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4:00 PM on 07.18.2014

What Pedro Is Up To: Learning to Love the POP

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 wro...

Pedro Cortes




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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Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman photo
Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman
by Tianxiao Ma

Kotobukiya must have hit a winning formula with their Bishoujo figures because they're cranking them out like nobody's business. Well they're cranking them out like it's their own business, because it is - ah you know what I'm trying to say.

This time we go back to the first property to get the Bishoujo treatment: Marvel Comics. I'm sure you're all aware of Bishoujo Spider-Woman by now. From the promo shots, the figure looks like it has a lot going for it. Naturally I was excited to have a sample in my hands.

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What Natalie Is Up To: Studying for the JLPT photo
What Natalie Is Up To: Studying for the JLPT
by Natalie Kipper

Since I can't let Kristina and Scarecroodle have all the fun, I am getting in on this feature action. Besides writing up posts for Tomopop, I have been studying for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test or JLPT. But I haven't been doing it alone! Like guardian angels stuffed with fiberfill, my toys are always by my side.

Read on to get a glimpse of one of my semi-daily study sessions!

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Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Hatsune Miku Deep Sea Girl ver. photo
Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Hatsune Miku Deep Sea Girl ver.
by Tianxiao Ma

The wait for Good Smile Company's Deep Sea Girl Hatsune Miku has been lengthy, but Good Smile Company at long last has shipped her out. And you know what? I'm not bitter.

I think we all know (more or less) what we'll be getting with this figure. Even after tons of preview galleries and pre-release coverage, this figure still manages to capture my imagination. It really is special, so read on to see why.

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Tomocast 47: Megahobby Expo photo
Tomocast 47: Megahobby Expo
by Pedro Cortes

Hot damn, you've got to love the summer months. All of you favorite companies are ganging up to show you the toys that you're going to drool over during the summer months. Then, of course, try to figure out how to pay for said toys when they release late this year or early next year.

I say this because the latest event is the main subject of the latest episode of the Tomocast. I'm joined once again by Andres and Tian to talk about Megahobby Expo, as well as the top news stories that have hit our glorious site. So go ahead and follow us on iTunes, directly download the episode here or hit the jump to stream it and get the show notes. Enjoy!

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Tips for curating an excellent art toy collection without going broke photo
Tips for curating an excellent art toy collection without going broke
by Community

This is a guest post by Benny Kline, who owns and runs Tenacious Toys. He is located in New York and has been in the business for about 10 years. While Tenacious Toys is primarily a storefront for awesome designer art toys, you can also keep up with news from the scene at their blog. Additionally, you can connect with Benny on Twitter and Google+.

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What Kristina Is Up To: Sports Day photo
What Kristina Is Up To: Sports Day
by Kristina Pino

Sports Day is tomorrow, which means that the past few weeks have been intense in terms of preparing for the big event. Kids take time out of class (during school hours) to learn and practice their dances, to practice the various sporting events, run through the opening and closing ceremonies as a school, and much more. The whole thing is rehearsed, even though the actual games will have real outcomes depending on performance.

Meiko is on the scene to talk a little bit of what goes into a typical elementary school Sports Day in Japan.

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Tomopop Review: Phat Company's Caster EXTRA photo
Tomopop Review: Phat Company's Caster EXTRA
by Tianxiao Ma

Keeping track of the various casts of the Fate franchise is beyond my patience, so I'll just say this Caster is the one featured in Fate/Extra CCC. The original Caster in Fate/stay night was rather dour while this one is... I think "bouncy" is the right word.

Phat Company's portfolio consists of many fanciful character designs from games and anime. This Caster figure caught my eye, being irresistibly cute and fun-looking. Read on to see how she fares!

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