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4:00 PM on 01.13.2015

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's ARTFX J Eren Yaeger

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...

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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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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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