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10:00 AM on 06.11.2013

Huge LEGO Normandy from Mass Effect is pretty amazing

Given its swoopy, curved design, recreating the Normandy SR2 from Mass Effect was always going to be a tricky task. But what if you also wanted to make it is a big as a coffee table? Believe it or not, that's exactly what LEG...

Martin Siggers


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1:15 PM on 01.03.2013

Get the FemShep Bishoujo limited version from BioWare

It's been kind of quiet around these parts lately, but here's something to break that up. As you are all aware, Kotobukiya is quite good at making these Bishoujo figures and their upcoming one happens to be Female Shepard fro...

Andres Cerrato



Tomopop Review: Play Arts Kai Garrus Vakarian photo
Tomopop Review: Play Arts Kai Garrus Vakarian
by Brian Szabelski

Shepard was not so good. Ashley was decidedly middle of the road. So that leaves the best of the three characters featured in Square Enix's Play Arts Kai Mass Effect 3 line, Garrus, as the last one to review. Anyone who's played the trilogy would probably concur because Garrus is the best spacebro you could ask for (and if you don't ... well, I'm sorry you feel that way).

Naturally, his was the figure I was most excited about ... and subsequently, the most nervous about. Turian bodies are a whole lot different than human ones and I wasn't sure how it would be as a poseable figure. Do we have anything to worry about? Come on past the jump and find out!

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Tomopop Review: Play Arts Kai Ashley Williams photo
Tomopop Review: Play Arts Kai Ashley Williams
by Brian Szabelski

Just last week, we reviewed Square Enix's Play Arts Kai Commander Shepard, and he was not that great. Maybe that's putting it a little lightly, but there are still two other Play Arts Kai Mass Effect 3 figures, so hopefully at least one is better, right? 

We're just about to find out, because next up is Play Arts Kai Ashley Williams. Having not been much of an Ashley fan before, and not really digging her Mass Effect 3 look, I was a bit indifferent to her as a figure and she was admittedly the least of the three I was looking forward to reviewing. Can the Play Arts Kai possibly change my mind, or am I still as indifferent as before? And heck, is she better than Shepard? Once again, we jump through the Tomopop relay to find out!

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Tomopop Review: Play Arts Kai Commander Shepard photo
Tomopop Review: Play Arts Kai Commander Shepard
by Brian Szabelski

Square Enix has been diversifying the Play Arts Kai by leaps and bounds lately, and one of their latest license acquisitions has been the Mass Effect series. Sure, BioWare totally dropped the ball with that thing they called an ending in Mass Effect 3, but that's something for Destructoid to worry about. We've got ourselves a trio of Play Arts Kai figures to review, and that starts with the main man, Commander Shepard. There'd been some concerns from collectors once color photos appeared about some of the sculpt and paintwork, particularly around the face, but when Square Enix sent him along to me, I figured I'd get to see if the concerns were really valid.

So how does Play Arts Kai Shepard stand up? I may have dropped a hint in the subtitle, but you should jump through the Tomopop Relay with me and find out what's on the other side.

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10:00 AM on 10.13.2012

NYCC 2012: Dark Horse

Mass Effect 3 has made its impact felt on the market. Due to demand, numerous pieces have been constructed by various companies over the past year. Dark Horse, long known for its publishing arm, has already dabbled into the c...

Andres Cerrato



NYCC 2012: Square Enix photo
NYCC 2012: Square Enix
by Brian Szabelski

Square Enix's booth at New York Comic Con was, of course, home to a number of released and future Play Arts Kai figures on display, along with other collectible goodies. Some of them we've seen before, like the Tekken Play Arts Kai figures, Guile and Ibuki Street Fighter prototypes or the Spartan Soldier and Sara Palmer Play Arts Kai figures from Halo 4. But there were a few new surprises and some new painted figures, like Lara Croft and Hitman's Agent 47.

The big takeaways from the NYCC booth were:

  • The reveal of six(!) different keyblades between the two Kingdom Hearts Tron Riku and Tron Sora figures. That's a lot of them, for sure, and more than I was definitely expecting.
  • Play Arts Kai Dark Knight Heath Ledger Joker was there, along with the first glimpse I've seen of Dark Knight Rises' Catwoman, as portrayed by Anne Hathaway. Ledger Joker comes with an alternate head and a bank robbery masked head (yes!).
  • Spike and Vicious were both at the booth, painted up all nice and showing off their poseability. What caught my eye more than that was the boxes; not only do they look pretty cool, but Square Enix is labeling them as "01: Spike Spiegel" and "02: Vicious". Just a quirk, or a sign of things to come? We'll have to see.
  • There's new Trading Arts Kai figures coming in two waves: One features Sephiroth, Rinoa and Aerith, and the second for February features Tidus, Tifa and Lightning.
  • The hero from Starship Troopers: Invasion is getting their own Play Arts Kai figure as well, and it looks pretty awesome.

Check out the gallery for some shots of everything, and let us know what's tickling your fancy ... or going to make your wallet hurt in the near future.

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3:45 AM on 10.12.2012

NYCC 2012: Kotobukiya show display

So what did Kotobukiya bring with them to New York Comic Con this year? Maybe it would be better to ask what they didn't bring? The Koto booth is packed with an impressive display ranging from US$9.99 Evangelion ice tray...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



[UPDATE] Kotobukiya previews Bishoujo Commander Shepard photo
[UPDATE] Kotobukiya previews Bishoujo Commander Shepard
by Brian Szabelski

The next Bishoujo preview from Kotobukiya has just gone live on their Facebook page, and it's Mass Effect 3's Female Commander Shepard getting her moment in the spotlight. We knew this was coming, based on the teaser we saw recently, but the 9-inch-tall (1/7-scale) Shepard looks amazing.

Shepard will come with two accessories: her M55 Argus Rifle and an Omniblade for her left arm. It falls in line with what Kotobukiya's Dan Lujan told us at San Diego Comic Con, that the Bishoujo line would be seeing some more alternate parts in the future. In this case, both work with the pose well. Also worth noting is the beautiful sculptwork from Masahiro Takahasi (a.k.a. GILL GILL), who has taken a Shunya sketch I was at best lukewarm over and given it an incredible 3-D representation, from the armor seams to that look on her face of determination. Definitely, in my opinion, one of the better looking Bishoujo figures we've seen so far and one of the best face sculpts in the entire line.

Shepard is deploying for duty in March 2013 and pre-orders should not be far off with this reveal having taken place. I'm sure we'll see more of her in 17 days at New York Comic Con, but what's your first impression?

[UPDATE: Here come the pre-orders! Selling at Japanese retailers for ¥6,800; no word on a U.S. market price.]

[Pre-order at Hobby Search | AmiAmi | HobbyLink Japan | Otacute]

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11:30 AM on 09.24.2012

TGS 2012: Square Enix's Mass Effect 3 Play Arts Kai

Finally, we get to the last few things from Square Enix's Tokyo Game show figure displays: their Mass Effect Play Arts Kai figures. No new sculpts were shown off: the same five — both Shepards, Tali, Garrus and Ashley &...

Brian Szabelski



Kotobukiya gives us a peek at Bishoujo Female Shepard photo
Kotobukiya gives us a peek at Bishoujo Female Shepard
by Brian Szabelski

I'm sure you've been wondering just how Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Female Shepard will look as an actual figure, and now, we have a peek at her. Posted on the Kotobukiya Facebook page, the first shot is of Femshep's face, which looks a bit different than the original illustration. It's the mouth that's the big difference, isn't it? Those lips weren't really as prevalent in the original illustration.

On the Facebook post, there's been some mixed reaction: some folks don't quite like the face in this photo, but this is only a sneak peek after all. I'll wait and see how the full figure looks, but sound off with your own thoughts down in that comment section.

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1:00 PM on 08.16.2012

Chibi Mass Effect plushies are better than any DLC

As long time readers of Tomopop may know, I'm a huge fan of the Mass Effect franchise. As such, my desire for great merchandise is at an all time high, now that the series is ostensibly done. Leave it to the official Mass Eff...

Pedro Cortes