Nice to see you, good to meet you
When I reviewed FuRyu's trading figure version of Sakura Kinomoto last summer, I was positive, but also still a little disappointed that we weren't getting a full-fat, big money version of the character to stand alongside the... read feature

Titanic Effort
It's difficult to argue against Attack on Titan being the biggest breakout hit in anime in years. The manga is selling millions of copies, the TV show has been a sensation both in and outside of Japan, cosplay of the characte... read feature

Perched up on your shelf: he is the night
Kotobukiya released this 1/10-scale Batman based on his appearance in the very fun Batman: Arkham City game back in late August, so this is by no means a brand-spankin'-new figure. But it's new to me and I want to share my review. read feature

Quite enchanting
Good Smile Company generally sticks to the popular properties (or pushes their own) when they make figures, but sometimes random partnerships happen and you get something way out of left field. This is probably why you're loo... read feature

More To Love-Ru girls, please
Mea hails from To Love-Ru Darkness, and as you can probably tell, the manga has its fair share of ecchi elements. Before Mea, Max Factory has also made a 1/6-scale Momo Velia Deviluke from the same property. The two share a t... read feature

"Even after all this time, you're still just a troublesome brat!"
Alter has made a couple of Asuka figures before, with the last one released almost four years ago. If that one was too happy and/or immodest for you (those test plugsuits can be quite revealing), this release may be more to y... read feature

HCB+P all day
Kotobukiya's Bishoujo lineup seems to be growing by the day. The latest Street Fighter gal to hit the, uh, streets is Cammy. Although she isn't out in the US, she is currently available to import from Japanese retailers. When... read feature

I think I'd like to go to their school
I used to fancy myself an anime-obsessive. I would watch as many things as I could jam into my eye sockets and if it had a robot of some sort in it? Boy, I'd be on that double time. However, as time has gone on, I can't watch... read feature

Third Time's the charm?
In a relatively short space of time, FREEing have established themselves as a solid middle ground manufacturer of figures. They may not be able to match the big boys like Alter, Kotobukiya or their parent, GoodSmile Company, ... read feature

Somewhere beyond the sea, she's there watching for me
The wait for Good Smile Company's Deep Sea Girl Hatsune Miku has been lengthy, but Good Smile Company at long last has shipped her out. And you know what? I'm not bitter. I think we all know (more or less) what we'll be getti... read feature

Life's a splash, let's go to beach!
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (or Haganai for short) is an anime series I've actually wanted to watch for quite a while, and after finally having a Sena Kashiwazaki figure in my own hands, I think it's darn near time. This spl... read feature

Who wears short shorts?
It's a lot of fun to follow a figure from genesis all the way to finished product. Good Smile Company's elaborate take on Akane Isshiki from Vividred Operation was one of the first figures I covered when I arrived at the... read feature

This is for the Collectors(?)
With the figure making market pretty much established and the big players set up, perhaps it's time for smaller companies to step up and shake the boat a little. We've seen some companies take a stab at making new figures for... read feature

I hate it when sand gets in all those uncomfy spaces
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 represent... read feature

The Prince of All Saiyans is back yet again
Yes, Vegeta has returned once again. After two very popular releases in the S.H. Figuarts lineup, Vegeta now gets his own Figuarts Zero. The third Super Saiyan gets the fourth release in the line, well behind his son from the... read feature

The last of SEED ... for now
It's been a while for Megahouse's line of Gundam SEED figures. Opening first with G.E.M. Athrun Zala, then the figure of the songstress with the really long initials, RAHDXG.A.NEO Lacus Clyne, then actual main character&... read feature

Definitely something extra in the chest
Keeping track of the various casts of the Fate franchise is beyond my patience, so I'll just say this Caster is the one featured in Fate/Extra CCC. The original Caster in Fate/stay night was rather dour while this one is... I... read feature

The ups and downs of prize figures
Prize figures, when I started collecting, weren't things you'd go out of your way to get. They were too small, not very detailed, and had dodgy quality. Over time, all three of those aspects gradually improved to the point wh... read feature

Magma and Ice, nowhere near Ebony and Ivory
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.... read feature

Gun and sword in accord
It's clearly pirate season at Tomopop. We've just seen Tian take on Alphamax's enticing Velvet Batrass, and now I'm here to take a look at another lady pirate, albeit one considerably more covered up. It's Amakuni's version o... read feature

Enticing booty
I really like the sexy pirate trope, which seems more prevalent in Japanese properties than in the West. When thinking of pirate figures, Mouretsu Pirates' Marika and Queen's Blade's Liliana spring to mind. Alphamax's Ve... read feature

Attack on Titan at its finest?
Attack on Titan is a show that's taken the anime world by storm. Sadly, I have yet to sit down and watch it myself, but it's definitely on the to-do list! However, I can already tell just from reading a bit about it that Levi... read feature

Hunk of burning love
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 ... read feature

Once you go Black Zero, you can't go back... to your normal armor if you're playing Mega Man X 4, 5, or 6
The Mega Man franchise is all about upgrades (often in the form of new abilities taken from defeated opponents) and, when Mega Man X swung around, Mega Man (now called X) got a few fancy new armors ... two of which were made ... read feature

Elizabeth was in the holiday spirit this year, were you?
Welcome to the Velvet Room, fellow Persona 3 fans. We have a treat for you today in the form of a lovely lady that goes by the name Elizabeth. However, you may normally recognize her in her blue outfit. This time around she h... read feature

So you don't think you need another Miku?
It was nearly a year ago when Max Factory first revealed their plans for figma Hatsune Miku 2.0 in February 2013, closely following Good Smile Company's Nendoroid redo of the character. At the time her update appeared to be v... read feature

Up and atom!
Time really flies. Readers will recall that about a year ago I said some pleasant things about Diamond Select Toys' then-upcoming Femme Fatales Atom Eve. As I sit here, looking at Atom Eve, I'm left thinking that yet another ... read feature

A mutant ninja, but not a turtle
Psylocke has been a popular character among Marvel Comics fans, although she's probably more known for her X-Men incarnation than her original stint as a supporting character in Captain Britain. While western manufacturers ha... read feature

Yami moves just like a deadly assassin should
From the anime and manga, To Love-Ru, comes Golden Darkness, the first figure to be released in Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts line. Also the lead in To Love-Ru Darkness, Golden Darkness, also referred to as Yami, is the beaut... read feature

Hope you're a fan of the female anatomy
Lineage II has had a surprisingly long history with figure manufacturers - Good Smile Company in particular. In 2007, GSC released an exclusive 1/8-scale Dark Elf figure that would become the first "grail figure" for man... read feature

It doesn't matter if you hated the movie, these figures are nice
Released in 2012, Prometheus was one of those movies that had fans down the middle. It definitely generated a lot of buzz, but I can’t say that most of that was a positive. Designed as a prequel to the Alien series, Pr... read feature

All my heart baby, all my love!
Do you ever look at your collection and wish you had a couple more guys around in it? Well, if you do and you like the Tales of series, or JRPG's in general then you owe it to yourself to check out Alter's fantastic line of p... read feature

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