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MegaHobby Expo photo
Upcoming figures from Alter, MegaHouse
It's late fall so you know what that means: MegaHobby Expo time! I'm always hyped to see what kind of new stuff is coming soon (or in Alter's case, much later). Let this be a reminder for all of you to start saving up! Here's...

MegaHobby Expo 2015 photo
MegaHobby Expo 2015

MegaHobby Expo 2015 Spring: Hobby Japan


For those of you looking for boobs
May 31
// Tianxiao Ma
Hobby Japan often caters to the more salacious crowd, and I'm getting a bit of that from their display at MegaHobby Expo. Unfortunately a lot of these will likely be Hobby Japan exclusives, so actually buying them can be a tr...
Amakuni Bishamon photo
Amakuni Bishamon

Amakuni serves up a stray god for you


Bishamon from the series Noragami
Nov 25
// Tianxiao Ma
If pretty women with giant swords floats your boat, check out Amakuni's Bishamon from the manga/anime series Noragami. She's supposed to be a god of combat - I guess she looks the part? Kind of? This looks to be a Hobby Japan...

Amakuni's new Asuka is a cut above

Aug 25 // Martin Siggers
Amakuni Asuka photo
Evangelion 3.33 heroine a Hobby Japan exclusive
Amakuni have recently carved out a lucrative niche collaborating with Hobby Japan magazine, producing high quality exclusive figures for the publication. That collaboration doesn't look like it's about to stop anytime soon ei...


Hobby Japan Exclusives photo
One imaginary hero, one real one
It seems like only yesterday I was bemoaning the lack of figures of Rikka Takanashi from Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!...wait, it was! Not content with letting Kotobukiya steal the spotlight, Hobby Japan today put ...

1/10 Sakura Miku photo
Precious Flower
Kahotan's preview today spotlights Good Smile Company's second collaboration with Hobby Japan for their Figure Japan magazine (the first being their 1/10 Ultimate Madoka). As we saw a few weeks back, it'll be a scale ver...

Tomopop Review: Amakuni's Marika Kato

Mar 06 // Martin Siggers
Figure Name: Marika KatoFigure Maker: Amakuni/Hobby JapanRetail Price: ¥9,333Available At: N/A The first thing to note about Marika is that if you want to buy her....you can't. Or, at least, not new. The reason for that is that she's one of Amakuni's frequent collaborations with Hobby Japan, and was exclusively available through the pages of the magazine. Those outside of Japan needed a proxy to buy her (I got mine from Big in Japan) so she's a little more expensive and difficult to get hold of than your average figure. With that in mind, expectations are suitably raised. This s a pretty standard box, although it's larger than you'd expect for a 1/8 figure for reason we'll see in a bit. I like the hot pink colour scheme and the big bold lettering at the the top, but it's all a little messy down the bottom, with no less than three different typography sets. The box does have heart shaped side windows, which is a cool little detail. Out of the box, it's hopefully obvious what drew me to Marika in the first place. This is an exciting, dynamic pose with tons of movement and some fantastic detailing. First impressions are positive. Marika's mostly made of lovely soft touch matte plastic, and there are no major defects or paint flaws to report. I will say that there's some use of slightly glossier smooth plastic (on her cloak for example) that feels a little cheaper. This is my first Amakuni figure and I'd say I was very satisfied, but I wouldn't class the company in the elite tier alongside GSC, Alter et al yet. There's a little bit of paint splash here and there and one or two sloppy lines, although I must stress these are the exceptions rather than the rule. One thing that's absolutely inexcusable though is the base. It's just a big disc of shiny, hollow black plastic and it couldn't feel cheaper if it tried. I get that an elaborate base isn't necessary for a standing figure like this, but come on, where's my starfield or ship's wheel or something like that? This is the kind of thing I'd expect to see on a ¥1,500 trading figure. From the side it's easy to see why a bigger box was required. With Marika leaning forward and her cape billowing out behind her this is a pretty 'long' figure, although it's quite narrow since the cape doesn't flare, and she hasn't got much of a skirt. One interesting thing to note is that, unlike most figures, Marika cannot be removed from her base. The foot is permanently attached to the stand part, which is screwed into the base. This is unusual, but it's not like she could stand at all without the base anyway, and hopefully it'll help alleviate potential leaning issues. There's a real nice flutter to Marika's cape, and the burgundy interior adds a much needed splash of colour to what's a very black heavy figure. As I mentioned the cape is pretty swept to one side, which helps with the impression she's mid turn, moving in a specific direction. Note the nice, subtler work with the coat as well. Marika's weapons are not molded into her hands, but are instead separate pieces, probably to save space inside the packaging. They're nicely detailed and slip snugly into her hands. In fact, they might be a little too snug - I had to use quite a lot of force, especially since there's almost no 'give' in the hand parts. You can also see here some great close detailing, like the little ruffles, or the sharp gold trim on the upturned sleeve. One thing I unabashedly love about this figure is the face, which is nigh perfect. Marika's got just the hint of a smile playing about her lips and the big, blue eyes are wonderfully painted and add real verve to the face when framed by her pinkish-orange hair. Big praise for the hat too which is a chunky, reassuringly solid lump of plastic. The big feather on the top looks great and the entire thing is deep enough that it sits on her head squarely without much chance of falling off. There's no special mechanism or parts required for the hat. It simply pops on and off like an actual hat would do, so if you want to pose it at a jaunty angle, that's entirely possible, although probably not the best look for the poor girl. From the front we can see some delightful design touches - note the nice ruffling on the cravat, the skull and bones logo on the scabbard and the way her coat and skirt fall very naturally across the legs. Marika's hair is not as immediately striking as some figures, but it's an important part of her makeup nonetheless. Amakuni have done a great job spreading it out over her back like a mane, and while it may not be the most elaborate 'do we've seen, it avoids becoming just a big lump of plastic. I like the way it's not quite as smooth and uniform as you'd expect - the little fronds sticking out make it more like actual, unruly hair. Overall, I'm extremely satisfied with Marika. That's not to say she's perfect though. While it's good, Amakuni's quality isn't quite up to going toe-to-toe with the biggest names in the business, and that base quite frankly is an embarrassment. Still, it's a figure of so many wonderful touches, full of such vim and vigour, that it's difficult not to smile every time you see her perched on a shelf. And you know what? That's worth more than any treasure. (Except chocolate gold coins, those things rock!)
Amakuni Marika photo
Gun and sword in accord
It's clearly pirate season at Tomopop. We've just seen Tian take on Alphamax's enticing Velvet Batrass, and now I'm here to take a look at another lady pirate, albeit one considerably more covered up. It's Amakuni's version o...

Hobby Japan Sakura Miku photo
I can't tell you about the shimapan though
Hobby Japan has teamed up with Good Smile Company to produce a Sakura Miku scale figure. If the sculpt looks familiar, that's because it's based on GSC's 1/8-scale Miku. This one has been run through a copier and shrunken to ...

Amakuni Belphegor photo
Amakuni Belphegor

[NSFW] Amakuni's Belphegor is just the laziest


A Hobby Japan exclusive Seven Deadly Sins figure
Jan 27
// Tianxiao Ma
Although Belphegor isn't really looking the part, she is the representation of Sloth in Hobby Japan's Seven Deadly Sins brand. We've seen the character design, but now you can check out the painted version in the latest magaz...
Queen's Blade photo
Queen's Blade

[NSFW] Queen's Blade's Tomoe is tied up for the moment


Not exactly an icon of female empowerment
Nov 26
// Tianxiao Ma
The Queen's Whatever series has gone on for much longer than I expected, and it has given us a bounty of exploitative, mildly rape-y figures to enjoy (or not). The latest magazine scans have a few for us to look at. The bulk ...
Hobby Japan Mammon photo
Looks pretty appetizing OH WAIT IS THAT A FACE
It looks like Mammon is gearing up for Thanksgiving with a basket full of... um... unusual-looking veggies. That carrot definitely has a face and legs. Don't hate, though. Traditional veggies are so old-hat - it's all about m...

Amakuni Erza photo
Both swords and clothes optional
A few days back we saw a quick unpainted prototype showing of Hobby Japan's take on Erza Scarlet, a collaboration with Amakuni. Now in very short order we've got both pictures of the fully painted figure and pre-orders up and...

Amakuni's Erza photo
Amakuni's Erza

Unwrap Amakuni's Erza Scarlet prototype


Will this fairy tale come true?
Nov 21
// Martin Siggers
Amakuni and Hobby Japan announced a little while back that they'd be making a figure of the much loved Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail, but we hadn't had a chance to see anything of the actual product until earlier today, when a...
Hobby Japan Leviathan photo
Hobby Japan Leviathan

[NSFW] Hobby Japan's Leviathan gets a taste for purple


Purple with envy, I guess?
Sep 26
// Tianxiao Ma
Ah, my old friend. Hobby Japan's Leviathan is back! Unlike Lucifer, who's getting a new sculpt, Leviathan is only getting a new color scheme. I think I still like the original better, but either way, Leviathan is my favorite ...
Hobby Japan Lucifer photo
Hobby Japan Lucifer

[NSFW] It's hot in hell so cool off with this new Lucifer


Looks so much less worksafe in color
Sep 25
// Tianxiao Ma
Speaking of hell, it must be freezing over because there are some swimsuit figures coming out that I actually want. Then again, it's probably not freezing over after all as you can see by the state of Lucifer's dress. The pro...
Pre-order Marika photo
Arrr. Nice booty!
We have followed the production of Amakuni's Marika for a long time; From an unpainted prototype at MegaHobby 2013, A tweet of a painted prototype to a recent magazine scan. For those of you who wanted the pre-order her, the ...

Hobby Japan D'Artagnan photo
Hobby Japan D'Artagnan

[NSFW] D'Artagnan joins the Queen's Gate lineup


Stick 'em with the pointy end!
Aug 23
// Tianxiao Ma
Well it's a Queen's Gate figure by MegaHouse so you probably know what you're getting into by now. Hobby Japan and I remember D'Artagnan very differently. I'm not a fan of her weird (to be charitable) proportions, though her ...
Marika Katou photo
Hobby Japan exclusive set to fill that void in your collection
I don't really get it. Bodacious Space Pirates was a real hit when it aired back in 2012. And yet, despite a plucky cast of female characters (oh, there were some guys there, too), it didn't get a lot of interest on the merch...

WonFes Amakuni photo
WonFes Amakuni

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Amakuni


The bodacious pirate and more
Jul 29
// Tianxiao Ma
We knew ahead of time that we'd see Amakuni's Marika Katou (from Mouretsu Pirates) at WonFes. Indeed, Kristina was able to get a few photos of the figure, painted and unpainted. I think she looks terrific - certainly up to pa...
Amakuni's Dark General photo
Amakuni's Dark General

Amakuni's Dark General summoned for pre-order


Arriving in November
Jun 27
// Brian Szabelski
Popping up in Hobby Japan's shop today is Amakuni's Dark General. Based on the character from Shingeki no Bahamut, the November release packs one heck of a hefty sword, a lot of detail, and not a lot of armor. I guess when yo...
Ultimate Madoka photo
Ultimate Madoka

Hobby Japan's miniature Ultimate Madoka is up for order


1/10 scale variation bundled with Figure Japan magazine
Jun 25
// Martin Siggers
There's been a little confusion ever since Hobby Japan revealed they'd be offering an exclusive variant on Good Smile Company's scale Ultimate Madoka. Now though an official listing on the GSC website has thrown up prototype ...
Seven Deadly Sins Satan photo
Seven Deadly Sins Satan

Feel the wrath in this Satan gallery


A pair of big, beautiful... eyes
Jun 19
// Tianxiao Ma
We got a glimpse of the sculpted Satan in last month's magazine scans. As it turns out, she also made an appearance at MegaHobby Expo. For whatever reason, photos of her didn't come out until a couple of days ago, but now we ...
Ultimate Madoka photo
Possible magazine exclusive features new parts based on original Godoka figure
You've got room for another Ultimate Madoka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica right? I mean, Good Smile Company has their 1/8 scale version and the Nendoroid, Max Factory has their figma version, Banpresto has done a few prize f...

Seven Deadly Sins photo
Seven Deadly Sins

Two more deadly sins get sculpted


Mammon and Satan unpainted sculpts
May 24
// Tianxiao Ma
Hobby Japan's Seven Deadly Sins figures will be joined soon by Satan and Mammon. Satan is the representation of wrath, and the new sculpt does indeed look wrathful. I'm not super impressed by Satan's character design, but tha...
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Hobby Japan's Keiji Maeda is up for pre-order


Lewd placemat also available
Apr 26
// Tianxiao Ma
I guess some people would say this figure is heavy on the cheese. Keiji here makes Soulcalibur's Ivy look modest by comparison, so I don't think anyone would ever accuse this figure of being tasteful. That's not to say t...
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Belphegor's design for the Seven Deadly Sins revealed


Can you "commit" sloth?
Mar 24
// Tianxiao Ma
If you're still following the Seven Deadly Sins figures, this month's scans showed off the design of Belphegor (who represents sloth). You wouldn't know it was sloth just by looking, though I guess her top is meant to invoke ...
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She is indeed "pretty in pink"
Tian recently featured this figure when it came up in the monthly scans, but some better pictures popped up over at the official Hyakka Ryoran website -- so we're sharing them! The listing estimates release will occur around ...

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Satan joins the Seven Deadly Sins line


Her weapon certainly looks wicked
Feb 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Although there was no physical model, we can at least marvel in the design of Satan. She'll be the next to join Hobby Japan and Orchid Seed's ambitious Seven Deadly Sins figures. If you're trying to make sense of the drawing,...
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Hobby Japan's Kanetsugu Naoe looks pretty in pink


Recolor of the Alter figure
Feb 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Gender swap anime Hyakka Ryouran certainly isn't shy about showing off its female cast, and pervy figure collectors like me are thankful for it. Alter and Hobby Japan made a Kanetsugu Naoe swimsuit figure last year, and now t...
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Aquarion Evol, Hyakka Ryouran, and more in scans


Also some Hobby Japan exclusives
Jan 25
// Tianxiao Ma
We've got the rest of this month's magazine scans - that eternal wellspring of anime/PVC news - and there's a bit of old and new all mixed in. MegaHouse's 1/8-scale Yunoha Thrul from Aquarion Evol, now painted. She's shown w...

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