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2:35 PM on 04.22.2014

Stephen the figma zombie gets a gallery with some very close 'friends'

[Update: Pre-orders are up!] It's been well over a year since Stephen, the figma zombie from Dawn of the Dead shuffled his way into Wonder Festival 2013 [Winter]. And he's getting ever closer to his August release now th...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


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11:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Check out Mega Drive Megatron being transformed in this video

It's been a little over two months since we first saw the Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. Transformers Mega Drive Megatron and it doesn't look like there's been a whole lot of progress. But don't let that get you down! More new de...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

7:00 PM on 04.07.2014

Take your figures shopping with these gashapon shopping carts

In February, I wrote about gashapon folding chairs becoming a hit in Japan. Well, now Epoch is making another gashapon accessory that could possibly be another hit; mini shopping carts. These will be baskets that measure jus...

Vanessa Cubillo

8:00 PM on 04.02.2014

S.H. Figuarts Naruto starts a hurricane of pre-orders

Bandai has quietly started taking pre-orders on their upcoming Naruto Uzumaki figure from Naruto Shippuden. I say quietly because the figure hasn't gotten much in the way of fanfare since it made a surprise debut at New York ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Square-Enix Theatrhythm Static Arts mini adds more characters photo
Square-Enix Theatrhythm Static Arts mini adds more characters
by Natalie Kipper

We have been tracking the Final Fantasy Theatrhythm Static Arts mini series since the first figures were spotted at last year's Tokyo Game Show. At that point, the only characters to be seen were Final Fantasy VII's Cloud, Sephiroth, and Tifa. More than a few Final Fantasy fans were disappointed to not have heroes from other entries in the series represented. Well, your prayers have been answered (sort of)!

Three new characters have been revealed in a Facebook album: Final Fantasy VIII's Squall plus series mainstays, the Moogle and Chocobo. I kind of enamored with both the Moogle and Chocobo but I will admit that more protagonists would have been nice. No price nor release date has been revealed for this trio as of yet.

[via Hidemi Matsuzuka's Facebook]

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8:00 AM on 02.25.2014

Gashapon mini folding chairs are popular now in Japan

I can never predict what will become popular. I mean, looking back can I comprehend why I wanted to collect cardboard coins? Seriously, pogs were a thing! Especially in Japan, what becomes hot is never predictable. That bri...

Vanessa Cubillo

3:00 PM on 02.24.2014

Leave it to Japan to make me want a Giant Isopod plush

All cards on the table, my taste in plushes at times borders on the bizarre but this time, I must not be alone in thinking these Giant Isopod plush toys are absolutely adorable. Why else would Strap-ya be sold out of most of ...

Natalie Kipper



Tomopop LinkUP: From viewers like you photo
Tomopop LinkUP: From viewers like you
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! This week we're doing something entirely different from the normal LinkUP. Last week we took no prisoners when reporting on Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] which doesn't leave much for this week's LinkUP. I'm not about to let a week slip by without something to read so I think it's time to do another special. Given that a big part of LinkUP is pointing out some of the great stuff done by fans I think now is a perfect time to turn the spotlight on all of you out there.

So join me after the jump as we check out some of the reviews, videos, photo galleries, and creative stuff made by fans, for fans!

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Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! It's been a pretty busy week in all sorts of ways. We're still plowing our way through Wonder Festival coverage with the shadow of Toy Fair looming over us. But outside of that the Olympics are in full swing once again and Valentine's Day is tomorrow, probably the two best events for precious metals. Man, why is the shortest month of the year also the busiest?

This week we've got more galleries, customs, LEGO pieces, and plushies. Follow me after the jump to see it all! Incidentally, I've tried to watch Full Metal Panic twice and still haven't finished the first season...

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9:00 AM on 02.11.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Transformers

Usually we don't see a lot of Transformers offerings at Wonder Festival since Takara Tomy prefers to keep their stuff under wraps while they wait for bigger trade events. However, now that Takara Tomy (and Hasbro for that mat...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

7:00 AM on 02.11.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Griffon Enterprises Roundup

Griffon brought their A-game to Wonder Festival this past weekend. They had a very impressive number of figures on display, both new and old. They displayed several previously announced figures for the first time from their v...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



3:45 PM on 02.09.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Giant figma roundup

I'm sure it comes to no one's surprise that there were a lot of new figma on display at Wonder Festival. But could you really predict just how varied the offerings this time around would be? They really dug out some unexpecte...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker