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4:00 PM on 10.29.2014

Tomopop Review: DST's Creature from the Black Lagoon

Diamond Select Toys has taken quite a few stabs at the Universal Studios classic movie monsters, albeit with somewhat mixed results. Early entries often took a more statuesque approach, focusing on the sculpt rather than the ...

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DO WANT: September 2014 photo
DO WANT: September 2014
by Scarecroodle

As we move into NYCC and prepare to promptly forget many of the things we wanted in previous months, we here at Tomopop have decided to reminisce about some of the things we were most excited about in September. This includes a few predictable choices and one thing you may not have seen coming.

See our picks below.

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Scarecroodle's massive EXPLOSION of AWESOME recap photo
Scarecroodle's massive EXPLOSION of AWESOME recap
by Scarecroodle

Sometimes there's more awesome than there is time and humble Tomopop editors can't get around to everything. As such, an explosively awesome recap is needed.

Click the jump to see explosions, Gamera, more explosions, Bishoujo She-Hulk, explosions, a monster anthropomorphized into a young girl, and, oh yeah, explosions. Plus Gamera!

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SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Tian Ma edition photo
SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Tian Ma edition
by Tianxiao Ma

Now that we've had a while to unpack the information assault from the Wonder Festival/SDCC tandem (both happened on the same weekend!), the Tomopop crew thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of our personal favorite things from both events.

It would take too long to cover everything I want, so it looks like a top 10 list is in order. Read on to see what tickled my fancy!

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Tomopop Unboxes: August 2014 Anime Bento photo
Tomopop Unboxes: August 2014 Anime Bento
by Natalie Kipper

Anime Bento is a cool new subscription service that delivers hand-picked Japanese toys, accessories, and tasty treats right to your door. For this unboxing video, I open up their first box and examine its innards. Fun stuff. You can find out more about subscribing to Anime Bento here.

[a big thank-you to Anime Bento for supplying me with this sample!]

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Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Street Fighter Bishoujo Cammy photo
Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Street Fighter Bishoujo Cammy
by Tianxiao Ma

Kotobukiya's Bishoujo lineup seems to be growing by the day. The latest Street Fighter gal to hit the, uh, streets is Cammy. Although she isn't out in the US, she is currently available to import from Japanese retailers.

When a 2D design gets translated to 3D, you'd expect some slight differences. With Cammy, I think there has been a significant shift in style thanks to the sculpt. Whether that's good or bad depends on your tastes, but read on to see what I'm talking about.

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SDCC 2014: J*RYU talks about the Hatchling photo
SDCC 2014: J*RYU talks about the Hatchling
by Pedro Cortes

At the end of last year, the Tomopop editors voted VampyBitMe and J*RYU's Hatchling as best designer figure of 2013. No surprise, as it still is an amazing work of art that just about any game would love to have on their shelf, table, desk, etc.

Walking around on the San Diego Comic Con floor, we happened to bump into J*RYU and got a chance to ask him a couple of questions about his winning figures, as well as the mini-Hatchlings he had on hand for purchase.

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What Pedro Is Up To: Learning to Love the POP photo
What Pedro Is Up To: Learning to Love the POP
by Pedro Cortes

Looking back, when I first saw the Funko POP series a few years back, I didn't think much of them. I thought they were cute, but I didn't expect for the line to last very long. Well, needless to say that I was wrong. Dead wrong. Multiple lines, a ton of exclusives and dozens of figures later, it's safe to say that the POPs are a success.

However, it took me a long time to start picking up POPs of my own. Despite their cheap price, I didn't want to start dropping money on yet another series of figures. There are just too many that I'd want and if I got started, who knows where I'd stop. Leave it to the Mass Effect series to drag me kicking and screaming into this line, with Funko's first series of toys based on Bioware's space opera RPG.

Now with about ten or so POPs around me room, it's clear that I'm finally a convert to the irresistibly cute collectables. Hit the jump to see which ones have made it into my abode!

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Tomocast 48: Pre-SDCC Madness photo
Tomocast 48: Pre-SDCC Madness
by Pedro Cortes

At the time of this post, it's only 15 days until San Diego Comic Con. With time ticking down, you know that there'd be a ton of exclusive announcements and let me tell you, companies have definitely unleashed the floodgates. Everything from Power Rangers to Funko POPs to Transformers and more Funko POPs keep getting announced day by day. Did I mention that Funko has some new POPs that'll be exclusive at the show?

Anyway, I'm joined by Andres Cerrato and (a returning!) Rio McCarthy to talk about all those exclusives, as well as a couple other news stories that snuck in between the cracks. As usual, you can download the episode here, follow us on iTunes or hit the jump to get the show notes and stream it all. Enjoy!

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What Kristina Is Up To: Getting musical photo
What Kristina Is Up To: Getting musical
by Kristina Pino

Oh hey, I'm back! And the weather is still pretty much gloomy and rainy in Japan, even though we're in July. The humidity is up, which is nice - my skin is amazing right now. But my students are getting frustrated because we're only a couple of weeks away from the end of the term, and they're just plain uncomfortable.

My schedule has been kind of hectic this school year, a big difference from last year's easy going, perfectly evened-out roster. So I've been getting home more mentally exhausted than anything else, and my usual downtime activity (reading) hasn't been relaxing me all that much during the on hours.

The solution? I turned to music.

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DO WANT: June 2014 photo
DO WANT: June 2014
by Pedro Cortes

The world has shot through space for another 77 million kilometers, which means it's time yet again for DO WANT. For those who might not be familiar, the DO WANT is the feature where your favorite editors let you, the marvelously gorgeous reader, know what they want the most. Call it a snap-shot into our wishes and dreams. Some of those dreams include:

  • a girl who wants to be a prince
  • a giant robot with a punny name
  • a pony
  • and more!

Hit the jump to find out more.

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What Kristina Is Up To: Bookmarks for summer photo
What Kristina Is Up To: Bookmarks for summer
by Kristina Pino

Summer is almost here, which means that students are almost off on break. Well, many students are, anyway. Some elect to do summer school (or are forced to by their parents), and end up missing out on that glorious month of vacation.

It's a small consolation, but students at the school I work at will be getting some handmade bookmarks and other things during the summer session, and a huge chunk of those are made by yours truly. Check out some of my designs below.

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