Due to scheduling difficulties, I wasn't able to get a question post up. My deepest apologies, dearest Tomocast listeners. To make up for it, I brought on a trio of guests that will surely entertain you. To...
Have you ever been worried that your figures aren't tough enough? That they can't take or dish out the punishment? Bluefin Tamashii Nations wants to bring the pain with these new Tamashii Effect Impact accessories geared to g...
Diamond Select Toys has posted a photo gallery for its recently released Marvel Select Silver Surfer. The gallery shows off some space-surfing as well as the Surfer's space-accessories all in front of a space-background. Spacey enough for you, folks?
Be sure to check out the gallery.
Takara Tomy has ended thier Fan's Choice Transformers Masterpiece campaign asking fans to vote on the next Autobot leader to get the Masterpiece treatment and we now have our winner! Star Saber from japanese series Transformers Victory has been selected by fans out of 11 possible choices by earning a major 31.2% of the votes. For a lot of fans this seemed like the obvious choice; what wasn't so obvious was who made it into second place: Micron Densetsu Convoy (Armada Optimus Prime). Guess people really wanted to see how they'd articulate his legs. Third place went to Super Ginrai (Powermaster Optimus Prime) from Transformers Masterforce which would have gotten my vote for sure. It goes way downhill from there for the rest of the entries.
The results look like this:
Star Saber - 31.2%
Micron Densetsu Convoy - 24.3%
Super Ginrai - 18.6%
Dai Atlus - 8%
Super Fire Convoy - 4.9%
Beast Wars Convoy - 4.6%
Galaxy Convoy - 2.5%
Big Convoy - 2.1%
Lio Convoy - 2%
Grand Convoy - 1.5%
Fortress Maximus - .3%
Guess nobody wants to pay around US$500 for a Masterpiece Fort Max. I'm sure these results won't stop many of these from getting the Masterpiece treatment eventually. A number of sketches were also reveals by Takara Tomy that might give us some idea of what Masterpiece Star Saber will look like. Of course we can't have Star Saber without Victory Leo; how long before that one happens?
Action figures tend to be of super heroes and men of myth and legend. Some lives are greater than legends and that can certainly apply to one Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1940-45 and again in 1951-55.
Churchill is considered one of the greatest Britons of all-time, and the 1/6 figure line is born and bred of military men. Dragon In Dream has made their name in making figures of world leaders, those of the past and present including Barack Obama and John McCain.
With such a respected individual as Churchill, is DiD's effort worthy of his legacy? Also, how does the company stack up against other popular 1/6 makers? Find out in today's Tomopop Review of Dragon In Dream's 1/6 scale Winston Churchill!
Max Factory's figma Casca (Berserk), recently seen in a figma round-up, is currently up for pre-order.
While I still haven't seen Berserk (despite having been aware of the anime for over a decade now), I've always had a weakn...
Earlier this year Bandai released Golden Darkness (or Yami if you prefer) from To Love-Ru in the S.H.Figuarts line and hasn't wasted too much time in adding a second figure. She'll soon be joined by Momo Belia Deviluke with a figure that's looking really good. I wish she was in her Deviluke outfit since we already get a lot of school girl figures, but I'll take what I can get.
Her sculpting looks great and the choice of faces are perfect. Smiling, blushing, and I guess we'll call the last one "aroused", are a great fit. She also comes with her phone, but her most eye catching accessory has got to be the rather phallic looking bendable plant tentacle. That on its own is sure to become popular with certain figure photographers.
Pre-orders haven't opened yet, but they probably aren't far away. She's priced at ¥4,725 and will be out in March 2014. Now hurry up and announce Nana!
Another Japanese figure show means another crop of figma being put on display by Max Factory. While nothing shown at Miyazawa Model Expo Autumn 2013 was entirely new we are getting an updated look at some figures that we haven't yet seen at this stage.
One of the upcoming figma I hear a lot of people asking about is Guyver. When we last saw him at Wonder Festival 2013 Winter he looked like a nearly complete and colored figure. But the latest look is an unpainted prototype with some different articulation. In reality the original prototype was probably a reworked Bio Fighter Collection figure also from MF. The updated sculpt is very detail-heavy and looks to be using the figma 2.0 body.
Another update goes to Casca from Berserk, shown here for the first time in color. The figure looks exceptional and may be worth getting even if you aren't a big Berserk fan. Indiana Jones is also making his first public appearance which is kinda strange when the figure has already gone up for pre-order.
Other things of note are the new figmaPLUS display sets featuring street and classroom scenes, Space Adventure Cobra's Golden Boy showing off his golden skeleton, and of course you can't talk about figma right now without mentioning Attack on Titan.
Still a lot of stuff left unseen, but I'm sure they're holding the best for the next Wonder Festival 2014 Winter in February.
Fans of the original Transformers animated movie will certainly remember seeing the adult version of Spike and his son Daniel running around in special Exosuits (called Excel Suits in Japan) through most of the movie. CM's corporation has shown at the Miyazawa Model Expo Autumn 2013 a first look at their take on the Exosuit complete with adult Spike and his son Daniel. Aside from a small PVC this is the first time all three have been made into figures this way.
The Exosuit is even transformable into its vehicle form. While you can't fit Spike or Daniel inside the suit, if you look closely you'll notice seams on their bodies where you can remove their heads and parts of their chest to place inside the Exosuit to make it look like they're piloting it. The scale is certainly way off compared to anything else out there, but it looks like a good set on its own.
As a bonus there are two rather strange and obscure items also being featured. The first is a mini figure of Grand Galvatron, basically Unicron's planet mode with Galvatron's head and limbs sticking out. It comes from an unrealized plan by Galvatron to turn Earth into his new planet-sized body. Should make for a pretty comical little figure when it's finished. The other thing hanging there is, seriously, a floppy disc. It's supposed to contain the data for the Master Sword, the ultimate weapon of Fortress Maximus in The Headmaster series.
We're getting some odd things, but I'm glad none-the-less that Takara Tomy is starting to trust other companies like CM's with the Transformers franchise and even allowing them to make transforming figures.
The latest figma incarnation of Hatsune Miku is now here and the last thing Max Factory wants is for you to not get the most out of her newly redesigned body features. Or even worse, break her! MF has posted yet another posing guide, this time on making Miku look her best in anybody's hands.
The feature they spend the most time talking about is the new shoulders that can slide out to widen the range of motion in her arms. This allows her to do something like hold a weapon (in this case a bat) in both hands with her arms straight, something that would have been a real chore to make look right in the old 1.0 body type. Considering how many figma come with swords this is a pretty big deal.
They also spend some time on the hands and the new wrist joint which gives them even more directions to move in. One feature that they haven't really pointed out in previous talk of the new 2.0 body type is the ease at which you can pull the body apart. By doing this you can easily direct the joint inside and give your figures even more flexibility. Just remember to pull the figure apart by the body halves and not by the head and legs!
There's also a pointer for attaching her wings to her back with the included pin, cautioning to only push on the pin and not the wings themselves as they might break in the middle. The new 2.0 has a lot going for it and should prove to be a lot of fun to play around with. Miku came out just under a week ago and we shouldn't have to wait too much longer before we're seeing all new figma using the new body.
DC Collectibles has unveiled its previously teased New 52 Teen Titans Superboy (Conner Kent), Wonder Girl (Cassandra Sandmark), and Kid Flash.
The Wonder Girl looks great. The head-sculpt is attractive and the body work looks...
The next console generation is almost here, but the wait for Metal Gear Solid V will be considerably longer. Seeing these two Play Arts Kai reveals just makes me all the more anxious. I haven't gotten around to Metal Gear Ris...
There was a time when new Revoltech figures came as frequently as figma do today. These days Kaiyodo seems content with releasing a few new figures every month next to a pile of reissues and repaints. In October it was the th...