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C2E2 2015 photo
C2E2 2015

C2E2 2015: Bluefin


Toys from the east and west
Apr 28
// Tianxiao Ma
Bluefin distributes collectibles from a bunch of companies, so their booth is usually pretty packed at conventions. Fortunately I got there just before closing so I was able to avoid the hectic experience of photographing the...
Super Mario photo
Can Flower Power beat Bowser's Glower Power?
Were you wondering where Bandai would go next with its Super Mario S.H. Figuarts offerings? Perhaps you thinking Princess Peach or Bowser? If so, you're out of luck because the next figure to follow SHF Yoshi will be a Fire F...

Funny Knights Kongou photo
Funny Knights Kongou

Aoshima's Kongou is almost ready for tea time


Wow! Congratulations!
Apr 23
// Tianxiao Ma
Let me tell you something about Kongou: she is the best. Period. The Kantai Collection anime cemented her as one of my favorite female characters in recent memory; her scenes are hilarious, and she's basically the Gaptain Gin...
Megaman photo
I'm Blues, I'm Blues, ba bi di ba bi da!
Remember when First 4 Figures previewed some images of a Proto Man statue over a year ago? Yeah, I had forgotten about it, too, until we received word that two versions of the statue were going up for pre-order. F4F's 13-inch...

Bowser Koopa photo
Bowser Koopa

Customizer gives Bowser a sweet airship


Better than that flying clown face
Apr 13
// Soul Tsukino
Creative toy customizer Kodykoala unveiled his newest creation: a one of a kind Bowser Koopa airship. Starting with a Playmobil pirate ship, he went to town removing the sails and adding mast propellers and Koopa cannons...
Kinetiquettes Oni Akuma photo
Kinetiquettes Oni Akuma

Embrace the Dark Hadou with Oni Akuma


Pricey but awesome figure from Kinetiquettes
Apr 02
// Tianxiao Ma
Street Fighter is a funny franchise, isn't it? Its roots are humble enough, but like the Fast and Furious series, each subsequent installment gets more and more insane. It has gone from a relatively small game about, wel...
League of Legends Urf photo
League of Legends Urf

Celebrate April 1 with your own bit of Urf


League of Legends annual April Fools' joke character now available in tiny form
Apr 01
// Brian Szabelski
Those Riot Games folks behind League of Legends sure know that all League fans love Urf and look forward to April 1, the day which we celebrate His Royal Splashiness in all his glory. Beyond the Ultra Rapid Fire game mod...
F4F NiGHTS photo
F4F NiGHTS

First 4 Figures debuts NiGHTS as next Sega All-Star


May all your dreams be free of nightmarens
Mar 26
// Rio McCarthy
Many people who have followed Tomopop from its infancy may know just how much the Sonic the Hedgehog series meant to me growing up, but it's much fewer and far between that I get to talk about just how important NiGHTS Into D...
Kotobukiya Ikazuchi photo
Kotobukiya Ikazuchi

Kotobukiya's Ikazuchi won't torpedo your bank account


1/8-scale figure is up for pre-order
Mar 26
// Tianxiao Ma
Kantai Collection's anime run ended yesterday, but don't expect a reprieve from ship girl figures anytime soon! Kotobukiya has put up their 1/8-scale figure of Ikazuchi for pre-order. Ikazuchi is part of the 6th Destroyer Div...
GSC Shigure Kai Ni photo
GSC Shigure Kai Ni

KanColle's Shigure sets sail


1/8-scale figure of her Kai Ni form from Good Smile Company
Mar 10
// Tianxiao Ma
Although I'm enjoying the KanColle anime, I haven't been too excited about the figures coming out. Well, count this as one more day where I won't get the Kongou figure I've been wanting. Sure, Max Factory made one, but that K...
Bishoujo Sakura photo
Bishoujo Sakura

Get ready to go a few rounds with Bishoujo Sakura


Coming in August
Mar 10
// Tianxiao Ma
If you've been itching to expand your Street Fighter Bishoujo collection, you should be happy to know that Sakura has gone up for pre-order. I'm not really sold on her face, but the rest of the sculpt looks solid. For some re...
Ume Toys Geekachu photo
Ume Toys Geekachu

Ume Toys' Geekwok does a bit of cosplaying


Geekachu variant looks like a certain game character; not confirmed for production yet
Mar 10
// Brian Szabelski
Rich Page of Ume Toys has recently painted up one of his Geekwok resin figures in a bit of a cosplay favor. Calling it the Geekachu, the little yellow fellow has a sculpted tail and blushy red cheeks meant to evoke a certain ...
First 4 Viewtiful Joe photo
First 4 Viewtiful Joe

First 4 Figures creates a Viewtiful-looking Joe


Pre-orders a go-go, baby!
Mar 04
// Brian Szabelski
First 4 Figures is adding another Capcom character to its All-Stars lineup, but it's not anything Mega Man-related. Instead, we're getting the one and only Viewtiful Joe, hero from the franchise of the same name! First 4's Jo...
Creepy as hell photo
Creepy as hell

Creepy stuff I've found on ebay: Giant-sized Renamon and other stuffed... things


What has been seen cannot be unseen
Mar 04
// Scarecroodle
Anybody who's used ebay for any length of time knows that there's a lot of weird stuff on it. Some of it is weird in a cool way, other things are a case of WHY WOULD ANYBODY WANT THIS?! This, of course, is a case of the latte...
DST photo
The Summer of Love...ly Collectibles
Remember all of those cool things we saw at Diamond Select Toys' NY Toy Fair 2015 booth? Quite a few of the items are apparently due for a Summer release. The selection includes: Femme Fatales Superman: The Animated Series S...

More League merch photo
More League merch

Riot Games adds more League collectibles to store


A bunch of new mini figures, plus some plush
Mar 02
// Brian Szabelski
The Riot Games store has just gotten a boatload of new League of Legends merchandise, most of it in figure form. Expanding upon the initial offerings, we now have the following: The newest statue collectible is Ziggs (US$15...
Shining Blade photo
Shining Blade

Flare has a new Roselinde Freyja, complete with giant triangle


That blade isn't SO shining
Feb 27
// Oansun
Someone's going out for a night on the town; and taking that enormous weapon with her. From Shining Blade (one of the more recent entries in Sega's decades long Shining franchise), the priestess with the leastless fun: R...

Toy Fair 2015: NECA

Feb 26 // Scarecroodle
Truth be told, I haven't always been the biggest fan of NECA's NES-inspired figure redecos in its Classic Video Game line. I also wasn't thrilled by this older-style Godzilla mold. So imagine my surprise when the two things combined to form a figure that absolutely floored me. I'm not sure why I love the NES Godzilla video game figure so much. I'm not nostalgic about the game (which I remember as being worse than caustic video game reviews like AVGN described), but this is by far the most appealing NES-inspired redeco I've seen so far. When (not if) I pick it up, it will also be the first NECA Godzilla collectible that I'll own. Another surprising NES-inspired design was the Gremlins 2 Mohawk.. although this one is interesting because it's a redeco of a figure that, as far as I know, was never released! The last time we saw "Machine Gun" Mohawk was at SDCC 2013. Shortly after that, we learned that NECA wasn't going to be moving ahead with some of its Gremlins lines due to poor sales (the mogwais were an exception since they apparently sold well enough to justify a fifth wave). As such, the MG Mohawk was apparently stuck in limbo (not unlike the Spider-Gremlin/Spider-Mohawk, which finally saw a release years after it premiered) so seeing it appear in a different deco was something of a shock. Given the status of the normal line, it makes some sense to recycle Mohawk into the Classic Video Game series since NECA already put work into the prototype and there are fans who wanted to buy the unreleased version. It's just something of a shame that we may never get the original version. (For fans who want a Mohawk figure in his normal colors, NECA released and then reissued a more basic version of the character years earlier. The figure (and its reissue) can be pricey on the aftermarket, however.) I vaguely recall liking the game, but I'll mostly be buying this one because I don't believe we'll see him in his glorious normal colors. Sack up, because it's a Big Planet for a Little guy. NECA has outdone itself with its Little Big Planet Sackboy figures, which includes a long-wanted Kratos sackboy! The Kratos sackboy is unbelievably cool news (I'd also like to a Nariko). Other cameo Sackboys include a Nathan Drake (Uncharted franchise) and Helghast (Killzone series). The figures seem to be the same size as NECA's mogwais figures which could make for a few neat displays. Offhand, I believe this is the first time that NECA has touched the Little Big Planet franchise. Previous holders included Mezco who, to be blunt, didn't do a great job. It's nice to see LBP collectibles that I actually want. Although I've rarely been able to get into Blizzard's games, I've always been into collectibles based on those properties. NECA did some awesome work with Diablo (and its blue variant) and looks to do the same with characters from Heroes of the Storm. Like the game, NECA's line features a mix of characters from Blizzard's other games. So far we've seen painted prototypes for  Illidan Stormrage (World of Warcraft), Nova (StarCraft), and Stitches (Warcraft). Also shown were the unpainted prototypes for Tyrael (Diablo) and Arthas (Warcraft). Will these be followed up by the Lost Vikings? And will the Vikings be sold together or separately? Only time will tell. The final object that caught my eye were the chibi "In Movie" replica figures from Pacific Rim. Having adapted pretty much everything else, NECA has apparently gone with some replicas of the tiny figurines seen in the film. Oh, plus the exo-suit from Aliens was on display. I vaguely recall seeing an image of it at an older con, but it wasn't with the Alien Queen during some more recent cons. Otherwise be sure to check out the gallery for all of the photos.
NECA photo
NECA isn't playing around with these awesome video game collectibles
Let the video games begin: NECA brought a plethora of video game-released collectibles to Toy Fair, in addition to its usual assortment. This included NES decos for some of its previously released figures. Highlights included an awesome NES Godzilla, Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm characters, LBP Sackboys, and so much more. See some of my personal favorites after the jump.

Vertex Yukari Takeba photo
Vertex Yukari Takeba

Vertex's Yukari is ready to join your Dark Hour shenanigans


Not too badly priced
Feb 25
// Tianxiao Ma
I don't know what it is about Yukari, but I really like her as a character. I was delighted to see that Vertex will be making a figure to go along with the Persona 3 movies coming out in theaters. The Spring of Birth was...
S.H. Figuarts photo
S.H. Figuarts

S.H. Figuarts Injustice Superman: Pictures Among Us


Super articulated and super angry
Feb 20
// Oansun
Announced at New York Toy Fair 2015, the next Injustice: Gods Among Us S.H. Figuarts is: Superman. Though now Bandai gives us some official pictures of this murderous dictator in some familiar poses. While we don't have a ver...
Super Mario photo
Note: I said buy, not drink. What you do with the coffee after you purchase it for the toy is your business
Whether you drink coffee or not, DyDo coffee will appeal to Nintendo fans with a new Super Mario Bros. minifigure promo which features NES-styled sprites of characters with warp pipe bases. While I'm not familiar with the bra...

Bishoujo Sakura photo
Spunky Street Fighter stalwart fully unveiled
It's only been a few days since she was teased, but now Bishoujo Sakura has been revealed in all her sailor-suited glory. And you know what? I think she looks pretty darn great. Sure, there's the contentious face which is com...

WonFes 2015 Alphamax photo
WonFes 2015 Alphamax

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Alphamax


The most voluptuous booth?
Feb 14
// Tianxiao Ma
If you're into more developed women, Alphamax is a good manufacturer to look at. They mostly make borderline ecchi figures, although their SkyTube label has more explicit stuff. They had a handful of figures on display for Wo...
Street Fighter photo
One small jumping punch for womankind
Kotobukiya recently posted a teaser for its upcoming Street Fighter Bishoujo Sakura. As mentioned in our Winter WonFes coverage, the figure was on display at Kotobukiya's booth but no photos were allowed. Sakura's illustratio...

WonFes 2015 Kotobukiya photo
WonFes 2015 Kotobukiya

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Kotobukiya's anime and video game ladies


There are some familiar faces
Feb 10
// Tianxiao Ma
Kotobukiya isn't only about their Shunya Yamashita-designed Bishoujo series figures, in case you've forgotten. They also make, well, bishoujo figures... in the traditional sense. Kristina was able to get a load of photos from...
X-Plus photo
X-Plus

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: X-Plus


Kaiju and anime; classic and modern; crazy and cool
Feb 10
// Oansun
X-Plus drops some new and old figures, making a great impression this year. Some wacky stuff here, folks. Let's break the diverse range down a bit. The vinyl masters are offering another chance for some high demand figures in...
Bishoujo photo
But when will a Red She-Hulk variant be announced?
While Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Raven and Lady Deadpool may have just been illustrations on cards, our intrepid reporter in Japan managed to capture some additional photos of the upcoming Bishoujos on display. These photos includ...

WonFes 2015: QuesQ photo
WonFes 2015: QuesQ

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: QuesQ


Do you like KanColle? No? Well, too bad ... mostly.
Feb 09
// Brian Szabelski
Kantai Collection fans, your ship has come in from Ques Q, and we perhaps mean that literally. They brough enough KanColle PVC with them to sink a small fleet: Kitakami, Yukikaze, Tatsuta, Tenryuu, Kongou, Kirishima, Kit...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Fighting Game fans rejoice! Guilty Gear figures are incoming!


Working their way up!
Feb 08
// Chris Seto
Wonder Festival has finished and we're trawling through all the news now. But while much of it is (dare I say it...) rather standard and dull, we have already had a few interesting bits and bobs from various makers. One of my...
WonFes 2015: GSC photo
WonFes 2015: GSC

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Here are all of Good Smile Company's scale figures


Good stuff from the WonHobby 21 site
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
It's WonFes time, which means Good Smile Company (and associates) will be out with all guns blazing. As usual they've put up their Wonderful Hobby Life For You site with a summary of all the stuff they're showing off. I'm alw...

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