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Top sales 8/31 to 9/6

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 8/31 to 9/6

Waving that Good Smile Company banner
Sep 15
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Normally we see the top hobby sales go to Bandai, mainly dominated by Gunpla. Not this week. This time around it's Good Smile Company (with an assist from Phat!) dominating. Bandai is still taking over the overall ranking, bu...
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Good Smile Company

Good Smile Company announces WonFes exclusives

WHL4U 22 site is up now
Jun 19
// Tianxiao Ma
It's time to gear up for the one-two punch that is Anime Expo and Summer Wonder Festival! Good Smile Company has put up their Wonderful Hobby Life For You site with a list of "exclusives" that they'll be bringing. I use quote...

Sword Art Online gets another addition to its dollfie dream family

Volks on Overdrive!
Apr 06
// Chris Seto
Ever wonder if Volks are overdoing things a little with their Dollfie Dream Releases? Not only are they prepping for a Snow Miku release as well as the two Macross F ladies, hot on the heels of the Dolls Party event in Kyoto,...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Nendoroid invasion

Nintendo is taking center stage here
Feb 08
// Oansun
Good Smile Company's giant wall of reveals (they need to trademark that) has some interesting and/or exciting Nendoroid releases. We have a wide variety of stuff, so there's bound to be something for everyone. Or maybe everyt...

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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...
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And as much orange as you can handle
[Update: Pre-orders are up! Click the links below to get her]  Good Smile Company have really been knocking it out of the park with their iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls figures lately. Even though I'm an avowed non-fan of t...

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Kahotan previews Mika Jougasaki: Charisma Girl Ver.

Too soon?
Mar 13
// Scarecroodle
Oh, Mika, I wag my finger at thee! Kahotan recently uploaded a preview for Phat Company's Mika Jougasaki: Charisma Girl Ver. (currently available for pre-order). I have to confess that I'm a little worried about Mika's career...
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GSC Delays

Good Smile's here to drop some more delays

New Madoka and Deep Sea Miku both bumped a month
Feb 24
// Martin Siggers
By now the regular Good Smile Company delay post is a warm familiar friend. OK, that's a lie. It's still a crushing disappointment, but at least Good Smile is prompt and consistent about notifying us when our eagerly awaited ...
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An adorable gallery of old and new
Ah yes, the Cu-poche; what some might call Kotobukiya's answer to Good Smile Company's popular Nendoroid line. Whatever your take on the chibi-fied figures, Wonder Festival's Cu-poche display is sure to draw more than a few e...

WonFes GSC scale figures photo
WonFes GSC scale figures

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Good Smile's scale figures

Looks like even more Idolm@ster is coming your way
Feb 10
// Natalie Kipper
Armed with photos taken by our very own Kristina Pino along with supplemental ones from AkibaHobby, we now take a look at the scale figures Good Smile Company brought with them to Wonder Festival. The majority of figures appe...
IDOLM@STERS Beach Queens photo
IDOLM@STERS Beach Queens

Grab some shade with IDOLM@STER Beach Queens Ranko

Pre-orders up on one great looking figure.
Feb 07
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Ranko Kanzaki has had a lot going for her recently. First we saw the new figma version go up for pre-order last week, the first of the IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls to be sold at standard retail, and now Ranko fans get to add a...

Tomopop LinkUP: The Puzzle & Dougrams edition

Nov 21 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Max Factory has updated their blog with a gallery for their Dougram model kit. It's very impressive looking with just having the canopy frame painted and stickers applied. Have you seen Good Smile Company's new Picktam line of face changing rubber straps? Of course their first series is for Attack of Titan. They're about the size of a Nendoroid Petit and like a Nendoroid all of the parts are interchangeable. Plus they're making bonus expressions as well. Been to the Good Smile Company website recently? It's been completely overhauled and Kahotan has posted a guide to all of its new features and there are a lot! Speaking of the GSC website, they've got a preview up of the upcoming Nendoroid Neptune from Hyperdimension Neptunia. She's being bundled with the seventh volume of the anime DVD and Blu-ray in Japan. She's a full figure that comes with two expressions, a bunch of arms, and a game controller to hold. Now make a figma! Bandai has put up a video for their new Sailor Moon Moon Stick prop replica, or what they're calling a "Proplica". I don't know if the quality is enough that I would call it a prop, but it is shiny. AMINIMAL Studio has started a Kickstarter project called Inkimals which allows users to customize their own 3D printed designer figures. They're still a long ways from their goal so show them some support. I'm really impressed with what 3D printers can do with color these days. Hobby Search Tweeted an updated prototype shot of KanColle's Yukikaze figure from Aoshima. She's looking cute! Hobby Search also Tweeted this pair of super cool Ghibli 3D puzzles from Ensky. I want them! wieselhead posted a great photo review of Kobato Hasekawa from Haganai by Kotobukiya. So cute and love the backdrops! Hevesh5 uploaded this great video of domino tricks. With over 10 million views and counting there's some really cool stuff to see in here. AmiAmi blog has posted a feature on the upcoming IDOLM@STER Umi Kouaska figure from MegaHouse. We got our first good look at her in magazine scans back in September and she's looking even better now. Tentacle Armada did an extensive photo gallery of Meiya Mitsurugi from Muv-Luv Alternative by Kotobukiya. Looks amazing! Argonaut Resins is doing some experiments with metal cold cast Tutz. First up are these great looking aluminum casts with more tests coming soon. GSC's Shinsotsu (New Recruits) blog updated with a neat post showing how Nendoroid package layouts are decided. Here I thought it was just magic. The Animate Osaka Nipponbashi store has an employee that's causing quite the buzz among female customers. Crunchyroll has a post with lots of pictures and videos about Yuya Uchida, a real otaku with a thing for fighting games and older women. He says he works nearly everyday so if you happen to be touring Osaka... Neath Grim has done a review of Max Factory's 25th Anniversary Belldandy and Holy Bell figure from Oh, My Goddess! Those are some really great photos! And that's it for another week. Be sure to come back next week for more small servings of all the things you love.
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Come play with these!
Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! In one week from today we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving here in America and I for one am looking forward to getting stuffed on some turkey! Even though it's a popular...

Tomopop LinkUP: the grand opening edition

Nov 14 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
We won't always be doing themes, but this is a special event so let's party in style and start talking cake! Premium Bandai is offering an IDOLM@STER Christmas cake featuring Miki Hoshii and the 765 Productions building made out of chocolate. The sponge cake is based on the events of episode 22 and features white peaches and champagne-flavored whipped cream with a muscat-flavored topping. It's being shipped frozen in December for ¥3,990. If it's Evangelion you want then Lawson has you covered. This caramel cream and chocolate sponge cake features figures of Asuka and Rei in Santa suits sitting on a log cabin. The figures are definitely worth keeping on their own after you drop ¥4,500. For something a little more kid-friendly, Lawson is also offering a pair of strawberry cakes based on Dokidoki! Precure and Kamen Rider Gaim. Both cakes have special toppers and a toy. Each cake is going for ¥3,800 which makes those first two cakes seem like a bit better buy.  Not to be out-done, Family Mart has a super impressive Hatsune Miku cream cake. The cake is loaded with a bunch of different types of chocolate inside and out and is shaped like a log cabin. Best part is this cake comes with a Nendoroid Petit of Miku in a Santa suit! This may be the best deal of all for Nendoroid collectors at ¥3,939. That's all for the cakes and there's still a lot left to cover so let's check out the rest of the links. ugoorePowerPlant has uploaded their latest stop motion video featuring a great mix of figures in action. Talk about smooth animation! Check out the rest of their work on their YouTube channel.  ThreeA recently posted a gallery for their new Noizy Boy figure from the movie Real Steel on Pinterest and Facebook. It's so beautiful!  NECA has announced a new line of minifigures called Scalers made to clip to the cords and cables hanging off of your various electronic devices. They claim they have 100 figures from 50 different licenses planned for 2014. Tested, headed by Jamie and Adam of Mythbusters fame, recently uploaded a video interview with Jason Freeny at his workshop. Even if you don't know his name you probably recognize his work.  Play-i is still running their special crowd-funding project for their programmable robots for kids. They've already doubled their goal of US$250,000 with different price points to buy at. I know this isn't exactly a collectable, but... is it wrong that I think it's cute? Emilio Garcia has revealed his 28-inch Skull Brain. These are hand crafted and limited to only 10 world wide. That means there's a 1 in 10 chance you'll get the one the model was posing on.  Modeler FichtenFoo has released the adorable Kracken! Well, maybe not released; this is a one-of-a-kind, hand stitched plushie with painted eyes. That's one cute squid.   Ques Q's Drake figure(s) from Eiyuu Senki Gold has been featured on AkibaHobby. Once they finish sculpting her she'll be sold in both garage kit and pre-painted varieties.  Feeling crafty? Quirk Books has collected 14 Star Wars and Shakespeare Crafts to DIY. Maybe it's time you added a Death Star vase or Shakespeare lamp shade to your living room.  Danny Choo has created a commercial for his Smart Doll based on his Mirai Suenaga character. You might remember our work-in-progress report or report from Anime Expo 2013. Impressive stuff. Mijbil has updated her blog with her latest works. Safe to say that combination of tiny and adorable belongs to her. Over in the C-Blogs wara zashi has posted the theme for the next #figurefridaychallenge: Redo. This is a chance to retake and improve on a photo you've taken before. Last week's favorite was an impressive photo of figma Samus by Paul Mulka. And that's it for for the first Tomopop LinkUP! Don't hesitate to leave comments and suggestions below and I'll see you next week!
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Let's celebrate with cake!
Hello and welcome, Tomopeeps, to the first ever Tomopop LinkUP! A lot of news comes out in any given week and there just isn't enough time in a day to get it out. It's not bad news, in fact it's quite good news, but when you ...

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Evergreen Leaves Miki Hoshii is ready to be rounded up

From pretty in pink to gorgeous in green
Nov 13
// Martin Siggers
Megahouse are heading back to the iDOLM@STER well again, but at least this time it's for one of the more charming figures they've released from the range. They'll be re-releasing their 'Brilliant Stage' version of Miki H...
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Some figures look a lot different from when we last saw them
Another Japanese figure show means another crop of figma being put on display by Max Factory. While nothing shown at Miyazawa Model Expo Autumn 2013 was entirely new we are getting an updated look at some figures that we...

Idol Beach Queens photo
Idol Beach Queens

Pre-order Wave's Fantastic IdolMaster Beach Queens DX Set

One Beach Queens I can resist, but three? Hnngh! Might be difficult!
Oct 22
// Jon Wills
I have long been a fan of The IdolMaster animated series (which you can watch over at Crunchyroll by the way). So when I saw that Wave had unleashed version 2.0 sculpts of Miki, Azusa and Takane, all at the same time, I did a...

Two more iDOLM@STER figures come to the Brilliant Stage

First colored look at new figures from Megahouse
Sep 25
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Another month and another batch of scans from Hobby Japan. This time around Megahouse has a pair of ladies from iDOLM@STER for us and they aren't even from the same game. First up is franchise newcomer Umi Kousaka from IDOLM@...
It's nice to see these ladies again.
Kahotan recently previewed this set of lovely Idol Master Petit's by Good Smile Company, and they are now available for pre-order! These minis look awfully familiar don't they? Well they are a repainted version of The Idol Ma...

Chara Hobby: Megahouse photo
Chara Hobby: Megahouse

Chara Hobby 2013: Megahouse

So which ones will be MegaTreShop exclusives this time?
Sep 03
// Brian Szabelski
If you're wondering what Megahouse had at Chara Hobby 2013, here's a quick rundown of some highlights: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is getting a ton of figures, including ones of Okita Juuzo, Melda Dietz, Misaki Yuria, Niimi...
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Shining Hibiki
Recently Kotobukiya's figure blog posted a preview of this brilliantly shining Hibiki Ganaha, the latest in their Angelic Island series of figures. I have long had my eyes on this lady to be perhaps being my first l...


HobbyLink Japan is having a figure sale, up to 95% off!

There are some gems here if you hunt for them.
Aug 16
// Jon Wills
There are sales and there are bargains. Often items posted on sale are not always marked at a low price but rather at their regular low price. Still within any sale there are always some alluring bargains to be found.  H...
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Nice to see these girls again
It never ceases to amaze me how many ladies that Wave manages to turn into Beach Queens in such a short time. Recently I even wrote a little round up of seven upcoming Beach Queens to try to show just how many they make. The ...


Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Part 3

Everything else!
Jul 29
// Martin Siggers
There's still more! Kotobukiya's booth was also loaded with stuff that had been previously announced but hadn't been seen 'in the wild' before, so it's our first chance to look over some upcoming releases. For me the highligh...
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WonFes Teasers

Good Smile Company teases their WonFes reveals

New scales, Nendoroids set to be unveiled
Jul 26
// Martin Siggers
With Summer WonFes only two days away, Mikatan has turned her camera on the Good Smile offices to capture the bustle of preparation. And wouldn't you know it, it looks like among all the rushing around some prototypes have sn...
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Going in heavy on The iDOLM@STER
It seems like no time at all since Winter Wonder Festival, but summer is upon us and with that comes a new WonFes and a shiny new batch of exclusives. Earlier today GSC opened their official event website and unveiled the stu...

Two lovely ladies, one preview
Earlier this week Kotobukiya updated their facebook page. They added new galleries of two of their upcoming ladies; Yukiho from The Idol Master and Kobato from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukinai. I usually order...

New shows gettin some love
New hobby scans just came out from Japan revealing lots of characters from new and popular series being made into figurine form by MegaHouse. Starting from the left in this scan you can see that two figurines are being made f...


Miyazawa Model Expo 31: COSPA and Ensky

For all your idol-loving, frog-punching needs
Apr 10
// Natalie Kipper
Over in Japan, Miyazawa Model Expo 31 has been bringing us closer views of upcoming toys. Here we're going to take a look at the offerings from COSPA and Ensky. COSPA focuses on two titles, The Idolm@ster and Super Danga...
Kira kira gallery
It wasn't too long ago that we announced that pre-orders were available for Hibiki Ganaha from Idol M@ster. If you're still on the fence, or maybe if you want to see some pretty curves you should check out the gallery. In par...

Are you ready?
These new Ichiban Kuji, Kyun Chara figures were spotted in the Magazine over at 2chan. Having owned a few Kyun Chara's I I can say that these look pretty neat. They are about the size of mini Nendoroids and are totally cute. ...

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