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...
The official figma blog updated with a new preview of the upcoming Sae figure from Hidamari Sketch X Honeycomb. The figure itself I'm sure is a fine figure, but I'm still rather disgusted by Max Factory charging ¥4,0...
Takara Tomy Transformers design team member Shogo Hasui has been busy tweeting new images of Masterpiece Smokescreen. The much anticipated figure was just released in Japan on Saturday and is looking great! The images in...
Hello and welcome back to another round of Tomopop LinkUP! December 12 is observed as 'National Ding-A-Ling Day', a day set aside to watch out for crazy people. I couldn't say why, but doesn't that also mean it's a good day to act crazy? I don't see why not! After all there's a very fine line between genius and insanity and it probably takes a good amount of both to make it in the figure world.
This week we're looking at some brilliantly warped works from a number of designers and customizers as well as a number of great looking ladies along with a few other things.
Sometimes when a series with a cast of characters like Arpeggio of Blue Steel's comes along the most interesting merchandise made isn't of one of the girls. Well, not entirely. Kirishima is a battleship personified as a girl,...
How's this for a good investment? Gunpla builder Amethyst (aka Zazi_8385) took a ¥7,000 Nu Gundam kit along with some supplies and a lot of hard work and turned it into a work of art that sold for &ye...
Bandai has revealed the next Super Sentai series through a catalog being sent to Japanese retailers. Thanks to images posted over at Japanator we've got our first look at Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger, and more importantly, the first batch of toys.
The big bot this time around is the Tokkyuoh which resembles something like a train yard. He's one of the very few Super Sentai bots that doesn't just snap parts together, but can be transformed from a starting point and without taking off or adding parts. Of course all of his weapons are train themed like the railroad crossing sword. There are even other trains that can be used as weapons as well. It's neat, but I'm not so sure about the use of colors. They're very bright and could have used a lot more black to break it up. I'm sure something better looking will appear later on.
On the human side the Rangers themselves have a very plain look to them; they've definitely gone for something very simplistic. I prefer Ranger helmets when they have mouth plates (sculpted lips optional) and I'm not crazy about the train track wrapped around the helmets so this is hardly my favorite design. The figures indicate that there is a number gimmick built into their helmets that coincide with their weapons. Oh well, their super forms will certainly make for something more interesting.
It'll be interesting to see what Bandai of America decides to do with this series. The US doesn't exactly have a big train culture so the reception to Tokkyuger could be lukewarm. Then again I didn't think the cartoony looking Power Rangers R.P.M. would happen so who knows?
Real Steel was one of those big Hollywood movies that a lot people seem to pretend not to like for some reason, but when a movie takes home more than double its budget at the box office that kinda speaks for itself. Another sign that Real Steel was a hit is a certain toy company still making figures from the movie. These run for over US$300 each, and when 3A puts an exclusive version on their official Bambaland store it sells out in minutes - That's the kind of dedication Real Steel gets from its fans.
I loved Real Steel, I love 3A, and I love big robot figures so I couldn't wait to review this massive bot. What I didn't love was how many things broke on the super expensive robot figure. Is it beyond repair? Is it salvageable? Read on to find out!
Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! It's been pretty crazy this past week, what with everyone trying to extend Black Friday and Cyber Monday into more than just a single day. If you looked around there were some good figure deals to be had, though I can't say I found much of interest at major retailers. Seemed like this year the best deals were online. Or maybe that's the same as every year and I'm just so used to buying stuff online that I don't notice anymore. Well, whatever the case, there were some good stuff out there.
This week on LinkUP we've got an unintentionally large number of Nendoroids to talk about alongside some designer figures, prototypes, bots, another Kickstarter, and some superheroes.
Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! It's Thanksgiving Day in the States and if you're anything like me you're probably bursting with great food and looking forward to a long tryptophan-induced nap. But while others were slaving over a hot stove I've been busy stuffing this week's LinkUP with all sorts of great stuff guaranteed not to put you to sleep!
This week we've got Japanese Happy Meal toys, plush Christmas ornaments, lots of handmade stuff, several teasers, and more. It's all gravy!
Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! In one week from today we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving here in America and I for one am looking forward to getting stuffed on some turkey! Even though it's a popular vacation week you can look forward to LinkUP returning once again! News doesn't stop and neither do we.
Back to this week we've got a bunch of new prototypes, some designer figures, and some amazing photo galleries and videos!
Takara Tomy has ended thier Fan's Choice Transformers Masterpiece campaign asking fans to vote on the next Autobot leader to get the Masterpiece treatment and we now have our winner! Star Saber from japanese series Transformers Victory has been selected by fans out of 11 possible choices by earning a major 31.2% of the votes. For a lot of fans this seemed like the obvious choice; what wasn't so obvious was who made it into second place: Micron Densetsu Convoy (Armada Optimus Prime). Guess people really wanted to see how they'd articulate his legs. Third place went to Super Ginrai (Powermaster Optimus Prime) from Transformers Masterforce which would have gotten my vote for sure. It goes way downhill from there for the rest of the entries.
The results look like this:
Star Saber - 31.2%
Micron Densetsu Convoy - 24.3%
Super Ginrai - 18.6%
Dai Atlus - 8%
Super Fire Convoy - 4.9%
Beast Wars Convoy - 4.6%
Galaxy Convoy - 2.5%
Big Convoy - 2.1%
Lio Convoy - 2%
Grand Convoy - 1.5%
Fortress Maximus - .3%
Guess nobody wants to pay around US$500 for a Masterpiece Fort Max. I'm sure these results won't stop many of these from getting the Masterpiece treatment eventually. A number of sketches were also reveals by Takara Tomy that might give us some idea of what Masterpiece Star Saber will look like. Of course we can't have Star Saber without Victory Leo; how long before that one happens?
Hello Kitty gets crossed over with lots of different franchises, but this one is really out there. Dreams Come True, Inc. has announced their latest COOL JAPAN X COOL AMERICA project promoting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ...