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...
Lineage II has had a surprisingly long history with figure manufacturers - Good Smile Company in particular. In 2007, GSC released an exclusive 1/8-scale Dark Elf figure that would become the first "grail figure" for man...
If science fiction, fantasy, and other popular media have taught us anything it's that our reality is boring; or, at the very least, boring when compared to the alternatives. One of the more enduring alternatives is steampunk, a retro "future" where technology is driven by steam power with seeming contemporary devices are retrofitted within the confines of these technical constraints.
Given the popularity of the idea, there's been a lot of merchandise produced over the years. Diamond Select Toys has made their own contribution to the subgenre with the Femme Fatales Steampunk Lexi, an apparent original creation who features a design that instantly looks to be at home in a steampunk universe while also being very attractive.
Wow, where did the time go? November is already finished and we're beginning December. It's nearly the end of 2013! I can't believe that. Anyway, that's not why I'm here. As one month is complete and another starts anew, it's prime time for the DO WANT! This month, we've got:
a snow witch
a little fairy
a giant robot
an undead wrestler
Hit the jump to see what all of your Tomopeeps want on their shelves/desks/general flat surfaces!
In part one of this feature, I explored some of the creative process behind figure photography. Now that we know how to approach a photo shoot, it's time to start learning about the crucial piece of equipment behind it all: the camera.
Whether it's a cell phone, a point and shoot, or an SLR, you'll need to learn the ins and outs of your camera to get the most out of it. The first step is to get acquainted with the user manual, as it will give you the best info for your specific device. This guide will cover some of the common shooting modes and their relevance to shooting figures, as that will be the starting point for most aspiring photographers.
It felt like yesterday when Kotobukiya's Tekken Bishoujo figures were just a nascent product line. The series has filled out quite a bit since it was first announced, and now everyone's favorite fighting Chinese schoolgirl has joined the cast.
My dream of seeing a Shunya Yamashita-designed Yoshimitsu in a skimpy outfit will probably never come true, but I'm content with the Tekken ladies getting the figure treatment. Read on to see how Xiaoyu stacks against the other gals in the line.
Horror isn't something that one usually associates with plush (despite a plethora of horror plushies over the years) with the nature of some material not necessarily translating well to the cuddliest of figure formats. As such, I'm always a little surprised when a character widely associated with more hardcore horror makes the jump from disturbing to disturbingly cute, as is the case with Full Moon Direct's Plush Buddy Blade, whom fans may recall as being one of the central puppets in Full Moon Features' Puppet Master franchise.
Full Moon has produced a surprising amount of merchandise for their films over the years. Then again, the subjects for their films -- evil toys, evil cookies, evil bongs, etc -- are a somewhat natural fit as collectibles. However, this is apparently the company's first ever plush toy. Blade, being perhaps the most iconic character in Full Moon's most iconic series, seems the perfect choice for this treatment.
Have you ever seen a collectible announced and developed but then never saw much more of it? Sometimes it's just a concept and sometimes we see fully painted and functional prototypes of a toy that we want but never get a chance to add to our collections. This can be frustrating, especially if the item in question is based on a character or series that we really love.
Hit the jump to see some of the collectibles our editors wanted to see made into mass production and share stories of your own.
Hey all! It's that time again for my Loot Crate unboxings! Yes, I said 'unboxings' - plural. I'm a dingbat and forgot to record a video for my September crate, and now I also have October's! Though you might notice it's now November. Yeah, have you ever had one of those moments where you thought you did something days ago, then you find out you never did? Yeah... That's kinda what happened here. So please enjoy both September's Animate Crate, as well as October's Survive Crate!
Last day of the month? That means it's time for the DO WANT, the monthly feature where you discover where our minds have been for the last 30 days. Well, at least figure-wise. I've had my nose in various NLE and audio programs. This time around, you can look forward to:
sexy sugar skulls
red-haired ladies men
Hit the jump to find out what exactly I'm talking about here.
Back when Batman: Arkham City came out, Kristina unboxed that game's collector's edition. In it, there was a Kotobukiya Batman, crouched and ready to strike in the name of justice. For Arkham Origins, Warner Bros. decided to up the ante and release a larger statue made by Triforce, featuring the Joker. It was the thing that solidified my pre-order.
Now that the game is out, I decided to record my unboxing. Inside was all manner of wonderful goodies, ranging from villain profiles to a Blu-Ray about the Bat's most famous baddies. Of course, the biggest thing in there was the statue of Clown Prince of Crime, so go ahead and watch the video to see how he came out!
Hey everyone! Custom Made Monday disappeared for a bit, but it couldn't stay gone for long. We hear about so many great customs that we just aren't able to cover them all. So of course Custom Made Monday had to come back!
We dusted off this feature just in time because this week there are some fantastic customs to show off. From Attack on Titan to Breaking Bad, there are customs for all fans. All you have to do is hit the jump to see for yourself.
Few things may have excited collectors as much as the announcement that Bandai would including Pokemon characters in their D-Arts line, especially when the revelation came in the form of a Mewtwo figure. Mewtwo, who proved to be a very strong first act, was followed by Charizard then Blastoise and finally the recently released Venusaur. Now that the hype has died down and with no more known figures in the future, we here at Tomopop thought it would be a great time to speculate what Pokemon figures we may see in the line should it continue.