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Good Smile announces first delays of 2014

Time for your regularly scheduled disappointmen
Jan 20
// Martin Siggers
Good Smile Company has just announced their releases and their delays for January and it's a pretty regular month. Which is to say, there's a fair few delays, some of them disappointingly high profile. Probably the most notab...

Tomopop LinkUP: Art is a blast!

Jan 16 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
New papercraft site Urban Paper Collective has now launched. They describe themselves as an "international group of friends who share a passion for the design of papertoys of all sizes." The new site will be offering exclusive, free monthly papertoys right on the site as well as paper news, tips, and collaborations between artists. You can read bios for the artists and see examples of their work at the previous link. The first free toy is the above UPC Badger which has been followed by the first monthly exclusive: 1401: Clown. Akiba Hobby has updated again with a new gallery. This time featuring Beach Queens Wakaba Saegusa from Vividred Operation. She's pretty standard as these figures go, but doesn't look bad, just feels like she's missing something. AmiAmi has posted a two part interview with popular artist and character designer Tony Taka at his Albion Works studio. You probably couldn't pick him out of a crowd, but his figures are easily recognized. He discusses quite a bit in the two interviews, but I'm more of a sucker for looking at people's collections so I'm mostly in it for the extensive gallery found at the links. Biggest surprise for me: AmiAmi makes display cases? Good Smile Company once again gathered up all of their new Wooser merch for another look. included are a variety of plushies, oversized talking pens, and the headphone jack dust plugs. What better way is there to celebrate the new season of the anime (which is awesome)? Kahotan put together a gallery for their latest Nendoroid addition to their Little Busters series: Komari Kamikita. She's an adorable looking figure with lots of added parts including sitting legs and some snacks. Kud has some stiff competition coming when it comes to cuteness. Tailgrab's Aka posted a gallery for his recently purchased Dollfie Dream Kuonji Alice. The darkness and shadows are a really great match for her pale skin and dark hair and eyes! Which artist from the designer toy scene did Smithsonian Magazine just tap for an interview? Why none other than modeler Jason Freeny of course! He calls the interview one of his greatest honors and you can tell they did their homework. Emilio Garcia's latest brain-themed designer piece is the green Brainade. This piece is being sold via a lottery system with more info at the link. Talk about mind-blowing! Kixkillradio is keeping a bunch of figures warm under their own little kotatsu (Japanese heated table). There are two galleries, one for Cu-Poche and one for Nendoroids. They sure do look toasty under there! Tentacle Armada has posted two new relatively SFW gallery reviews. First up is Mary Stuart from Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II. Second up is Tony Taka's Daisy figure which looks amazing under natural light! Reflective Boundary did a really nice photo gallery for Vertex's Noel Vermilion from BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma. Sometimes all you need is pictures because words just slow you down. Lastly, our own Tian here at Tomopop helps me out a lot every week by pointing out the really cool fan galleries I post every week. He's got a 2013 year-in-review over on his website Makigumo that's worth checking out alongside his other reviews and galleries. If you like this stuff go on over there and make his hit counter move a little. That's all for this week. I look forward to seeing you come back next week for another Tomopop LinkUP!
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A good week for the creative types
Hello and welcome to the latest installment of Tomopop LinkUP! I hope people enjoyed the special Transformers edition of LinkUP I did last week, but now we're back to our regular routine. There's been a lot of stuff happening...

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Oh Alter, you should just add a question mark to all your release dates.
I knew things seemed a bit too quiet in Alter-land. After all, Alter wouldn't be Alter without a delay or two on a monthly basis, right? Right. They recently updated their September shipment schedule, and as you can probably ...

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Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Part 2

Robots, rings and Millenium Rods
Jul 29
// Martin Siggers
But wait, there's more! Kotobukiya bought so much stuff just one post can't handle it, so let's crack on. We've now got much better shots of the triple tag-team of Marik Ishtars, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere's Tomo Asana ...

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Kotobukiya Futayo Honda

Kotobukiya's Futayo Honda gets an official preview

Just look at those body lines
Jun 10
// Tianxiao Ma
Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere's Futayo Honda got a memorable figure courtesy of Alter, but Kotobukiya is now aiming to make their own. The Kotobukiya Figure Blog now has an official preview gallery so you can see just what...
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ACen: Max Factory

ACen 2013: Max Factory

Featuring Aoba, Tomo Asama, and Nyaruko
May 21
// Tianxiao Ma
Most of Max Factory's presence at ACen was in figma form, but they had a trio of scale PVC figures there too. Two of them are recent releases: DRAMAtical Murder's Aoba, and Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere's Tomo. Aoba looked...
Those are two big.. swords you got there.
Ever seen Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere? I watched it some and while it had some interesting concepts, the amount of fan service present had scared me off. Still if you want to check out the show it is avail...


Get another look at figma Futayo Honda in new scans

Set for a September release
Mar 24
// Brian Szabelski
In this month's batch of magazine scans, we've gotten a little peek at the upcoming figma Futayo Honda from Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere. She's still unpainted, so we're not really getting to see much that's new except th...

Chara-Ani's Masazumi Honda is on the horizon

Status of pants unknown
Mar 14
// Tianxiao Ma
You know what can be a fun game? Making up a story to explain the poses some of these figures wind up in. Why did Masazumi's pants fall down? Why is she covering her chest with her arms? I don't know but it might be fun to sp...

Wonder Festival 2013 Winter: Kotobukiya

Prototypes galore, including one from Prince of Tennis!
Feb 11
// Brian Szabelski
Kotobukiya's booth at Wonder Festival 2013 Winter was packed with a ton of new prototypes, along with a few old favorites like the Yu-Gi-Oh! figures and Wolfwood.  Your list of figures in our gallery includes: Blac...

MegaHouse preorder roundup

MegaHouse strikes again
Jan 31
// Yami Casas
Recently, MegaHouse updated their web-page announcing the upcoming figures that will be available for pre-orders in February. So, prepare your wallets and get ready for the February edition of the MegaHouse roundup. Up first,...

MegaHobby Expo 2012 Autumn: Alter

Just reminding you that Kongiku's still a thing
Nov 27
// Tianxiao Ma
Alter had a few figures to show at MegaHobby Expo, including a timely reminder that their Kongiku figure is still going to happen. Eventually... probably. Who knows with Alter? Among the sights to see were: Saber in probably...

Good Smile delays more toward and after the new year

Ultimate Madoka, Princess of the Crystal, Saber Lily and more get pushed back
Oct 31
// Jonathan Tubbs
What? Is it already time for more product delays from Good Smile Company and Max Factory? Apparently so. Here is what you'll need to be rolling over your planned budget for: Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Ultimate MadokaNovember...

Volks goes Sword Art Online and more at Dengeki Festival

Asuna gets dolled up while Shining Blade and Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere get more moe.
Oct 20
// Jonathan Tubbs
Volks has more coming for its various exclusive lines that were shown in some way at the Dengeki 20th Anniversary Festival. Two announcements are from Sword Art Online. Just act surprised, okay? As a part of the Moekore PLUS ...

Dengeki Festival has Beach Queens competing for the crown

A slew of new ladies from Wave Corporation hit the beach later in 2013
Oct 19
// Jonathan Tubbs
The Dengeki 20th Anniversary Festival continues with more new figures to check out. We've already seen Good Smile Company and Max Factory show off their wears. Now it's time for Wave Corporation to show off their 1/10-scale B...

New figma, Nendoroid photos show up at Dengeki Festival

What was teased is finally revealed.
Oct 19
// Jonathan Tubbs
Earlier Good Smile Company and Max Factory teased what they would be having at the Dengeki 20th Anniversary Festival. Now that the event is here, the company is in full tweet form revealing everything they have teased and the...

Nendoroid Horizon pre-orders are just over the horizon

Too bad it's another Dengeki exclusive.
Oct 18
// Jonathan Tubbs
Earlier this month at the Aki no Saiten event, the colored version of Nendoroid Horizon Ariadust from Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere was on display. With the figure being shown in such a state, it's only a matter of time un...

Take a gander at the bundle-only Asama Tomo Nendo

Aug 14
// Brian Szabelski
So, we've known for a while that the upcoming Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere PSP game will be bundled with an exclusive Asama Tomo Nendoroid. Now, we've got some photos of the exclusive, and as you can see, s...

Good Smile offers up two re-releases and Tomo Asama

Jul 06
// Brian Szabelski
It's been a busy day for pre-orders, because Good Smile just offered up three of them! First, from Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere comes Max Factory's 1/7-scale Tomo Asama. Yes, you can either pose her with her bow or a...

Blast off with the Beach Queens Nate Mitotsudaira

Jun 25
// Chang Su
Wave's Beach Queens figures are known for two things: their affordable price point and their small sizes. If you've grown accustomed to the familiar routine of Beach Queens releases, then you'd better clench your teeth, becau...

Nendo Asama Tomo to be bundled with Horizon PSP game

Jun 07
// Brian Szabelski
The anime series Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere is getting a PSP game released for it soon, and as seems to be customary now a days, there's a special bundle being offered with a figure included. This time, it's Nendor...

Hobby Round 7: A parade of PVC figures

Apr 08
// Brian Szabelski
Hobby Round 7 has had plenty of garage kits and new announcements, but what about some of the previously revealed figures? Well, they were there as well, and we have a few new shots to show off of them in that lovely gallery ...

Anime Contents Expo (ACE) 2012

Mar 31
// Jonathan Tubbs
It's another event from Japan and figure manufacturers displaying their latest and upcoming goods! The Anime Content Expo (ACE) 2012, running March 31, 2012 to April 1, 2012, brings anime to the fans with various events such ...

Reserve or Regret? Import round up for March 26, 2012

Mar 27
// Jonathan Tubbs
Getting sick sucks. It also sucks to know that I have been allowing you folks to get away without spending money. That has gone on long enough. Pull out those credit cards, borrow some cash, or do what you must because it's t...

Volks, Wave, Bandai and Konami all about mecha and musume

Feb 23
// Jonathan Tubbs
If you like your machines with your ladies, then you can definitely rely on such companies like Bandai and Konami to deliver these goods. Revealed in the latest magazine scans are the products featuring said combination from ...

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