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Top sales 9/28 to 10/4

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 9/28 to 10/4

Hey, it's LEGO again
Oct 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
I always get a little excited when western toys are popular in Japan. There's no doubt that high quality Japanese toys have their following among fans outside of Japan, but western toys tend to get looked down on as not being...
Parfom Labrys photo
Parfom Labrys

Welcome Parfom Labrys to the arena

This is one steely class president
Aug 27
// Tianxiao Ma
You know what's awesome? The Persona series. Underneath the whackiness of talking teddy bears and robot warrior maidens lie some wonderful, memorable characters. Labrys here made her debut in Persona 4 Arena, being an older g...
figma and figFIX photo
figma and figFIX

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: figma and figFIX flood

Time to check stuff off of the wish list!
Feb 08
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So you say you've got some figma you're just dying to see made? Well then, let's see how many of your wishes have come true this time with the first round of announcements!  figma: Kantai Collection - Yukikaze, Kitakami...
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I'm looking forward to nice spring weather
Greetings, Tomopop readers! We got a surprisingly huge response for this contest! Either people really like Persona 4 or they like the thought of spring. Whatever the reason, I'd like to thank everyone who entered. It was nic...

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Spring is just around the corner
We’re almost in spring! The weather is definitely getting better, even if the occasional cold winds come around. So to prepare, we’re doing a little pre-spring cleaning here at Tomopop. We’re giving away o...

Tomopop Review: Persona 4 Half-Age Characters

Mar 14 // Martin Siggers
Figure Name: Half Age Chie Satonaka/Yukiko Amagi/Rise Kujikawa/Nanako Dojima Figure Maker: BandaiRetail Price: ¥5,600Available at: Entertainment Earth Since Bandai's Half-Age Characters are trading figures, what we've got here is a pack of eight separate figures, bundled together inside one box. This isn't a blind box though, as you can tell by the text "4+4 variation." What this means essentially is you're guaranteed two of each character, a regular version and a variant version, which we'll come back to. I'd also like to commend whoever writes the advertising copy for these things. With international sales now a big thing, we're getting less and less terrible/amazing Engrish, but CUTER THAN REAL! COOLER THAN DEFORMATION! is one of the best strap lines I've seen in a while. The package pops open like so in an easy-to-display-on-sales-counters way, with eight individual boxes inside. Adopting the trademark Persona 4 bright yellow motif makes them very eye-catching. We've got pictures of the main figures on the front and back, while the variant versions pop up on the sides. Tucked away inside each box is a decapitated Persona girl and a base in two parts. All four of these figures break down the same way - head, body, circular white plastic base and leg support for stability. Attaching the heads is simply done by popping a ball joint in, although this proved very difficult on certain figures, probably due to a combination of the character hair and some poorly moulded sockets. And here they are! Represented in very adorable chibified form we've got bad cook Yukiko Amagi, teen (now pre-teen I guess) idol Rise Kujikawa, adorable little sister Nanako Dojima and fighting carnivore Chie Satonaka. Nanako's clearly the odd one out here, as she's not a playable party member (poor Naoto) but she fits in well so it's hardly an issue. These gals are about the standard capsule toy size, which is to say, pretty dinky. Including the bases they're about 8-10 cm, with Nanako naturally being a little shorter than the others. I've put Chie up alongside her figma counterpart here to give you some idea of scale. Since we've got Chie here, let's look at her first. I love this angry, slightly aggressive pose they've put her in, which somehow only conspires to increase the "awwwww" factor. The little stick of yakitori (skewered meat) only adds to the charm. One thing worth saying is that you obviously shouldn't expect a painting masterclass here. Trading figures are pretty rough and ready by their nature, and as you can see in these photos, there's quite a lot of paint spill and uneven detailing. That's fine considering the price point, but be aware you're not exactly getting mini-Alter here. Each figure attaches to their base via a simple friction peg, and also includes a basic stand which clips to their leg for additional support. It's not totally necessary but helps with stability so there's no harm in using them. While the other characters may have been aged down, Nanako's already only six, and a figure of a toddler wouldn't be much fun, so she looks pretty much the same age. Bonus marks for the authentic Junes branded carrier bag. Nanako's also the only figure I didn't bother using the leg stand for, as she stands with two feet and is already pretty stable. Yukiko, appalling chef that she is, is pictured in the middle of spilling some vile looking slop. Could it be Mystery Food X? It's a nice, movement filled pose and a good example that even at this scale you can really convey a lot of motion through a good sculpt. While the rest of the characters actually have a pretty good range of head motion thanks to those ball joints, Yukiko basically can't move hers thanks to those long tresses coming down the front. Rise is our last lady, and unlike the others she ditches her regular in-game look for a flashy idol outfit. I like the decision, but the flipside is that a more complex outfit really shows up the limitations of the sculpting process, and as a result Rise probably looks the roughest of the four figures. There's just not enough detail to keep up with that ruffled skirt and the microphone is so basic it looks dangerously like something else. As I mentioned earlier, this is a "4+4" pack, and that means we get all the girls again, only with slight variations. With one exception, these are all replacement heads, with the only difference being new expressions. Chie's that one exception, since she gets her yakitori stick removed and replaced by a closed fist. She's also sporting the game's trademark glasses, and the combination makes her look a lot more battle ready than the default version. It's worth noting that, although it's pretty foggy, there is actual clear plastic in the glasses. Yukiko's variant is the least imaginative, simply popping glasses onto her face as well. Nanako goes for all out cute with this impossibly precious smile. This is one face where the ability to tilt and turn the head comes in handy. Rise is probably my favourite variant, sporting the one-two punch of the flirty wink and the cheeky tongue sticking out.  I love these gals to bits, but that's probably more of a heart than head thing. They're pretty rough quality-wise even by trading figure standards, and while the variant idea is nice it sort of sucks that you get each girl twice and the changes are so minor. On the other hand, the designs are absolutely wonderful - cute, stylish, and with more thought put into them than a host of larger scale figures. I'd say if you want them, find a friend, split the cost and take a set each. Or you could wait on the off chance a toy-themed website decides to give some of them away. Regardless, what these ladies lack in fine paint detail, they make up for with bundles of charm [A huge thank-you to the ladies and gentlemen over at Entertainment Earth, who provided the Persona gang for this review]
P4 Half-Age photo
I, like all rational and reasonable human beings, love Persona 4 with all of my heart and soul. And considering I write for a toy website, it's pretty obvious that I like cute things too. So what happens when Bandai takes the already adorable girls of Persona 4 and makes them extra adorable for their Half-Age Character series? Well, read on to find out! 

Wonder Festival Griffon photo
Wonder Festival Griffon

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Griffon Enterprises Roundup

Easily one of the most impressive displays at Wonder Festival
Feb 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Griffon brought their A-game to Wonder Festival this past weekend. They had a very impressive number of figures on display, both new and old. They displayed several previously announced figures for the first time from their v...
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GSC Delays

GSC announces a raft of delays for September

Isn't this like the millionth time Bayonetta has been delayed?
Sep 17
// Martin Siggers
By now, Good Smile Company's monthly release schedule post has become a regular source of frustration as the firm announces which figures will miss their shipping dates. This month is no different, except maybe for a higher t...
Ques Q's Elizabeth photo
Is this meme still cool?
[UPDATE: Pre-orders are now open] Christmas won't be coming early for Ques Q's Christmas version of Elizabeth as both it and the standard version are slated for a December release. While both versions look fantastic, my prefe...

High Priestess Labrys photo
High Priestess Labrys

High Priestess Labrys appears for exclusive pre-orders

Megatrea Shop is the only way to go here
Aug 05
// Andres Cerrato
The last time we heard about the upcoming High Priestess Labrys was her feature in magazine scans back in March. She was announced in January but it's now August and she has finally made her appearance for pre-orders. As Bria...
WonFes Alter photo
WonFes Alter

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Alter reveals Labrys

She looks ready to tear up the Midnight Channel
Jul 28
// Tianxiao Ma
Persona 4 Arena's Labrys hasn't gotten a ton of attention from figure makers, but getting a treatment from Alter is excellent news. I'm all about quality over quantity, and with Alter at the helm, you know you'll be getting the best. All we can see right now is Labrys and her axe. I wouldn't count on a bunch of extras if the last few Alter releases is anything to go by. Still, I'm stoked!
Taito P4A figures photo
Taito P4A figures

Here are all of Taito's Persona 4 Arena prize figures

Includes Naoto and Kanji, too
Jul 01
// Brian Szabelski
As Kristina noted in her What's in UFO Catchers? feature, Taito had been stocking their machines with Persona 4 Arena merchandise, but two of them eluded my sight until now because they were just released last week. One of th...
High Priestess Chie delay photo
High Priestess Chie delay

High Priestess Chie Satonaka delayed to September

Did we just got Trial of the Dragon'd?
May 24
// Brian Szabelski
As much as Megahouse's High Priestess Chie Satonaka looks awesome, there's been some bad news the last two times I've posted about her. First, it was the news that Chie was a MegatreShop exclusive, and now a second bit of new...

ACen 2013: Bandai/Bluefin

This year's Anime Central had figures from DBZ, Mega Man, and more
May 20
// Vanessa Cubillo
At Anime Central, Bandai had figures on display from their own line in the Bluefin booth, as well as D-Arts and SH Figuarts. There was nothing particularly shocking or brand new from them here. Most of their collection ...
Persona 4 Petankos photo
Persona 4 Petankos

Persona 4 Petankos pop-up for pre-order

Today's post brought to you by the letter P
May 16
// Brian Szabelski
Kristina beat me to posting about the Persona 4 Petanko figures from Penguin Parade previously (read that five times fast, I dare you), but now I get to let you guys and gals know they're up for pre-order! Both Yu and Rise co...
Asuka and Nanako! photo
Asuka and Nanako!

Treasure Festa in Ariake 9: Mana Mode, Little Pink Summer

Sometimes, different is better
May 07
// Brian Szabelski
More Treasure Festa coverage? Sure! Let's take a look at two more kit makers with some popular characters. Mana Mode brought two different Asukas with them, one of her in her plugsuit and the other featuring her jamming out w...

Treasure Festa in Ariake 9: Mugenkyou

Persona, Girls und Panzer, and a cosplaying Soniko
May 05
// Natalie Kipper
It is time for Treasure Festa in Ariake 9 and Mugenkyou is getting the party starting right. The company had figures from Persona 4 Arena, Girls und Panzer, and what I believe to be Soniko cosplaying as a rather busty Ma...
A lovely trio
Penguin Parade has recently updated their Petanko listings to include three new figures: Persona 4: The Animation's Yu Narukami and Rise, and Steins;Gate's Kurisu Makise. Of course, the curious thing about this is Yu - I beli...


Megahouse's High Priestess Labrys appears again

This time, we get a bit more info from the scans
Mar 22
// Brian Szabelski
So we've known since January that Labrys was coming to Megahouse's High Priestess line, but how's about a little more news? No, not a release date or word on if she'll be an exclusive to the MegaTre Shop like Chie. We're gett...
Persona 4 Keychains photo
Persona 4 Keychains

Reveal your true self with these Persona 4 keychains

Eight varieties, plus two secret bonuses
Mar 14
// Martin Siggers
If you're looking to express your love for demon-slaying high school adventure wherever you go, then you could do a lot worse than this charming selection of metal keychains featuring some of the lead characters and titular m...

Check out these plushes from Justin's Otaku Emporium

Featuring a few familiar faces
Mar 05
// Brian Szabelski
Justin's Otaku Emporium is a simple Etsy store filled with buttons and other anime convention-ready accessories, but there's one little thing which was brought to our attention you might like. You see, Justin's also got himse...

Pre-order this Persona 4 glasses case by Dezaegg

Nice and brightly colored, it would definitely be easy to find
Mar 04
// Jon Wills
It's great to have figurines lining the shelves and cabinets, but you know, there is lots of anime-themed merchandise out there to add to your day to day life style. One such example is this Persona 4 Golden glasses case by D...

High Priestess Chie Satonaka up for pre-order March 1

Listing appears in Premium Bandai shop
Feb 22
// Brian Szabelski
Yukiko Amagi might be the most popular of Persona 4's cast of ladies, but my favorite has always been Chie Satonaka, due in no part of her awesome green jacket and her love of kicking monsters. So it goes without saying ...

Wonder Festival 2013 Winter: Ques Q

This Persona and Toradora! fan is pleased
Feb 10
// Brian Szabelski
Ques Q's line-up for WonFes was in part already announced, so it wasn't surprising to see Aisaka Taiga and Aegis at their booth. What was a surprise, though, is that Persona 4's Elizabeth is joining them! The prototype sculpt...

Labrys is next to get the High Priestess treatment

Also looks like the best one yet
Jan 24
// Tianxiao Ma
We've seen the other Persona 4 ladies from MegaHouse's High Priestess line, and truth be told, they're not spectacular. At least going by preview images, nothing really stood out to me about them, which is a shame. This month...

MegaHobby Expo 2012 Autumn: MegaHouse's Persona 4 stuff

Raise your knowledge and understanding of this franchise!
Nov 26
// Tianxiao Ma
Are you enjoying Persona 4 Golden? I bought a PS Vita just for this game and it's everything I hoped for. MegaHouse is going to bring some of the game's endearing characters into the figure world, and at MegaHobby Expo we got...

Scans show MegaHouse's Chie in color and more prototypes

Aquarion EVOL's Yunoha and the Futami twins from The iDOLM@STER stay in unpainted form.
Nov 22
// Jonathan Tubbs
Though it may be that time of the year for us in the States to go into a food coma, Japan still can't pull a fast one on us like they have with the latest magazine scans. Oodles of delicious tidbits have come pouring out...

Under the Radar: Happy Kuji reveals its Persona 4 chibis

Holy crap, there's a detective Nanako and I have to have it
Nov 07
// Brian Szabelski
Swept up in all the was Happy Kuji's quiet announcement of the chibi prize figures in its upcoming November lottery, which is Persona 4-themed. The five figures revealed were Yu, Kanji, Yosuke, Yukiko and the human form of Ku...

Check out this Happy Kuji Naoto Shirogane review

Did you know there's a blog dedicated to Persona toys?
Nov 05
// Tianxiao Ma
Although prize figures aren't really my thing, I did see this Happy Kuji Naoto Shirogane sitting in my inbox. In case you don't know, Naoto is a private detective from Persona 4, and is just one of the great characters making...

Famitsu selects their color for Persona 4 Arena's Labrys

The Enterbrain web store gets another exclusive figma from Persona 4 Arena.
Nov 02
// Jonathan Tubbs
[Updated: This figure is now available via GSC's Global Online Shop!] It was yesterday that we posted the pre-order information for Max Factory's figma Labrys from Persona 4 Arena but that isn't the only version of this figur...

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