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11:30 AM on 08.20.2014

Bandai's Mera Mera no Mi is one forbidden fruit you don't want to taste

Bandai's Devil Fruit Mera Mera (Mera Mera no Mi) is currently available for pre-order. This replica of the Mera Mera Fruit (or Flame-Flame Fruit), which originally gave Fire-Fist Ace his powers, stands 5.9-inches tall which I...

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Anime Expo 2014: Banpresto photo
Anime Expo 2014: Banpresto
by Scarecroodle

Banpresto's booth featured an assortment of One Piece, Dragon Ball, and other anime figures, some of which were recent or upcoming with some older items as well (that cool-looking Shirahoshi, for instance, was released around last Summer).

I recognize a few items that I had hoped to pick up but couldn't find a place in my budget (or shelves) for them (and while I may not have picked up that Shirahoshi, or Megahouse's P.O.P. version, I at least bought the *other* Banpresto Shirahoshi). Highlights include a seated Number 18, a child Chichi on the Flying Nimbus, the chibi Sailor Moon figures, and, well, a ton of cool One Piece items.

Be sure to check out the gallery.

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10:00 PM on 07.02.2014

Bandai squeezes out some new One Piece figures

How's this for timing? Only a few weeks ago Adult Swim's Toonami aired the episodes of One Piece where Luffy gets wedged between two buildings and Zoro gets stuck upside down inside a chimney. And then Bandai goes and reveals...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Tomopop Review: Portrait of Pirates Crocodile Repaint Ver. photo
Tomopop Review: Portrait of Pirates Crocodile Repaint Ver.
by Pedro Cortes

Over the years of my figure collecting, Megahouse's Portrait of Pirates line has remained my favorite series of figures. Based off of characters from the immensely popular One Piece, the figures tend to be excellent representations of guys and gals that you love, or at least love to hate.

After tearing through all the heroes, Megahouse started to release P.O.Ps of high-tier antagonists and villains. Of note was the release of Crocodile, the leader of the organized crime organization known as Baroque Works and generally a pretty big jerk. Being my favorite villain, I wanted to nab him during his first release, but financial issues prevented me buying him.

Thanks to a re-release earlier in 2014 and the kind folks at HLJ, I finally have the evil pirate in my hands. How does this repainted re-release compare to modern P.O.P. expectations? Well, you'll have to hit the jump to find out!

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2:00 PM on 05.14.2014

Plex remembers less tumultuous times with their Archive Collection Aokiji

I remember a couple of years ago in the One Piece world. A pair of major characters were still alive, the Marines weren't absolutely off their rocker, Blackbeard wasn't one of the most powerful characters in the whole show, i...

Pedro Cortes



Tomopop Review: Figuarts ZERO Akainu & Aokiji Battle Ver. photo
Tomopop Review: Figuarts ZERO Akainu & Aokiji Battle Ver.
by Pedro Cortes

With dozens and dozens of characters over 17 years of publication, One Piece is a figure company's dream. There are so many characters that can be made into figures, and just as many fans foaming at the mouth to pick them up. What's even better is that there are enough action scenes, costume changes and time skips to provide multiple versions for release.

One of these spin-offs is the battle versions of the Figuarts ZERO line. Previously released characters get put into (ostensibly) better poses with effect parts that reflect their abilities. It's a great idea, but one that could lead to collector fatigue. However, when the quality of the figures is so good, it's hard to imagine fans not snapping them up when they get the chance.

Hit the jump to see two such figures get some excellent battle versions!

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1:00 PM on 05.08.2014

Tsume's finished Roronoa Zoro could blow you away

The Tsume-Art crew are really happy with how their HQS Roronoa Zoro has turned out. We know this because literally said that in a recent Facebook page post showing off the 50-cm-tall collectible. In particular, they seemed pr...

Brian Szabelski

6:00 PM on 04.08.2014

POP Sailing Again Bellamy pre-orders spring up

MegaHouse's Portrait of Pirates "Sailing Again" Bellamy the Hyena is currently available for pre-order. Bellamy was something of a joke when first encountered by the Strawhats in Mock Town where he served as a relatively mino...

Scarecroodle



Tomocast 43: Dragon Dagger beatings photo
Tomocast 43: Dragon Dagger beatings
by Pedro Cortes

Welcome back to the Tomocast!

Sorry for the delay folks, real life snuck out from its cage and proceeded to maul all of us. No matter, we're back with a brand new episode. I was joined by Andres Cerrato and Tianxiao Ma to talk about the latest and greatest news to come out of Tomopop. There was talk of drunk sorceresses, ill-armored ladies, ungrateful grandchildren and Jack Daniels. You know, the usual stuff we go on about.

As per the usual, you can download the episode here, follow us on iTunes or hit the jump to stream the whole shebang. Our talking points follow right after. Enjoy!

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3:00 PM on 03.05.2014

Enter the pre-order colosseum with P.O.P Sailing Again Rebecca

MegaHouse's Portrait of Pirates "Sailing Again" Rebecca has received a few new photo galleries (including some 360-degree rotating images) in addition to currently being available for pre-order. The buxom gladiator princess w...

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8:00 AM on 03.01.2014

Tomopop LinkUP: March madness

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...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker





Tomopop Review: Bandai's Figuarts ZERO Sanji Battle Ver. photo
Tomopop Review: Bandai's Figuarts ZERO Sanji Battle Ver.
by Pedro Cortes

One of my critiques with male figures are their boring poses. Like it or not, female figures tend to be posed in a variety of ways to direct attention toward their copious assets. Dudes just kind of stand there, usually with their legs slightly apart and with their hips jutting out. While that works for keeping a figure properly balanced, it doesn't do much to impress. As most One Piece figures are men, I have dozen's of figures that are well sculpted, if not impressive to look at.

One of the characters that deserves better is Sanji. The Straw Hats's chef only fights with his legs, leading to some impressive fights where he's flipping around and doing hand stands to deliver feet into his opponents' face. However, we usually get Sanji just standing around and looking either cocky or pervy. BORING.

Seemingly in response to such complaints, Bandai has released several battler versions of popular One Piece characters. This version of Sanji that I'm reviewing is from that line and boy, am I happy that somebody listened to my complaints. Hit the jump to see why you need this figure in your collection!

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