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4:00 PM on 03.26.2015

Tomopop Interview: Furry Feline Creatives

Furry Feline Creatives is a couple of wonderful people with some of the biggest hearts I've ever seen. We've written about Alvin and Cheri Ong many times in the history of Tomopop, but I wanted to catch up with Alvin and see ...

Rio McCarthy



Ice to meet you: Introducing the new batch of editors photo
Ice to meet you: Introducing the new batch of editors
by Scarecroodle

If you're anything like me, you may have suddenly noticed an influx of Tomopop editors. It's like, who are these people? Where did they come from? Who do they work for? (Oh, right, us.)

Having learned our lesson from previous recruitment drives, we here at Tomopop can confirm that these writers are actual humans and not a group of squirrels in a trenchcoat pretending to be a man (Fool us once, squirrels, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us). And now that we have all of that convention craziness out of the way, it's finally time to introduce the newest additions to #TeamTomopop.

So let's give a warm welcome to... the new guys! (and gals!). Introductions after the jump.

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Tomopop Review: Mecha Workshop's Armarauders Bellerophon photo
Tomopop Review: Mecha Workshop's Armarauders Bellerophon
by Scarecroodle

A few years back, collectors caught their first glimpse of Mecha Workshop's Armarauders line. While the giant fighting robots were awesome, I was even more excited to see that the line used tiny articulate pilots who could fit into the machines. Sure, it's a display option that probably won't see as much use as battle poses, but it's an incredible extra.

Of course, the pilot isn't alone: also included in this set is a docking station, which apparently connects to the box diorama (not included with the prototype) to create a larger scene. All of which, mind you, is just an extra to a fully-functional battling machine with a huge amount of articulation and a lot of optional accessories.

Full review after the jump.

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Tomopop Review: Threezero's RWBY Ruby Rose photo
Tomopop Review: Threezero's RWBY Ruby Rose
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

With the popularity of anime it's no surprise that the west would produce some imitators. There have been many failures, but some, like Totally Spies! (yeah, they still make new episodes), manage to find their legs. Others, such as Avatar and the Legend of Korra, become cultural juggernauts. And then there's RWBY, a web series so hot it's not only proven it's popularity in the west, but also currently breaking ground in Japan.

Of course a sure sign of RWBY's popularity is its ability to snag a collectible figure line from Threezero. They've put a lot of work into their first figure, Ruby Rose, but is the end result golden or better left in the shadows? Find out after the jump!

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Tomopop Double Review: Nendoroid Link photo
Tomopop Double Review: Nendoroid Link
by Martin Siggers

Last time our reviews editor Rio McCarthy and I teamed up we talked about our collective joy and frustration over Real Action Heroes Link. It seems only appropriate then that we reunite in textual form to look at another variation of Nintendo's eternal hero. This time though, he's much shorter, younger and bigger headed, both by design and by format. Will the Hero of Winds meet with more universal approval than the Hero of the Sky? Only one way to find out.

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Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's ARTFX J Eren Yaeger photo
Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's ARTFX J Eren Yaeger
by Martin Siggers

It's difficult to argue against Attack on Titan being the biggest breakout hit in anime in years. The manga is selling millions of copies, the TV show has been a sensation both in and outside of Japan, cosplay of the characters has overrun conventions, and of course the figure world has sat up and taken notice. Taken too much notice in fact - we haven't seen this many figures from one franchise pouring onto the market in quite some time. For me, at least, it's made it pretty hard to get excited about any new release. Kotobukiya are going to do their darndest though, since their rendition of hero Eren Yaeger is one of the most spectacular looking out there. Let's see how they did.

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Tomopop Review: Sentinel's Metamor Force Dino Getter 1 photo
Tomopop Review: Sentinel's Metamor Force Dino Getter 1
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

There have been a lot of Getter Robos, but never one quite like this. What was originally a group of three aircraft that could be reconfigured into three different robot modes (Getter 1, 2, and 3) has now been reimagined as a trio of robots capable of transforming into dinosaurs. Winged Dino Getter 1 transforms into a pterodactyl, four-armed Dino Getter 2 changes into a T-rex, and Dino Getter 3 turns into a two-headed sea monster that kinda resembles a plesiosaur type thing. Sounds like a certain Transformers dinosaur team doesn't it?

Sentinel makes great figures, but are they out of their league making high-end transforming robot figures like Takara Tomy and Bandai? Follow me after the jump as we take a close look at Dino Getter 1!

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Tomopop Review: MegaHouse's Natsume Yuujinchou Petit Chara Land photo
Tomopop Review: MegaHouse's Natsume Yuujinchou Petit Chara Land
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume's Book of Friends) will probably always rank as one of my favorite top anime series of all time. For four seasons I laughed and cried with this series like few others. I was pretty sad when the final season, Natsume Yuujinchou Shi, ended back in 2012, but thankfully not all is lost. Not only is the manga still ongoing, there are still companies like MegaHouse more than happy to keep making figures. In this case we'll be looking at their recent entry in the long running Petit Chara Land series featuring Natsume Yuujinchou

Can these little figures really hold up to the discerning eye of a fan? Find out after the jump!

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Tomopop Review: ArtFX+ Arkham City Batman photo
Tomopop Review: ArtFX+ Arkham City Batman
by Kristina Pino

Kotobukiya released this 1/10-scale Batman based on his appearance in the very fun Batman: Arkham City game back in late August, so this is by no means a brand-spankin'-new figure. But it's new to me and I want to share my review.

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Tomopop Original: It's ALIVE! A look at FrankenJoes photo
Tomopop Original: It's ALIVE! A look at FrankenJoes
by Soul Tsukino

I love G.I. Joe figures. I have since I was 7 years old. I got into them largely when Masters of the Universe ended. I watched the cartoon almost everyday and grew up on these figures, so I never developed much of a fandom for the older G.I. Joe of the '60s and '70s, nor was I ever into any of the redesigns and overhauls over the years (Sgt. Savage, Extreme). I specifically look for the figures that were released between 1982 to 1994 (and the few re-releases since 1998). 

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Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Sorceress photo
Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Sorceress
by Tianxiao Ma

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 looking at a figure of the sorceress character class from the MMO Dragon Nest.

I don't have any particular fandom for the game itself because I just don't play MMOs. However I did find the character design cute enough that I asked for a review copy. Click through to see how the figure pans out!

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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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