Nice to see you, good to meet you When I reviewed FuRyu's trading figure version of Sakura Kinomoto last summer, I was positive, but also still a little disappointed that we weren't getting a full-fat, big money version of the character to stand alongside the... read feature
Customizing on a budget Many of you know about those items that are just a smidge outside our regular budgets. Those special items that are cherished by collectors and the people offering to sell said items know how much they are worth. For me, as a... read feature
I would reason to guess all of us writing here on Tomopop, as well as all of you reading, had that one special toy as a kid. That one special part of their collection that they cherished and held a special place in their hear... read
Anyone have cherries for this handsome man? One of my (many) favorite things about JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is the fact that the creator, Araki Hirohiko, allows for multiple color schemes for different characters. This is the second color scheme for Noriaki Kakyoin, and features much more subdued colors. Let's take a look at this cherry lovin' lad shall we?
Hit the jump to see how Kakyoin's figure turned out! read feature
A fun animation tool at the tip of your fingers
Today I bring to you something that's sure to keep me sidetracked at my desk when I get bored, or just need a break from everyday work. Eye Think, Inc.'s BusyBody is the tool to do just that. I've previously written about this tool to cure boredom, but now I have it in my hands, so we'll put that to the test.
Join me after the jump to find out what I thought about this little gadget! read feature
And away we go! When Hasbro first announced the Combiner Wars theme for 2015 the possibilities seemed endless. And when fans began coming up with different ways to incorporate Legends figures into the combinations the doors were blown wide o... read feature
The Furry Feline Family just keeps growing! 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 ... read feature
Don't give them the cold shoulder 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... read feature
One mean machine 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 fi... read feature
Red like roses (and just as sharp) 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. Othe... read feature
Maestro please 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 vari... read feature
Titanic Effort 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 characte... read feature
Getter Robo gets teeth 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... read feature
Insert Scarface "little friend" joke here 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 fin... read feature
Perched up on your shelf: he is the night 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. read feature
Bringing new life to old parts. 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 fo... read feature
Quite enchanting 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... read feature
More To Love-Ru girls, please 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 t... read feature
Ich bin ein Berliner 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. read feature
Is the sequel an improvement? 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 ove... read feature
The time I made Grumpy Cat say "Yes" 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 plu... read feature
"Even after all this time, you're still just a troublesome brat!" 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 y... read feature
Is that a monster in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? 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 pro... read feature
Worth catching or better left in the wilds? 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 ... read feature
More awesome than most minds can take 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! read feature
At last, brick bots done right 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 som... read feature
Tomoko is finally popular! 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 m... read feature
SDCC and WonFes may be over, but it remains in our hearts... and hopefully some of it will appear on our shelves 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 w... read feature
OMG TOYS Now that we've had a while to unpack the information assault from the Wonder Festival/SDCC tandem (both happened on the same weekend!), the Tomopop crew thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of our personal favorite things from both events.
It would take too long to cover everything I want, so it looks like a top 10 list is in order. Read on to see what tickled my fancy! read feature
Standby for titanfall! Titanfall was meant to be the first really big release for the new generation of consoles. Made by a team which consisted of a lot of people who made the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare games, there was high expectations on this... read feature
Kenran Butou!! It has always bemused me why <IS> Infinite Stratos hasn't really seen many figures of the girls in their actual <IS> suits. We've had them in their school uniform, swimsuits, pilot suits and even the girls we... read feature
Anime Bento's debut box yields all sorts of surprises
Anime Bento is a cool new subscription service that delivers hand-picked Japanese toys, accessories, and tasty treats right to your door. For this unboxing video, I open up their first box and examine its innards. Fun stuff. You can find out more about subscribing to Anime Bento here.
[a big thank-you to Anime Bento for supplying me with this sample!] read feature