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8:00 PM on 12.03.2014

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Autumn: Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya's MegaHobby Expo 2014 Autumn offerings weren't too big on the new announcement side of things, but fans of Black Butler ~Book of Circus~ should be pleased. Not only were Sebastien and Ciel there, but so w...

Brian Szabelski

4:30 AM on 08.02.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya gallery

It's hard to believe Kotobukiya had so much stuff with them at Wonder Festival considering just how much they brought with them to San Diego Comic Con that same weekend. While they did bring a few things to both conventions, ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

What Natalie Is Up To: Studying for the JLPT photo
What Natalie Is Up To: Studying for the JLPT
by Natalie Kipper

Since I can't let Kristina and Scarecroodle have all the fun, I am getting in on this feature action. Besides writing up posts for Tomopop, I have been studying for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test or JLPT. But I haven't been doing it alone! Like guardian angels stuffed with fiberfill, my toys are always by my side.

Read on to get a glimpse of one of my semi-daily study sessions!

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8:00 AM on 02.11.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya scale figures

We've already seen some of the new hotness that Kotobukiya brought to WonFes, but there's always room for more. Their scale figure lineup looks pretty diverse this year, which is great if you're sick of KanColle. Here's the r...

Tianxiao Ma

Preview Kotobukiya's Colette Brunel photo
Preview Kotobukiya's Colette Brunel
by Jon Wills

Akiba Hobby recently got their hands on a prototype of Kotobukiya's Colette Brunel. As a Tales fan, I really appreciate getting to look at Colette from angles and I am able to appreciate the craftsmanship that Kotobukiya put into this leading lady from Tales of Symphonia. Her hair looks right, her facial expression is a little bit derpy, but that is part of Colette's charm. Her pose is even exactly what I would expect to see from her in the Tales battle system.

However, I also have a few complaints about Colette. First of all it appears that either her prototype has thin gloves on, or that her hands are unpainted. Personally, I hope that her hands are yet unpainted because she never did wear gloves in any of the Tales animation, or in game animation. Also, this may be more of a pet peeve for me, but from the side perspective Colette's hair seem is unusually visible. However, I think I can just blame this on blonde hair making it stand out more.

Irregardless, Kotobukiya's Colette is looking great and I think I will pre-order her myself! What do you think, Tomopeeps? Are any of you waiting to see if her hands are painted or am I just hung up over this point? Would a true fan of Colette accept such an obvious flaw?

[NOTE: One of our fans pointed out that in her original artwork Colette did wear gloves. I did a quick Google search and the vast majority of photos did not have gloves, including artwork which I know shipped with a Symphonia guide I purchased with my game back in the day. However, there were a few photos of her with gloves, even some cosplay, so we can assume that it is not out of character for Colette to wear them.]

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Tomopop Review: Alter's Raven photo
Tomopop Review: Alter's Raven
by Jon Wills

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 pretty boys and girls! The latest in this series is a fishy looking old man named Raven. He is handsome in his own right, but Alter did a fantastic job at capturing all of his charming points, good and bad alike!

Hit the jump to read our full review of Alter's "Old Man" Raven

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10:00 AM on 10.31.2013

ALTAiR provides Raven assembly instructions

Hey all! I'm sure you were as surprised as me, but ALTAiR's Raven has actually shipped out! To tide us over and get us ready for his arrival ALTAiR kindly published an article on how to safely assemble the "Old Man" Raven. Hit the jump If you want to see the details and sneak a few early peeks at your incoming Raven figurine! 

Jon Wills

1:30 AM on 10.22.2013

Pre-order Kotobukiya's Colette Brunel

Hey fellow Tales fans out there! Kotobukiya just announced that pre-orders are available for their adorable Colette Brunel, who comes hailing from Tales of Symphonia. She would be a perfect figurine to accompany Alter's ...

Jon Wills

5:00 AM on 10.16.2013

ToS HD collector's edition comes with Kyun Chara minis!

Our gamer friends over at Destructoid recently posted an article about a newly announced Tales of Symphonia Chronicles Collector's Edition which will be coming to North America some time in 2014. With the exception of being p...

Jon Wills

8:00 AM on 10.09.2013

Pre-order ALTAiR's chosen one Zelos Wilder right now!

It's been five lonely months since ALTAiR last teased us with an unpainted sculpt of Zelos Wilder and announced their plans to make a Loyd Irving sculpt at Tales Festival 2013. However my friends, the wait is over and it...

Jon Wills

Delays hit Alter's release schedule  photo
Delays hit Alter's release schedule
by Yami Casas

I knew things seemed a bit too quiet in Alter-land. After all, Alter wouldn't be Alter without a delay or two on a monthly basis, right? Right. They recently updated their September shipment schedule, and as you can probably guess, the dreaded "D" is upon us once again. This time around, it's packing quite the list of delayed goodies.



Well, thanks to the delays, my wallet can breathe a sigh of relief. However, this means I have to wait another month before Raven officially joins my Tales shrine. What about you, Tomochii's? Are any of these delays cause for budgetary relief or disappointment?

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12:00 PM on 07.29.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Part 2

But wait, there's more! Kotobukiya bought so much stuff just one post can't handle it, so let's crack on. We've now got much better shots of the triple tag-team of Marik Ishtars, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere's Tomo Asana ...

Martin Siggers