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10:00 PM on 09.29.2014

Alter unveils promo shots of their second Mikan Yuuki

To Love-Ru has recently gotten a couple of high quality figures from Max Factory. Now Alter is gearing up to release their second Mikan Yuuki figure. If you'll recall, Alter's first take on Mikan had her lying prone in h...

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Kahotan previews Good Smile Company's Eren yeager photo
Kahotan previews Good Smile Company's Eren yeager
by Tianxiao Ma

I'm sure Good Smile Company's Eren Yeager will be a fine figure - the definitive one, even - but all these Attack on Titan guys are starting too look the same to me. Back when the show first aired, I was starving for AoT figures. Oh, the irony.

Kahotan's latest preview shows off Eren in all his hotheaded glory, leaping off a chimney and presumably toward the maw of a titan. Stop me if you've seen this before: the maneuver gear, the gas canisters, the blade holder, and the wires all make for an impressive figure. But Sentinel's figures were impressive. Kotobukiya's figures were impressive. I guess we'll see how GSC stacks up (I do have their Mikasa on order so I'll soon know first-hand).

Eren is up for pre-order right now for ¥13,800. Unlike Mikasa, it doesn't look like Eren will get a deluxe variant, or even a Good Smile Online Shop exclusive bonus. He's set for an April 2015 release.

[ Pre-order at Good Smile Online ShopHobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | Play Asia | J-List | ToysLogic | Big in Japan | Big Bad Toy Store ]

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9:00 AM on 09.25.2014

Travel some dungeons with Alter's Alisia Heart

How we got from To Heart to this is a mystery to me. Anyway, this is Alisia Heart, a character featured in Dungeon Travelers 2. As you can see, Alter has made a magnificent figure of her. I'm sure this is an exact replica in ...

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8:00 AM on 09.25.2014

Tony Taka has another lovely fairy design in the works

Because every brunette must have a blonde counterpart, Kotobukiya will be releasing another butterfly/fairy-themed Tony Taka heroine. "Fairy Garden" Annabel will join "Peace Keeper" Daisy, released a while ago, in Koto's Tony...

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7:45 PM on 09.19.2014

Two loli vampires are ready to emerge from your shadow

Shinobu, formerly a notable omission from the Monogatari series figma line, will soon get her moment in the sun. The really-old-but-looking-young vampire is getting to releases from Max Factory: the standard figma and a figFI...

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Get in some more figFIX Shimakaze preview action photo
Get in some more figFIX Shimakaze preview action
by Tianxiao Ma

figFIX Shimakaze is up for pre-order, but if you wanted to ogle her midriff some more, Max Factory's figma blog has another preview for you. My theory about this is that since the figma didn't come with the half-damage body (because that would be like giving you two figmas for the price of one!), Max Factory decided to create this figFIX line. That theory's almost certainly incorrect but it's fun to pretend.

Anyway, there isn't anything you haven't already seen here, which is a phrase that often gets uttered when something perverted happens. I'm just a huge fan of the little damaged Rensouhou-chans. They're so cute!

[ via figma blog ]

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Here's Aquamarine's Koki Yamoto in full color photo
Here's Aquamarine's Koki Yamoto in full color
by Tianxiao Ma

Koki Yamoto hails from the Japanese novel series Ninja Slayer. And, well, she certainly looks like a slaying kind of person. I don't really have much to go on because of the rather plain design, so I'll just go ahead and write some generic comments.

Wow her skirt is short! It must be cold for her at night. That's a sweet translucent scarf thing. Her sword is pretty awesome, probably! It would be nice to see a few ninjas, or at least some slaying with this figure, but I guess that's just not in the cards.

[ figsoku via Twitter @NJSLYR ]

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8:00 AM on 09.17.2014

Give Miku a splash of color with the Tell Your World version

As far as Miku variants go, the "Tell Your World" version isn't terribly radical. In fact it's mostly just a cool splash of paint on the standard Miku design. However the sculpt has a delicacy and sense of motion that really ...

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10:00 AM on 09.11.2014

FREEing's Houki Shinonono is pretty foxy

I've not kept up with Infinite Stratos but its cast sure has gotten a lot of figures. I rather like FREEing's 1/4-scale Houki, mostly because of the way her expression works with those fox ears. Very cute indeed. If you want ...

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9:00 AM on 09.11.2014

If figma Shimakaze isn't damaged enough for you, try the figFIX version

[Update: Check out Kahotan's preview!] I have the figma Shimakaze, and it's a nice figure. What it lacks, though, is the half-damaged version with strategically torn clothing. If that's something you really need on a figma-is...

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2:00 AM on 09.05.2014

Got a Railgun messing up your plans? Pre-order these two ITEMs.

A Certain Scientific Railgun S introduced me to the mercenary team ITEM, and its two most prominent members (Mugino and Frenda) quickly became two of my favorite characters in the show. I was hoping to see some figures m...

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SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Tian Ma edition photo
SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Tian Ma edition
by Tianxiao Ma

Now that we've had a while to unpack the information assault from the Wonder Festival/SDCC tandem (both happened on the same weekend!), the Tomopop crew thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of our personal favorite things from both events.

It would take too long to cover everything I want, so it looks like a top 10 list is in order. Read on to see what tickled my fancy!

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