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Tomopop LinkUP: March madness

Or why my wallet is empty
Mar 01
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Why is March such a painful month for us? It seems like every march we get bombarded with a  bunch of cool stuff that we all want all at once. Do companies think that we've recovered from the holidays by now and can affo...

Tomopop LinkUP: The Puzzle & Dougrams edition

Nov 21 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Max Factory has updated their blog with a gallery for their Dougram model kit. It's very impressive looking with just having the canopy frame painted and stickers applied. Have you seen Good Smile Company's new Picktam line of face changing rubber straps? Of course their first series is for Attack of Titan. They're about the size of a Nendoroid Petit and like a Nendoroid all of the parts are interchangeable. Plus they're making bonus expressions as well. Been to the Good Smile Company website recently? It's been completely overhauled and Kahotan has posted a guide to all of its new features and there are a lot! Speaking of the GSC website, they've got a preview up of the upcoming Nendoroid Neptune from Hyperdimension Neptunia. She's being bundled with the seventh volume of the anime DVD and Blu-ray in Japan. She's a full figure that comes with two expressions, a bunch of arms, and a game controller to hold. Now make a figma! Bandai has put up a video for their new Sailor Moon Moon Stick prop replica, or what they're calling a "Proplica". I don't know if the quality is enough that I would call it a prop, but it is shiny. AMINIMAL Studio has started a Kickstarter project called Inkimals which allows users to customize their own 3D printed designer figures. They're still a long ways from their goal so show them some support. I'm really impressed with what 3D printers can do with color these days. Hobby Search Tweeted an updated prototype shot of KanColle's Yukikaze figure from Aoshima. She's looking cute! Hobby Search also Tweeted this pair of super cool Ghibli 3D puzzles from Ensky. I want them! wieselhead posted a great photo review of Kobato Hasekawa from Haganai by Kotobukiya. So cute and love the backdrops! Hevesh5 uploaded this great video of domino tricks. With over 10 million views and counting there's some really cool stuff to see in here. AmiAmi blog has posted a feature on the upcoming IDOLM@STER Umi Kouaska figure from MegaHouse. We got our first good look at her in magazine scans back in September and she's looking even better now. Tentacle Armada did an extensive photo gallery of Meiya Mitsurugi from Muv-Luv Alternative by Kotobukiya. Looks amazing! Argonaut Resins is doing some experiments with metal cold cast Tutz. First up are these great looking aluminum casts with more tests coming soon. GSC's Shinsotsu (New Recruits) blog updated with a neat post showing how Nendoroid package layouts are decided. Here I thought it was just magic. The Animate Osaka Nipponbashi store has an employee that's causing quite the buzz among female customers. Crunchyroll has a post with lots of pictures and videos about Yuya Uchida, a real otaku with a thing for fighting games and older women. He says he works nearly everyday so if you happen to be touring Osaka... Neath Grim has done a review of Max Factory's 25th Anniversary Belldandy and Holy Bell figure from Oh, My Goddess! Those are some really great photos! And that's it for another week. Be sure to come back next week for more small servings of all the things you love.
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Come play with these!
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...

For your eyes only!
If last month's pre-orders for Kotobukiya's Sumika weren't enough to get you going, AmiAmi's blog has brought a collection of images specially designed to make you support the war effort! As I said, seeing such a brightly col...


Pre-order a cheerier Muv-Luv lady with Sumika

Kotobukiya - 1/7 Scale
Sep 12
// Emily Smalara
Given the popularity, it's no surprise we've seen a lot of Muv-Luv figures. A whole lot. But, they usually tend to be rather subdued or dark in some way, as you'd probably expect from Alternative in the first place. Thus, it'...
Preview Kagami Sumika photo
She is pretty as a picture. Love the colors!
Kotobukiya recently gave us a preview of their latest figurine Kagami Sumika based on Muv-Luv Alternative. I really appreciate the wide range of complimenting colors used for her character, from her red hair to yellow ri...


Get ready to sortie and pick up the latest Inia

Kotobukiya - 1/7 Scale
Aug 10
// Emily Smalara
It's time for yet another Muv-Luv lovely, with Kotobukiya and the lilac-haired Inia. I won't lie though, I can barely tell the difference between this and any of the other multitudes of Inia figures that seem to crop up every...

Pick up Muv-Luv's Kasumi during some lonely downtime

Kotobukiya - 1/6 Scale
Aug 09
// Emily Smalara
I always appreciate seeing the Muv-Luv girls out of their armor, and Kotobukiya's latest bunny is definitely no exception even if she looks a bit down in the dumps. She may not be the perkiest bunnygirl on the market, but it'...
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Wonder Festival

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Part 1

Monogatari, Muv-Luv and more!
Jul 29
// Martin Siggers
Kotobukiya are a company in fine fettle and that was reflected in their booth, with a vast array of figures spread out across a variety of different ranges, franchises and styles.  The biggest news out of the booth was p...
WonFes Kotobukiya photo
WonFes Kotobukiya

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Muv-Luv and more

Muv-Luv and a couple of Monogatari figures
Jul 27
// Tianxiao Ma
Kotobukiya news is trickling in and I've spotted a few figures to get excited about. First up is a colored version of Kasumi Yashiro from Muv-Luv Alternative. It's a bunny outfit figure done by 4-Leaves, but may be a bit racy...

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Cryska Barchenowa

Jun 30 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Cryska Barchenowa Eishi Strengthening Equipment ver.Figure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail Price: US$89.99Available at: Koto US Cryska hails from Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse. I haven't seen the show, but I've read that it's about mankind being locked in a (losing) war against aliens. The summary kind of sounds like Strike Witches though I'm sure it's not that similar. Cryska comes from the show's Soviet Union, although her design doesn't bear much resemblance to an actual Russian... I rather like the design of the box. It's nothing fancy, but I like the sunset look of the background. A few extras are packed in: a pistol, the base, and a few loose pieces of rubble. The only "assembly" you have to do is to slide the pistol into Cryska's left hand. Using the base is completely optional as she'll sit up just fine without it. Kotobukiya has been using rubble-themed bases for several of their 1/7-scale figures, so Cryska would fit right in with them. Here is that promised backside. The design of her suit serves to emphasize the shape of her butt. It actually looks like she'd be walking around with the worst wedgie ever. We shouldn't ignore the good work Kotobukiya did for Cryska's front side. Her facial expression is kind of vacant, but they have done a nice job sculpting it. I like the way it's framed by the hair too. Most of all, I like that Cryska's chin strap... thing... does not look awkward at all. It was kind of distracting on the Yui Takamura figure, but on Cryska it blends into the rest of the suit much better. The suit is very well detailed, though that can get overshadowed by Cryska's bust. Her breasts look almost like actual melons. The suit design accentuates this part of her body as well. I don't have much to complain about other than this seam in her hair, which is present on many figures. Hair styles that are smooth on top are susceptible to this simply due to the way figures are assembled. Cryska's lone accessory is her pistol, which I'd assume is a Makarov given her Soviet affiliation. DayZ fans should have fond memories of the little trooper. It's pretty well detailed here. I lamented in my Vash the Stampede review that his revolver didn't look very good, but I'm happy with the way Kotobukiya handled all the fine detailing for this Cryska figure. Can you describe a woman's stomach as "charming?" Thanks to the skin-tight suit, we can see the contours of Cryska's belly and navel. You can also see how clean the lines are between the contrasting light and dark areas. The light areas are extra-glossy, whereas the other parts of the suit have more of a satin sheen. Kotobukiya has done a fine job with this Cryska figure, and I feel that the manufacturing quality matches the price point. I don't have any sentimental attachment to the character, so I probably wouldn't have bought this on my own. For Muv-Luv Alternative fans and admirers of Cryska's, though, this figure is sure to be a winner. [Thanks to Kotobukiya for this review sample!]
Cryska Barchenowa review photo
The shiniest butt I've seen in a while
If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I'm a fan of glossy butts. Characters in sci-fi anime often need to get into skin-tight body suits to do something or other, so I get plenty of opportunities to see shi...

Same character, different takes
Yesterday there were two different previews for figures of the same character, so I figured I'd lump them together here.  The figma blog had their preview, showing all the accessories and the usual stuff. Max Factory's f...

A must get if you ordered Cryska
Ah, Muv Luv Alternative: Total eclipse, you managed to somehow make me appreciate my least favorite genre of anime, horror types. You did so by throwing in amazing amounts of pretty women and mechs, both of which I ...


This fabulous Yui Takamura figure is being re-released

Kotobukiya's bringing her back in July
Mar 14
// Tianxiao Ma
Yeah sure, Kotobukiya's been making the Muv-Luv girls in their skin-tight suits as of late. Yui got that treatment not long ago. But remember when they put her in a more elegant outfit? I find that version much sexier than ev...

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...
She is a very limber lady.
Thanks to Figma blog we are able to bring you a preview of the latest Figma by Max Factory, Cryska. She hails from Muv-Luv Alternative Total eclipse. If you want to see the show, it is streaming over at Cr...


Spend some exclusive time on the beach with Muv-Luv's Yui

Hobby Japan - 1/7 Scale
Jan 28
// Emily Smalara
Everyone needs some time off from fighting horrific invaders, and fortunately for Muv-Luv's Yui, Hobby Japan's done just that with this upcoming exclusive bikini-clad version. Though perhaps they could give the naming job up ...

Aquarion Evol, Hyakka Ryouran, and more in scans

Also some Hobby Japan exclusives
Jan 25
// Tianxiao Ma
We've got the rest of this month's magazine scans - that eternal wellspring of anime/PVC news - and there's a bit of old and new all mixed in. MegaHouse's 1/8-scale Yunoha Thrul from Aquarion Evol, now painted. She's shown w...

Kotobukiya's Cryska rocks some curves in this preview

Skin-tight suits are great, aren't they?
Jan 08
// Tianxiao Ma
We've seen this beauty before, but I figured more body suits would be good for your health. This is Kotobukiya's Cryska Barchenowa in her Eishi outfit, which happens to be perfectly colored to highlight her curves. It doesn't...

Comiket 83: Max Factory

figma of Hidamari Sketch X Honeycomb's Miyako revealed.
Dec 29
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Comiket 83 is underway and and Max Factory didn't come empty handed. As promised they brought along Sword Art Online's Asuna to give the public it's best look at the new figma. The sculpt still looks great to me, but the...
Asuna from Sword Art Online and Cryska Barchenowa from Muv-Luv finally revealed.
It was a few months ago that the figma version of Sword Art Online's Asuna was announced along side series hero Kirito. Kirito just went up for pre-order for the first time only days ago and this same month we're getting our ...

A very pretty Cryska. Will you be her hero?
In recent months we've seen a lot of new figurines from various companies of characters hailing from the animated series Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse. One of them was Kotobukiya's excellent 1/7th scale Yui Takamura...


Pre-order Nendoroid Yui Takamura and BETA Soldier

The BETA soldier is not her friend
Nov 28
// Jon Wills
Last week we brought you a preview of Good Smile Company's Nendoroid of Yui Takamura from the currently airing show Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse. I'm pleased to announce that Yui is now available for pre-order. As mentio...

Pre-order's are available for Yui Takamura's Figma

Break it down.
Nov 28
// Jon Wills
Power suits and Figmas usually work very well together, but there is something a little off to me about Max Factory's Figma version of Yui Takamura. Perhaps I have been spoiled on the Nendoroid version of Yui, but her Figma c...

MegaHobby Expo 2012 Autumn: Kotobukiya

Oh yeah, they do more than Whatever X Bishoujo
Nov 27
// Tianxiao Ma
Though I mostly know Kotobukiya as a maker of anime figures, they've been featuring a lot of American properties as of late. It's nice to see Kotobukiya putting the focus back on their anime figures at MegaHobby Expo. Here ar...

Good Smile Company appears in this month's scans

Madoka Magica, Muv-Luv, and more
Nov 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Good Smile Company's previews in this month's scans didn't wow me, but maybe you guys will find something you like. First up is the green-haired gal, a 1/7 scale figure of Nozomi Akiyama from Se Kirara. Despite it being an er...

Kotobukiya teases for MegaHobby EXPO 2012 Autumn

It's mosaic-fest from Kotobukiya for their MegaHobby EXPO preview.
Nov 22
// Jonathan Tubbs
Who loves mosaics for figure previews!? I know Kotobukiya does! We just saw them do that recently for their Cu-poche Saber from Fate/stay night and now the company has even more as they get us all excited for MegaHobby EXPO 2...

Koto suits up Muv-Luv Alternative's Yui for pre-order

Yui Takamura may be in uniform but she's still as curvaceous as ever.
Nov 20
// Jonathan Tubbs
It's obvious that the ladies of Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse have a certain aspect about them that cannot be overlooked. Figure manufacturers have also taken notice to this certain aspect, especially Alpha Max. In fact, ...

Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Kotobukiya

Plamo, PVC, and whatever else you like
Nov 07
// Tianxiao Ma
Kotobukiya had a diverse array of products on display at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition. You can see some of their character model kits, such as the Combat-san Rookie, Yotsuba&!'s Danbo (and miniature version) and Yotsuba,...

Miyazawa Model Exhibition: ALPHAMAX

So many ladies, so little time
Nov 06
// Pedro Cortes
While Wave does a good job with their Beach Queen line of ladies, I think ALPHAMAX has them beat. As seen from the Miyazawa Model Exhibition, their ladies are seemingly larger and of better quality. Then again, you usually ha...

Muv-Luv's Yui takes some time--and clothes--off

Oct 26
// Emily Smalara
While I can't speak for the quality of Muv-Luv itself, few series seem to have as consistently attractive, high-quality figures as this one. Nearly every character given the PVC treatment seems just stunning, and the latest f...

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