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2:00 PM on 09.12.2014

2015 Snow Miku Nendoroid (and Rabbit Yukine) sculpt revealed

Good Smile Company has released a photo of its upcoming Nendoroid Snow Miku 2015. The figure is based on option #4 from the fans' poll while her accessory, the Rabbit Yukine, is based on option #3. The two will be accompanied...

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Check out Miku's P-p-p-p-pumpkin face in this Nendo Halloween Miku gallery photo
Check out Miku's P-p-p-p-pumpkin face in this Nendo Halloween Miku gallery
by Scarecroodle

Good Smile Company has released an image gallery for its recently unveiled Nendoroid Halloween Miku. Most striking among these images is a rather unexpected display option: a jack-o-lantern mask/face for the diva of all seasons. Anybody who didn't like the vampire fangs on those other faces now has another option.

However, on a more disappointing note, the character apparently isn't a vampire; GSC describes the character as being, "dressed up a cute little devil for Halloween". Wow, buzzkill! Otherwise Halloween Miku comes with an open-mouth face, a smirking face (with one exposed fang), an alternate jack-o-lantern face, that baffling candy cane, and a jack-o-lantern that can be displayed by itself or used as an alternate head for a Nendoroid Petite (as shown with the little Len figure in one of the photos; he's not listed as coming with the figure). Vampire or devil, she's still pretty neat.

Nendoroid Halloween Miku will be on sale for US$45 at a number of American conventions. She was first announced as being on sale at the NY and LA Miku Conventions, but she's apparently making her way to NYCC in October (which makes it even harder to pass her up) and will be at future events as well. If you can't get her there, GSC's online shop will have her available in limited quantities.

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Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Tomoko Kuroki photo
Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Tomoko Kuroki
by Vanessa Cubillo

One day I came across this odd manga called No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guy’s Fault I’m Not Popular. Not only was the title something that reminded me of early Panic at the Disco song titles, the main character was bizarre. Tomoko Kuroki is strange, socially awkward, and sometimes down right crazy.

Still, there’s a part of me that roots for her, and that’s why I was very happy when Good Smile Company released a Nendoroid of Tomoko. So does this figure live up to the truly weird character that Tomoko really is? Click the cut and  read on to find out. 

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SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition photo
SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition
by Scarecroodle

SDCC and WonFes may have been almost a month ago at this point, but many of its collectibles are still on our minds. Tian recently posted the top ten things he was looking forward to from these cons and, because I'm far more excitably (and exceedingly less orderly), my own highlights list is nowhere near that short.

See many of my favorites after the jump.

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Get back to school with this Nendoroid More Classroom preview photo
Get back to school with this Nendoroid More Classroom preview
by Martin Siggers

To celebrate its release this week, the Good Smile Company Lab blog took a quick overview of the new Nendoroid More Cube #01 set. Designed to recreate the interior of your average Japanese classroom, the set comes with a blackboard backdrop, desks, lockers, book and even a charming Nendoroid-sized computer.

The preview is full of charm, roping in school-themed Nendoroids like Chitoge and Ryuko and Mako to show everything off. As ever from GSC the level of detail is wonderful, from the opening lockers to the clearly printed book spines. It's a cute little diorama that's ideal for some photo ops, and at just ¥1,512 it won't break the bank either.

[ Order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | Big in Japan ]

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It's no trick! Nendoroid Halloween Miku has been fully unveiled photo
It's no trick! Nendoroid Halloween Miku has been fully unveiled
by Scarecroodle

Mamitan has unveiled the fully painted Nendoroid Halloween Miku. As previously reported, the figure will be first available at Miku Expos in Los Angeles and New York City during October.

Nendo Halloween Miku is absolutely adorable, but I have to admit being a little baffled as to why the character is holding a candy cane. I mean, that's really more of a Christmas thing; I can't even recall ever seeing candy canes for sale except around the winter holidays. Did they run out of candy corn and think, "Well, this also has 'candy' in its name so it'll be a decent substitute"? Given that the original artwork depicts Miku as being armed with a fencing sword, the fact that she's instead holding a candy cane is even more unusual.

The character will apparently also come with a holiday-appropriate Jack-o'-Lantern (did you know that Jack-o'-Lanterns were originally made from turnips?) which matches her Halloween-y outfit. She even has these cute little vampire teeth! Although I adore the overall look, I'm going to try waiting in case the design also gets a figma.

 For additional release information and a look at the artwork, be sure to check out our original coverage. Otherwise there's a full image in the gallery.

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League of Legends finally gets a licensed figure in Nendoroid Ahri  photo
League of Legends finally gets a licensed figure in Nendoroid Ahri
by Brian Szabelski

Somehow, Riot Games' League of Legends has had very little in the way of merchandise — especially figures — which is weird, considering its popularity. That's all changed, however, as it looks like Riot and Good Smile Company have come together to produce Nendoroid Ahri.

The popular mid-lane champion is going to be available at the 2014 World Championships in Seoul, South Korea, per the ticket page on Interpark for the event's semifinals. Ahri should be available at the onsite shop, which will be open during the semifinals at Seoul's Olymic Gymnastics Arena on Oct. 11 and 12.

We'll let you know if she becomes available anywhere besides 2014 Worlds, but given GSC's track record of bundling Nendos with limited edition game packages ... I don't have high hopes yet.

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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

6:00 PM on 08.19.2014

Take tea with these Nendoroid Hiei preorders

The unstoppable  Kantai Collection merchandising juggernaut rolls onwards, and though I've long since given up attempting to identify the individual characters, I know a cute Nendoroid when I see one. That's exactly...

Martin Siggers

12:00 PM on 08.11.2014

Nendoroid Akuma Homura completes the trilogy

Warning: Madoka Magica movie spoilers ahead! There's pretty much a holy trilogy when it comes to super popular characters - scale figure, Nendoroid and figma. You have to be pretty in-demand to merit all three, a feat wh...

Martin Siggers

5:00 PM on 08.01.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company Girls

Though we're seeing a lot more boys making their way into figure collections these days, it's still the ladies who reign supreme. Good Smile Company were certainly doing their part, with a bevy of figures of all shapes and si...

Martin Siggers





Think outside the box in this Nendoroid Solid Snake preview photo
Think outside the box in this Nendoroid Solid Snake preview
by Martin Siggers

After lurking in the shadows for a while, Nendoroid Solid Snake has finally emerged into the glaring light of a proper preview by Kahotan, and to say he's looking great would be an understatement. It really looks like Good Smile Company have bought their A game with this one.

For a start, Snake is one of the new super poseable style of Nendoroids, which means that he's got flexible elbow and knee joints. Furthermore, he's got a special flexible torso part allowing him to go prone. There's also a custom left leg to allow him to take up his classic 'chatting on the codec' pose, two guns, and the character's trademark cigarette.

Really though, this figure is dominated by a pair of absurdly brilliant extra parts. Snake only comes with one alternate face, but what a face it is. Good Smile have recreated his original Playstation 1 low-polygon face (supposedly from the actual game's data) and included it as an entire separate head part. It's equal parts amazing and absurd and definitely makes him stand out, if nothing else.

The second extra is of course Snake's constant companion, the cardboard box. It's not jsut any box accessory though. Not only is it big enough for Snake to actually hide under, but Kahotan confirms it's actually a perfect miniature replica of the box he'll ship in, emblazoned with GSC logos and Snake's Nendoroid number (#447). It's a great little in-joke and the kind of detail that really makes you appreciate the thought that went into the figure.

Kahotan ends her post by highlighting some incoming additions to the Metal Gear range that were unveiled at Wonder Festival or earlier - Nendoroid Venom Snake (from The Phantom Pain), figma Snake and figma Gurlukovich Soldier. There's also the important news that pre-orders for Snake open tomorrow. I was on the fence earlier but I think it's fair to say this preview has thoroughly convinced me. Who's with me?

[ via Kahotan's Blog ]

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