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4:00 AM on 07.27.2014

SDCC 2014: Tamashii Nations

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...

Brian Szabelski


3:00 AM on 07.27.2014

SDCC 2014: Tamashii Nations - Dragon Ball Z

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...

Brian Szabelski



SDCC 2014: Tamashii Nations - Sailor Moon photo
SDCC 2014: Tamashii Nations - Sailor Moon
by Brian Szabelski

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? 

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SDCC 2014: A first look at Tamashii Buddies photo
SDCC 2014: A first look at Tamashii Buddies
by Brian Szabelski

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, which are apparently also stackable so you can display them on top of each other on your shelving.

The figures themselves look to have the same quality as their bigger counterparts in the Figuarts Zero line, and so far both Dragonball/Dragonball Z and Sailor Moon have been announced. Sailor Moon was the only figure on display from her series, while Dragonball fans can look forward to the likes of Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks, Freeza, Broly, Cell, Super Saiyan Gohan and even Kid Goku from the original series. That last one is the one I know I want!

You'll have to wait until November for the Tamashii Buddies to become available in Japan, and presumably a little longer after that for a North American release.

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Have a preview of S.H. Figuarts Luigi a.k.a. best Luigi photo
Have a preview of S.H. Figuarts Luigi a.k.a. best Luigi
by Kristina Pino

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 of these for Christmas this year, I'd be a pretty happy gal.

See Luigi in action in the gallery, messing around with monsters and shells and traveling via warp tube. Also cool: see Luigi and Mario together. Imagine all the great stop-motion YouTube videos they would star in!

This release looks like loads of fun, and I can't wait to see more shots once it's finally out in the wild. Maybe I'll see him at Wonder Festival this weekend? I'm ear-to-ear grinning over here.

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9:35 AM on 07.08.2014

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

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...

Andres Cerrato

9:30 AM on 07.03.2014

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

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 ...

Andres Cerrato



Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts Super Mario + Sets A & B photo
Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts Super Mario + Sets A & B
by Andres Cerrato

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 had waited for, an articulated Mario was on the way. Long rumored, but finally in existence. Not only were we getting Mario, but there's also the expansion parts sets to add more of the Mushroom Kingdom. 

How does S.H. Figuarts Mario and accessories sold separately fair? Find out in today's video review!

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Tomopop Review: Proplica Sailor Moon Moon Stick photo
Tomopop Review: Proplica Sailor Moon Moon Stick
by Andres Cerrato

You will do just about anything to feel like you're really there. Bandai has long made products to make you feel as if it were real to you and that's their goal with the new Proplica line. The first entry into the new series is Sailor Moon's Moon Stick, which if done correctly, should transform you into a magical girl. Unfortunately, that didn't work for me so I'll have to live with just lights and sounds. Maybe it'll work better for you.

Follow the jump for today's video review of the Proplica Sailor Moon Moon Stick!

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12:00 PM on 06.24.2014

S.H. Figuarts Android 16 is revealed behind door #3

It's just a day full of surprises. Just as we thought that SHF Broly would be the beginning of the larger-sized S.H. Figuarts, here comes a sneak. Inserted into the Android 17 pre-order page on Premium Bandai is a group shot ...

Andres Cerrato

10:30 AM on 06.24.2014

Figuarts Zero summons MMPR Green Ranger for release

This is an unexpected development here. I thought that when MMPR went heavily into S.H. Figuarts and just a slight dip into Super Robot Chogokin, those were going to be the two lines. Now coming out of the Premium Bandai shop...

Andres Cerrato



10:00 AM on 06.24.2014

S.H. Figuarts Broly is revealed, makes Goku cry

That didn't take too long. The teases were pretty obvious, but now we can see for sure that Broly is in fact the next S.H. Figuarts in the works. The legendary Super Saiyan will be the largest DBZ SHF to date as you can see i...

Andres Cerrato