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10:00 PM on 08.20.2014

Prepare for a treat with Hatsune Miku Halloween Nendoroid launch events

On the official Hatsune Miku Facebook page they've revealed two big east and west coast events for the USA of particular interest to us here at Tomopop. On October 11 and 12 the Los Angeles Center Studios will be hosting the ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




8:00 PM on 08.19.2014

Nendoroid Link sails to two month delay, brings others along for the ride

Bad news for those of you who were eagerly anticipating getting your hands on Good Smile Company's rendition of Nintendo's Wind Waker hero - he's been delayed until October. This news was revealed in GSC's regular resche...

Martin Siggers

6:00 PM on 08.19.2014

Take tea with these Nendoroid Hiei preorders

The unstoppable  Kantai Collection merchandising juggernaut rolls onwards, and though I've long since given up attempting to identify the individual characters, I know a cute Nendoroid when I see one. That's exactly...

Martin Siggers



Tomopop Unboxes: August 2014 Anime Bento photo
Tomopop Unboxes: August 2014 Anime Bento
by Natalie Kipper

Anime Bento is a cool new subscription service that delivers hand-picked Japanese toys, accessories, and tasty treats right to your door. For this unboxing video, I open up their first box and examine its innards. Fun stuff. You can find out more about subscribing to Anime Bento here.

[a big thank-you to Anime Bento for supplying me with this sample!]

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Good Smile Company's new Ryuko Matoi is the height of fashion photo
Good Smile Company's new Ryuko Matoi is the height of fashion
by Martin Siggers

[ Spoilers ahead for Kill La Kill! ]

Back at Wonder Festival we saw Good Smile Company unveil a prototype for new figure of Kill La Kill heroine Ryuko Matoi. Rather than go for any of her more common looks though, the company opted to ramp up the craziness and produce a figure of her final episode 'Senketsu Fashion Week' super form, which I will never not refer to as Senketsu Hulk Hogan thanks to its red and yellow colour scheme.

Now Moeyo have put out a more comprehensive preview gallery and I have to say she's looking pretty good. As ever with these colossal 'ultimate form' figures GSC seem to have ladled on the detail and drama. The pose seems designed to take up the absolute maximum amount of shelf space possible, and that hair is approaching Yu-Gi-Oh! levels of awesome ridiculousness. My major concern here is that there's simply not that much for the sculptors to go to town on - after all, this is about as close to naked as an outfit can come. It's definitely a case where we'll have to see a more finalised coloured version before we pass judgement. If you're looking to catch the eye though, there's little doubt she'll do that.

[ via Moeyo (NSFW link) ]

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12:00 PM on 08.13.2014

Kahotan shows off what Good Smile Company is bringing to Comiket

Comiket 86 is happening this weekend. While it's not a big event for figure makers, it's still a huge pop culture event so Good Smile Company will have a presence there. Kahotan's Blog has some info on what you can expect fro...

Tianxiao Ma

1:00 PM on 08.12.2014

Kahotan's newest preview is Racing Miku Sepang ver.

Kahotan's newest preview happens to be a face we've seen before: FREEing's Racing Miku Sepang version. There aren't a ton of revelations in her preview, but we do get at least a nice shot of her torso, showing off some of the...

Brian Szabelski

12:00 PM on 08.11.2014

Nendoroid Akuma Homura completes the trilogy

Warning: Madoka Magica movie spoilers ahead! There's pretty much a holy trilogy when it comes to super popular characters - scale figure, Nendoroid and figma. You have to be pretty in-demand to merit all three, a feat wh...

Martin Siggers

8:30 PM on 08.10.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company - miscellaneous

Continuing with Good Smile Company's (and associates) apparently near-infinite display at WonFes, we arrive at some Attack on Titan figures and a bunch of Sonicos. GSC usually does a decent job with Sonico figures in that I d...

Tianxiao Ma

5:00 PM on 08.01.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company Girls

Though we're seeing a lot more boys making their way into figure collections these days, it's still the ladies who reign supreme. Good Smile Company were certainly doing their part, with a bevy of figures of all shapes and si...

Martin Siggers

12:00 AM on 08.01.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company - Vocaloids

Now that we're seeing more and more creative takes on Vocaloid designs, I'm actually enjoying their presence. It looks like the days of the same boring Miku design being made over and over again are done with. Good Smile Comp...

Tianxiao Ma





Think outside the box in this Nendoroid Solid Snake preview photo
Think outside the box in this Nendoroid Solid Snake preview
by Martin Siggers

After lurking in the shadows for a while, Nendoroid Solid Snake has finally emerged into the glaring light of a proper preview by Kahotan, and to say he's looking great would be an understatement. It really looks like Good Smile Company have bought their A game with this one.

For a start, Snake is one of the new super poseable style of Nendoroids, which means that he's got flexible elbow and knee joints. Furthermore, he's got a special flexible torso part allowing him to go prone. There's also a custom left leg to allow him to take up his classic 'chatting on the codec' pose, two guns, and the character's trademark cigarette.

Really though, this figure is dominated by a pair of absurdly brilliant extra parts. Snake only comes with one alternate face, but what a face it is. Good Smile have recreated his original Playstation 1 low-polygon face (supposedly from the actual game's data) and included it as an entire separate head part. It's equal parts amazing and absurd and definitely makes him stand out, if nothing else.

The second extra is of course Snake's constant companion, the cardboard box. It's not jsut any box accessory though. Not only is it big enough for Snake to actually hide under, but Kahotan confirms it's actually a perfect miniature replica of the box he'll ship in, emblazoned with GSC logos and Snake's Nendoroid number (#447). It's a great little in-joke and the kind of detail that really makes you appreciate the thought that went into the figure.

Kahotan ends her post by highlighting some incoming additions to the Metal Gear range that were unveiled at Wonder Festival or earlier - Nendoroid Venom Snake (from The Phantom Pain), figma Snake and figma Gurlukovich Soldier. There's also the important news that pre-orders for Snake open tomorrow. I was on the fence earlier but I think it's fair to say this preview has thoroughly convinced me. Who's with me?

[ via Kahotan's Blog ]

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