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Tomopop Review: Nendoroid Shoukaku & Zuikaku by Good Smile Company

Oct 17 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Nendoroid Shoukaku & ZuikakuFigure Maker: Good Smile CompanyRetail Price: ¥5,556 (each)Available at: Amiami | Big Bad Toy Store | Hobby Search | HobbyLink Japan As you can see on the boxes, these are Nendoroids 621 and 622. That's an insane amount of Nendos! I wonder if anyone has collected all of them, because that would be a hell of a feat. The first thing that struck me about these Nendos was the sheer number of accessories included in the box. Both Shoukaku and Zuikaku come in the standard Nendoroid clamshell, but there's an entire second tray dedicated to optional parts. On the one hand, it allows for a wide variety of poses and scenes. But on the other hand it's quite finnicky and time consuming to play with all the small parts. Just setting up their default look required a few references to the instruction sheet. When I received the box from Amiami, I also got an item in a black plastic bag. For a moment I wondered if they had shipped an adult item by accident. Actually it was a pair of risers for their bases along with an extra part that allows them to hold hands. They're sister ships after all, so yuri subtext is obligatory! In all seriousness they are adorable together. Both figures come with small fighter planes, accessories to show their Kai 2 upgraded forms, and extra bodies to show the half-damage versions. In the official art the damaged outfits are pretty racy. In Nendoroid form they just look kind of silly. In the game, each girl can be upgraded to a Kai 2 version with heavier armaments and a different design. These Nendoroids include alternate parts for this: leg and foot armor, a second flight deck, a larger quiver in the back, and an alternate ribbon for Shoukaku. The list of accessories is extensive so I won't go on about them. I believe I used every single part in my photos, so check out the gallery to see everything! If you've played with Nendoroids before, there's nothing in this package that will throw you for a loop. The main thing to keep in mind is that despite their simple designs, you need some patience to get the most out of your poses. It's especially true with these two due to the large amount of parts. Sometimes you just need to keep tweaking each of the pieces, little by little, until you get the right pose. I recommend using the promo shots as a guide, as these pieces tend to fit best when positioned according to the promos. Zuikaku has the most flexibility because her hair consists of twin tails. Shoukaku's long hair and side fringes restrict her poses mostly to ones looking straight ahead. You can work around these limitations by adjusting her quiver and stand, but she's still not as flexible as Zuikaku. If I had to name a downside to these Nendos, it would be the expressions. They each have three expressions, but none that stand out. Shoukaku has the standard smiling expression, the half-damage one, and a yelling face. Zuikaku has a smile, half-damage, and a tsundere look. Part of the fun of getting new Nendoroids is mixing and matching the face plates, but these two don't bring anything new with their expressions. I like Zuikaku's tsundere face, though. For fans of KanColle or folks who just like cool military hardware with their Nendoroids, Shoukaku and Zuikaku are a great package. They're even better if you have Akagi and Kaga, because then you can act out their rivalry. These Nendos show Good Smile Company's increasing escalation of their Nendoroid game. It's still crazy to me that they're past 600 now, and each new one seems to be jam packed with more and more goodies.
GSC Shoukaku & Zuikaku photo
The pride of the 5th Carrier Division!
Nendoroids are hugely popular nowadays (even one of my non-collector friends has some) but it's surprising how few Nendoroid reviews we have. I don't buy a ton of them myself, but a few Kantai Collection ones have come around...

NYCC 2016: Good Smile Company

Oct 08 // Tianxiao Ma
NYCC 2016 GSC photo
Lots of toys for gamers!
Good Smile Company's Mamitan has been hard at work revealing their upcoming figures at NYCC. There are lots of Nendoroids and figmas but I wasn't expecting this many video game figures. The full armor Megaman X Nendoroid has ...


This Ikkitousen figure... Isn't all that bad!! And it's a Kanu?

Hell Hath Frozen Over
Oct 01
// Chris Seto
Many moons ago, Ikkitousen was pretty much the butt of many jokes among the figure community. The license was easy to get a hold of and the figure market was still relatively young so many Ikkitousen figures were basically th...

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 4)

Witchcraft abound!
Jul 31
// Chris Seto
And now, we have reached the last stretch of the garage kit coverage for Wonder Festival Summer 2016!  We end the Anime kit roundup with a better look at the Love Live! kits as well as a number of magical girls in the fo...

Transformers photo

Cybertron Con 2016: Even more Transformers reveals from Hasbro

Hasbro hasn't stopped to take a breath
Jul 31
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Con season is definitely in full swing right now having been kicked off by San Diego Comic Con and Wonder Festival 2016 Summer last weekend, but they're not the only events this month. Over in Shanghai, China Hasbro just held...

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 2)

Welcome back Vispo!
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
Back when I was a fledgling garage kit painter, one maker who always impressed me with his great works was Vispo. Initially, the most famous kits were those of the Evangelion Girls with racing motorbikes. Eventually, 3 were m...

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 1)

Lovin' and Live-in'
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
And, after a long haul, we've reached the dealer floor for Wonder Festival. As usual, I've split up the kits into some rough categories and we start with the first lot of anime garage kits! Love Live! seems to have had a boos...
Gecco photo

SDCC 2016: Gecco

Video game figures and zombie models
Jul 27
// Tianxiao Ma
I wasn't expecting to see many Japanese manufacturers at SDCC due to WonFes, but Gecco was able to attend the show. They had flown under my radar until last year when they announced the Venom Snake and Quiet statues for Metal...
WonFest Takara Tomy  photo
WonFest Takara Tomy

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Takara Tomy

A parade of robots and rubber straps
Jul 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
There was a time when Takara Tomy didn't seem to really notice Wonder Festival, instead choosing to display at bigger events like the Tokyo Toy Show. But as they continue to focus more and more on the collectors market their ...
Tamashii Nations photo
Tamashii Nations

SDCC 2016: Tamashii Nations

Debuting a bizarre new Toy Story set
Jul 24
// Tianxiao Ma
Have you ever wished your Toy Story figures could also be Transformers? Well Tamashii Nations has you covered with a line they're calling Cho Gattai Toy Story. These figures can transform and even combine together to form a s...
Bluefin photo

SDCC 2016: Bluefin

I think I found my favorite thing
Jul 24
// Tianxiao Ma
Bluefin distributes figures from a variety of Japanese companies, so their booth featured toys catering to all corners of fandom. Their most elaborate display was for the classic Ghostbusters, featuring two scenes from the en...
Kotobukiya photo

[Updated] SDCC 2016: Kotobukiya

Ikemen collection announced!
Jul 22
// Tianxiao Ma
[Update: Added photos of the Fine Art Statue Vision] I always love seeing what Kotobukiya brings to SDCC. This year we had a few major announcements, so let's kick off with the biggest: they'll be starting a line called "Ikem...
SDCC 2016 GSC photo

SDCC 2016: Good Smile Company

Nice figures tucked into a tiny booth
Jul 21
// Tianxiao Ma
Good Smile Company doesn't usually do Comic Con as WonFes is usually the same weekend. However it seems like they're starting to stake out some territory at SDCC. Their booth was pretty small and tucked away - not what you'd ...
Nendoroid Naruto photo
The first Naruto merch from GSC!
Naruto is, like, one of the most popular things ever. Strangely enough this is, to my knowledge, the first time Good Smile Company has produced merchandise of it. Mamitan tweeted out from Anime Expo this momentous (?) announc...

Wonder Festival 2016 photo
Saber and Yuuki are going to burn fans
If you saw Scaredroodle's report on up coming Anime Expo exclusives from Good Smile Company then you already got a preview of some of the exclusives headed to Wonder Festival 2016 Winter. Strangely enough, Nendoroid 447-b&nbs...

Transformers Masterpiece photo
Finally, more Decepticons
Takara Tomy isn't slowing down anytime soon when it comes to announcing new Masterpiece figures. In the past month they've added four more MPs to the line to join Beast Wars Optimus Primal later this year with our best looks ...

GSC 15th anniversary photo
Nendoroid #600 hinted at
Like a typical teenager Good Smile Company wants to do everything. No longer content with just making figures, GSC is growing into quite the powerhouse these days, having their hands in TV series and video games, and even bro...

BotCon Reveals photo
BotCon Reveals

BotCon 2016: Transformers reveals

Time to check stuff off the wishlists
Apr 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Here we are again with Hasbro's second round of four sets of reveals they do over the year. Previously we saw a large number of new Transformers: Titans Return figures at Toy Fair in February and later we'll see more at San D...
Cardcaptor Sakura photo
Cardcaptor Sakura

Behold, the ultimate Cardcaptor Sakura interactive line

Full interactivity doesn't come cheap
Apr 01
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Sure, a good looking Cardcaptor Sakura Sealing Wand makes for a nice collection centerpiece, but why not some lights and sounds while we're at it? And to go with it why not a complete run of Clow Cards the wand can interact w...
P.O.P. S.O.C. Sanji photo
Equal opportunity fanservice
Premium Bandai isn't content in letting the ladies of One Piece be the only ones that get to act sexy. Their latest figure features a open shirted Sanji designed for an entirely different set of fans. While the figure is part...

C2E2 2016 Bluefin photo
C2E2 2016 Bluefin

C2E2 2016: Bluefin Distribution part 2

Anime figures and lots of Gundam
Mar 19
// Tianxiao Ma
Star Wars mash-ups aren't the only thing Tamashii Nations brought to the table; they had plenty of anime figures from their various Figuarts lines as well. Dragon Ball Z continues to have a large presence, featuring prom...
HG Vegeta photo
Premium Bandai is at it again
Say what you will about Krillin, nobody in Dragon Ball Z is better at being frozen with fear and becoming completely useless than Vegeta. Sure, there's nobody cockier than him either when he thinks a win is certain, but when ...


Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Anime Garage Kits (Part 4)

One more for the road!
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
And now we have reached the final garage kit gallery for this Wonder Festival and we've saved some pretty damn cool kits such as the hyper detailed Titan busts from Shingeki no Kyojin and a pretty cool Ushio & Tora kit. T...

Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Anime Garage Kits (Part 3)

Half way there!
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
And now we reach the third gallery of anime garage kits and this one is a bit of a doozy. I mean, check out those weird evangelion kits and the zombie Stocking from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt! Pretty messed up! We als...

Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Anime Garage Kits (Part 2)

Even war isn't safe from moefication!
Feb 12
// Chris Seto
We now return to our regularly scheduled anime garage kit showings where various (superior) non-KanColle shipgirls and tank crews argue over which is the best branch of the armed forces. Rori also brings over some of the othe...

Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Anime Garage Kits (Part 1)

Buckle up!
Feb 11
// Chris Seto
And here we go! A bit later than usual but lets dive into the contents of the dealer floor at this years winter Wonder Festival! On the plus side, there's quite a good balance from various shows this time around and while Kan...
WonFes Union Creative photo
WonFes Union Creative

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Union Creative

All of the boys
Feb 11
// Tianxiao Ma
Union Creative is a producer partnered with several toy makers, such as Sentinel and Kaiyodo. That means they usually bring a ton of figures to WonFes, so yay for us! While most manufacturers' figures have a decided bias towa...
WonFes GSC photo
WonFes GSC

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Good Smile Company part 2 - Nendoroids

There was an actual tower of Nendos
Feb 09
// Tianxiao Ma
If there's one thing I want to know about this industry, it's how Good Smile Company picks the licenses to make Nendoroids for. At this point their Nendoroid production line must be a well-oiled machine, possibly on its way t...
WonFes GSC photo
WonFes GSC

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Good Smile Company part 1

I'm so sick of bunny outfits
Feb 09
// Tianxiao Ma
Good Smile Company's Wonderful Hobby Life For You display is like the all-you-can-eat buffet of Wonder Festival. By my quick internet research I estimate they have infinity figures. And I feel like half of that infinite numbe...
WonFes X-Plus photo
WonFes X-Plus

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: X-Plus

Dragon Ball Z, kaiju, and Harry Potter
Feb 09
// Tianxiao Ma
X-Plus hit WonFes with some big name properties. Right off the bat you have their Godzilla figures, sure to please you kaiju fans out there. If classic anime is more to your taste, they also showed a selection of Dragon Ball ...

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