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SDCC 2016: Tamashii Nations

Debuting a bizarre new Toy Story set
Jul 24
// Tianxiao Ma
Have you ever wished your Toy Story figures could also be Transformers? Well Tamashii Nations has you covered with a line they're calling Cho Gattai Toy Story. These figures can transform and even combine together to form a s...
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C2E2 2016 Bluefin

C2E2 2016: Bluefin Distribution part 1

Film and comic collectibles
Mar 19
// Tianxiao Ma
Sometimes you just want to see a smorgasbord of figures from all over the place. That's when you head to Bluefin Distribution. Sentinel, which is usually geared toward anime figures, has picked up the Iron Man license. And ma...
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Tamashii Nations

The Force is strong with this Feudal Lord Vader

Daisho Darth Vader casts imposing figure
Jan 20
// Soul Tsukino
American collectables distributor Bluefin is proud to announce the release of Bandai/Tamashii Nations latest offering in the Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line with "Daisho" Darth Vader. The Dark Lord of the Empire is de...
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Tamashii Nations

Give your troops some fighting spirit with Taikoyaku Stormtrooper

Drum-roll please!
Dec 18
// Soul Tsukino
Bandai and Tamashii nations look to give your invading samurai troopers full of fight as they present the Star Wars Movie Realization Taikoyaku Stormtrooper. This newest addition to their samurai Star Wars line will join the ...

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Bluefin expands distribution by partnering with more retailers

Now available at even more locations!
Dec 08
// Scarecroodle
Bluefin Distribution today announced that it has "significantly" expanded its retail channel network through new retail distribution partnerships with Books-A-Million, Inc., Trans World Entertainment Corp. (which includes its...
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Yet another toymaker jumps into TMNT
Say whaaaaaaa? Bandai may have just shocked the world (just a little) by adding the classic cartoon versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the S.H. Figuarts line. Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo were s...

Naruto S.H. Figuarts photo
And perhaps the best so far
After three fairly "meh" figures from the Naruto Shippuden S.H. Figuarts series (Naruto, Sasuke, and Kakashi) they appear to have finally hit their mark. The fourth figure in the series, the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, ha...

S.H. Figuarts photo
S.H. Figuarts

Enter the Dragon with S.H. Figuarts Bruce Lee

Jeet Kune Do Want!
Jul 23
// Soul Tsukino
Tamashii Nations is looking to kick your collection's ass with their new S.H. Figurarts Bruce Lee fully poseable figure. This representation of Lee stands at over 5 1/2 inches tall and 14 points of articulation. He will come ...
Star Wars photo
Star Wars

Ready for some high-flying Sith action? Tamashii releases SHF Darth Maul gallery

Perhaps the Phantom Menace's only redeeming quality... well, that and pod racing
Apr 24
// Scarecroodle
Tamashii Nations has released a photo gallery for Bandai's upcoming S.H. Figuarts Darth Maul. The photo gallery shows off the character's poseability, recreating his crazy fighting style as seen in Star Wars: The Phantom...
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Attack on Titan

Tamashii Buddies: Friendship on Titan

The Scout Regiment just got smaller
Mar 02
// Oansun
Tamashii Buddies are expanding faster than we can keep track, adding anime sensation Attack on Titan characters to the roster. Having only made figures of 20+ year old series, Tamashii needed to inject a little bit of th...
Figuarts Zero SM Crystal photo
Figuarts Zero SM Crystal

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Figuarts Zero Sailor Moon Crystal

Moon, Mars and Mercury show off their newer looks
Feb 08
// Brian Szabelski
Bandai doesn't think you have enough Sailor Moon figures in your life, because they're rolling out Figuarts Zero figures of Sailor Moon, Mars and Mercury in their Sailor Moon Crystal design. Seen at Wonder Festival, Moon...
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Kamen Rider

This June, go bananas for Kamen Rider Gaim's S.H. Figuarts releases

Gaim's collection just increased a bit
Jan 24
// Oansun
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 ...
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Tamashii Nations/Bandai are going all out on this line
Well, were you on the fence about collecting S.H. Figuarts Star Wars representations? That decision just got a lot easier, as Luke Skywalker has entered the fray. I was one of those people crying out for six inch Star Wars fi...

Figuarts Chibi Moon photo
Figuarts Chibi Moon

S.H. Figuarts Chibi Moon arrives in May

Pre-orders not open yet for her
Dec 15
// Brian Szabelski
Tamashii Nations' Sailor Moon site has just updated with a new post, announcing a release date and retail price for S.H. Figuarts Chibi Moon. The news? She's coming in May 2015 with a retail price of ¥4,536, making h...
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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...

Tamashii Nations 2014 photo
Tamashii Nations 2014

Bandai adds nearly 50 new Figuarts ZERO figures at Tamashii Nations 2014 event

That's a lot of pieces from One Piece!
Nov 03
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
If you've already read the previous report then you know Bandai brought the big guns to their most recent Tamashii Nations event this past weekend. But don't think they skimped on Figuarts ZERO by bringing an overwhelming num...
Tamashii Nations 2014 photo
Tamashii Nations 2014

Tamashii Nations 2014 event reveals some 70+ new S.H.Figuarts

Figures from Ranma 1/2, Sailor Moon, Kamen Rider, Frozen, Dragon Ball Z, Star Wars and many, many more!
Nov 03
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
At the latest Tamashii Nations event held over this past weekend Bandai blew the roof off the place with a staggering number of reveals! We're talking some 70+ S.H.Figuarts figures and accessories alone! There's way more than...
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Tamashii Web Shop

The Bandai Tamashii Web Shop is open for everyone...sort of

Call it a test run
Oct 24
// Andres Cerrato
I've been waiting for this news for quite some time now, but here's the good: Bandai is opening the Tamashii Web Shop for international customers. As with Good Smile Company's opening last year, international customers can no...
Tamashii Buddies Venus photo
Tamashii Buddies Venus

Sailor Venus joins the Tamashii Buddies line-up

Moon and Venus slated for March 2015 release
Oct 20
// Brian Szabelski
Bandai's Tamashii Buddies line is getting ready to roll out in Japan, but before the first Dragonball Z Buddies arrive in November, we're getting another announcement. Sailor Venus is joining Sailor Moon in the Buddies line-u...

Scarecroodle's massive EXPLOSION of AWESOME recap

Oct 08 // Scarecroodle
The first (and perhaps most) explosively awesome item is Bandai's Tamashii Effect Explosion, which comes in both a fiery "Red Ver." as well as a boring "Gray Ver." which looks like all smoke and no fire. The set comes with three explosion parts which can be combined into one larger explosion. If nothing else, you might have a total blast. These sets can be pre-ordered for around US$23 each. [ Pre-order Red ver. at Entertainment Earth | HobbyLink Japan ] [ Pre-order Gray ver. at Entertainment Earth | HobbyLink Japan ] In other very exciting news, Bluefin has released images of its currently available for pre-order S.H. MonsterArts Gamera (1996). Gamera has long been among my favorite Kaiju but, up until this point, I had to satisfy myself with Kaiyodo's Revoltech version which, quite frankly, just wasn't enough. Given that it's based on the 1996 version (Gamera: Guardian of the Universe or Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion?), Gamera will lack his "rocket shell" display options (which I'm *pretty* sure he didn't have in Guardian of the Universe but it's been forever). However, he'll have the usual breath attack and features an opening chest to reveal his core. The only downside is that he's US$81, so I'll have to see what my budget looks like by that point. [ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Entertainment Earth ] For the Bishoujo crowd, Kotobukiya released a teaser image for its upcoming She-Hulk last week. After realizing that we were a few days late on it, I figured we could maybe just float things until Kotobukiya revealed the whole thing... but apparently they're holding off until NYCC. So for everybody who can't wait until, well, tomorrow, here's a teaser. I will say that it's certainly one very fine arm. Pre-orders also recently opened for Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Master Asia and the Master Gundam. Apparently Master Asia was shown some years ago but never released so he's been a long time coming. Given that G Gundam ranks among my favorites (and is somewhat ostracized among purists), I'm always happy to see it receive more merchandise... even if Master Asia was one of my least favorite characters. Master Asia can be pre-ordered for US$39 while the Master Gundam will run you US$44. [ Pre-order Master Asia | Master Gundam at Entertainment Earth ] And finally we have the Kaiju cutie, Sunrise's Ultra Monster Girl Gomora-chan. She's an anthropomorphic version of Gomora (not to be confused with Gamera! ...although now I kinda want to see Gamera receive the same treatment) from the Ultraman franchise. Weird? Yes. Very weird? Still yes. However, the figure kind of looks like a cosplayer in half of a monster suit
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More awesome than most minds can take
Sometimes there's more awesome than there is time and humble Tomopop editors can't get around to everything. As such, an explosively awesome recap is needed. Click the jump to see explosions, Gamera, more explosions, Bishoujo She-Hulk, explosions, a monster anthropomorphized into a young girl, and, oh yeah, explosions. Plus Gamera!

Figuarts Zero Sailor Mars photo
Figuarts Zero Sailor Mars

Figuarts Zero Sailor Mars goes up for pre-order

Still a Tamashii Shop exclusive
Aug 21
// Brian Szabelski
Figuarts Zero Sailor Mars is about ready to go up for pre-order in Japan, with reservations for the Tamashii Shop-exclusive figure starting at 4 p.m. Japan Standard Time (or about 13 hours from this post). Shipping out in Feb...

Tomopop Review: SHFiguarts Momo Velia Deviluke

Aug 05 // Pedro Cortes
Figure Name: S.H. Figuarts Momo Velia DevilukeFigure Maker: BandaiMSRP: $45.99Available at: HobbyLink Japan | CD Japan | J-List | Plamoya | Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store | Amazon Momo's box is pretty much what you'd expect from a figure box. At the very least, it uses some non-standard colors and looks pretty. Much more than you're usual Figuarts packaging. In her plastic cage, Momo looks complacently happy. In addition to her somewhat vapid standard expression, there are two other faces that you can change out. She's got three additional sets of hands and an extra one to help hold one of her two accessories. More on those later. Momo out of the box looks alright. One thing I do like about To Love-Ru and To Love-Ru Darkness are the colors chosen for the Deviluke family. I'm a sucker for short pink hair, which happens to work well with the school uniforms in the show. One of the few things I like about both shows is the design of the Deviluke family. Well, and the fanservice. Believe me, the "plot" is as threadbare as the clothing on most of these characters. Here's the first problem with the figure. Instead of a peg plugged into her back, you've got a clamp. There are by far my least favorite method of holding up a figure. Yes, the bendable post helps in putting Momo in a variety of poses, but she never feels stable. The lack of pegs on the base also prevents any sort of stability, which is a problem when the figure lacks heft and balance. At the very least, the base is pretty. Her name, the pink flowers and her tail look nice on the small heart-shaped piece of plastic. Just, you know, some additional support would've been appreciated in keeping her standing. As you may have seen in previous pictures, Momo has got a little devilish tail. It's bendable, which means that you can have her clutch it, as pictured above. Considering that tail features prominently into a lot of the service in the show, it's a nice touch that you can manipulate it. Speaking of manipulating long things, here is the other accessory in the box. It's...I'm not entirely sure what it is. I'm guessing it's a plant, as Momo has summoned some rather phallic-looking plants during To Love-Ru Darkness. You can bend it to do whatever you want with it. Above, switching to the gripped hands lets Momo grip it in frustration. It was a mirror of my face, as trying to oh-so-carefully switch out the hands is a harrowing process when you've got giant meat-hooks like me. They feel like they're going to break any moment. I'm not sure if using a ball joint was a good idea for a character as small and slight as Momo. Here's a closer shot of the aforementioned phone. It's purple, tiny and has nothing on it. That's it. You get the suggestive plant and a cell phone to have fun with. It's a pretty weak selection of items for a poseable figure that isn't particularly interesting to look at. I'm pretty sure this is why we don't get a lot of poseables from shows like To Love-Ru Darkness. There's very little you can do with those characters, besides have them get molested by Hentai Woody. It's a shame too, as Momo looks rather nice. She maintains the Figuarts quality that you'd expect, only she's lacking the things necessary to have fun with her. Now, I don't know what else they could have added to her collection, but at least give her something amusing and out of the ordinary. The pervy plant doesn't count, especially for $46 MSRP. Momo isn't a bad figure. She is well-painted, well-molded and looks just like her animated counterpart. The problem here is that there's very little to do with her. It's not like she's an action characters, where just their existence alone can lead to amusement. She would've needed some more items to have fit in with other items in your shelf. Honestly, I'd stick with static statues of her, as you're going to get something bigger and frankly better looking. Go elsewhere for your service. [A big thank you goes out to Bluefin for providing Momo for review!]
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Not the service you'd expect
You know, there's something to be said about the harem show. Sure, they're usually puerile, insipid and lacking in any sort of redeeming value. Yes, they usually rely on fanservice in lieu of good animation or solid design. Y...

SDCC 2014: Tamashii Nations

Jul 27 // Brian Szabelski
So a good place to start might be the Figuarts Injustice figures. Two were on display at SDCC: Batman and Joker, along with an additional unpainted Batman to show off where Bandai used die-cast metal on him. He'll come with his grappling gun, while Joker will have that crowbar he's holding and a pair of wind-up teeth. Two other figures for the Injustice line were teased at the booth, one of which is most definitely Harley Quinn. Since we have S.H. Figuarts Naruto, we can't just leave him without anyone to fight, right? That's where S.H. Figuarts Uchiha Sasuke comes into play, and he looks alright for an S.H. Figuarts piece. Sadly, they didn't have any of the effects parts on him, so he looks a little plain, but I'm hopeful Sasuke will be as good as S.H. Figuarts Naruto looks to be. The Year of Luigi is not dead yet, folks. Joining his brother Mario is everyone's favorite green-clothed plumber, with the two on display amid the Mario-themed S.H. Figuarts playsets. The Piranha Plant is a relatively new addition, along with the red pipes, while the green pipes with the Goomba were a previously announced set. Speaking of things that are green like Luigi is, though ... While the only S.H. Figuarts-related Power Ranger debut was the event-exclusive Armored Black Ranger, the Figuarts Zero line saw both the Red and Green Ranger models on display. Each has their signature weapon drawn -- Red Ranger with his Power Sword and Green Ranger with the superior Dragon Dagger --and this is I believe the first time we've seen the Figuarts Zero Red Ranger in the wild. I do like the precise detail on the figure, too: check out how his open hand is curved and compare it to some of the poses from the show. Or check out the level of detail on the Power Morpher; I think I could even make out the T-Rex design of Red's power coin. If there's one thing Bandai tends to do well, it's tiny detailing on their Figuarts Zero pieces. However, I have to give the edge to Green Ranger on this one. Sure, there's a lot of sentimentality playing into my choice, as I grew up a Green/White Ranger fan, but the sculpted pose for the Green Ranger is where it wins out. I've wanted a figure of Green Ranger playing his song on the Dragon Dagger for quite some time, and I don't know if I can wait until later this year for it!
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A rundown of your non-Sailor Moon and DBZ figures
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...

SDCC: Tamashii DBZ photo
SDCC: Tamashii DBZ

SDCC 2014: Tamashii Nations - Dragon Ball Z

Jul 27
// Brian Szabelski
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...
SDCC: Bandai Sailor Moon photo
Still waiting on that Figuarts Tuxedo Mask
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....

SDCC: Tamashii Buddies photo
Tamashii Nations enters the mini-figure realm
Bluefin and Tamashii Nations set aside a corner display at their booth to show off the new Tamashii Buddies line. It's a series of 3.5-inch trading figures, each coming with a unique backdrop and base to display them on, whic...

SHF Luigi photo
Best Luigi ever
Tamashii Nations have finally unveiled shots of the upcoming SHF Luigi, who is slated for release this December along with a brand new play set (Super Mario Play Set C). Let's just say that, if I were to receive one or three ...

SHF Batman/Joker photo
SHF Batman/Joker

Fight it out over S.H. Figuarts Batman and Joker

It'd be an Injustice if these were terrible
Jul 08
// Andres Cerrato
Being honest here, I kind of forgot that Injustice was a thing. The game was released quite some time ago and the S.H. Figuarts Batman from the game was debuted at New York Comic Con last year. Since October last year, we did...
SHF Uranus & Neptune photo
SHF Uranus & Neptune

Get your preview of S.H. Figuarts Sailor Uranus and Neptune

Best scouts? Best scouts.
Jul 03
// Andres Cerrato
Sailors Moon through Saturn have all either been released or announced, so the next logical step was for Neptune and Uranus to get their announcement. That news did come last month, with the two being released at the turn of ...

Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts Super Mario + Sets A & B

Jul 02 // Andres Cerrato
Figure Name: S.H. Figuarts Super Mario, Diorama Playset A and BFigure Manufacturer: Bandai Tamashii NationsMSRP: SHF Mario - $24.99, Set A - $19.99, Set B - 19.99Available At: Amazon: Super Mario | Set A | Set B Big Bad Toy Store: Super Mario | Set A | Set B Entertainment Earth: Super Mario | Set A | Set B [Thanks to Bluefin Tamashii Nations for providing this sample for review!]
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Let's see how they can 1-Up this
Mario is the figure that so many have wanted a quality representation of. While there have been a few over the years, they did little more than just move arms up and down. Earlier this year, Bandai brought the news that many ...

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