At the time of this post, it's only 15 days until San Diego Comic Con. With time ticking down, you know that there'd be a ton of exclusive announcements and let me tell you, companies have definitely unleashed the floodgates....
If you're ready to complete the Outer Scouts/Sailor Senshi, Sailor Pluto is incoming. Bandai is providing an unpainted prototype (complete with staff and a serious face) and it looks pretty great. Super Sailor Moon was also s...
Tamashii's June announcements are coming in, and Kamen Rider Gaim fans will be pleased by a couple of items. The Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica , Psycho-Pass) penned, and fan-beloved series will see the release ...
New photos of Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Harley Quinn (Injustice ver.) have appeared, courtesy of a listing on the Tamashii web store. The figure depicts the Joker's fangirl/love interest as she appeared in Injustice: Gods Among Us (ps3/360).
Harley Quinn is the third SHF that we've seen from this game, following Batman and Joker, and is by far my favorite. While part of that might be owed to the character design itself, I'm also impressed by Bandai's workmanship and really did two of the optional faces (and two outta three ain't bad!).
SHF Harley Quinn looks to come with her mallet, two handguns, a card, a total of three interchangeable faces (standard, smiling, and... grimacing?), and three alternate sets of hands. Although the character has a knife strapped to her calf (and several more at her hip), it's not listed as being removable despite looking as such.
In other news (on a personal note), I *finally* picked up Injustice: Gods Among Us (Ultimate Edition) and am looking forward to playing that whenever it arrives.
At the recent Tamashii Nations event, they revealed many new exiting Sailor Moon figures that would be coming out in the next year. One of these exciting new figures will be S.H. Figuarts Tuxedo Mask. He has been one of chara...
Since Figuarts figures can't actually be fused together, Dragon Ball Z's most powerful character will have to get its own Figuarts treatment. This S.H. Figuarts Vegetto looks, well, pretty much like you'd expect.
It seems like only yesterday I was complaining about how there were no Cardcaptor Sakura figures, but now we're practically drowning in them, as Bandai have announced they'll be producing an S.H. Figuarts version of Sakura Kinomoto. What's more, we've already got fully coloured, production ready pictures!
Interestingly, this comes only a few days after Max Factory revealed their own poseable Sakura as part of the figma range. The two figures are uncannily similar, even down to the choice of outfit. Speaking of that, I know this is one of the famous ones, but could we please get a little more variety? Just sayin'. Regardless, it's a clear case of throwing down the gauntlet to a rival company, and it'll be interesting to see which way collectors decide to go. It seems like Bandai have the jump here though, as Sakura is already pencilled in for a March 2015 release. More news as we get it.
Bandai of Japan's Digimon offerings are apparently far from over, as pre-orders (through Bluefin Distribution) have opened for S.H. Figuarts Alphamon.
Alphamon apparently starred in Digital Monster X-Evolution (more commonly known as Digimon X-Evolution), the eighth Digimon film. The figure stands 17-centimeters tall (or 6.7-inches) and will apparently stand as tall as the previously released D-Arts (or S.H. Figuarts?) Omnimon/Omegamon. While I have no familiarity with the movie, it's certainly a neat design.
Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Alphamon can be pre-ordered for US$76 and is slated for a March release. However, there's still no word on a S.H. Figuarts Betamon.
Mama Mia! We here at Tomopop have been so busy with SDCC and Summer WonFes news that we missed Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Luigi and Super Mario Bros. Play Set C pre-orders go up!
Everybody's second favorite plumber (YMMV) is slated for a December release through the Japanese market and January/February release through the American market. He comes with a Red Koopa Shell, an alternate pair of hands, a brick, and a stand. Despite being the younger, less popular brother, Luigi will run you a bit more than Mario as he features a ¥3,564 and a US$33 list price, depending on your preferred market.
Play Set C, also available for pre-order and slated to release at the same time, features a red pipe, a pipe cover part, Piranha Plant, Buzzy Beetle, and a coin. The set can be ordered for either ¥2,808 or US$26.
I have a somewhat strange confession to make in that I think that I find the SHF Luigi more appealing than Mario. The "B" character really strikes me as being the "A" figure, which I suspect mostly comes down to the choice of faces.
So we've gone through and covered Sailor Moon, Tamashii Buddies and Dragon Ball Z ... that can't be all of Tamashii Nations' SDCC offerings, can it? Not in the least, as many of their other licenses got a chance to shine in their booth, too. Whether you're a fan of fighting superheroes, fighting ninjas, video game icons, or ... fighting superheroes, there's something for you from this year's Tamashii Nations showing.
Hit the jump for some of the best of the rest, and be sure to check out the gallery for more!
Tamashii Nations have done a fairly decent job catering to Dragon Ball Z fans with their Figuarts lines, and this year's San Diego Comic Con was no different. Broly pretty much stole the show on the S.H. Figuarts side of...
It wasn't too hard to spot the Sailor Moon merchandise in Bluefin/Tamashii Nations' booth this year, with plenty of folks gathered around the cases, snapping photos of the figures inside. All eight currently announced S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon pieces were all there, including Sailors Uranus, Neptune and Saturn.
If you've been following Tomopop, none of the figures there will be new announcements to you, but it's still nice to see them in person. They look to be pretty standard fare for the S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon line, so if you liked (or disliked) the other Senshi they've done, you'll probably feel the same about these three. And since Neptune and Uranus are Tamashii Web Shop exclusives in Japan, they are apparently going to cost more here as well at US$50 each.
Figuarts Zero Sailor Venus and Mercury were also at the booth, joined by Figuarts Zero Sailor Moon. Of the two, Mercury is probably going to be the one to get your attention with the effects parts/base she'll be coming with. Venus looks alright as well, though she doesn't have as lively of a feel as Mercury does. Some of you guys and gals weren't so hot on Figuarts Zero Sailor Moon for various sculpting reasons, but are Mercury and Venus something you're more excited about?
Highlights include a demonstration of the Tamashii "Burning Flame" effects (used against Venusaur *and* used as a power-up by Lucario and Mega Blaziken), a blurred "Quick Attack", that awesome moon silhouette, and more!
The gallery also seems to reveal what could be a special base for SHF Mega Blaziken, a black and silver version of the Pokeball-themed base seen with previous releases. See all the images in the gallery.