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Wonder Festival 2017 Winter: Nendoroids

I think any responsible financial planner would take Wonder Festival into account (well, provided they collect figures). I mean, look at all this stuff! This is real stuff that is coming! I'm not the biggest Nendoroid collector but each yea...

 
 
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Get a glimpse of the future at MegaHobby Expo 2016 Autumn

It's late fall so you know what that means: MegaHobby Expo time! I'm always hyped to see what kind of new stuff is coming soon (or in Alter's case, much later). Let this be a reminder for all of you to start saving up! Here's a quick rundow...

 
 
 
 
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NYCC 2016: Good Smile Company

Good Smile Company's Mamitan has been hard at work revealing their upcoming figures at NYCC. There are lots of Nendoroids and figmas but I wasn't expecting this many video game figures. The full armor Megaman X Nendoroid has been painted an...

 
 
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SDCC 2016: Square Enix

You can count on the Play Arts Kai brand to bring some unique (if not overly busy) interpretations of some of your favorite comic book characters. I found a couple such figures at the Square Enix booth at SDCC. They were part of the Play Ar...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Game Garage Kits (part 2)

Man, there really are a lot of Fate/Grand Order and Gran Blue Fantasy kits, and I'm sure the numbers will only rise! but for me, the two most standout figures would be the one of the Fei Yen knight from Virtual On and her large sword as wel...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: KaColle Garage Kits (part 1)

KanColle still continues its iron grip on the dealer section of Wonder Festival but at least its dominance isn't quite on the level as previous events, where it was actually painful to sift through. Kashima is also a popular pick these days...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Video Game Garage Kits (part 1)

Next up, we have the first batch of video game garage kits and the first thing one will probably notice is the number of Fate/Grand Order and Gran Blue Fantasy kits. Rather unsurprisingly, the most popular games get the largest number of ki...

 
 
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SDCC 2016: 3A

When I asked the 3A rep what was new for this year, he basically introduced me to every single thing on display. You can see that their artistic vision is still intact, but they've tackled more and more licensed properties over the years. F...

 
 
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SDCC 2016: Gecco

I wasn't expecting to see many Japanese manufacturers at SDCC due to WonFes, but Gecco was able to attend the show. They had flown under my radar until last year when they announced the Venom Snake and Quiet statues for Metal Gear Solid V. ...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Alter

Alter is one of the bigger names when it comes to figures but their output has slowed in recent years. Having said that, I feel that they have upped their game again after a number of rather bland entries... But for this year, Alter have go...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Aquamarine

The main problem with having SDCC and Wonder Festival on the same week is that, particularly for the more international companies, like GoodSmile Company and Kotobukiya, there are lots of overlaps between the 2 events so a lot of the cool s...

 
 
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SDCC 2016: NECA

NECA's display featured the expected slew of movie collectibles as well as some more surprising items (like a Superman vs Muhammad Ali 2-pack!). Highlights included the amazing-looking 1/4-scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures based ...

 
 
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[Updated] SDCC 2016: Kotobukiya

[Update: Added photos of the Fine Art Statue Vision] I always love seeing what Kotobukiya brings to SDCC. This year we had a few major announcements, so let's kick off with the biggest: they'll be starting a line called "Ikemen" dedicated t...

 
 
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SDCC 2016: Good Smile Company

Good Smile Company doesn't usually do Comic Con as WonFes is usually the same weekend. However it seems like they're starting to stake out some territory at SDCC. Their booth was pretty small and tucked away - not what you'd expect from pro...

 
 
 
 
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Nathan Drake charts his way into GSC's Nendoroid line

Nathan Drake, the star of Sony's Uncharted games, has been on a bit of a run lately. Not only is he receiving a 7-inch action figure (NECA) and a stylized Pop! figure, but he also has a Nendoroid on the way. Mamitan recently posted a photo ...

 
 
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Samus Aran sheds her suit for her newest figma

The ever-popular Samus Aran has already gotten the figma treatment, but this time around she'll be shedding that bulky suit. This is the Metroid: Other M version of Samus. I haven't played the game but it seems like we're trading the utilit...

 
 
 
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Morrigan changes occupations in this new Capcom figure

Dark Stalkers' Morrigan Aensland has seen a few releases over the years, but I don't remember many wardrobe changes. I think since her main appeal is her sexiness, and her outfit already emphasizes that, there never was a need. That didn't ...

 
 
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Link joins the Wonderful Hobby Selection

Good Smile Company's Wonderful Hobby Selection line is getting a new addition from Max Factory! This time it'll be The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's Link making the transition from artwork to PVC figure. Compared to some of the other ent...

 
 
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Would you object to a figma of Phoenix Wright?

Mamitan recently showed off some photos of Max Factory's upcoming figma based on Phoenix Wright, the eponymous star of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney video games(who also appears in at least one Ace Attorney spinoff). The figma will inclu...

 
 
 
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Tomopop Review: Velvet with Cornelius by Alter

If you're a fan of side scrolling beat-em-ups, you owe it to yourself to try out Odin Sphere. While I enjoyed the gameplay, the thing that elevates Odin Sphere far past the typical rabble of its genre is its artistry. It's known for combini...

 
 
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Tomopop Review: Parfom Labrys by Phat Company

Persona 4 may very well be my favorite video game of all time. Given the number of spin-offs it has received, it seems a fair amount of people out there love it too. When I first heard about Persona 4 Arena, I thought it was bizarre that a ...

 
 
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GSC kicks off their 15th anniversary celebration

Like a typical teenager Good Smile Company wants to do everything. No longer content with just making figures, GSC is growing into quite the powerhouse these days, having their hands in TV series and video games, and even broadening collect...

 
 
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GSC brings back Cheerful Japan for Kumamoto recovery efforts

In 2011 Good Smile Company launched Cheerful Japan, a fundraising effort created to aid those effected by the Great East Japan Earthquake through the sales of specially designed figures. In a way it's now unfortunate that Cheerful Japan is ...

 
 
 
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C2E2 2016: Diamond Select Toys part 1

Although Diamond Select Toys has roots in comic-related collectibles, their booth gets more and more diverse every year. We'll start off our coverage with the usual comic properties you'd expect, although even here there were a few surprise...

 
 
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C2E2 2016: Bluefin Distribution part 2

Star Wars mash-ups aren't the only thing Tamashii Nations brought to the table; they had plenty of anime figures from their various Figuarts lines as well. Dragon Ball Z continues to have a large presence, featuring prominently in S.H....

 
 
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Video Game Garage Kits (Part 2)

And we've reached the last of the video game kits for this Wonder Festival. And I can't stop staring at that great figure of Faintear from Triggerheart Exelica. Man, I loved that shmup! It's one of the few reasons I still start up my Xbox 3...

 
 
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Game Garage Kits (Part 1)

Time to look into the video game garage kits now and the Idolm@ster is taking the whole thing by storm. No doubt buoyed by the recent anime series, the members of the Cinderella project have been getting a lot of exposure this time around, ...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Union Creative

Union Creative is a producer partnered with several toy makers, such as Sentinel and Kaiyodo. That means they usually bring a ton of figures to WonFes, so yay for us! While most manufacturers' figures have a decided bias toward female chara...

 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Prime 1 Studio

Known for their giant sized and exceptionally expensive Transformers movie statues, Prime 1 Studio appeared at Wonder Festival 2016 Winter bigger than ever. Oh, sure, they're still pumping out Transformers statues at a surprising rate, but ...

 
 
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Kinetiquettes teams up with Mad Catz to unleash the beast!

Well, this is one way to celebrate the end of an era and the ushering of a new one! Kinteiquettes have teamed up with Mad Catz and Capcom to create a special 1/4 scale diorama of Ryu and Evil Ryu from Street Fighter IV.  And why is Mad...

 
 
 
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Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Good Smile Company part 1

Good Smile Company's Wonderful Hobby Life For You display is like the all-you-can-eat buffet of Wonder Festival. By my quick internet research I estimate they have infinity figures. And I feel like half of that infinite number goes to FREEi...

 
 
 




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Tomopop DC Bishoujo Wonder Girl by Kotobukiya"The power of Zeus compels you"

 

Tomopop Cu-poche Friends Alice by Kotobukiya"Going down the Cu-poche rabbit hole"

 

Tomopop Nendoroid Shoukaku & Zuikaku by Good Smile Company"The pride of the 5th Carrier Division!"

 

Tomopop Kagamine Rin Tony Ver. by Max Factory"Pop stars aren't usually this cute"

 

Tomopop Velvet with Cornelius by Alter"A homeless princess and a Tiny Toon"

 

Tomopop Parfom Labrys by Phat Company"Class president or killer robot?"

 

Tomopop SDCC Exclusive Transformers Combiner Hunters"Walk quietly and carry a massive sword"

 

Tomopop Titanfall Stryder by Threezero"The craziest thing I've ever reviewed?"

 

Tomopop Kotobukiya's ARTFX J Cardcaptor Sakura"Nice to see you, good to meet you"

 

Tomopop Transformers Combiner Wars Quickslinger"He may have a new name, but Slingshot is back!"

 

Tomopop Super Action Noriaki Kakyoin Second"Anyone have cherries for this handsome man?"

 

Tomopop Eye Think, Inc.'s BusyBody"A fun animation tool at the tip of your fingers"

 

Tomopop Threezero's RWBY Ruby Rose"Red like roses (and just as sharp)"

 
 
 
 
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