Super Sonico

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Super Sonico

Super Sonico goes under the sea


We're going to need some bigger shells
Jan 11
// Rachael Chambers
There have been some really interesting Sonico figures in the mix, including a few fairytale themed versions, but nothing quite like this! The curvy musician has been transformed into an adorable mermaid, although still retai...
NYCC 2014 GSC photo
NYCC 2014 GSC

NYCC 2014: Good Smile Company


It's Turtle time!
Oct 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
We got the teaser just the other day, now we get to see the whole thing! It's fairly rare for Good Smile Company to tackle properties from the west (though that seems to be changing every event), but with recent efforts to gi...
WonFes Good Smile Company photo
WonFes Good Smile Company

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company - miscellaneous


Attack on Titan, Sonico, and more
Aug 10
// Tianxiao Ma
Continuing with Good Smile Company's (and associates) apparently near-infinite display at WonFes, we arrive at some Attack on Titan figures and a bunch of Sonicos. GSC usually does a decent job with Sonico figures in that I d...

FREEing photo
FREEing

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: FREEing


Summer Festival at Wonder Festival
Jul 27
// Martin Siggers
FREEing definitely know a good thing when they see it, as their booth was packed with their popular range of yukata-clad ladies. It seems like paired sets are the new hotness in FREEing's world. For me the highlight here is d...
Nendoroid Sonico photo
Nendoroid Sonico

Get to work on these Nendoroid Sonico pre-orders


A strange Nendoroid in my opinion
Jul 08
// Tianxiao Ma
Sonico has never been my favorite character for figures, but I've liked what Good Smile Company has done with her. At least the Tiger Parka Nendoroid version (which is getting re-released) was legitimately very cute. It also ...
Vertex Super Pochaco photo
Fans of plus sized women, what do you think?
There's a lot to unpack here so let me just run down the list of items. Why is Pochaco's head so tiny? Why does she have a cowboy hat that's fitted for cats? How is it staying on her head? Why is she trying to take off her ve...

Super Sonico photo
Super Sonico

Super Sonico looks out of place in a school swimsuit


Her suit can barely contain her
May 14
// Kristina Pino
Beat have just put two versions of a school swimsuit-clad Sonico up for pre-order, and I have mixed feelings on the whole thing. Though I love her pose and almost everything else about the figure in terms of sculpt and design...
Griffon - Nanoricchi photo
Griffon - Nanoricchi

Treasure Festa in Ariake 11: Griffon - Nanoricchi gallery


Chibi dolls a plenty
May 08
// Natalie Kipper
Griffon Enterprises' Nanoricchi line is fairly new but the chibi figures were still a major presence at Japan's Treasure Festa in Ariake 11. The majority of the figures were revealed back at Wonder Festival 2014 Winter but th...
Rock 'n' Roll Sonico photo
Up for pre-order tonight for all your Sonico needs
Wing has posted some more photos of their upcoming Rock 'n' Roll Valentine Sonico figure, featuring everyone's favorite pink-haired rock 'n' roller with a chocolate guitar and a tiny swimsuit. It's based on an illustration, a...

Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic

Feb 13 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Kahotan posted a gallery for the upcoming Bakemonogatari Nadeko Sengoku Nendoroid. She comes with a lot of neat arm and leg parts for some really great poses. She's up for pre-order now so go get one. AmiAmi did an early photo review of the Beach Queen's Ayase Aragaki from OreImo. She looks great, but a little simple just wearing a white bikini, but I suppose that has its own appeal. She won't be out until June so enjoy the gallery. figsoku blog posted a gallery for the FuRyu Sonico Going Out Time ver. prize figure that was released last month. I'm not much of a Sonico fan, but I might have to reconsider my negative impression of FuRyu. Piapro posted a new colaboration between Pullip dolls and Hatsune Miku with a new Sakura Miku doll. They're not a doll series that's for everyone, but they did an impressive job with the outfit. Piapro also posted a look at a new series of Vocaloid plush products from Sekiguchi. Included are stuffed dolls and dangly things of Miku, Len, and Rin. If you're a gamer then simply by saying 'George Washington with a Gatling gun' should be conjuring up images of BioShock Infinite. So here's a Motorized Patriot made out of LEGO blocks. I got the game when it came out and still haven't played it... Thanks to io9 we're getting a ride back to the obscure side of the Golden Age of comics for a look at the slightly disturbing Fantomah statue based on the works of Fletcher Hanks. She comes in three varieties, all pretty limited. Task One has a new series of seven-inch WeedBears up in his store. Available are Green Crack, Purple Kush, and Stoned Panda for US$69.99 each. There's also a limited pink Bubblegum bear for Valentine's day, but that one has gone away like so much smoke. Akiba Hobby has posted a gallery for FREEing's new Asuna figure coming up in March. She's nicely sculpted and while the pose is a bit awkward at least it's something different. Good Smile Company's Mamitan was over in Japan for Wonder Festival and took the most amazing photos of figma Snow Miku out in the wilds. We've seen a lot of photos for Miku, but these are probably some of the most adorable ones yet. Pinkcheeks posted a surprisingly easy DIY tutorial for making your own Japanese-style table. I think I need to give this a try. And that's it for this week's Tomopop LinkUP. Look for the next installment next week during the craziness of Toy Fair!
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Oh, right, there are other events going on this week
Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! It's been a pretty busy week in all sorts of ways. We're still plowing our way through Wonder Festival coverage with the shadow of Toy Fair looming over us. But outside of that the Ol...

Tomopop LinkUP: Walking in a winter Wonder Festival

Jan 30 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
7-Eleven in Japan (yep, that's a thing) is now base to its own Gundam. A special version of the RX-93 Nu Gundam HG Gunpla is now calling the convenience store chain home. Done up in green, white, red, and yellow the kit is only running for ¥2,625. ToysREvil posted these really cool throw pillows based on game handhelds and controllers by Castella Natalia. Love the cartoonish look to them. Studio Ghibli fan Nendojin went above and beyond simple fan art to make a sculpture of the man himself: Hayao Miyazaki. RocketNews24 has posted video of the piece being made from start to finish. Job well done! Wave previewed a pair of girls from Majestic Prince being added to the Beach Queens line. Not Wave's best work and even they don't seem enthusiastic about them considering they haven't delivered their promised additional info on the girls despite being available for pre-order now. I guess they can't all be winners. And this is what it looks like when Wave tries hard. Akiba Hobby has posted a photo review for the upcoming Beach Queens Illyasviel von Einzbern from Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA. The effort they put into a figure this cute speaks for itself. In case you missed it the three figures from Hunter X Hunter are now available again for re-release. While there's nothing particularly new about them the official figma blog has posted the trio together. The real attraction is a quick three-panel comic. Check out CLayz newest Kuroneko figure from OreImo featuring a school swimsuit with cat years and tail. Oh man, she's perfect! Akiba Hobby posted a preview of Kotobukiya's Wonder Festival exclusive Kobato figure from Haganai. This is a red-dressed repaint of the figure Koto released just this past October. Looking good. Piapro posted a gallery for the upcoming Snow Miku 2014 Licca-chan doll. I kinda don't want to admit that it's growing on me... Also coming to Wonder Festival is a repaint of Orchid Seed's many Super Sonico figures. Based on a figure only just released back in December she is now sporting a chrome silver bikini. Not my kind of thing, but she does look really well made. Dark Horse has licensed the figure rights to the Powers series of comics and graphic novels. Their first piece is the impressively big Retro Girl statue which will later be followed by vinyl figures. More info can be found at the link. Kahotan posted a great gallery for Nendoroid Yoshino from Date A Live. Stiff contender for one of the cutest Nendoroids of all time! Tokidoki is collaborating Pullip on new doll Lunarosa. She's completely clad in Tokidoki fashion and even comes with a Donutella plush. She even gets her own tattoos! No price was given, but she'll be out in February. Sonico hasn't always been her full-figured self. Even she was a kid once. That's the message that Wing is sending with the prototype of their new child version of Nitro+'s digital diva. It actually is a rather cute figure in a much different way than we're used to seeing Sonico. Plum has made a new mini figure for their original character Sarah. She comes in two versions, either red or green. Both are exclusives, starting with sales at Wonder Festival for only ¥600 each. After that the red version will be sold throughout Nagano prefecture while the green one will be sold at the Lake Suwa SA (service area) for ¥700 each. Customizer Jared Flores created this really amazing Vinylmation version of the classic and iconic Dumbo ride found at Disney parks. The piece uses four Vinylmation Dumbo figures and one three-foot Vinylmation figure. Nicely done! That's all for this week! Come back next week when I'm sure we'll have another pile of Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] previews to look at among other great things.
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Welcome to the start of winter convention season
Hello and welcome back to an action packed Tomopop LinkUP. Packed is definitely the right word for this edition as we're looking at probably our biggest LinkUP yet! And no wonder, it's the winter convention season! UK Toy Fai...

Tomopop LinkUP: Beach movie

Jan 23 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Evilos (Christopher Avalos) made this really neat Vinylmation Skeleton Warrior from the Disneyland Indiana Jones Adventure attraction. Amazing detail and I love the included weapons. Nitro+'s @t_santa posted FuRyu's latest Sonico figure to don a tiny bikini. What's interesting is that despite being beach themed with the clear swim tube and beach bag, she's wearing pants! Meanwhile Akiba Hobby has posted a gallery for Kotobukiya's long titled Love Live! School Idol Project - Natsuiro Egao de 1, 2, Jump! ver. Umi Sonada figure. There's a lot to like about this figure from that translucent wrap around her waist to that really neat splash base. Akiba Hobby also did a gallery for the recently released Yoshino swimsuit figure from Date A Live by Plum. Doesn't take long for the photographer to forget she has a face, but it's a cute figure nonetheless. Geek Crafts posted this great set of amigurumi Game of Thrones characters made by Kati Galusz complete with patterns. Winter is definitely here. Kahotan posted a fun gallery for the newly released Nendoroid Mayoi Hachikuji from the Monogatari series. The faces are perfect as usual! AmiAmi blog posted a gallery for these little Free! trading figures. Looks like the boys are having fun at a water park while they float around on tubes. They come six to a case of five characters with Rin Matsuoka getting a face variant. Of course there's no telling if you'll get all six possible figures in a case when they're released in February. Here's something Japanese movie goers are sure to recognize. This popular duo appear before movies to warn people against pirating. Premium Bandai has seen fit to capture their message as a series of figure straps. There are four possible figures and can be bought as a case of 10. We need something like this in American theaters! Tesselate is now selling their latest, the Metlex One: Blue Edition. The little three-inch guy is limited to only 10 pieces and still available for the super low price of £16 or US$26. He comes packaged with a special box, stickers, and even a badge pin. What a deal! Pinkcheaks was nice enough to get figma Mayoi her own pink bike and take some pictures. The pink and yellow fits her perfectly; she looks so adorable with it! That's it for this time, see you again next week for another round of Tomopop LinkUP!
Tomopop LinkUP photo
Now is the time to think summer after all
Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! I know I've complained at least once already about the winter, but when dealing with subzero temps as often as we have this year I think it warrants some additional complaining. They ...

Wing Sonico photo
Wing Sonico

Wing's mousey Sonico hits pre-orders


I hope a hedgehog version is in the works
Jan 10
// Tianxiao Ma
This Sonico fad refuses to do the decent thing and die, like Black Rock Shooter, Kanu Unchou, and Yoko Littner before it. I guess I like the giant block of cheese that this one comes with. Cheese is yummy, right? Sorry if tha...
Arcadia's C:MO Sonico photo
Arcadia's C:MO Sonico

Arcadia's Sonico figure is sea-worthy


Will be part of C:MO line; release details still unknown
Jan 09
// Brian Szabelski
Arcadia's C:MO line is expanding out from the Evangelion universe, and the first non-Eva figure is their C:MO Sonico ... who looks ready for the sea. Wearing a little sailor outfit that only someone like Sonico could pul...

Tomopop LinkUP: The rated A-plush edition

Dec 26 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Good Smile Company has been doing a number galleries for several newly released figures through Kahotan's blog. First up is the massive Nendoroid Attack on Titan Colossus Titan & Attack Playset. This is a really amazing set and the gallery shows off just how feature packed it is.  Then there's their almost as impressive Rozen Maiden set featuring Shinku. With all of the added stuff plus the big doll case the box even includes handles! Then there's GSC's 1/10 scale Ultimate Madoka figure that comes with a copy of Figure JAPAN: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Edition. Is it just me or did they really skimp on the paint for the hair and wings? Piapro's blog is showing off Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji latest lottery prizes revolving around Miku Wears Milk, a campaign that combines Hatsune Miku and the Harajuku Milk fashion line. For the most part the lineup of prizes include decorative items and paper goods, but there's also a great pair of plush Mikus and a series of rubber straps.  Piapro also blogged about a new plushie being made for Snow Miku 2014 from Gift. She'll be available in all of the same events that the Snow Miku figures will be sold at.    Over on Twitter Nitroplus is previewing the prototype for Sentinel's latest Super Sonico figure. This one features Sonico in a bikini playing a chocolate covered guitar with "I ♥ You" dripping down the front. The finished figure will certainly look unique on the shelf.  Akiba Hobby got their hands on a painted prototype of Griffon's upcoming Vividred Operation figure featuring Akane and Aoi.  Definitely a standout pose for the pair in a single figure.  Akiba Hobby also has a colored gallery for the Beach Queens version of Aoi. As BQs go this one is a little by the numbers.  Over at Geeks are Sexy they've pointed out this amazing plushie bantha from Star Wars made by Etsy crafter ecoLEFTZ. It's massive and entirely made out of reused materials.  The Mary Sue drew our attention to this incredible LEGO model of  Rivendell from the Lord of the Rings series. This 200,000 piece work is done by Alice Finch with David Frank who also made the massive Hogwarts school.  Think Geek is selling this adorable Hi-Koala plush with speakers in its feet. It hugs your device while playing your tunes and is compatible with anything with a headphone jack.  Think Geek is also selling this great transparent Gummy Bear designed by Jason Freeny. Just like with his amazing custom work all of the bones and guts are visible and you can even dissect it! In the Tomopop C-Blogs Invincible did a round of reviews for MMZ-00, 01, and 02. Great stuff! And that brings us to the end of another Tomopop LinkUP. I hope you have a Happy New Year and I'll be seeing you again right here in 2014!
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It's the last LinkUP of the year!
Hello and Welcome to this week's Tomopop LinkUP! It's been a crazy, exhausting week for me. Between a three-day ice storm, a 17 hour power outage, and rushing through Christmas, it has all left me a little drained. But the ne...

Wing's Mouse Sonico photo
Wing's Mouse Sonico

Say cheese for new photos of Wing's Mouse Sonico


Is she the cat's meow?
Dec 06
// Brian Szabelski
Well, no surprise here: Tsuji Santa has some new photos of an upcoming Sonico figure on Twitter. Wing's Mouse Sonico is about what you'd expect and is a bit cheesy. Literally, not figuratively, though; Sonico is resting on a ...
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Cheer Girl Sonico dances her way over to pre-orders


Orchid Seed - 1/6 Scale
Nov 21
// Emily Smalara
If you found yourself enticed by our old Sonico gallery and were desperate to get your hands on her, fret no longer! Pre-orders are now open, and you too can get ready to welcome home your own busty cheerleader in...August. W...
UFO Catchers photo
Take your pick
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...

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Show some spirit for this Cheer Girl Sonico gallery


Orchid Seed - 1/6 Scale
Nov 09
// Emily Smalara
As usual, it's hard to dislike a Sonico figure, and Orchid Seed's marvelous cheer girl version is just as enticing as most of her releases. As perhaps expected of Orchid Seed, they do go a bit overboard in the bust department...
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Ring in the holidays with sexy Santa Sonico


Alter - 1/7 Scale
Nov 08
// Emily Smalara
While there are few things more annoying than the proliferation of Christmas goodies popping up everywhere just days after--and occasionally even before--Halloween, I think anyone can make an exception for Alter and their fan...
Super Sonico photo
So steamy for such a wintery theme!
Late last month we caught a quick glimpse of Alter's Santa Sonico, but we really didn't get many good photos showing off the details of her sculpt. Alter apparently sought to remedy this issue and posted a nice splash of pret...

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Kick back with Sonico and her strange kitty friend


Griffon - 1/7 Scale
Oct 24
// Emily Smalara
In a rather surprising turn of events, Griffon has not only come up with a new figure that doesn't fall victim to Griffon face, but is pretty much a gorgeous looking product overall! Everyone's favorite mascot Sonico is a fit...
Beach Queens Sonico photo
Beach Queens Sonico

Super Sonico joins the Beach Queens series


Wave finally did it
Oct 24
// Kristina Pino
I'm actually really surprised that it took Wave this long to make a Beach Queens figure out of Super Sonico, but here we are. The figure was recently shown off by T_Santa, her proud illustrator, and she's currently unpainted....
Alter Sonico photo
She must be geared up for Australian Christmas
Sonico figures have become pretty formulaic: a vaguely vulnerable expression, swimsuit, and gigantic boobs. That describes the gamut of Sonico figures, except outfits vary by fetish. Alter's rendition of Sonico popped up on T...

Super Sonico Cheer Girl photo
Super Sonico Cheer Girl

It's almost game time for Super Sonico Cheer Girl


Release the pom poms!
Oct 07
// Kristina Pino
Orchid Seed have been rather quiet about their lovely Cheer Girl version of Sonico (last seen at WF), and it looks like they're almost ready to let her go now. In a recent blog update, the team also mentions that she'll have ...
Banpresto's Sonico photo
Banpresto's Sonico

Banpresto's Sonico actually looks really good


Sonico artist Tsuji Santa tweets out early photos
Aug 20
// Brian Szabelski
Sonico artist Tsuji Santa has posted a few photos on his Twitter showing off the Banpresto SQ Sonico figure. It's only a few shots of her, but for a Banpresto figure and a Sonico figure in general, she looks very good and pre...
WonFes Broccoli photo
WonFes Broccoli

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Broccoli


Because Sonico wears headphones even when she is brushing her teeth
Jul 29
// Natalie Kipper
Sonico has been all over this Summer's Wonder Festival, it seems. She was also spotted at Broccoli's booth, in the form of her new figure, Super Sonico - Teeth Brushing Version. The character looks a tad like she just rolled ...
WonFes Wing photo
WonFes Wing

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Wing


Good god what is that??
Jul 29
// Tianxiao Ma
Wing got on my radar with their Shunya Yamashita-designed Fiona figure from Border Break. She turned up at WonFes alongside a handful of newer designs. The rest of their figures were in prototype stage. Sword Art Online's Lea...
WonFes Gift photo
WonFes Gift

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Gift


Get a taste of summer
Jul 29
// Tianxiao Ma
Gift's display featured a summer theme, showing several girls enjoying a beach outing in their swimsuits. They had an unpainted Houki Shinonono from Infinite Stratos, who doesn't look terribly pleased to be there. The three g...
WF2013S: Super Sonico photo
WF2013S: Super Sonico

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Super Sonico Edition


She's got her diploma, she's a graduate!
Jul 28
// Andres Cerrato
Oh Sonico, you are the Barbie of Nitro+. Wear all of the outfits you can! You've dressed up on many occassions before, but now you're ready to graduate! You've got your motarboard on because you've risen to the ranks of acade...

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