Due to scheduling difficulties, I wasn't able to get a question post up. My deepest apologies, dearest Tomocast listeners. To make up for it, I brought on a trio of guests that will surely entertain you. To...
Recently, I had a chance to wander around one of my local arcades and see what prizes were locked up inside the machines. Locked away behind a promise if you get the claw to drop in some precise way, or break the piece of toi...
Bandai has done a lot to improve their Figuarts ZERO line in the last couple of years. Back when I reviewed a trio of ZEROs in 2011, they were fairly simple looking figures of dudes in standard poses with the exception of Marco. Fast-forward to 2013, we're getting a lot of ZEROs of characters that normally wouldn't get something larger and, on top of that, they are looking better than their larger counterparts.
Take Figuarts ZERO Enel & Perona. Both have gotten nice-looking, larger-scaled figures from other companies, yet their smaller versions trump their bigger statues in some ways. Hit the jump to see what I'm talking about.
The fine crystal masters at Baccarat are getting set to let loose official One Piece crystal drinking glasses onto the Japanese public. These glasses feature all nine crew members and Ace with a unique coat-of-arms for e...
All Franky wants is to become the ultimate cyborg/robot. I mean, he sure is a great shipwright and he's one of the best out there. However, let's be honest: his robotic improvements show that he wants to become one with the m...
Plex is back with a new set of One Piece mini figures based on the crew's adventures on Punk Hazard. The Anime Chara Heros One Piece Chapter of Punk Hazard Vol.1 series features the entire crew, villains, and marines as ...
Trying to collect figures on a shoestring budget? It's hard to do unless you're willing to set your sights a little smaller. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for something cheap. Bluefin Distribution and Tamashii Nations are bringing over a bunch of the latest gashapon, prize figures, scale figures, blind boxes and other small-scale collectibles along with an ample number of role play items from a wide range of anime.
When it comes to the Dragon Ball stuff it's hard to tell what's more popular; the figures or the role play stuff. Aside from their S.H. Figuarts and Figuarts ZERO offerings they also displayed their new line of of Shodo articulated mini figures. They're 80mm tall (just over 3 inches) fully articulated, painted like their big brothers, and features a Goku based on his appearance in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. They also had prototypes of some new prize figures on display that will certainly see released soon.
Fun as those are it's hard to not be impressed by the number of role play items on display. Goku's pole and disk-firing wristbands look good, plus there's Trunk's sword, the Dragon Radar, and glowing Dragon Balls. But the best choice is the variety of Scouters in red, blue, and green. They even have an exclusive three-pack with NYCC stickers on the sides. They can scan cards to read out power levels and make a bunch of noises. I remember seeing a lot of people walking around Otakon with these on this year so they're definitely popular even among non-cosplayers.
If Dragon Ball isn't your thing then maybe you're interested in the huge variety of figures being released for One Piece? Portraits of Pirates? Check! Movie Z figures? Check! Costume figures? Check! Super deformed, mini, and trading figures? Check, check, and check! Looks like most of the cast of characters are well represented, even some of the lesser villains look to have multiple figures.
Perhaps you're more of an Evangelion movie fan? There was no shortage of figures for the third movie; ranging from a number of figures for the pilots (including two figures of Shinji, imagine that!) to the Evangelion Mechanics line featuring little Eva Units in complex display sets.
Probably the franchise taking up the most space is Gundam. There was so much Gundam stuff that wasn't Gunpla it would take far too long to try to name it all. There's Gundam STANDart, Gundam Converge, Assault Kingdom, and so very much more. Just go look at the gallery, it's all there.
Too a lesser extent they also had a number of different Saint Seiya figures on display for various characters in different forms. They also had the highly detailed figures from Monster Hunter Encyclopedia XI and XII on display.
This is a great effort from Bluefin. It's nice to see so much stuff from Bandai made available outside of Japan without the need for customers to import.
Our man on the floor, Andres, captured some pictures of the various Figuarts ZERO figures on display by Tamashii Nations (Bluefin Distribution) at NYCC. Check out the gallery for pictures of:
Perona, Thriller Bark ver.
As One Piece has continued, shipwright Franky has steadily been becoming more of a cyborg. By now, he's nearly gone full robot and that is awesome. To top off his increasingly gargantuan proportions and weaponry, he made a gi...
Hiya Tomopals! Your old buddy, the Scarecroodle, here with the... what, you were expecting Pedro? Well, I'm taking over the monthly DO WANT feature for a while just to mix things up a little bit, like adding a random adjective before the month's name to make the feature sound more exciting (are we excited yet?!).
For those of you new to the DO WANT, the feature provides Tomopop's awesome (yet humble!) editors with a chance to reflect on some of the collectibles that are still on their minds. And what floats our collectible boats this month? Why, pirates, angels, mythic creatures, killer cassette players, and more.
So join us after the jump when we reflect back on September.
Uh, wow much? If somebody told me about a design that put Nami in a(n overtly sexualized) version of Luffy's clothing, I wouldn't even be able to picture it and yet here we have a design that looks so oddly spectacular it almost seems natural... except for those daisy dukes --- in fact, I absolutely love the design with the sole exception of the denim thong that Nami is wearing. And no, don't try telling me those are actually shorts. Shorts don't ride up like that from behind.
The denim thong wouldn't be so bad if not for all the butt cleavage. I suppose it works if you just never turn the figure around. The figure is fantastic otherwise. Nami has a neat character design and a decent enough pose, which makes it a shame that MegaHouse really went overboard on that rear view.
Portrait of Pirates Nami Mugiwara version can be ordered from Bandai's premium site if you're in Japan or through Big in Japan (or your preferred hunter) in you reside in another part of the world. She'll be released in February 2014.
There's no limit in Japan as to what they can put a logo on and get people to buy. Whether it's cup noodle Gundam kits or Evangelion razors people will buy pretty much anything emblazoned with their favorite characters on it....
[UPDATE: Pre-orders are officially open! HobbyLink Japan and Hobby Search links added.]
Alright, One Piece fans, it's time once again, for a Portrait.of.Pirates glitchfest PSA. MegaHouse certainly isn't pulling any punches this month with two powerhouse characters up for grabs - Rob Lucci Leopard version (¥7,600) and Aokiji 'Edition Z' version (¥8,800).
Dressed in his time skip garb with a haversack over his left shoulder, Aokiji looks as imposing as ever. The former admiral also comes with a swappable iced hand and ice lance, along with a bottle of alcohol. His do-rag and glasses also seem to be removable, as well. Accessories and extras aside, I love how well detailed and pronounced Aokiji's burns are sculpted. 'Mas' edition Rob Lucci is just as impressive with that intense facial expression as he is about to pounce on his opponent. The sculpt perfectly captures Lucci's Zoan beastly powers.
Preorders will begin on August 7 at 18:00 Japan Standard Time with both pirates set to be released in December. However, if you wish to skip the whole glitchfest fiasco, the Grandline Shop has the pirate duo available for pre-order already. What do you say, Tomocchi's? Will any of these pirates be joining your collection this holiday season?