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2:35 PM on 04.22.2014

Stephen the figma zombie gets a gallery with some very close 'friends'

[Update: Pre-orders are up!] It's been well over a year since Stephen, the figma zombie from Dawn of the Dead shuffled his way into Wonder Festival 2013 [Winter]. And he's getting ever closer to his August release now th...

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2:00 AM on 04.22.2014

All hail new photos of Bahamut, King of Variant Play Arts Kai Dragons

Some new official photos for Square-Enix's upcoming Variant Play Arts Kai Bahamut have turned up and... he still looks great. While there had been some fears in regards to the color scheme, the tones work well enough even if ...

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11:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Check out Mega Drive Megatron being transformed in this video

It's been a little over two months since we first saw the Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. Transformers Mega Drive Megatron and it doesn't look like there's been a whole lot of progress. But don't let that get you down! More new de...

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5:00 AM on 04.18.2014

Sneak peek at DCC's Batman B&W Joker hidden among Batman collectible recap

DC Collectibles recently took a moment to sit down and show fans that it will be producing way too many Batman collectibles each year and, as an added bonus, showed off a prototype for one more collectible: a classic-looking ...

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Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Agito Shining Form photo
Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Agito Shining Form
by Andres Cerrato

Kamen Rider Agito has had his share of figures. It was one of the notorious early releases in the S.H. Figuarts line, namely due to the fact it only came with the standard figure and two extra hands. Since then, the other forms and riders have seen release and have come with more accessories, yet we haven't seen the strongest form of them all, Shining Agito.

As the name would imply, this new figure might truly shine. Find out if it does after the jump for today's review of S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Agito Shining Form.

 

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Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts Power Rangers Ninja Storm Blue and Yellow photo
Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts Power Rangers Ninja Storm Blue and Yellow
by Andres Cerrato

I mentioned it last time, but Ninja Storm was the series that got me re-interested in Power Rangers. I really liked the S.H. Figuarts Red Wind Ranger, so I figured that I should probably complete the team with Blue and Yellow. Thankfully, it's rather easy to do since they were released in a two pack. Now that the Wind School has all of its members, have the two new SHFs received their diplomas and are ready for release?

Find out after the jump in today's review!

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Tomopop Review: Robot Damashii Wing Gundam photo
Tomopop Review: Robot Damashii Wing Gundam
by Andres Cerrato

I've had a lot of fun with the recent Robot Damashii I've acquired. The Leo Flight Type is the grunt I've always loved, and Deathscythe Hell has become one of my go-to figures. Cut to the latest entry, the Wing Gundam, the first Gundam many of us saw. With the Robot Damashii line wrapping up its focus on Gundam Wing, the titular mecha has finally gotten its release.

Does the Robot Damashii Wing Gundam ignite those lost feelings when we first saw it or is it just another beat in the endless waltz. Find out in today's review after the jump! 

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1:15 AM on 04.09.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: Cu-Poche Rikka Takanashi

Another season of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions has come to an end, but the characters still continue to be a hot commodity. Too bad companies are being painfully slow in catching on to this otaku cash cow. Well at lea...

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Optimus Prime and Grimlock TF4 Platinum Edition figures are underwhelming photo
Optimus Prime and Grimlock TF4 Platinum Edition figures are underwhelming
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

This is how toy companies 'phone it in'. Back in February Hasbro laid many of their planned figures for the the fourth live-action movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, out on display at New York International Toy Fair 2014 for all to see. That included Voyager class Invasion Mode Optimus Prime and Grimlock. Thanks to The Ragin Nation on Facebook  we're getting our first look at these same two figures in a Platinum Edition two-pack. The problem? Chrome, and lots of it. 

There's a few layers to the problem here. The chrome on Optimus is extremely random and used in all the wrong places. You would think that a Prime done in the G1 style would have the chrome in the same exact places: Stacks, grill, bumper, upper legs, wheels, and tanks. For some reason Hasbro decided to put the chrome on PE Prime in almost exactly the opposite places: Upper arms, hands, crotch, knees, and behind the wheels. Even the shiny silver plastic, which would have matched the chrome nicely, was swapped out for light gray. I just can't wrap my brain around how this is supposed to be good. And Grimlock isn't much better, removing all of the silver paint and randomly choosing formerly painted and bare gray plastic parts to chrome.

Worst part is they totally missed the opportunity to give fans movie-accurate versions of the figures. In the movie when Optimus is seen in this form it's as a rusty white truck with flames, not G1 red and blue. Grimlock is a mostly black and tarnished silver t-rex, no bronze at all. This would have been the ideal Platinum Edition and there's no telling if Hasbro will ever get around to these characters in movie colors. Black and white figures in a box would have looked cool I think.

So how would I have done the chrome if it was a must? Let me just say that I think the best use of chrome was in Beast Wars Transmetals figures. The reason why they worked so well was because they would pick one color and then chrome every use of it. Cheetor had all of his robotic yellow pieces chromed, Megatron had all of his purple pieces chromed, and so on. For me it's a figure sin to pair silver chrome with gray plastic and gold chrome with gold-ish plastic. Either chrome it all or none at all. What I would have liked to have seen is either the red or blue on Prime chromed and the bronze on Grimlock chromed. in their respective colors. Chrome does have a tendency of chipping on joints, but it can be done. 

It's unfortunate that this is Hasbro's idea of a collector's grade box set. It looks lazy and feels like it was made for kids. Back towards the end of the first movie's toy run in 2008 Hasbro did Premium Series editions of many series one figures using metallic paint and better painted details. If they could do it at retail then they can do it as an exclusive now. I know some people do like the way this set turned out, and that's fine, but it really isn't for me. 

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8:00 AM on 04.05.2014

DC Collectibles unveils DCAU Mr. Freeze and Two-Face

DC Collectibles has unveiled the sculpts for the 6-inch DCAU Mr. Freeze and Two-Face, the next two figures in its Batman: The Animated Series line announced earlier this year. Both characters are based on their 1997 designs a...

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BotCon 2014 goes all out with Headmaster Scorponok photo
BotCon 2014 goes all out with Headmaster Scorponok
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

BotCon 2014 is right around the corner and they're lining up one of the best convention exclusive box sets ever. Using the them of Pirates versus Knights they started with announcing Cannonball, a predictable figure based on Transformers: Prime Ratchet. They then announced Pirate Ferak with Targetmaster Tornado based on Universe Cyclonus and Nightstick which represent a super obscure Marvel Comics character and almost as obscure IDW Comics character. The third announcement was for Devcon, a character that made only one appearance in the original cartoon and instantly became a fan favorite. This Autobot Knight will be Devcon's first figure ever despite appearing multiple times in BotCon fiction and uses Generations Scourge for a base with a new head. . 

So the set starts to look kinda bland with only one true fan favorite out of three obscure choice. And then comes Scorponok! Out of nowhere they reveal perhaps the best BotCon exclusive ever. They went well above just repainting Energon Scorponok (like they did for BotCon 2010's Double Punch) with a new head. This head is nothing less than a remold of Encore Fortress Maximus' Spike Witwicky Headmaster with a cartoon-accurate Scorponok face. Of course the Scorponok body has been remolded to accept the Headmaster head. 

Story-wise the new Headmaster is named Olin Zarak, the son of the original Scorponok Headmaster Lord Zarak. Rather than take over the rule of the Nebulan Hive, Olin appears to have chosen to take on the life of a pirate, presumably as the captain. In one figure BotCon has both made a great homage to the original figure and forever raised the bar on what people will expect from BotCon. They said the figures would barely fit in the standard box used for the five-figure sets and it's obvious why. They have one more figure to announce and it's anyone's guess who they'll choose as the second Autobot Knight. 

BotCon runs from June 19 to 22 and just like in past years the box set will be available for both con-goers and non-attendees. Prices for 2014 haven't been announced yet, but both went for US$365 for Transformers Club members and US$450 for non-members in 2013. Wasn't all that interested before, but for Scorponok it's pretty tempting. 

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8:00 AM on 04.04.2014

Make your bots even better with this big update from Reprolabels

I don't talk about how awesome Reprolabels is nearly enough. If you're not familiar with RL they're a website that produces a variety of stickers for Transformers and similar toys. Much of their work is dealing with replaceme...

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