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...
As we get to the end of the year, there's one question on all of our minds:
HOW IN THE HELL AM I GOING TO PAY OFF ALL THESE CREDIT CARD BILLS?!?
The second question you'll probably have in mind is:
What figures did the edi...
Hello and welcome back once again to Tomopop LinkUP! Are you as sick of the snow as I am already? Sure it looks nice, but once I've had my white Christmas I don't mind if it all melts on December 26. There's really nothing I hate more than having to drive through the stuff. Plus there's the money sink of having to heat the house and getting the driveway plowed. Yeah, I'm really looking forward to the spring and warm weather returning once again.
Japan is definitely keeping one eye turned towards the warm weather as they show off the latest beach-going figures and tiny outfits. This week in LinkUP we've got a number of Beach Queens, a new batch of prototypes, some galleries, some custom work and more!
Psylocke has been a popular character among Marvel Comics fans, although she's probably more known for her X-Men incarnation than her original stint as a supporting character in Captain Britain. While western manufacturers have pumped out a decent amount of Psylocke figures, only Kotobukiya has tackled the character out east. I guess those appearances in Capcom games haven't really helped her cause.
Kotobukiya's latest Psylocke rendition falls under the Marvel Bishoujo brand, and depicts our psionic ninja in her black X-Force costume. Read on to see if the figure is as awesome as being a psionic mutant ninja.
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 many (myself included, though I gave up on it eventually). Nowadays that Dark Elf is fetching a price of US$300 or more on ebay.
In the intervening years, Orchid Seed and Good Smile Company would have a handful of releases between them. There has always been the vague promise of more Lineage II women in development (especially by Orchid Seed, who seem to like throwing out teasers more than actual products). Things went quiet for a while, but Max Factory eventually joined the fray. This year, they've released an Elf and now two variants of the Dark Elf. Essentially Max Factory has delivered what Orchid Seed has been teasing for so long. Is this Dark Elf worth the wait? Let's find out!
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!