Hey folks, welcome back to the Tomocast. In this episode, we learn a very important lesson: do not poke or annoy Andres on a bad day. He'll turn heel on you faster than you can say swerve.
On the toy end of things, we cover t...
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.
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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.
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!