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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.




1:00 AM on 08.16.2014

Japan sends a Kitty into space

There's a long tradition of space agencies around the world sending animals into space, for better or worse. But this might be a first. Reuters is reporting that a tiny, 4 cm tall Hello Kitty figure is riding along on the rec...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:00 PM on 08.13.2014

Transformers Expo 2014 reveals MP Star Saber in color

Last Weekend in Japan was Transformers Expo, more or less the equivalent to BotCon in the US. They were a little light on the announcements this year, not giving away any real plans for upcoming figures past what's been previ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



[Update] Japanese 7-Eleven stores give away two giant Evangelion prizes photo
[Update] Japanese 7-Eleven stores give away two giant Evangelion prizes
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

[update: All 25 of the statues put up for sale sold out in two minutes at that price. Two minutes! That's insane!]

Ever wonder what it would look like if NERV was funded by a major international convenient store chain? Probably not, but you're going to find out. 7-Eleven in Japan is working with the Evangelion franchise to produce giant two meter tall Unit 01 figures colored in 7-Eleven green, orange, and red. Best part is fans (only in Japan) don't even have to walk into a store to score one of the two up for grabs. One will be given away to a random person who visits 7-Eleven's Japanese Twitter account and retweets the announcement. The other one simply requires liking their Japanese Facebook page. The giveaway only runs from now to August 11 so fans will want to act fast.

Sounds painless, but if you're a glutton for punishment you could always buy one. 7-Eleven is taking orders until August 31 for anyone crazy dedicated enough to drop ¥1,700,000 (a little more than US$16,600) on their choice of either 7-Eleven colors or normal purple. On the brightside the delivery guy will also put it together, though apparently they want a lot of space to work so I have to wonder if they'd work outdoors. 

I certainly wouldn't be against winning one (if I was eligible), but I don't know if there's any character I would pay as much as a car to own a figure of. 

[via Rocket News 24, Anime News Network]

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10:50 PM on 07.26.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Nendoroid Batman, figma Leonidas and more

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer is here and Good Smile Company hit the ground running. We've got our first good look at the Nendoroid Batman that they hinted at and it looks quite good. Looks like he'll come with a Bat Signa...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

11:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Take another look at GSC's exclusives before Wonder Festival

Well look at that, we're only a couple days away from Wonder Festival this weekend and Good Smile Company has another preview for their upcoming exclusives. Sure, you've already seen the figures they have in store, but thanks...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

10:00 PM on 07.17.2014

TF4 Optimus Prime finally gets ideal movie likeness with new model

Back in 2011 Takara Tomy introduced us to the first Dual Model Kit, a kit of Optimus Prime as he appeared in Transfomers: Dark of the Moon. It was a very impressive kit featuring a fully articulated, pre-built and pre-painted...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

10:00 PM on 07.16.2014

Mysterious Japanese Optimus Prime appears online

Best part about being a fan even in this day and age is that there are still surprises and mysteries that are hard to explain on their own. Over on Transformers Facebook fan site Planet Iacon they've found themselves wit...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

4:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Space Dandy episode 14 spawns a real life Be@rbrick, baby

If you caught the premiere episode of the second season of Space Dandy over the weekend then no doubt you noticed a cameo by a certain Japanese toy line. Never a stranger to self parody, episode 14 features the gang jumping f...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

9:00 PM on 07.06.2014

Anime Expo 2014: Good Smile Company's panel

Today may mark the end of Anime Expo 2014 but it heralds the starts of Tomopop's coverage of the convention. Good Smile Company's panel, which took place last Friday night. Good Smile Company staff, including their CEO T...

Natalie Kipper

11:00 PM on 07.01.2014

Disney Tsum Tsum plushes make their way from Japan to US

I had rumors of this day coming but I had no idea it would arrive so quickly! Disney's Tsum Tsum plushes, originally from Japan's Disney Store (I swear, they get all the good stuff), are finally in the United States, both onl...

Natalie Kipper





New official shots of Masterpiece Bumblebee and Ultra Magnus hit Amazon photo
New official shots of Masterpiece Bumblebee and Ultra Magnus hit Amazon
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

New images of Transformers Masterpiece Ultra Magnus and Bumblebee found their way onto Amazon Japan giving us our biggest and best looks at the two newest MP figures yet. I've already spoken quite a bit about Bumblebee so there isn't a whole lot more to say. On the other hand this is our best look at Magnus in color yet and I've still got a few more things to say. 

Let's start with the most obvious thing, the red front bumper. It's easy to look at it wonder what the folks at Takara Tomy were thinking since it's rarely seen, but it's actually cartoon accurate. Ugly, but accurate all the same. I could go without it, but I'm not going to flip a table over it either. We also get to see Spike and Daniel painted for the first time and they're basically what we would expect when compared to the young Spike that comes with Optimus Prime and the Daniel that comes with Bumblebee. We also get a better idea of how the facial expressions can be changed, presumably by removing the front portion of his head and sliding off the face. I had hoped his gray gun was just unpainted, but now that we can see the handle it's pretty obvious it was meant to be gray and won't be white like on the original figure. The missiles do appear to both be able to fire, yay! Interestingly he appears to come with a special pair of hands just for using with the Matrix. 

With all the new Ultra Magnus photos I'm surprised we aren't seeing the unmasked face we saw in prototypes or the truck cab removed from the trailer. Maybe we'll see them in magazine scans. The new photo sets also come with both figures compared to Prime. Accurately Bumblebee barely reaches Prime's hips while Magnus towers over him. Bee will be released in November for ¥6,480 while Magnus will come out in December for ¥19,440. Pretty soon we'll be getting a full blowout for Masterpiece Star Saber, but not just yet. He was at Tokyo Toy Show, but no photos were allowed. 

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