Hey everybody, we're back with another episode of the Tomocast! For this episode, I'm joined by Andres Cerrato and Rio McCarthy to talk about our Toy Fair 2014 coverage. We discuss some of the better things to come out of the...
It's clearly pirate season at Tomopop. We've just seen Tian take on Alphamax's enticing Velvet Batrass, and now I'm here to take a look at another lady pirate, albeit one considerably more covered up. It's Amakuni's version o...
EDIT: My livestream is running now on my personal account: TomoVanessa due to technical difficulties. I'm live now!
Hello DIY lovers!
Tonight I'll be continuing our DIY toy livestream series. My first episode focused on ...
Here we are in a brand new month, so I think it’s about time we roll out a brand new photo contest! March is the start of Women’s History Month, today also just happens to be Girl’s Day in Japan. So the theme for this photo contest will be Girl Power.
Get out your female figures and take a photo that really makes them shine. Show them strong, fierce, and beautiful. Of course, creativity is always encouraged.
Don’t feel like you have to be limited to making your figure look a certain way. As long as your photo shows your female figure in a positive way it’s alright. To enter, comment on this post with your photo or a link to your photo.
Ah yes, the end of the month is here. Honestly, I can't believe that it's already the end of February. I keep thinking that we just started 2014 and we're already finishing off month number two. Well, that just means that it's another month for DO WANT, the feature where the editors of Tomopop tell our loyal readers what we want the most.
What should you expect this time? Well, you can look forward to:
Hey everybody, we're back with another episode of the Tomocast! For this episode, I'm joined by Andres Cerrato and Rio McCarthy to talk about our Toy Fair 2014 coverage. We discuss some of the better things to come out of the event, as well as the things that didn't impress us so much. There's also talk of Bennigan's, exploding Newtypes and excessive consumption of whiskey and tobacco. You know, the usual.
Hit the jump to read the show notes and stream the episode. You can also download the episode directly or follow us on iTunes. Enjoy!
I really like the sexy pirate trope, which seems more prevalent in Japanese properties than in the West. When thinking of pirate figures, Mouretsu Pirates' Marika and Queen's Blade's Liliana spring to mind. Alphamax's Velvet has recently joined them, though she lacks the stereotypical frilly coat and pirate weaponry.
Velvet struck me with a combination of a lovely face, nice body, and appealing outfit design. Although I have a few other figures from the Shining series (I'm a Tony Taka fan, what can I say), this is my first Alphamax figure. As such I decided this would make the perfect occasion for a review!
When you show someone a photo, that photo is like a little self-contained reality. So you'd better use the visual elements in that photo effectively to fulfill whatever goal you had while taking it. That's why composition is the heart and soul of photography.
Composition is a vast topic that starts from a few well-known principles. As such you can study it and refine your techniques for a lifetime. It also means you can Google "photographic composition" and find more material than you'll know what to do with. However, applying that information to figure photography isn't always straightforward. In this guide I'll try to demonstrate some techniques that apply to figures, which will hopefully serve as a jumping off point for your own pictures.
If you haven't already, I suggest looking through the previous parts of this series to get caught up on the motivation behind it all, the terminology used, and some basics of camera usage:
Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! This week we're doing something entirely different from the normal LinkUP. Last week we took no prisoners when reporting on Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] which doesn't leave much for this week's LinkUP. I'm not about to let a week slip by without something to read so I think it's time to do another special. Given that a big part of LinkUP is pointing out some of the great stuff done by fans I think now is a perfect time to turn the spotlight on all of you out there.
So join me after the jump as we check out some of the reviews, videos, photo galleries, and creative stuff made by fans, for fans!
Welcome to the Tomopop Etsy Tour, a brand-spanking new feature that will be appearing on the pages on Tomopop! Here we will look at the handmade toys found on Etsy, focusing on a specific theme each time.
In this inaugural post, the theme is Disney toys! Now, these can be from any Disney franchise, be it movies, television shows, theme parks, and well, just about anything the company has had a hand in. Read on to see (and perhaps purchase) what other folks have made!
Another Wonder Festival has come and gone, leaving in its wake a metric ton of plastic that will soon be on the shelves of fans worldwide. It's a daunting event filled with the dreams of licensee and fan alike. One is hoping that their items generate some solid buzz so they'll be able to turn a decent profit, the other hoping that their favorite shows get represented in some form.
Ah hell, what am I saying? It's a trade show that shows us how much we'll be spending in several months time. It's wonderful and horrible, depending on your cash flow and how much you actually want to keep the heat on. We here at Tomopop have seen what Wonder Festival had to offer and we have some opinions that you need to know. What we liked, what we didn't like, it's all revealed here. Hit the jump to find out the best (and worst) of show!
Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! It's been a pretty busy week in all sorts of ways. We're still plowing our way through Wonder Festival coverage with the shadow of Toy Fair looming over us. But outside of that the Olympics are in full swing once again and Valentine's Day is tomorrow, probably the two best events for precious metals. Man, why is the shortest month of the year also the busiest?
This week we've got more galleries, customs, LEGO pieces, and plushies. Follow me after the jump to see it all! Incidentally, I've tried to watch Full Metal Panic twice and still haven't finished the first season...
Hark, what is that sound? Is that the wind traveling through the canyons formed by the rivers of time? Nay, it is the wondrous voices of the hosts of Tomocast!
That's right folks, after an extended hiatus, Tomocast is back. The podcast that talks toys has returned with your occasionally stalwart host Pedro Cortes. Joining me are Rio McCarthy and Andres Cerrato to talk about this year's Winter Wonder Festival. We talk about our favorite toys that came out of the huge event, as well as some of the ones that infuriated us. Well, infuriated one of us. That's all we really needed.
You can subscribe to us on iTunes, directly download the episode, or hit the jump to stream it and get the show notes. Enjoy!