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4:00 PM on 12.06.2014

Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Sorceress

Good Smile Company generally sticks to the popular properties (or pushes their own) when they make figures, but sometimes random partnerships happen and you get something way out of left field. This is probably why you're loo...

Tianxiao Ma


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Tomopop Review: Max Factory's Mea Kurosaki photo
Tomopop Review: Max Factory's Mea Kurosaki
by Tianxiao Ma

Mea hails from To Love-Ru Darkness, and as you can probably tell, the manga has its fair share of ecchi elements. Before Mea, Max Factory has also made a 1/6-scale Momo Velia Deviluke from the same property. The two share a theme in terms of their frilly lingerie.

I loved the Momo figure when it came out, and HobbyLink Japan has generously hooked me up with the companion piece. Read on to find out if it's up to snuff - although you can probably guess the conclusion since this is Max Factory we're talking about.

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What Toys Are Up To: Penguins in Berlin photo
What Toys Are Up To: Penguins in Berlin
by Martin Siggers

They've been to the city of water, and the land of chocolate and beer, so where would my intrepid penguins and I end up next on our tour around Europe? Well, what better place could there be than the heart of the continent, Germany? Or more specifically, its capital Berlin.

Let's see what our intrepid adventurers could find this time round.

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Tomopop Review: DST's Marvel Select Amazing Spidey 2 Spider-Man photo
Tomopop Review: DST's Marvel Select Amazing Spidey 2 Spider-Man
by Scarecroodle

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the somewhat lukewarm follow-up to Sony's Spider-Man reboot. The film notably improved on Spider-Man's costume, giving movie-goers something closer to what they were used to, while jumping all over the board with everything else.

Merchandise-wise, however, collector-level offerings were surprisingly scarce. Sure, a few figures popped up in the overly expensive 1/6-scale but, for the most part, the line just didn't get the same big movie treatment as the original trilogy.

Diamond Select Toys, which was unable to get the reference materials to design an Electro figure, wound up releasing a new Spider-Man (based on the ASM2 look) in several different configurations. (Although there was no metallic version like last time.) While the Marvel Select ASM1 Spider-Man was pretty cool, DST apparently decided to go in a very different direction with the "sequel" to its figure. How does it stack up against the previous one?

Full review after the jump.

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Tomopop Review: Hashtag Collectibles' Grumpy Cat puppet photo
Tomopop Review: Hashtag Collectibles' Grumpy Cat puppet
by Natalie Kipper

The internet sure does love cats and I can totally understand the sentiment. Lil Bub, Colonel Meow, and of course, Grumpy Cat (also known as Tardar Sauce) never cease to entertain. Being a fan of said kitties as well as a plush enthusiast, I am naturally on the eternal hunt for good plush representation of the feline celebrities. You can imagine my excitement when I learned that Hashtag Collectibles, makers of my beloved Blobfish plush (reviewed), had made a Grumpy Cat puppet. I simply had to try one out for myself.

Read on to see what I thought of the new toy!

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Tomopop Review: Alter's Asuka Langley Shikinami Jersey ver. photo
Tomopop Review: Alter's Asuka Langley Shikinami Jersey ver.
by Tianxiao Ma

Alter has made a couple of Asuka figures before, with the last one released almost four years ago. If that one was too happy and/or immodest for you (those test plugsuits can be quite revealing), this release may be more to your liking.

Although I don't find this figure to be particularly noteworthy, I have been wanting to expand my Eva collection for a while without shelling out for RAHes or Revoltechs. Read on to see how this Asuka measures up.

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Toys of Yesterday: Monster in My Pocket photo
Toys of Yesterday: Monster in My Pocket
by Scarecroodle

Before there were Pocket Monsters (Pokemon), there was Monster in My Pocket. This surprisingly basic toy series would go on to have its own video game, tv show*, comics, trading cards, a board game, and a TON of pointless promotional tie-ins. It would eventually span 11 series... but not in the U.S. where the line lost steam early on.

Given that it's Halloween, I can think of few toy lines as worth of a retrospective look especially since I adored these figures as a kid. Join me after a jump for a quick look at MiMP's better days.

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Tomopop Review: Transformers Generations Rattrap photo
Tomopop Review: Transformers Generations Rattrap
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

One day Hasbro came along and announced a new Rattrap figure for Transformers Generations to everyone's surprise. I mean, yeah, we wanted one, badly, but Hasbro isn't exactly known for always making the figures fans want and at the proper scale (see: Universe Galvatron; Powerglide; Generations Tankor), but they know how to make a hit. They pulled out all of the stops making Rattrap, but did they make a perfect figure?

Eh, they might have made a few bad calls. Follow me after the jump to see what went very right and what went kinda wrong. 

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Scarecroodle's massive EXPLOSION of AWESOME recap photo
Scarecroodle's massive EXPLOSION of AWESOME recap
by Scarecroodle

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!

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Tomopop Review: Brick Label Masterbrick MB-01 Metalhide photo
Tomopop Review: Brick Label Masterbrick MB-01 Metalhide
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

The great thing about LEGO bricks is that they can be used to build as simple or complex as you want. They're a lot like clay in that sense. Sure, anyone can make a simple LEGO box, or clay flower pot, but in the hands of someone with true talent you get something amazing. Metalhide from Brick Label is that something amazing. They've gone and made something that even Hasbro has yet to do: Take a number of bricks and turn them into a very large and impressive robot that can transform into a vehicle mode without any part swapping or shellparts.

Follow me after the jump to see just what a great imagination and an excellent head for engineering can build!

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Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Tomoko Kuroki photo
Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Tomoko Kuroki
by Vanessa Cubillo

One day I came across this odd manga called No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guy’s Fault I’m Not Popular. Not only was the title something that reminded me of early Panic at the Disco song titles, the main character was bizarre. Tomoko Kuroki is strange, socially awkward, and sometimes down right crazy.

Still, there’s a part of me that roots for her, and that’s why I was very happy when Good Smile Company released a Nendoroid of Tomoko. So does this figure live up to the truly weird character that Tomoko really is? Click the cut and  read on to find out. 

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DO WANT: August 2014 photo
DO WANT: August 2014
by Scarecroodle

With the somewhat unexpected departure of Pedro last month (who we all thank for his years of service and wish him nothing but the best), Tomopop has fallen a little behind in the features department over the last couple of weeks. As such, the month's DO WANT! ran a few days late as I tried to quickly pull things together.

Hit the jump to see me once again host the Monthly DO WANT! feature and, well, to see the editors' wants.

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