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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
Bishoujo photo
Will Kotobukiya give us an awesome Bishoujo Raven?
You don't have to wait for Toy Fair to have all of your biggest Bishoujo questions answered. Kotobukiya has unveiled the full artworks for its Raven and Lady Deadpool at Winter WonFes (Mass Effect 3's Tali appeared as a silho...

MF Link photo
Legend of Zelda hero appears
What with figma Link and Nendoroid Toon Link popping up in Good Smile's portfolio over the past few years, it was surely only a matter of time before a full fat scale version of the legendary hero broke ground. And here he is...

Vertex Yukari Takeba photo
Vertex Yukari Takeba

Vertex teases a figure for WonFes


Far too easy - they didn't even try to pixelate it
Feb 05
// Tianxiao Ma
Unlike Good Smile Company, Vertex does not give you a 3x3 grid of colored squares and ask you to divine the figure being teased. This one's clearly Yukari Takeba from Persona 3. I'd recognize that pink cardigan and bow a...
Nendoroid Link photo
Nendoroid Link

Nendoroid Link: The Wind Waker Re-Release


Another chance to bring home the hero
Feb 04
// Rachael Chambers
If you weren't able to snag Nendo Link when he was first released in Fall of 2014, there's good news! The Wind Waker adventurer will be re-released in June of this year with pre-orders already underway. Good Smile Company's v...

Tomopop Double Review: Nendoroid Link

Feb 03 // Martin Siggers
Figure Name: Nendoroid Link The Wind Waker ver.Figure Maker: Good Smile CompanyRetail Price: ¥4,000Available at: Hobby Search | AmiAmi | Plamoya | Entertainment Earth  Martin: So Rio, after we had such an uneven experience with our last Link review, why did you decide you wanted to revisit the character once again? Rio: Nice to team up with you again, Martin! Well, even though the last Link figure we reviewed was rather... poopy... I couldn't leave my love for Link behind. Plus, as a bonus? - It's Toon Link, so it's much more simple. They couldn't screw that up, right? Martin: I will say that as a Toon Link lover from day one (yes, I am being a Nintendo hipster) that it's pretty great that the design has retroactively become a classic. Plus, he looks almost exactly like a Nendoroid to begin with, so that can't hurt. Rio: I will fully admit that with my younger mind when Wind Waker came out, I wasn't too happy about Toon Link originally. Granted, I also had a major crush on Adult Link, so... you can see why I wasn't thrilled we got a kid! Of course, I got over it and loved the art style after I got off my fangirl mode. Martin: I think some of that art style does bleed through to this Nendoroid. Though it's tough to make Link look explicitly cartoonish because that's pretty much how all Nendoroids look anyway, the big bold flat colours work really well here and do give a strong impression of just leaping out of the screen. Rio: Yeah, I'm definitely glad for the simple style, as it translates well and it doesn't go overbearing one way or the other with its style. Martin: I'll agree wholeheartedly with one exception - I think without the advantage of constant emotion the eyes can occasionally look a little big and dead, depending on viewing angle. Rio: Yeah, that does become a problem with certain poses. On occasion I feel like the Pokemon Banette is staring at me with soulless eyes, which can get kind of weird considering the cute package the stare is coming from. Martin: Big praise for the rest of the sculpt though. It's pretty plain and simple but with that nice crisp edge only GSC seem able to achieve on figures of this scale. Rio: Yes, the sculpt definitely looks nice, and does well for the figure with keeping it clean. Shall we move onto the accessories? Martin: I think so. Given that Nendoroids are pretty much static figures the accessories are a pretty big part of making them unique from each other. How do you think GSC did on that count? Rio: I felt there weren't very many accessories, in comparison to how many items Link uses, but maybe one day we'll see an accessory kit of some sort. What items they did include I felt were pretty well detailed and cute for the size of the figure. I will say this is one action motion accessory that I actually really like. Usually I find myself somewhat underwhelmed. Martin: Yeah, it definitely fits the more cartoonish style of the figure. I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much was included, considering I feel GSC's products have been getting a little bare-bones as of late. Is there anything you wish had been included instead of or in addition to what we got? Rio: I think the only thing I would have loved to see specifically and didn't, was just a bomb accessory. I thought it'd be cute to have one he could hold as if he was going to throw it. I think I'm pretty happy with him quite honestly. It's definitely an upgrade from the last Link we reviewed in my book. Martin: I'd have liked to see a Master Sword and maybe one of the more Wind Waker unique items, the Deku Leaf perhaps. Rio: Oh! The Deku Leaf would have been adorable! Martin: The problem with any Zelda-related figure is there are always going to be WAY more potential accessories than can possibly be included! Rio: Haha isn't that the truth? Link and his many gadgets need to have 5 or so accessory packs just to keep up with the little guy! Martin: I'm sort of surprised that hasn't happened actually. Just look at Bandai and their S.H. Figuarts Mario. Rio: Yeah, I really wish it would have. The items in a Zelda-related pack would have been more interesting and fun for me. Martin: I will say of the accessories provided though I absolutely love the Wind Waker and the extra arms. it would have been near impossible to put those standard arms into a composing pose, so the little extra touch is much appreciated. Rio: Totally, it helped immensely. I also love the heart container, because when you put it behind him so you can't see the stand so much, it's really cute how you can recreate him getting one like in the game. Martin: Honestly, I found the heart container one of the most frustrating accessories. The reason why it's in front of him in the pictures is because I found it almost impossible to get it to stand up behind him. The stand was just too flimsy and loose, though I'll admit this may be sample-to-sample variation. Rio: It was definitely frustrating. I had issues with it too, but once I get it where I want it, it's not moving. Martin: Perhaps it's just a case by case thing. What did you think of the face selection? Rio: I love the side-eyed grumpy face - that thing makes me laugh so hard every time. I do wish we had an actual "cat-faced" Link, but we got a pretty good selection otherwise in my book. Wind Waker was so expressive it's hard to knock it down to just a few. Martin: My big complaint here is the absence of wide eyed shocked Link. This harks back to a recurring complain I have with Nendoroids, which is the perennial inclusion of the 'neutral' face. Is anyone really going to use bland straight-ahead Link here? I think not. Rio: Yeah, definitely not. I agree, the shocked face would have been hilarious and great for so many photoshoots! Martin: Having said that, four faces is pretty generous so I'm not too aggrieved. Also, here's a plug for you GSC - I would totally buy a scale King of Red Lions to go with this figure. Make it! Rio: I was JUST thinking this the other day actually, especially with the figma horses and all that coming about. Martin: Let's start wrapping this up then. I always find Nendoroids a little tough to review because they're pretty same-y, but in this case GSC's usual fit and finish is a boon, as is the range's unique style. Rio: Agreed! I've not been super in love with many of the newer Nendoroids, but I'm really pleased with Link. I love having his cute little self sit by me while I work. Martin: He's earned my desktop spot too, so I think we're of one mind here. Any final words before we call this one? Rio: Just one: HYYYAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! Let us know what you think about the review format in the comments! We'll be back soon with the biggest, baddest Double Review yet!
Nendo Link photo
Maestro please
Last time our reviews editor Rio McCarthy and I teamed up we talked about our collective joy and frustration over Real Action Heroes Link. It seems only appropriate then that we reunite in textual form to look at another vari...

Fire Emblem photo
Fire Emblem

Reclaim the throne with empty's Chara-Forme Chrom


Sadly, no beach version
Jan 27
// Oansun
Fire Emblem: Awakening continues it's merchandising tie-in's with this deformed version of the game's protagonist, Chrom. This little guy is prepared to marry whoever you decide to have him chat up for hours on end. Part of t...
Mega Man photo
Mega Man

Gigantic Mega Man available for pre-order


Rockman will tower over your collection
Jan 26
// Rachael Chambers
If you've ever wanted a 13" Mega Man statue to grace your shelves, you are in for a treat. X-PLUS has added the Blue Bomber to their Gigantic Series, which also includes versions of Super Sonico, Vegeta, and other classic cha...
Mega Man X photo
Mega Man X

TruForce streamlines new Mega Man X figure


Help fund the Blue Bomber
Jan 24
// Rachael Chambers
Although it's true that Capcom hasn't given us a Mega Man game in years, at least we can count on toy companies to help keep our love for the franchise alive. The latest version comes from TruForce Collectibles, who are givin...






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