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7:00 AM on 01.10.2015

Get ready for Wrestlemania 31 with WWE figure pre-orders

With the beginning of the new year, the WWE likes to start the "Road to Wrestlemania", traditionally considered their best time of the year creatively as they build towards their biggest event, Wrestlemania. This year's big e...

Soul Tsukino

7:00 AM on 01.08.2015

Akiba Hobby takes a closer look at SAO II's figma Kirito GGO ver.

Recently the pre-orders went up for Max Factory's figma Sword Art Online II Kirito Trap ver. GGO ver. and Akiba Hobby has already gotten their hands on one for a gallery. Kidding aside, this is a really great likeness of the ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



The bad bots shine at BotCon 2015 with Cybertron's Most Wanted photo
The bad bots shine at BotCon 2015 with Cybertron's Most Wanted
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

It's almost here! OK, no it isn't, it's actually around half a year away, but that's not stopping BotCon from spending New Year's Eve getting fans revved up for 2015! For Cybertron's Most Wanted expect to see a lot of parallels with Marvel's hit Guardians of the Galaxy movie. The story will feature a ragtag group of Transformers misfits saving Cybertron from an "extra-dimensional" threat. Sounds familiar, right? 

Here's how BotCon puts it:

The thief.
The muscle.
The loose canon.
The bounty hunter.
The boss.

They're criminals.
Nefarious outlaws.
Hunted fugitives.
And the planet's only hope.

In the city of Axiom Nexus, in a Universe where Autobots and Decepticons from across the Multiverse coexist peacefully, a group of renegades operate off the grid, using deception, scheming, and a hint of thievery to both survive and to further their own ambitions. However after the Transtech, the guardians of Axiom Nexus, are unable to stop an extra-dimensional threat, these outlaws will soon find themselves as Cybertron's last best hope for survival!

Yep, that's pretty much GotG. Should be interesting to see what characters they use as analogs for the movie. Being Axiom Nexus they'll be able to source their figures from any Transformers toy line of the past to make a cohesive set. One popular theory is "me Grimlock" for "I am Groot", perhaps the Animated figure? There's really an endless number of choices they could go with for any member. 

BotCon is expected to deliver another update, a preview of the comic, soon. Until then see if you can come up with who represents who in this series. BotCon 2015 will run from June 18 to 21 in Chicago/St. Charles, Illinois. 

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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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Dragons and Kirins, oh my! photo
Dragons and Kirins, oh my!
by Scarecroodle

Talk about things flying under the radar: pre-orders have opened for some spectacular dragon and kirin figures.

Produced by Kaiyodo (best known for its Revoltech line), these figures are billed as being part of the "TK Project" (or, as AmiAmi describes it, "KT Project"; not to be confused with the KY Project) which has something to do with traditional Japanese art. These figures are fully articulated and even go so far as to include eye articulation, which is pretty awesome. Less awesome is the price: the dragon is listed for around ¥7,200 while the kirin will cost you something in the neighborhood of ¥6,800.

The painted/color version of the kirin is due out in January while the "iron rust" dragon is set to follow in March. The first version of the kirin, which sports a metallic deco, was released earlier in the month and is already sold out in a few places (HLJ still has it, though). While I like the look of these figures, a combination of the price tag, an already tight budget, and the fact that Kaiyodo is putting them out has made me a little hesitant to pick them up. That said, the photos are incredible. Be sure to check out the gallery.

[ Pre-order painted/color kirin | iron rust dragon or Order metallic kirin at HobbyLink Japan ]

[ Pre-order painted/color kirin | iron rust dragon at AmiAmi ]

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Fwoosh review blasts Bridge Direct's
Fwoosh review blasts Bridge Direct's "giant" Smaug figure
by Scarecroodle

Chalk this one under "glad I saved my money": Fwoosh recently posted a review which expresses a great deal of disappointment with The Bridge Direct's WB Shop-exclusive Smaug. Sculpted by Gentle Giant, the figure is billed as having a 22-inch wingspan but Fwoosh editor Veebee refers to that number as being, "a stretch at best".

While I was a little apprehensive over the design (and had also been hoping Bandai would do a S.H. MonsterArts version), I figured I would pick Smaug up eventually. So when the figure was marked down to US$60, it seemed like now might be a good time. However, after reading VeeBee's review, I'm thankful that I decided to check out an outside opinion or two.

Given that so much of the size is in the wings and tail, Smaug actually looks tiny. VeeBee was easily able to fit most of the dragon's body in his hand (see gallery). The photos also give a better look at the originally US$70 figure (see highlights in gallery) and, while certain aspects are nice, Smaug would need a very steep discount before I'd pick him up. While VeeBee praises things like the sculpt, the overall assessment was as follows: "Smaug does have a few things working for him, but NOTHING so exceptional that it justifies the price tag."

Read VeeBee's full review on Fwoosh and see some of the highlights in the gallery. As far as oversized dragons go, I think I'll be sticking with Mattel's MOTUC Granamyr and, on a smaller note, Funko's Pop! Smaug.

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1:15 AM on 12.25.2014

Oh Nendoroid tree, how lovely are your branches

For some families it's common to trim the Christmas tree just before the big day arrives. Me, I say do it the day after Thanksgiving or don't do it at all (or maybe I just said that as an excuse not to put up a tree this year...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

9:00 PM on 12.15.2014

Hot Toys Boba Fett is more than you bargained for

I think just about everyone knew that Hot Toys was going to release Boba Fett sooner or later. Given the character's popularity, it was inevitable. What people did not see coming though was that the release of Boba Fett was g...

Andres Cerrato

11:30 PM on 12.13.2014

3A's offhanded comment takes shape with movie Bumblebee figure

It's been nearly a year ago since back in January 3A made an offhanded comment about having the Transformers license despite no formal announcement. Looks like that comment is finally bearing fruit as they finally reveal a Bu...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Mega Drive Megatron gets a Genesis makeover  photo
Mega Drive Megatron gets a Genesis makeover
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Everyone's favorite video game-console-turned-killer-robot Mega Drive Megatron from Takara Tomy is getting a limited makeover. Soon Megatron will be getting redesigned as a Sega Genesis and come complete with a matching mini Sonic the Hedgehog cartridge. But despite the Sega Genesis primarily being sold in North America only, this is going to be a Japanese exclusive to the Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. shop and limited to only 1000 pieces. 

It's basically the same figure, but has had the the red replaced with purple which makes me wish this 'reformated' Mega Drive had a Galvatron head to match the new colors. Oh well, maybe they'll save that for a Saturn. Pre-orders are open now until January 8, though you'll have to get this through proxy from the Japanese store. He'll be seeing release in February which happens to also be the same month Playstation Optimus Prime is coming out. Coincidence? Probably not. 

Oh, but that's not all! As traditional for many of the Autobot and Decepticon leaders, Mega Drive Megatron will be receiving a super limited Lucky Draw gold (chrome) plated lottery figure. Famitsu is reporting that anyone in Japan that buys a copy of Sega 3D Reprint Archives for Nintendo 3DS and fills out a survey between December 18, 2014 and January 31, 2015 will get a shot at one of five of these beauties. Notice that instead of Sonic he'll come with a cart for Bare Knuckle, the Japanese version of Streets of Rage. Nice, but not something any of us are likely to see in any of our lifetimes. 

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8:00 PM on 11.24.2014

Phillip Morris snuffs out sales of MP-23 Exhaust in the US

There's been a bump in the road for American Transformers fans hoping to get their hands on Takara Tomy's MP-23 Exhaust figure. The Japanese figure intended for the Japanese market is patterned off of a real-life Lancia Serie...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker





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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