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Mega Man photo
Hopefully just the beginning
Exciting news! KidRobot has announced that its Mega Man "Capsules" (blind-boxed figures) will be released August 4th. The selection includes a line of 3-inch figurines, smaller keychains, and larger 7-inch "medium" figurines ...


Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Video Game Garage Kits (part 1)

In the blue sky
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
Next up, we take a look at some of the video game garage kits! Now excuse me while I stare at the Virtual On kits! The maker is clearly a fan of the first game as most of the virtualoids are based off their Operation Moongate...
WonFes Kotobukiya photo
WonFes Kotobukiya

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Kotobukiya

A nice lineup of pretty ladies
Jul 29
// Tianxiao Ma
Kotobukiya was no slouch at WonFes, bringing a spate of ambitious-looking figures alongside their Cu-Poche and Bishoujo lineups. I like that Kotobukiya has produced more and more elaborate designs over the years across a wide...
WF2015S: Embrace Japan photo
WF2015S: Embrace Japan

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Embrace Japan

An unexpected World Warrior appears
Jul 28
// Brian Szabelski
Embrace Japan's Wonder Festival offerings had a clear highlight: the Ryu and Alex statues from Street Fighter III: Third Strike, mostly because ... well, was anyone expecting Alex? I wasn't, and Embrace's painted Alex looks p...
WonFes 2015 Summer photo
WonFes 2015 Summer

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Wonderful Hobby Life For You

Highlights from GSC and associates
Jul 27
// Tianxiao Ma
[ Update: Hobby Search has even more coverage of the WHL4U booth, including more Nendoroids, figmas, and ThreeA figures! ] Wonder Festival has come and gone. While it's odd to me that such a big event is one day only (wouldn'...
Bishoujo Tali photo
Hilariously un-Shunya
Artist Shunya Yamashita's trademarks are his cute feminine faces and voluptuous bodies. So if we have someone who's hooded, robed, and masked, it makes me wonder... why put the Bishoujo label on her at all? Indeed, Kotobukiya...

Sony Journey statue photo
Sony Journey statue

Take a pilgrimmage with this Journey statue

Polystone figure also includes art print
Jul 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Thatgamecompany's Journey was a big hit, paving the way for more thoughtful, Zen-like games to enter the mainstream. The fact that it got a PS4 re-release speaks to its lasting impact. But if living the experience digitally i...
SDCC 2015: Koto Bishoujo photo
SDCC 2015: Koto Bishoujo

[Update] SDCC 2015: Kotobukiya's Bishoujo sketches reveal Metal Gear Bishoujo line, more

Here's your ladies from Koto
Jul 08
// Andres Cerrato
[Update 9:00 AM EST] Added overnight are Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Gwen and DC Bishoujo Harley Quinn version 2! Stay tuned for more updates as the weekend goes on! Comic-Con is here, which means Kotobukiya is bringing out the bi...
SDCC photo
The hunt leads to SDCC
Gecco Corp. has announced plans to unveil a statue based on "The Hunter" from the ps4 videogame Bloodborne at SDCC later this month. He'll be on display to the public for the first time ever at Gecco's booth (#5146). Gecco re...

Kantai Collection photo
Kantai Collection

A whole bunch of KanColle stuff went up for pre-order

Jun 23
// Tianxiao Ma
The Kantai Collection engine is steaming along nicely with five new pre-orders appearing throughout yesterday. Anime fans may not recognize the first two, which would be the Tenryuu-class light cruiseres Tenryuu and Tatsuta. ...
GSC Kongou Bust photo
GSC Kongou Bust

Check out this pretty - and creepy - Kongou bust from Good Smile Company

Pre-orders exclusive to GSC Online Shop
Jun 16
// Tianxiao Ma
Announced long ago at some distant WonFes, Good Smile Company's Kongou bust is now up for pre-order. This is based on a sculpt by Masaichiro Usui, who certainly has an interesting style. While it's beautifully detailed (and n...
Pokemon photo
He's ready to Brock your world!
Bandai knows exactly what Pokemon fans want: a shirtless Brock styled after the Pewter City gym leader's appearance in Pokemon Red/Blue! One of the Pokemon anime's long-running gags involves Brock's lack of luck with the ladi...

Shenmue 3 capsules photo
Shenmue 3 capsules

Shenmue III Kickstarter includes capsule figure tiers

I should buy one... more
Jun 15
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
As it seems everyone has heard already (and it was only just officially announced moments ago) Shenmue III is on Kickstarter seeking US$2 million to produce the game for 2017. Fans aren't wasting time in showing their su...
Diamond photo

Diamond announces top 10 best-selling figures for May

The best of the best-selling
Jun 12
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Comic Distributors has announced its top 10 best-selling figures for May and, if you couldn't guess, Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Deadpool ranked #1 (Did you buy a copy? EE still has him available). What were the other 9? Deta...
Nendoroid Kongou photo
Nendoroid Kongou

Kongou sisters assemble... for a relaxing tea time

Now I wish I had this Nendoroid set
Jun 12
// Tianxiao Ma
It looks like Good Smile Company's planning/development team also has fans of the Kongou sisters as they've posted a neato gallery showing off all four of them. I only know them from the Kantai Collection anime, but that's go...
Embrace Japan Chun Li photo
Embrace Japan Chun Li

Embrace Japan's Chun-Li figure is ready to hit the streets

But where do her organs go?
Jun 12
// Tianxiao Ma
Street Fighter is back in a big way, and Embrace Japan is celebrating that with the pre-order of their Chun-Li figure. I have to say, it's... weird. Although the header image isn't too bad, dig deeper through the product shot...
Broccoli Luxuria photo
Broccoli Luxuria

A lustful devil from Broccoli goes up for pre-order

From the card game Z/X
Jun 12
// Tianxiao Ma
This figure, featuring Luxuria from the card game Z/X - Zillions of Enemy X-, seems pretty derivative. What I mean is, this collaboration between Broccoli and Nippon Ichi seems to be transparently cashing in on a couple of fa...
Bethesda photo

Watch the Fallout from Funko's Elder Scrolls & Fallout Pop! announcement

Try to keep them in a vault...
Jun 03
// Scarecroodle
Following hot on the heels of Bethesda's official Fallout 4 announcement were the official images of Funko's upcoming Fallout, Elder Scrolls: Online, and Skyrim Pop!s. The Fallout figures makes up the bulk of the selecti...

Tomopop Review: Titanfall Stryder by Threezero

May 21 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: StryderFigure Maker: ThreezeroRetail Price: US$430Available at: Threezero store | Sideshow Collectibles | Big Bad Toy Store  This is my first review of a Threezero collectible. So if you've collected Threezero stuff before, some of this post might be old hat to you. Also, since this is a pre-production sample, a lot of the packaging and finish may not be final. My first impression was: "This is probably the craziest thing I've ever reviewed." Even getting through all the layers of bubble wrap was a saga, as I didn't want something to come loose or break off as I was pulling away the packing materials. The figure's gigantic by the way: 20" tall! That's just shy of two feet! In fact, I couldn't do this shoot on my usual tabletop space. I had to pack it into another box (wouldn't fit in my backpack) and take it outside. Fortunately, I had plenty of daylight to work with and a suitable location in mind. The first thing that struck me was the paint job - specifically the weathering. No detail was left un-weathered and it does a great job making the Titan look grungy and worn-in. I think the attention to detail goes past "devout" and enters "fanatical" territory. Despite the figure's size, there is a delicacy that makes me hesitant to play around with it too much. Part of that is from the figure's design, but the use of lightweight plastics in its construction also concerns me a bit regarding durability. Still, it survived the shipping process without any problems so maybe my fears are unfounded. Threezero shipped this with a plasma railgun, but if you order from their store you'll get a bonus XO-16 chaingun. The railgun is absolutely enormous but lightweight, and you can fit it (with some effort) into the Stryder's hands. Its ammo cylinder can revolve and be detached. Speaking of hands, this is a good time to start walking you through the articulation of the figure. The wrist and base of the thumb are on ball joints. Each individual thumb/finger segment is articulated as well! The forearm can rotate just above the elbow, and the elbow itself is on a ratcheting joint that helps it hold its pose for heavier accessories. Above all that, the shoulder joint rotates on three axes. Each leg has two joints at the hip. The first knee joint has minimal articulation to give some leeway for standing poses, but the legs overall aren't very flexible. I don't think running or crouching postures will be possible. Both ankles can swivel on two axes, and the pistons behind can be disconnected for further flexibility. You'll find a surprising amount of articulation at the torso. I'm not even sure I've fiddled with everything that can be fiddled with... The entire upper body can be rotated and swiveled about the waist with an interesting joint system consisting of pistons. The tubing you see is made of a flexible material. Around back the thrusters and exhausts are articulated, as well as its "head" and missile launcher. But that's not all! Its cockpit opens up wide enough for you to seat the included pilot. I could basically write an entire review of the pilot figure, but it's a throw-in for the Stryder. Here you can see the core with the cover removed. The aerial is detachable (a bit too easily) so make sure you don't lose it. And once again, I'd like to point out the magnificent weathering work on the figure. But that's still not all! Under the hip joint you can find a battery cover. Pop in two AAA batteries and you'll be able to turn on its LED lights. They're controlled by a button on the back; press it once for red, again for blue, and a third time to turn them off. Rounding out the package is the pilot figure, which is about the size of a bulky figma. Even this figure is amazingly detailed, with cloth and elastic materials for its uniform! Of course he's also fully articulated for a variety of poses. He comes with a C.A.R. SMG (unfortunately the stock broke off during shooting) and some alternate hand parts to hold it. As I said, I could write a whole review on just the pilot figure, but he's an extra in this package! Figure makers will sometimes produce PVC figures at a very large scale. But the ones I've seen are usually very basic, without any real increase in detail or variety in materials used. Threezero, however, has leveraged the large scale to cram in as much detail and articulation as possible. You just won't see this on even the best made action figures. With all that in mind, Threezero's pricing starts to make sense. Yes they're asking for $430, but this is a lot of figure. Like Sideshow, they use the large format to its fullest, and that's going to cost money. But how many awe-inspiring centerpieces do you really need in your collection? [ Thanks to Threezero for the review sample! ]
Threezero Strider photo
The craziest thing I've ever reviewed?
Titanfall was one of the most hyped games for the new console generation, and may have been one of the most disappointing depending on who you ask. The premise reminds me of something like the old school mech shooter Hea...


Kinetiquettes kicks some more ass and puts on some nostalgia glasses to go back to the 80s for their next line of statues!

Thundercats HO!!!!!
May 19
// Chris Seto
The good guys over at kinetiquettes have been pretty busy as of late. Having completed their initial Evil Ryu vs Oni statues, they are now hard at work at not one but TWO new lines of figures. The first is a continuation of t...
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

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...

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