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7:00 AM on 08.20.2014

First 4 Figures starts their Kirby line with Sword Kirby

First 4 Figures is extending their license with Nintendo by adding a Kirby line. Yes, that pink, cute, ball of fighting fury will be getting his own line of high quality statues. The first one from this series will be Sword ...

Vanessa Cubillo


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.






Jakks to produce articulated 4-in Wario photo
Jakks to produce articulated 4-in Wario
by Scarecroodle

We've received word from Jakks Pacific that they will be producing a 4-inch articulated Wario along with their other 4-inch and 6-inch Nintendo offerings. Subsequently, we stumbled on a blurry image of said 4-inch Wario in packaging (see gallery) and it appears that Wario will be quite a bit larger than the other figures in the 4-inch line.

Additionally, kenmasters226 over on the Fwoosh forums posted a comparison shot of the Jakks Mario next to Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Mario (reviewed) which show that the two are remarkably close in proportions (see gallery) although the difference in articulation is visible. It seems like a decent enough stand-in for the pricier SHF Mario if you want to save roughly fifteen bucks (or if you didn't like the Bandai one's face).

The line has been sighted at both Toys "R" Us and Target now, with the 4-inch figures apparently retailing for US$9 at Target.

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SDCC 2014: J*RYU talks about the Hatchling photo
SDCC 2014: J*RYU talks about the Hatchling
by Pedro Cortes

At the end of last year, the Tomopop editors voted VampyBitMe and J*RYU's Hatchling as best designer figure of 2013. No surprise, as it still is an amazing work of art that just about any game would love to have on their shelf, table, desk, etc.

Walking around on the San Diego Comic Con floor, we happened to bump into J*RYU and got a chance to ask him a couple of questions about his winning figures, as well as the mini-Hatchlings he had on hand for purchase.

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1:00 PM on 08.06.2014

PokemonCenter.com opens its doors

PokemonCenter.com has officially opened up, offering up several different kinds of Pokemon-branded merchandise. Apparel, iPhone cases, Pokemon Trading Card Game products and more are available, but what you're probably most c...

Brian Szabelski



Jakks Pacific to produce articulated Nintendo figures, including Bowser photo
Jakks Pacific to produce articulated Nintendo figures, including Bowser
by Scarecroodle

Jakks Pacific apparently has plans to product Nintendo action figures, taking characters from such properties as Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong. The news was apparently discovered via an Australian retailer who opened pre-orders for the figures.

Gaming fans may recall hearing that Jakks was producing a slew of miniature Super Mario collectibles in its Micro Land line (currently available at select retailers, including Toys "R" Us). The company apparently decided to grow its offerings -- literally and figuratively -- with larger, articulated versions of the characters which now also pulls in some friends from other games. The initial offerings are apparently a 4-inch tall Mario, Yoshi, and Link along with a 6-inch Bowser, and Donkey Kong (to give the figure some scale).

The figures, which are listed as being due out this September, aren't on par in terms of quality with imported lines but have the benefit of featuring some of characters we haven't seen from the likes of Bandai or Good Smile Company. As such, the Bowser could make a good stand-in while we wait for other companies to catch up. Otherwise it's always nice to have cheaper alternatives.

[ via Toyark ]

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Light up your life with F4F's Samus Light Suit photo
Light up your life with F4F's Samus Light Suit
by Scarecroodle

First 4 Figures' exclusive Samus Light Suit (Metroid Prime: Echoes) statue is now available for pre-order. The 1/4-scale statue stands 20-inches tall and features an array of light-up parts.

The suit, powered by the light of Aether (or maybe just electricity), is sure to dispel the darkness in a room thanks to the numerous light-up elements which include the visor, cannon, four points on the chest, another four on the back, hands, and base. Given that pretty much the whole thing seems to light up, it might make a rather lovely lamp!

First 4 Figures' Light Suit Samus is limited to 750 pieces and can be pre-ordered for US$365 (making it a very expensive lamp...). It's slated for release early next year.

[ Pre-order at First 4 Figures ]

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SHF Mega Blaziken gets Mega Awesome preview gallery photo
SHF Mega Blaziken gets Mega Awesome preview gallery
by Scarecroodle

Bandai's upcoming S.H. Figuarts Mega Blaziken has received an absolutely amazing preview gallery which depicts the mega evolution fighting against previous (and upcoming) S.H. Figuarts Pokemon.

Highlights include a demonstration of the Tamashii "Burning Flame" effects (used against Venusaur *and* used as a power-up by Lucario and Mega Blaziken), a blurred "Quick Attack", that awesome moon silhouette, and more!

The gallery also seems to reveal what could be a special base for SHF Mega Blaziken, a black and silver version of the Pokeball-themed base seen with previous releases. See all the images in the gallery.

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3:00 PM on 07.03.2014

The Pokemon Center is coming back to the US online

After losing The Pokemon Center in New York City, I thought the only way I’d be able to go to one again was if I went back to Japan. It was such a magical store! I just grabbed whatever I wanted, and didn’t care ...

Vanessa Cubillo



Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts Super Mario + Sets A & B photo
Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts Super Mario + Sets A & B
by Andres Cerrato

Mario is the figure that so many have wanted a quality representation of. While there have been a few over the years, they did little more than just move arms up and down. Earlier this year, Bandai brought the news that many had waited for, an articulated Mario was on the way. Long rumored, but finally in existence. Not only were we getting Mario, but there's also the expansion parts sets to add more of the Mushroom Kingdom. 

How does S.H. Figuarts Mario and accessories sold separately fair? Find out in today's video review!

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5:45 PM on 06.10.2014

Nintendo announces that their toy NFP project is called Amiibo

[Update: Added more pictures and information] Last month, we heard that Nintendo was going to be making figures that can be integrated into their video games. At the time, these toys were called Nintendo Figurine Platform, or...

Vanessa Cubillo

12:59 PM on 05.16.2014

Pre-order the elusive Nendoroid Pokemon Trainer Red at J-List!

This is not a drill, people. Good Smile Company had previously announced that Nendoroid Pokemon Trainer Red was to be exclusive Japanese Pokemon Centers and the Amazon Japan Pokemon store. But while we were busy cursing our f...

Natalie Kipper



2:00 PM on 05.15.2014

Catch a Pumpkaboo or Pancham with these latest pre-orders

For trainers aching for toys of more obscure Pokémon, NCSX has got the goods. Two new pre-order items from Banpresto recently popped up on their site, one a Pumpkaboo plush and the other a Pancham cushion. Th...

Natalie Kipper