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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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Tomopop Review: Sega's PM Figure Rei Ayanami photo
Tomopop Review: Sega's PM Figure Rei Ayanami
by Tianxiao Ma

Prize figures, when I started collecting, weren't things you'd go out of your way to get. They were too small, not very detailed, and had dodgy quality. Over time, all three of those aspects gradually improved to the point where they might hold up to more expensive PVC figures.

I decided to check out Sega's Rei Ayanami PM Figure to see the state of prize figures right now. I'm also desperate for any reasonably priced Evangelion figures, as the latest movie hasn't garnered as much attention from figure makers as I'd hoped. If you can't afford the RAHs out there, maybe this review can help you decide on going the prize figure route.

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What Scarecroodle Is Up To: Also doing some reading, etc photo
What Scarecroodle Is Up To: Also doing some reading, etc
by Scarecroodle

Taking a page out of Kristina's book, this week I'd focus on some of the things I've reading and doing while also showing off some related collectibles. Thoughts will be spoken and things will be photographed.

More after the jump.

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Tomopop Review: Figuarts ZERO Akainu & Aokiji Battle Ver. photo
Tomopop Review: Figuarts ZERO Akainu & Aokiji Battle Ver.
by Pedro Cortes

With dozens and dozens of characters over 17 years of publication, One Piece is a figure company's dream. There are so many characters that can be made into figures, and just as many fans foaming at the mouth to pick them up. What's even better is that there are enough action scenes, costume changes and time skips to provide multiple versions for release.

One of these spin-offs is the battle versions of the Figuarts ZERO line. Previously released characters get put into (ostensibly) better poses with effect parts that reflect their abilities. It's a great idea, but one that could lead to collector fatigue. However, when the quality of the figures is so good, it's hard to imagine fans not snapping them up when they get the chance.

Hit the jump to see two such figures get some excellent battle versions!

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Tomopop Review: Dooodolls' Third Eye photo
Tomopop Review: Dooodolls' Third Eye
by Tianxiao Ma

The Dooodolls display at C2E2 was lively thanks to their mascot character drawing a lot of attention. They certainly got my attention, as I hadn't previously heard of the company. The distributor's representative, Lexi Stauring, was kind enough to talk me through the product lineup and even gave me a plush to take home!

Now that I've had a chance to play around with and photograph Third Eye, I'm feeling pretty good about Dooodolls' offerings. Read on for my full impressions.

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What Kristina Is Up To: A cozy Golden Week holiday photo
What Kristina Is Up To: A cozy Golden Week holiday
by Kristina Pino

Taking a cue from Scarecroodle, who came up with this column idea and kicked it off last week, I'll also be posting updates about what I am (and my toys are) up to.

Last weekend, folks in Japan enjoyed the madness that is Golden Week. Since it could be difficult to go anywhere during these days (Holy Four Public Holidays In A Row, Batman), I made plans to basically veg with books and comics at local parks. I'm kind of glad I didn't make any grand plans to travel, because it turned out to be kind of gloomy out anyway.

Read on for a look at my toys hanging out with books I've read recently.

[credit for background of header, left: Wiki Commons]

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Tomocast 46: C2E2 & Wondercon photo
Tomocast 46: C2E2 & Wondercon
by Pedro Cortes

You know it's the beginning of Summer when the events start to happen every couple of weeks. In short proximity, we had C2E2 and Wondercon occur, so you know that those are the main topic of the latest episode of Tomocast.

Andres Cerrato and Tianxiao Ma join me to discuss both shows, as well as recent SDCC announcements, general news and some of the big toys that caught our eye. As per the usual, you can download Tomocast here, follow us on iTunes or hit the jump to stream the episode and get the show notes. Enjoy!

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Tomocast 45: Beware Heel Andres photo
Tomocast 45: Beware Heel Andres
by Pedro Cortes

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 the best of the news from the last two weeks, including:

  • the Miyazawa Model Exhibition
  • a toy based off of one mean mutha
  • a pricey robot
  • a legendary figure that may or may not exist
  • and more!

You can download the episode here, follow us on iTunes or hit the jump to stream it and get the show notes. Enjoy!

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Tomocast 44: The most unfortunate spin photo
Tomocast 44: The most unfortunate spin
by Pedro Cortes

Welcome back to the Tomocast! Once again, I'm joined by Andres Cerrato and Rio McCarthy, back from the adventure known as life. Since the three of us have been in the same approximate area in the recent past, we're buzzing with excitement to talk about the latest and great news from the last two weeks. That's what happens when you happen to collide in meat-space: happiness, bounciness and a strange desire to talk about toys. Must be a sign of something wonderful. Or something awful, still working that one out.

As per the usual, you can download the episode here, follow us on iTunes or hit the jump to stream the whole shebang. You can also get the show notes there. Enjoy!

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

Don't let the date fool you folks, this is the real deal. Come on, we wouldn't lie about the DO WANT. It's the feature that lets you know what we want the most from the last month. To fib on such a sacred occasion would be tantamount to taking the last cookie and leaving the box behind. We wouldn't dare.

In this edition of DO WANT, you can expect:

  • A hot gladiator
  • A cyborg
  • A robot
  • A fluffy fish
  • and more!

Hit the jump to get the details!

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Tomocast 43: Dragon Dagger beatings photo
Tomocast 43: Dragon Dagger beatings
by Pedro Cortes

Welcome back to the Tomocast!

Sorry for the delay folks, real life snuck out from its cage and proceeded to maul all of us. No matter, we're back with a brand new episode. I was joined by Andres Cerrato and Tianxiao Ma to talk about the latest and greatest news to come out of Tomopop. There was talk of drunk sorceresses, ill-armored ladies, ungrateful grandchildren and Jack Daniels. You know, the usual stuff we go on about.

As per the usual, you can download the episode here, follow us on iTunes or hit the jump to stream the whole shebang. Our talking points follow right after. Enjoy!

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TomoTour: Final Fantasy edition photo
TomoTour: Final Fantasy edition
by Natalie Kipper

Final Fantasy is one of gaming's most well-known roleplaying series with millions of fans. It stands to reason that a good portion of them would have to have to be crafters. On this edition of TomoTour, we look at some of the Final Fantasy-inspired loot to be found on Etsy. So cue the overworld theme, because we are going on an adventure!

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