I probably could have and should have waited
Feb 06
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. ... read
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 ... read feature


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

D-Arts Omni/Omegamon returns for a Western-release sequel
Jan 13
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... read
The Hobbit

Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA 'teases' Smaug

You're tearing me apart, Bluefin!
Dec 14
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... read

Knock your figures through walls or into the ground

Wait, where's the sound effect?
Nov 23
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... read

S.H. MonsterArts Biollante is nearly upon us

Would a Biollante by any other name smell as sweet?
Nov 21
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... read
A little bit o' cute, a little bit o' evil
Bandai has done a lot to improve their Figuarts ZERO line in the last couple of years. Back when I reviewed a trio of ZEROs in 2011, they were fairly simple looking figures of dudes in standard poses with the exception of Mar... read feature


Gunpla Builders World Cup chooses NA representative

North American region representative comes from the United States
Nov 07
Bluefin Distribution has announced their pick for the North American regional finals that will be heading to Japan in December to compete against builders from around the world. The winner is Kevin Yi Zhang of Conne... read

S.H. MonsterArts Gigan unveiled, ready to wreck Earth

Even Gigan's style is deadly...
Oct 31
Bluefin Tamashii Nations has uploaded a photo of a prototype S.H. MonsterArts Gigan 2004, based on the character's appearance in Godzilla: Final Wars. Gigan, an alien cyborg bent on global destruction, is an older Godzilla en... read
A lot of everything: Dragon Ball, One Piece, Evangelion, Gundam, Saint Seiya, and Monster Hunter
Trying to collect figures on a shoestring budget? It's hard to do unless you're willing to set your sights a little smaller. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for something cheap. Bluefin Distribution and Tamashii Nati... read feature


NYCC 2013: Tamashii Nations - S.H. MonsterArts

They came from outer space!
Oct 11
What would Halloween be without monsters? Or, more specifically, Bandai's S.H. MonsterArts line? Bluefin Tamashii Nations had a good mix of monsters on display at NYCC between aliens, predators, and Godzilla-related displays.... read
There will be Batman
One word could be used to describe Bluefin Tamashii Nation's S.H. Figuarts display: Batman. Sure, there was a lot of other stuff on display -- including the recently announced S.H. Figuarts Goku, the Krillin due out next month, a cool Daft Punk display, Sailor Moon, Power Rangers, DBZ, etc -- but that stuff isn't Batman. Only Batman is Batman. Hit the jump for more Batman... and other stuff. read feature

NYCC: Tamashii Nations

NYCC 2013: Tamashii Nations - Figuarts ZERO

Check out them static figures
Oct 11
Our man on the floor, Andres, captured some pictures of the various Figuarts ZERO figures on display by Tamashii Nations (Bluefin Distribution) at NYCC. Check out the gallery for pictures of: Perona, Thriller Bark ver. Roro... read
Figuarts Zero Sigma

Figuarts Zero Sigma will be available at NYCC

Yes, he's huge. We get it already
Sep 22
Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA has announced that they'll have Bandai's Figuarts Zero Sigma on sale at NYCC next month. The announcement comes paired with a packaging photo that shows how much larger the box is compared to D-Ar... read
Sailor Mars Figuarts

Need more Sailor Mars goodness? Look no further!

AmiAmi's Blog has got you covered
Sep 04
I can't get enough of Sailor Mars, and I feel lucky to have gotten my pre-order to go through the other night with how packed everyone's servers were. AmiAmi's Blog has you covered on lovely images of her though, in case you'... read
Sailor Mars Figuarts

[Update!] S.H. Figuarts Sailor Mars up for pre-order!

Fire yourself up to wait for pages to load!
Sep 04
[Update #2: She is now available at Big Bad Toy Store at the link below!] (Thanks Phoenix Gamma!) [Update: She is now available at HobbyLink Japan at the link below!] Here she is! One of my top favorite Sailor Scouts is final... read

Bandai SDCC exclusives available on Bluefin Premium

Another chance to pick up a SHF Piccolo
Sep 01
For those who missed picking up Bandai exclusives at the Bluefin Distribution booth during SDCC (and want to avoid scalpers), Bluefin Distribution is currently selling those exclusives through Bluefin Premium. The site charge... read
Who knew a visor and a computer could be so awesome
Over on the AmiAmi Blog they've put up a gallery dedicated to the brainiac, Sailor Mercury. I never was Mercury's biggest fan, but the more of the Figuarts I see, the more I'm excited for it.  I have it pre-ordered regar... read feature

Rangers together, metallic redecos forever!
For me, Power Rangers basically ended with Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. However, the show has continued for over a dozen more seasons and, through the magic of Linkara's Power Ranger reviews, I've actually been tempted to ch... read feature

GBWC at Otakon

Gunpla Builders World Cup qualifying comes to Otakon

Plus you can test your skills in a speed building contest for prizes
Jul 31
Gunpla Builders World Cup qualifying rounds aren't just for the west coast. At Otakon 2013 (August 9 to 11) the GBWC will be making their first of two east coast stops (the other being New York Comic Con / New York Anime Fest... read

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