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C3X Chara Hobby 2015: We got our Super Fumina!!!


All's right with the world!
Aug 23
// Chris Seto
Rest easy everyone! The single best unit (yes, even better than Tryon 3!!) has finally been confirmed to be getting a kit release from bandai! We knew it was going to happen, it was just a matter of when! The HGBF Super Fumin...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 3)


*drops the mic*
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
That's it, I'm done. If you want an image which pretty much explains what kind of weirdness to expect from these kinds of galleries, I think the banner image pretty much sums it up. We can safely ignore the cool (and borderli...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 4)


See you later, Space Samurai!
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
We're just about ready to wrap up the garage kit coverage for this years summer Wonder Festival and for our penultimate gallery, we're taking a look at the last few anime garage kits from the dealer floor. There's an appearan...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Video Game Garage Kits (part 2)


Retro for all!!
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
Here's our second and last gallery for the video game garage kits for this Wonder Festival and we have a fair bit of retro goodness to share! From the Flameman from Megaman, to the evil minion from the Pop'n Twinbee series an...

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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 2)


Decidedly normal
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
For our second gallery of misc garage kits, we have a... rather normal collection if we have to be honest. Most are likely to be based from a video game series but sadly, my knowledge doesn't stretch far enough to name them a...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 3)


King! King!! King Gainar!!
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
And here we are, at the third anime garage kit gallery and we have a few older anime shows added to the mix. We have ourselves a Boogiepop Phantom kit and also one of Adette from Overman King Gainer! Remember that show? I mea...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: KanColle kits (Part 2)


It's good to be bad!
Jul 31
// Chris Seto
We've reached the second and final KanColle gallery for this Wonder Festival and this time, we get a couple of rather cool looking Abyssal ships in this gallery but mostly, we get several ships out of their usual attire. Espe...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Vocaloid Garage Kits


Miku Miku you!
Jul 31
// Chris Seto
The popularity of Hatsune Miku may have waned among garage kit builders but she still has a presence within the booths. You aren't getting rid of her that easily! Sadly, none of the other Vocaloids got a shout out this time a...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 2)


more ship girls!
Jul 31
// Chris Seto
And now, we get to part 2 of our collection of anime garage kits and it's good to see ship girls not from KanColle getting some love still with kits of Takao (best ship) and Kongou from Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio present. Chiyo-...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Misc Garage Kits (part 1)


Jul 31
// Chris Seto
Next up, we have the first gallery of kits which either didn't fit into one of the previous categories, were completely original designs or I simply didn't know where they came from! These galleries often prove to be popular ...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Volks


It's nothing much
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
Volks had a rather (read: very) subdued showing at wonder festival this time around with the only major new showing being a charagumin kit of Angelise from Cross Ange. There were also unpainted prototypes of the fonewear...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: KanColle kits (Part 1)


Stare into the abyss...
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
Well, it's not like we would be able to avoid this but, as stated earlier, there are far fewer KanColle kits this time around! Having said that, it is still the title with the largest number of kits under its name. As usual, ...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Video Game Garage Kits (part 1)


In the blue sky
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
Next up, we take a look at some of the video game garage kits! Now excuse me while I stare at the Virtual On kits! The maker is clearly a fan of the first game as most of the virtualoids are based off their Operation Moongate...
WonFes Alphamax photo
WonFes Alphamax

[NSFW] Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Alphamax/Skytube


Bringing the sexy to WonFes
Jul 29
// Tianxiao Ma
Alphamax (especially with their Skytube brand) tends to be on the racier side of figure manufacturers. They also seem to really like Tony Taka, which can make identifying these figures a chore... Anyway, they brought some rea...
WonFes Kotobukiya photo
WonFes Kotobukiya

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Kotobukiya


A nice lineup of pretty ladies
Jul 29
// Tianxiao Ma
Kotobukiya was no slouch at WonFes, bringing a spate of ambitious-looking figures alongside their Cu-Poche and Bishoujo lineups. I like that Kotobukiya has produced more and more elaborate designs over the years across a wide...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 1)


Animetic Love Letter!
Jul 29
// Chris Seto
Now that coverage of Wonder Festival has calmed down a little, we have some time to look at the dealer floor to see what garage kit makers have brought to the event. The good news is that there was no depressingly large domin...
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WonFes 2015

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: MegaHouse


I'm slightly underwhelmed
Jul 28
// Tianxiao Ma
As I comb through all this WonFes coverage, I have to say the showing from MegaHouse feels a little uninspired. Honestly, they've never been a go-to brand for me. I'm never watching my news feeds wondering what they're up to ...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Alter


total recalling
Jul 27
// Chris Seto
Alter had a rather eclectic mix of figures at their booth. There was quite a large focus on recent idol anime, specifically, Love Live but fans of the original idol anime, Idolm@ster have not been forgotten as there are plans...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Ques Q


Whatever floats your boat!
Jul 27
// Chris Seto
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that a figure company which basically takes garage kits and gives them a PVC release is going really heavily into the KanKolle boat. After all, if the whole community is pretty much chu...
Log Horizon Akatsuki photo
Just say wow, wow, wow, wow!
Let's take a moment and look at what Log Horizon has going for it: Nine light novel volumes and counting 11 manga volumes between four different titles, all ongoing Two anime seasons totaling 50 episodes (and a good chance f...

WonFes 2015 Summer photo
WonFes 2015 Summer

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Wonderful Hobby Life For You


Highlights from GSC and associates
Jul 27
// Tianxiao Ma
[ Update: Hobby Search has even more coverage of the WHL4U booth, including more Nendoroids, figmas, and ThreeA figures! ] Wonder Festival has come and gone. While it's odd to me that such a big event is one day only (wouldn'...
Durarara!! figma photo
It's finally happening!
Well, here's my favorite bit of news from Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Durarara!!x2 figma are happening! A series that has long been on my figma wishlist will finally get checked off, just as I was trying to cut down on my fi...

SDCC 2015 Transformers photo
Repaints, retools, and reissues
Hasbro didn't play all of their cards last month at BotCon, but they certainly played their best ones. Hasbro's display and presentation at San Diego Comic Con 2015 was a little lacking compared to years past. We did finally ...

SDCC 2015: Koto Bishoujo photo
SDCC 2015: Koto Bishoujo

[Update] SDCC 2015: Kotobukiya's Bishoujo sketches reveal Metal Gear Bishoujo line, more


Here's your ladies from Koto
Jul 08
// Andres Cerrato
[Update 9:00 AM EST] Added overnight are Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Gwen and DC Bishoujo Harley Quinn version 2! Stay tuned for more updates as the weekend goes on! Comic-Con is here, which means Kotobukiya is bringing out the bi...

Tomopop Review: Chief Beifong Pre-Painted PVC Kit (Convention Exclusive Edition)

Jul 08 // Rio McCarthy
Figure Name: The Legend of Korra - Chief Beifong Pre-Painted PVC Kit (Convention Exclusive Edition)Figure Maker: Zwyer IndustriesPrice: $99 SRP for the original versionAvailable at: SDCC (Nickelodeon's booth) / Zwyer Industries Starting out, the box itself is actually pretty cool. It clearly shows a photo of the figure that resides within said box, as well as some landscape artwork from Korra. For those who may not know, Lin Beifong is the Chief of Police for Republic City and is pretty much a badass. As the sticker plainly tells you, this is the convention exclusive edition. Saying that, that means that this figure will have the glossy armor, as well as the gold colored nameplate on the base. She comes packaged in a few pieces that are nicely wrapped in their own individual pieces of plastic for extra protection. Everything arrived in great condition, and there wasn't a single piece of out place. Looking a bit more closely, she arrives in five pieces. Her two arms, body, head and the base of the figure are all easy to put together with pegs that hold quite well with one another, and aren't a pain to get put into place. Once she's back together we have quite the strong looking Chief Beifong. I was so excited that she was their first character to release a figure of, as she was one of my favorites in the series from the very beginning. I loved her tough attitude, and her Earthbending skills are just awesome. Taking a closer look at some of the finer details, I think she'd be pretty pleased with this figure of herself. It makes her look a bit younger in the face, which I feel most of us would take a liking to if it was us. (At least I know I would!) At first I was a little bummed you couldn't always see her cheek scars in the light, but I went back and looked at her in the show, and the colors are actually quite accurate. They weren't nearly as bold as I remembered, so they did very well. Funny enough, you wouldn't think having a gold nameplate would make that much of a difference, but I actually really prefer it to the silver. In some of the photos shown on Zwyer Industries' website it seems the original is a bit hard to read in certain lights, the gold was beautiful and easy to read. I, personally, really like the glossy armor as well, so I'm very excited to have been able to review the convention exclusive version. Though I'm sure the original version looks very nice in person as well. One small gripe I have is that I wish there were a bit more shading on her hands to make the details in the figures pop a little more. Mine seemed to suffer just slightly from PVC glob hands, but it's not a huge distraction by any means, just a little bit of whining on my end. Funny enough, when shown against the picture of the figure on the box, I actually like the way she looks in person much better. It could just be the angle, or perhaps the actual real life colors, as opposed to those in the printing, but I think she looks a good deal better in person. All in all, I'd say we have a winner! Zwyer Industries did a great job taking this 2D butt kicker and bringing her to a 3D format. Even if you can't get your hands on the convention exclusive version, the original matte version will be arriving around August, and will retail at US$99. Though if you find yourself at SDCC this weekend, I would definitely swing by the Nickelodeon booth and see if you can get your hands on this little lady. I shouldn't say little, she actually stands around 11 inches tall! You know what I mean though, go check her out! [ A huge thank you to Zwyer Industries for sending along this review sample! ]
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Pick up this glossy version at SDCC
I bring good news your way this morning! Zwyer Industries is the new company bringing Avatar and The Legend of Korra figures our way, and it all starts at SDCC. The first figure (which is actually a pre-painted PVC kit) ...

UK Toy Fair 2016 photo
UK Toy Fair 2016

Hasbro backs out of London Toy Fair 2016


Germany, you're still good
Jul 07
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It's no big secret that much of Europe often gets a raw deal when it comes to figure distribution. Hasbro has been especially difficult as of late with them teasing the region with an early Transformers Combiner War...
RG Astray Red Frame photo
RG Astray Red Frame

Real Grade Gundam Astray Red Frame gets promo video at AX


Gimmicks are a good thing
Jul 04
// Andres Cerrato
The Real Grade line is expanding later this year to include the found in a destroyed colony Gundam Astray Red Frame. It's been a favorite design among fans, which helps to explain why SEED is seeing yet another RG release. Th...
Nendoroid Mako 2-Star photo
I want this more than heaven will allow
Anime Expo is opening this weekend and thousands will crowd into the Los Angeles Convention Center. For many, the goal of the weekend is stride right into the dealer's room and buy more stuff than is economically responsible....

Bluefin lists out its exclusives for SDCC next week

Jun 30 // Andres Cerrato
For gunpla, we will have three exclusive models that were previously only available at events in Asia. The three kits are all in 1/144 scale and are the HGUC Zeta Plus Test Type Image Color (Amuro's) for $25.00, the RG Gundam Exia Extra Finish Version for $48.00, and the HGBF Try Burning Gundam PP Clear Version for $22.00. Perhaps the biggest draw will be the S.H. Figuarts Goku Frieza Saga version. It's the Goku you've always wanted, with an actual belt and his symbols. It's almost like the standard Goku release, just now with an extra face and gi symbols! This limited edition of Goku will be available for $45.00 alongside an 18" statue of Goku from X-Plus for $65.00. Also available will be several Action Vinyls from The Loyal Subjects. There will be a set of black/white battle damaged Ninja Turtles, a crystal MMPR Pink Ranger, and a Transformers Construction set. There's one last group of releases for comic and movie fans. Iron Man will have two items, an Iron Man MkIII Magnetic Floating figure with a chrome paint job for $139.99 and a 1/12 Shotgun Iron Man Mark XL for $160.00. In case you're wondering about those prices, they're fully poseable with LEDs throughout. If you'd like another billionaire who fights crime, on hand will be Hero Cross' Hybrid Metal Figuration Batman for $80.00. Oh, there's also an S.H. Figuarts Nise (imposter) Sailor Moon, too. She looks mean and I guess that's kinda cool.  Check out the gallery for what you can buy from Bluefin this San Diego Comic Con.
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Loan market is stable, right?
In case you haven't noticed, San Diego Comic Con is fast approaching and will be open in just over a week. That means it's time to get the full rundown of exclusives and what you can possibly stretch into your budget whether ...

Conan O'Brien photo
Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien goes POP! at San Diego Comic-Con


Offering up little Conans
Jun 25
// Soul Tsukino
The host of the late night show CONAN that airs on TBS announced that he would be hosting shows live from SDCC beginning July 8th. As part of bringing his show to the convention, Funko is producing a limited run of Conan O'Br...

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