Due to scheduling difficulties, I wasn't able to get a question post up. My deepest apologies, dearest Tomocast listeners. To make up for it, I brought on a trio of guests that will surely entertain you. To...
Alter showed up in force at MegaHobby Expo, and after waiting it out, we've got a nice little round-up here of what they had on display. Check out the gallery for images of:
Super Soniko and Kaguya in swimsuits
Well, I've been wishing for this forever: a decent Angel figure for Evangelion fans. Manufacturer CCP has done us all a favor, making this large-scale Zeruel figure available for pre-order. While it stands nearly a foot tall,...
Recently, I had a chance to wander around one of my local arcades and see what prizes were locked up inside the machines. Locked away behind a promise if you get the claw to drop in some precise way, or break the piece of toilet paper separating your waifu from freedom, or some other obstacle.
Besides the usual array of plushies (including some Pokémon X & Y ones you can see in the gallery), I saw some OreImo figures, Sonico, Miku, One Piece, Medaka Box, and more. There's usually a little bit of everything, though, so you're bound to find something that you like.
This image collection is really just a bit of the highlights, since it's impossible to take pictures of all the machines (if photos are allowed in the arcade at you're in at all) when some of them are too crowded. Either way, take a look at what I managed!
Hello and welcome, Tomopeeps, to the first ever Tomopop LinkUP! A lot of news comes out in any given week and there just isn't enough time in a day to get it out. It's not bad news, in fact it's quite good news, but when you deal with a few hundred tips in a week like we do, some stuff is just bound to fall to the wayside.
Our solution is Tomopop LinkUP; taking the best of what's been left behind and rounding it all up into one big report. Unlike the daily news you see around here, LinkUP consists of a series of short blurbs and teaser images with links you can follow for more information. If the rest of the site is the main course, then consider this the dessert.
And speaking of dessert, this week we'll be talking about Japan's incredible holiday cakes, designer toys, robots, anime stuff, and even a few videos!
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 Nations are bringing over a bunch of the latest gashapon, prize figures, scale figures, blind boxes and other small-scale collectibles along with an ample number of role play items from a wide range of anime.
When it comes to the Dragon Ball stuff it's hard to tell what's more popular; the figures or the role play stuff. Aside from their S.H. Figuarts and Figuarts ZERO offerings they also displayed their new line of of Shodo articulated mini figures. They're 80mm tall (just over 3 inches) fully articulated, painted like their big brothers, and features a Goku based on his appearance in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. They also had prototypes of some new prize figures on display that will certainly see released soon.
Fun as those are it's hard to not be impressed by the number of role play items on display. Goku's pole and disk-firing wristbands look good, plus there's Trunk's sword, the Dragon Radar, and glowing Dragon Balls. But the best choice is the variety of Scouters in red, blue, and green. They even have an exclusive three-pack with NYCC stickers on the sides. They can scan cards to read out power levels and make a bunch of noises. I remember seeing a lot of people walking around Otakon with these on this year so they're definitely popular even among non-cosplayers.
If Dragon Ball isn't your thing then maybe you're interested in the huge variety of figures being released for One Piece? Portraits of Pirates? Check! Movie Z figures? Check! Costume figures? Check! Super deformed, mini, and trading figures? Check, check, and check! Looks like most of the cast of characters are well represented, even some of the lesser villains look to have multiple figures.
Perhaps you're more of an Evangelion movie fan? There was no shortage of figures for the third movie; ranging from a number of figures for the pilots (including two figures of Shinji, imagine that!) to the Evangelion Mechanics line featuring little Eva Units in complex display sets.
Probably the franchise taking up the most space is Gundam. There was so much Gundam stuff that wasn't Gunpla it would take far too long to try to name it all. There's Gundam STANDart, Gundam Converge, Assault Kingdom, and so very much more. Just go look at the gallery, it's all there.
Too a lesser extent they also had a number of different Saint Seiya figures on display for various characters in different forms. They also had the highly detailed figures from Monster Hunter Encyclopedia XI and XII on display.
This is a great effort from Bluefin. It's nice to see so much stuff from Bandai made available outside of Japan without the need for customers to import.
Fans of the remake of Evangeleon may be interested to know that Medicom toys just announced that their latest RAH model of Eva Mark 9 is now available for pre-order. Details are a little sparse on it at this time but this is ...
The main reason I wanted to post this? All of the head puns! Okay not really, but it's always fun to recall that one scene from Austin Powers. Anyway, Medicom is continuing to expand their line of Evangelion 3.0 figures with ...
Arcadia and Cerberus Project have teamed up once again to bring you a C:MO figure. This time it's Asuka in her Evangelion 2.0 garb, featuring her traditional red plug suit and... not a whole lot more.
The appeal of C:MO is su...
Christmas time will soon be here and you'll need a cake to celebrate the Mass of the birth of Baby Jesus. Nothing would be more appropriate for this holy of holies than a cake from a series that has taken its religious inspir...
Boy, Medicom Toy really, really love Asuka don't they? Over at their blog photos have popped up of a new Real Action Heroes version of the redheaded pilot from Evangelion. For those keeping count (or who can read the headline), this will be the fifth different time she's been rendered in the 1/6 poseable range.
So what's different this time round? Erm. not a lot really. The biggest change is a new outfit, adopting her heavily modified plugsuit as seen in Evangelion Q. It's not a look I dig frankly - the mix of red, orange, white, black and purple is ugly and clashes nastily and the entire thing is nowhere near as classy as her iconic all read look. Considering we just saw a rather charming event exclusive take on her, I'm having trouble getting excited for this, but peruse the gallery if you want to see more.
As a collector, I've always sort of felt I should own an Evangelion figure. It's not like there aren't a bunch to choose from right? It helps that I'm a big fan of the series and that it's full of interesting, attractively designed characters. As for which one, I've always been partial to the queen of tsunderes, the fiery redhead, Asuka. Problem is, none of the figures of her released in the past few years have really gotten my attention. Until now that is - Kotobukiya's new sculpt is a stunner, and I couldn't resist picking her up. What do I think? Let's find out.
Wave continues their departure from the ever expanding Beach Queens line with another lovely plugsuit girl. This time, fiery Asuka gets shown off in her most recent incarnation, and she certainly looks pretty great for the sc...