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Funko introduces their new DIY Pop! figures photo
Funko introduces their new DIY Pop! figures
by Vanessa Cubillo

Funko has a pretty simple formula for making their Pop! figures. They are able to take dozens of characters based on movie, TV, and video game characters, apply it to their formulaic toy design, and come out with cute figures. Alright, sometimes they don’t work out, but for the most part they do.

So now they’re taking their standard design and giving it to the fans. Funko will be releasing Do-it-yourself Pop! figures so you can make every character you’ve been wishing for. Finally I can have a Sailor Moon Pop!

These will be available in a male or female body type, and your first chance to get them will be at Emerald City Comicon. Also at their booth will be exclusive Emerald Green versions of these DIY figures. They will be limited to 300, and only 100 will be available each day.

So if you’ll be at Emerald City Comicon this weekend you can be the first one to get one of these at Funko’s booth #117. For the rest of us, we’ll have to wait until these DIY Pop! figures come out in May. 

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The future is ponies with WeLoveFine's Future Twilight photo
The future is ponies with WeLoveFine's Future Twilight
by Natalie Kipper

Yesterday, to the delight of pony collectors across the interwebs, WeLoveFine revealed Future Twilight, their latest My Little Pony vinyl figure. Unlike the company's previous releases, with each character having multiple colorways, Future Twilight will not have variant releases. She also appears to be more stylized than DJ Pon-3 and Derpy Hooves (err, I mean "Bubble Muffin"), with her battle-worn jumpsuit and the base's spiraled energy effects. The torn Equestrian flag is a cool touch as well.

Future Twilight is limited to 2400 pieces in the first edition (there will be a second edition, as well). The first print is expected to ship late June 2014, with the second following it in late October 2014. She is available to pre-order now for US$25.

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Avengers figma Iron Man has us in Mark 7 heaven photo
Avengers figma Iron Man has us in Mark 7 heaven
by Martin Siggers

We've already had the God of Thunder drop in on us, but now it's time for the second in Max Factory's range of Avengers figmas to take flight. Surprising no-one, it's noted beard-and-moustache connoisseur, enthusiastic drinker, and occasional superhero Tony Stark, aka Iron Man.

Iron Man's depicted in his 'Mark 7' armour which he dons in the latter part of The Avengers, a chunky, classically styled suit. No mincing words, this figma looks absolutely stunning. The sharp, clean armour lines, the outstanding red-and-gold-paintjob, the perfectly integrated joints (always an advantage of robotic-style figures)...it's A grade stuff from top to bottom. There's also the tempting option of the 'Full Spec.' version. Exclusive to the Good Smile Online Shop, it adds extra parts to depict his wrist-mounted missiles and rocket backpack, while also including an extra head which shows off the man underneath the machine.

The problem here is the same one which popped up with Thor, which is price. figma Iron Man will cost a breathtaking ¥7,800, while the Full Spec. version clocks in at ¥8,800. No two ways about it, that's a LOT of money, especially for something as small as a figma. It's also worth pointing out that (probably due to licencing issues) they aren't listed on the international GSC Shop page, so you'll have to navigate through the Japanese store. If you remain unfazed, Iron Man lands this August, and you can pre-order him by clicking below.

[ Pre-order regular ver. at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan | Good Smile Company Online Shop (Japanese only) ]

[ Pre-order Full Spec ver. at Big in Japan | Good Smile Company Online Shop (Japanese only) ]

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Toys R Us gets a very grim Grimlock two-pack exclusive photo
Toys R Us gets a very grim Grimlock two-pack exclusive
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Every now and then when Hasbro comes out with a new version of a character they feel the need to pair the new figure with older iterations of the same character. They've done it with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee and probably some other character sets that I can't be bothered to remember. This time it's Grimlock getting the multi-pack as a Toys R Us exclusive later this year and it's a pretty surprising choice of figures. 

Well, half surprising I suppose. Since this is being done for the Transformers 4: Age of Extinction movie it isn't unexpected that they'd use Voyager class Grimlock in this two-pack. What's a lot more unexpected is them going all the way back to the 2005 Transformers: Energon line for a Grimlock to represent 1984. Problem is that it just wasn't a very good figure; it's short and has gorilla arms. The figure was actually designed around 2003 for the Transformers: Universe line, but was canceled and then shoehorned into Energon thanks to his ability to combine with his partner, Swoop, which happened to be the major theme behind Energon

Energon Grimlock wasn't designed by Takara, which shows in it's strange engineering quirks, particularly the lack of standard five millimeter peg holes in his hands. They modeled him off of the original G1 Grimlock figure, yet somehow made a substandard figure. Even the repaint, which looks much better in color, misses the mark by strangely giving him yellow t-rex arms. Not really sure why they would have used the bigger and better (but by no means great) Fall of Cybertron Grimlock. 

Fully expecting them to reveal a Swoop two-pack as well. Should be interesting to see if they go with cartoon blue or toy red for the repaint. 

[via Transformers Dioramas, Seibertron]

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Furry Feline Creatives crosses the pond with Sir Ringo plush photo
Furry Feline Creatives crosses the pond with Sir Ringo plush
by Natalie Kipper

Furry Feline Creatives' lovable, colorful friends will be making their way to London's premier toy expo, ToyCon UK, thanks to a collaboration with The Toy Chronicle. To mark the momentous occasion, Alvin and Cheri Ong created a limited edition Sir Ringo plush. This special handmade toy is decked out with a Union Jack on his frontside and a cape on his shoulders. He stands 12-inches tall and costs £30 each.

While Sir Ringo is technically a ToyCon UK exclusive, you can pre-order one for yourself from The Toy Chronicle's online store. Pre-orders will remain open until March 9, so don't forget to get your order in. He'll be shipped out in six to eight weeks. Alternatively, you can pick your order up at The Toy Chronicle's ToyCon UK booth. Or, if you want to gamble, you try to purchase Sir Ringo at the con. It should be noted that only a very limited amount will be stocked at the booth (aside from pre-orders).

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Cannonball revealed for Pirates vs Knights BotCon set photo
Cannonball revealed for Pirates vs Knights BotCon set
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

It was just a week ago when BotCon revealed their theme for 2014 to be Pirates vs Knights while promising to debut Star Seekers captain Cannonball within the pages of the club magazine. Well, not content to make people wait for the mag to trickle out they've put an image of the figure up on Twitter. The figure uses the Transformers Prime Ratchet figure as a base and includes a new head based on the original Transformers: Cybertron figure which itself was a repaint of TFC Red Alert. Fitting that the new figure is a repaint of a rescue vehicle just like the original. 

As far as how well they did, it's a pretty nice job. The BotCon and Transformers Collectors Club figures usually do a good job trying to match paint markings the best they can to the source and it's no different here. The swords are a really nice fit for a pirate. He also retains his skull and skeleton graphics from the original figure. Well done.

They also added some other tidbits to their Twitter feed. In one tweet they wrote, "So the question is... Who is Squirm?" along with a picture of a trollish looking humanoid. In the followup tweet that revealed Cannonball they wrote, "Before we ask who is the Navigator" which may indicate Squirm is the ship's navigator. They also said this would be the only Prime mold used in the set, though it's not known if that includes Beast Hunters. I'm thinking no, it makes too much sense to use them in a set like this. They also stressed that they were only talking about the box set which may mean we'll see Cannonball repainted into Red Alert as one of the additional convention exclusives. Talk about full circle. 

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Cardcaptor Sakura dolls are a blast from the past photo
Cardcaptor Sakura dolls are a blast from the past
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Back in the late 1990s when Cardcaptor Sakura was hitting its stride Bandai released a very popular series of dolls with bendy limbs and cloth outfits. These were so popular that when Nelvana got the TV series and rebranded it as Cardcaptors, Trendmasters repackaged Bandai's dolls and sold them in North America. Many of those ended up back overseas in Asia; I know I had a small hand in sending some of them that way to friends that couldn't find Bandai versions of the rarer dolls. At the time they were sold pretty cheaply and would eventually drop further on clearance. 

Fast forward to 2014 and it's Takara Tomy making the bendy dolls in cloth costumes as part of the Licca-chan Liccarize series. They really do look a lot like the dolls that Bandai and Trendmasters released back some 14 years ago, except where those were released for around US$10 to US$15 each (if my memory hasn't completely failed me) the Takara Tomy ones are considerably more. Both dolls are exclusive to the Takara Tomy Mall in limited amounts and sell for a rather painful ¥7,236 each. 

If I knew basically the same doll would inflate in price seven times I might have picked up a couple back in the day. Lesson learned, I guess. 

[via AmiAmi blog]

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Catch one last look at these magical Nendoroids before WF photo
Catch one last look at these magical Nendoroids before WF
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Kahotan has updated with two new galleries for Good Smile Company's latest Wonder Festival exclusive Nendoroids. You've already seen these, but they're certainly worth a second look, especially when they get the Kahotan photo treatment. 

Nendoroid Mami Tomoe: School Uniform Ver. hasn't changed at all since we first saw her, but it never hurts to have some extra angles. She's a little above average when it comes to accessories thanks to things like the inclusion of a table, kneeling legs, lots of extra arm parts. She's the ideal figures to go with the previously released school uniform versions of Madoka and Homura. She'll be ¥4,115 if you can't get one at the show and can be bought here internationally. 

On the other hand Nendoroid Snow Miku: Magical Snow Ver. is anything but average. You've seen all of the goodies she comes with, but what you probably haven't seen is the huge box she comes in that's identical to her magic book. Or for that matter the even huger decorated box it comes in to keep everything safe and sound. When a figure comes in a box so nice it needs its own box you know you're getting something good. Surprisingly, you get everything for only ¥4,629 online, that's only ¥514 more than Mami! Surely magic is at work to keep the price down, or maybe they just know they'll be able to sell a ton of them when she goes up for sale online here after the show. 

I'm trying so hard to resist Miku, but every time we get a new look at her I find her even more enchanting. 

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TFCC announces pirates vs. knights at BotCon photo
TFCC announces pirates vs. knights at BotCon
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Back at the beginning of January the official Transformers Collectors Club revealed that part of the BotCon exclusive box set would involve pirates, but left the rest to speculation. Not quite a month later the other half of the set has been revealed to be knights!

The cover for the next issue of the club magazine coming in February shows off the faction symbols. The pirate symbol is that of the Star Seekers, first seen on the Transformers Prime Thundertron figure, rather than the symbol seen in the teaser preview linked above. The other symbol is a more knightly version of the classic Autobot symbol. 

Inside the pages the magazine will also preview the first figure in the set: Canonball. His inclusion as captain of the Star Seekers rather than Thundertron indicates that this is a different continuity from what we've previously seen. There has been a lot of speculation as to what the knight figures will be since there aren't a lot of knight themed Transformers. A lot of eyes are looking towards recent Beast Hunters repaints as an obvious source for figures. 

I actually like where they're going with this theme. It's nice to have something original to BotCon again rather than rehashing previous toy lines as modern repaints. I probably won't be willing to spend the money on them, but they should be fun to look at. 

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Tomopop LinkUP: Walking in a winter Wonder Festival photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Walking in a winter Wonder Festival
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to an action packed Tomopop LinkUP. Packed is definitely the right word for this edition as we're looking at probably our biggest LinkUP yet! And no wonder, it's the winter convention season! UK Toy Fair was last week though it was kind of a meh event. In just over a week we've got the first Wonder Festival of the year on February 9 followed by New York Toy Fair launching the following weekend on Feb 16 to 19. I'm sure there's like a dozen more before spring.

And thanks to all of these big toy shows there has been an email tidal wave in our inbox, far more than we've been able to post and there's still more coming in every day. And this is just the stuff leftover from last week! Crazy stuff and there's still tons more coming in every day. It isn't all stuff being prepared for the big events; we've also got some great custom and designer stuff that I'm actually a little sad we haven't had time to post because it's so good! See it all after the jump!

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Sega's filling UFO catchers with exclusives at WF photo
Sega's filling UFO catchers with exclusives at WF
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

As if it wasn't already hard to find some prize figure, Sega is bringing UFO catchers to Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] putting a pair of limited exclusives inside. Attendees to the event hitting in February will be able to try their luck at exclusive variants of their Kuroyukihime figure from Accel World and Asuna figure from Sword Art Online

Kuroyukihime will feature a clear coating in the wings and a special base not found on the original figure. Keen eyes have also pointed out that the WF version also includes glitter in the clear plastic. Asuna is described as having a clear coating on her hair and pearlescent coating in other parts, presumably the armor, and a special base. I like the idea of making people work for a chance to get their exclusives, though I have to wonder what kind of line this will create. When there's so much happening at WF do you really want to waste your valuable time this way?

On a side note; Sega is also hosting a live interview with the pair of girls from the current running anime short series and PS Vita game Go! Go! 575 at their booth. They'll also be hosting a live stage event featuring all seven cast members of the Wake Up, Girls! anime movie and TV series. Sega is involved in the production of both series. Considering this is Wonder Festival is it possible Sega could be revealing prize figures for both titles at the event? We'll know in under three weeks!

[via Dengeki Hobby]

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TFCC gives the first look at the 2014 club exclusives photo
TFCC gives the first look at the 2014 club exclusives
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Thanks to a Tweet from the Transformers Collector's Club we're getting our first look at the figures from the 2014 membership drive. These are separate figures from the BotCon exclusives that will be revealed later this year.  

First up is Protoform X, the character that would be known later as Rampage in Beast Wars. He's using the Transformers: Prime First Edition Deluxe Megatron figure as his base, presumably with a new head. The mold looks great in red, but I'm not so sure about giving a flight mode to a character that in Beast Wars turned into a crab and tank. He'll be exclusive with TFCC yearly memberships.

The other figure, Transmutate, uses Transformers: Prime First Edition Arcee as her(?) base. In Beast Wars the character was a damaged and disfigured protoform that awakened from a broken stasis pod. Rampage finds and relates to her as a fellow mutant outcast (as does Silverbolt). It's never revealed just who Transmutate's spark was meant to be in the show had she not been damaged, but supposedly this figure will finally solve that puzzle. The Arcee figure looks really good in the Transmutate colors and the bot mode should be a good fit. Probably wont have a new head, but doesn't really need one. She'll be sold in the TFCC store later this year.

I'll be getting Protoform X for sure, but hopefully they let us know a bit before Transmutate goes up for sale as those store exclusives often sell out fast. 

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