Hey everybody, we're back with another episode of the Tomocast! For this episode, I'm joined by Andres Cerrato and Rio McCarthy to talk about our Toy Fair 2014 coverage. We discuss some of the better things to come out of the...
Ah yes, the end of the month is here. Honestly, I can't believe that it's already the end of February. I keep thinking that we just started 2014 and we're already finishing off month number two. Well, that just means that it'...
Hey everybody, we're back with another episode of the Tomocast! For this episode, I'm joined by Andres Cerrato and Rio McCarthy to talk about our Toy Fair 2014 coverage. We discuss some of the better things to come out of the event, as well as the things that didn't impress us so much. There's also talk of Bennigan's, exploding Newtypes and excessive consumption of whiskey and tobacco. You know, the usual.
Hit the jump to read the show notes and stream the episode. You can also download the episode directly or follow us on iTunes. Enjoy!
I really like the sexy pirate trope, which seems more prevalent in Japanese properties than in the West. When thinking of pirate figures, Mouretsu Pirates' Marika and Queen's Blade's Liliana spring to mind. Alphamax's Velvet has recently joined them, though she lacks the stereotypical frilly coat and pirate weaponry.
Velvet struck me with a combination of a lovely face, nice body, and appealing outfit design. Although I have a few other figures from the Shining series (I'm a Tony Taka fan, what can I say), this is my first Alphamax figure. As such I decided this would make the perfect occasion for a review!
When you show someone a photo, that photo is like a little self-contained reality. So you'd better use the visual elements in that photo effectively to fulfill whatever goal you had while taking it. That's why composition is the heart and soul of photography.
Composition is a vast topic that starts from a few well-known principles. As such you can study it and refine your techniques for a lifetime. It also means you can Google "photographic composition" and find more material than you'll know what to do with. However, applying that information to figure photography isn't always straightforward. In this guide I'll try to demonstrate some techniques that apply to figures, which will hopefully serve as a jumping off point for your own pictures.
If you haven't already, I suggest looking through the previous parts of this series to get caught up on the motivation behind it all, the terminology used, and some basics of camera usage:
Welcome to the Tomopop Etsy Tour, a brand-spanking new feature that will be appearing on the pages on Tomopop! Here we will look at the handmade toys found on Etsy, focusing on a specific theme each time.
In this inaugural post, the theme is Disney toys! Now, these can be from any Disney franchise, be it movies, television shows, theme parks, and well, just about anything the company has had a hand in. Read on to see (and perhaps purchase) what other folks have made!
DC Collectibles' Scribblenauts Unmasked series was among the most interesting items on display at SDCC last year, partly for being a blind-boxed line. I recently had an opportunity to sit down with DC Collectibles and discuss the line (which is just hitting stores!).
Another Wonder Festival has come and gone, leaving in its wake a metric ton of plastic that will soon be on the shelves of fans worldwide. It's a daunting event filled with the dreams of licensee and fan alike. One is hoping that their items generate some solid buzz so they'll be able to turn a decent profit, the other hoping that their favorite shows get represented in some form.
Ah hell, what am I saying? It's a trade show that shows us how much we'll be spending in several months time. It's wonderful and horrible, depending on your cash flow and how much you actually want to keep the heat on. We here at Tomopop have seen what Wonder Festival had to offer and we have some opinions that you need to know. What we liked, what we didn't like, it's all revealed here. Hit the jump to find out the best (and worst) of show!
Hark, what is that sound? Is that the wind traveling through the canyons formed by the rivers of time? Nay, it is the wondrous voices of the hosts of Tomocast!
That's right folks, after an extended hiatus, Tomocast is back. The podcast that talks toys has returned with your occasionally stalwart host Pedro Cortes. Joining me are Rio McCarthy and Andres Cerrato to talk about this year's Winter Wonder Festival. We talk about our favorite toys that came out of the huge event, as well as some of the ones that infuriated us. Well, infuriated one of us. That's all we really needed.
You can subscribe to us on iTunes, directly download the episode, or hit the jump to stream it and get the show notes. Enjoy!
In the late 1950s, the then-prime minister of Britain, Harold Macmillan, gave a speech to the British people saying that “they never had it so good.” Back then, Britain was riding high on the post war economic boom so the economy was looking up, unemployment was down and generally, things were rosy (though it turned out to be a very fragile outlook). Fast forward to 2011, and some doofus adviser to the current PM used the same line to people who were in the middle of a global recession… Sufficed to say, his words didn’t go down so well.
Why am I bringing this up? Because the same line can be applied to the current state of the Japanese figure industry. The only question is whether we’re on the side of the 50s boom or the 2011 misstep? Well, you’ll be happy to know that it’s definitely closer to the 50s example but just as the boom back then was exceptionally fragile, our current situation with the Japanese figures is also very precarious. Or perhaps, we’ve already started falling down the dark path. I’m not saying that we’re going to go straight from boom to bust like many financial companies over the past few years but rather, we’re facing something far more insidious.
In this post we'll look at the terminology and concepts behind exposure, and in the process learn about your camera's manual shooting modes. Even if your camera doesn't have manual mode, it's still good to have a basic knowledge of how exactly light is captured by a digital camera. By learning how to shoot manually, you can take full control of your image and broaden your creative horizons.