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8:30 PM on 08.10.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company - miscellaneous

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...

Tianxiao Ma


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




4:30 PM on 07.27.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: FREEing

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...

Martin Siggers

10:30 PM on 07.08.2014

Get to work on these Nendoroid Sonico pre-orders

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 ...

Tianxiao Ma



I have no idea what's going on with Vertex's Super Pochaco photo
I have no idea what's going on with Vertex's Super Pochaco
by Tianxiao Ma

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 vest and her shorts at the same time? What are those headphones even connected to?

I don't know the answers to any of those questions. I suppose part of Super Pochaco's appeal is that she's an exaggeration of Sonico's attributes. However, rather than looking like an earnest attempt at sculpting a heavier lady, it seems like the character designer put a normal looking woman through a bad Photoshop session. I will say one thing, though: the stars on the bikini top are a nice touch.

This 1/6-scale figure by Vertex is up for pre-order for ¥11,000. She'll be out in August.

[via Vertex blog]

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | ToysLogic | Big in Japan ]

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10:15 AM on 05.14.2014

Super Sonico looks out of place in a school swimsuit

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...

Kristina Pino

7:00 AM on 05.08.2014

Treasure Festa in Ariake 11: Griffon - Nanoricchi gallery

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...

Natalie Kipper



UPDATE: Wing's Rock 'n' Roll Valentine Sonico is a sweet treat photo
UPDATE: Wing's Rock 'n' Roll Valentine Sonico is a sweet treat
by Brian Szabelski

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, and I don't know how well chocolate works as a guitar base, but I do like how they've got a lively pose for Sonico and the guitar is melting a little bit.

In previous photos, Sonico was missing one thing from her illustration: the melted chocolate drips on her from the chocolate guitar, but fear not! You're getting those in the form of plastic-like decals that you'll be able to attach to her. One MyFigureCollection user even mentioned the idea as a possibility.

Pre-orders for the Rock 'n' Roll Valentine Sonico start on Thursday, March 13, or in other words, later tonight. [UPDATE: Pre-orders are open now!] Any Tomopop readers thinking of picking her up?

[Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi]

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Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

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 Olympics are in full swing once again and Valentine's Day is tomorrow, probably the two best events for precious metals. Man, why is the shortest month of the year also the busiest?

This week we've got more galleries, customs, LEGO pieces, and plushies. Follow me after the jump to see it all! Incidentally, I've tried to watch Full Metal Panic twice and still haven't finished the first season...

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Tomopop LinkUP: Walking in a winter Wonder Festival photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Walking in a winter Wonder Festival
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

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 Fair was last week though it was kind of a meh event. In just over a week we've got the first Wonder Festival of the year on February 9 followed by New York Toy Fair launching the following weekend on Feb 16 to 19. I'm sure there's like a dozen more before spring.

And thanks to all of these big toy shows there has been an email tidal wave in our inbox, far more than we've been able to post and there's still more coming in every day. And this is just the stuff leftover from last week! Crazy stuff and there's still tons more coming in every day. It isn't all stuff being prepared for the big events; we've also got some great custom and designer stuff that I'm actually a little sad we haven't had time to post because it's so good! See it all after the jump!

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Tomopop LinkUP: Beach movie photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Beach movie
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

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 say the best way to deal with the cold is to think about warm weather, but that's just something people from warm climates say.

Still, the Japanese seem to be pretty content with the warm thoughts; just look at all of the bathing suit-clad figures they've been cranking out this winter! I don't even remember the last time I went to the beach; it's been years. My parents have a pool, at least, but I only used it once last year. Man, I need to get more sun...

Anyway, this week we've got more girls in swimwear, oddball movie toys, and even some hand-knit TV toys. Follow me in to the deep end after the jump!

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11:30 PM on 01.10.2014

Wing's mousey Sonico hits pre-orders

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...

Tianxiao Ma



1:00 PM on 01.09.2014

Arcadia's Sonico figure is sea-worthy

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...

Brian Szabelski