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Star Wars photo
Star Wars

Bandai bringing the zoom with Star Wars Scout and Speeder Bike

Watch out for that tree!
May 29
// Soul Tsukino
Bandai announced through their hobby site the release of a 1/12 prop verified scale Scout Trooper and Speeder bike plamo kits from the iconic scene from Return of the Jedi. The finished Trooper figure itself is fully art...
Nakama Toys photo
Nakama Toys

Tomopop About Town: Nakama Toys retail store

A legit figure store in Chicago!
May 27
// Tianxiao Ma
I think one of the best things to inspire passion for a hobby is having a good brick and mortar retail store around. They're valuable for showing off the hobby and product, and you can get some good info from experienced coll...
D-Style Optimus Prime photo
D-Style Optimus Prime

D-Style Optimus Prime assembles its pre-orders

Model kit finally wants my money
Sep 30
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It was way back in February at Wonder Festival 2014 Winter that Kotobukiya made a small announcement that Optimus Prime would be joining their D-Style line of super deformed robot model kits. It was only a matter of time as t...
Attack on Titan photo
Attack on Titan

Kotobukiya has a titan of an Eren Yeager model on the way

Shingeki no Plamo
Sep 26
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Plastic models aren't just for giant robots. Giant humanoid monsters need a little plamo loving, too. Kotobukiya is showing off an updated look at their upcoming tian form Eren Yeager model kit from Attack on Titan at All Jap...

D-Style Megatron photo
D-Style Megatron

Kotobukiya pulls the trigger on D-Style Megatron

Built for destruction
Sep 26
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
[Added a second, clearer image from AmiAmi to the gallery] No real surprise that Kotobukiya wouldn't be able to stop at just one. Over at the All Japan Model Hobby Show 2014 they've revealed the follow up to their previously ...
PG Gundam Unicorn photo
PG Gundam Unicorn

Perfect Grade Gundam Unicorn coming this December

Fully transformable with optional LEDs
Sep 25
// Andres Cerrato
It's the kit that everyone said they wanted when they learned what they could do. The gimmicks for the Perfect Grade line made people dream of what the Unicorn could be if they were to do it. Yes, it's finally coming this Dec...

Standby, here are your Gundam Build Fighters Season 2 Gunpla

Jul 17 // Andres Cerrato
HG Build Burning GundamOctober, ¥1,512   HG 1/144 Lightning GundamNovember, ¥1,728   Winning GundamNo release info  HG 1/144 Powered GM CardiganOctober, ¥1,944   Lightning Back Weapon SystemNovember, ¥864 Powered Arms PowadaOctober, ¥648 
Gundam Build Fighters Try photo
They're gonna Try it this time
Gundam Build Fighters was amazing. It didn't have a great plot, but it was at least enjoyable if just for all of the cameos. It certainly surpassed expectations in the west and now season 2, Gundam Build Fighters Try is on th...

MG Hi-Nu HWS ver. Ka photo
MG Hi-Nu HWS ver. Ka

MG Hi-Nu Gundam ver Ka's Heavy Weapons are ready for battle

Heavy weapons will equal a light wallet
Jul 16
// Andres Cerrato
The Hi-Nu Gundam ver. Ka is simply a beautiful mobile suit. While the first MG Hi-Nu had its detractors because it wasn't like the original design by Izubuchi, the new kit follows his design aesthetics much more faithfully. A...
53rd Shizuoka - Pokepla photo
53rd Shizuoka - Pokepla

53rd Shizuoka Hobby Show: Pokemon Plamo

Catch 'em all until they make new ones
May 18
// Andres Cerrato
There is more than just Gunpla at Shizuoka. Pokepla has had a couple of good kits in the past couple of years and the line shows no sign of slowing down. With the popularity of new Mega Evolutions to take advantage of, Pokepl...
Pokemon plamo pre-orders photo
Pokemon plamo pre-orders

Latest Pokemon plamo kits feature Diancie

Oh, and some other legendaries too
May 09
// Natalie Kipper
If you haven't been keeping up with your Pokemon news, you may not have heard of Diancie. The rock/fairy-type monster is the star of the upcoming Pokemon movie (yes, they are still making those), Diancie and the Cocoon of Des...
HGUC Neo Zeong photo
HGUC Neo Zeong

Let's take another giant look at the giant HGUC Neo Zeong

Also fake Char trains and fake Char cars
Apr 26
// Andres Cerrato
In case you missed it this week, Japan is going crazy with Gundam promotions again. The airport in Osaka now features the Red Comet Express, a bullet train decorated in the motiff of Neo Zeon and Full Frontal, the not Char of...
GBWC 2014 photo
5 live events plus 1 online competition
You've built your Gunpla and now you want something to do with it. You've painted, sculpted new parts by hand, added armor by cutting many, many small pieces of plaplate. If you'd like the chance to show off your Gunpla, you ...

HGCC Turn A Gundam photo
HGCC Turn A Gundam

Destroy your world with HGCC Turn A's Moonlight Butterfly

Century Color Million Color
Feb 07
// Andres Cerrato
The Moonlight Butterfly is the most destructive attack in all of the Gundam metaverse. Those beautiful wings of energy will make every piece of technology useless from here to Jupiter. Since their debut, people have asked for...
Hatsune Miku plamo photo
Hatsune Miku plamo

Since Miku is everything else, now let's make her a plamo

Both in human and train form
Dec 30
// Andres Cerrato
Hatsune Miku has no shortage of merchandise. I honestly can't think of a product that the Vocaloid darling hasn't been turned into. I'll have to scratch two more items of the list as Fujumi has made not only a Hatsune Miku pl...
Metal Gear Ray photo
Metal Gear Ray

Metal Gear Ray is ready for your plamo pleasure

Attacking your shores in May 2014
Dec 20
// Andres Cerrato
For those with size and wallet restrictions, Kotobukiya's Metal Gear Rex plamo was a blessing for fans earlier this year. Given the reception to its release, it was only a matter of time before the clamoring for Rex would beg...
MG Sazabi Unboxing photo
MG Sazabi Unboxing

Tomopop Unboxes - Master Grade Sazabi Ver Ka

My most anticipated kit is finally in my hands
Dec 17
// Andres Cerrato
I've waited for quite some time, but my most anticipated plamo of the year is finally at my doorstep. Arriving today was the Master Grade Sazabi Ver Ka. After substantial shipping fees and trying to fit the box through my doorway, I got to take a look inside and see what Gunpla madness I have ahead of me. Hit the jump for my unboxing of the Master Grade Sazabi Ver Ka!
Magazine Scans photo
Magazine Scans

Metal Gear Ray leads off this month's hobby scans

Nov 23
// Andres Cerrato
At the very end of last year, Kotobukiya released their 1/100 scale model of Metal Gear Rex. That immediately prompted questions of when Metal Gear Ray would be put into production plans. With this month's scans, the year 201...
Gunpla Expo 2013 photo
Gunpla Expo 2013

Gunpla Expo 2013 kicks off with numerous announcements

Nov 20
// Andres Cerrato
It's that time of the year where the latest and greatest new Gunpla are revealed to the world. Even with the new series Gundam Build Fighters, there is still Episode 7 of Gundam Unicorn and plenty of momentum for the HG All G...
Moon Fox plamo kit photo
Moon Fox plamo kit

Sergey Safonov's Moon Fox now available as a plamo kit

Produced by Crazylabel
Oct 22
// Brian Szabelski
A long, long time ago, Sergey Safonov released Moon Fox, which then spawned a whole series of Moon figures. Moon Fox is back, though, in a slightly different look: as a plastic model kit. A collaboration with Crazy Label, the...
Custom Made Monday photo
Custom Made Monday

Custom Made Monday: Getting into the Halloween Spirit

Monsters, Pokemon and Harry Potter for all!
Oct 21
// Vanessa Cubillo
The weather is getting colder, and it's starting to get dark earlier now. Yes, this is fall! Of course one of my favorite things about fall is Halloween. The pumpkins, the candy, the scary's a great time. With Hal...
NYCC 2013 photo
NYCC 2013

NYCC 2013: Exclusive look at Master Grade Sazabi ver Ka

Something's been Katoki'd and it's a good thing
Oct 14
// Andres Cerrato
December has become the month for the featured Master Grade Gunpla. Past years have seen the Unicorn Gundam, Nu Gundam, and now the Sazabi. Each of these kits has been released under the "ver. Ka" banner, with the process bei...
NYCC 2013 photo
NYCC 2013

NYCC 2013: Bandai's Gunpla Builders World Cup Semi-Finals

I should really do this at one point
Oct 14
// Andres Cerrato
The final qualifier for the Gunpla Builders World Cup took place this past weekend at New York Comic-Con. The competition featured some impressive kits, but only a few could walk home with awards in hand.  Taking home th...
MG Sazabi ver Ka photo
MG Sazabi ver Ka

MG Sazabi ver Ka has its first color prototype shown

This is the Sazabi we should have had all along
Oct 08
// Andres Cerrato
One of the most anticipated kits of the year has finally been fully unveiled at the Gunpla Expo in the Philippines. While the kit has had its lineart and rough prototypes displayed previously, we finally get to look at the fu...
HG Astray Gold Frame photo
HG Astray Gold Frame

Another day, another web-exclusive Astray Frame Gunpla

I love gooooooooollllllddddd
Sep 30
// Andres Cerrato
You have the HG Astray Gold Frame Amatu. The Mina custom version. The Astray Red Frame. Red Frame with Flight Pack. Astray Blue Frame. Astray Blue Frame Second L. Limited edition Astray metallic coating. I think you get the p...
Metabots photo

Will you take Kotobukiya's Cyandog for a walk?

Editor's note: Taking a plastic toy out for a walk may be grounds for a psychological evaluation in some states
Sep 25
// Scarecroodle
Do you remember Medabots? That delightfully off-beat anime that came out about a decade ago and spawned a handful of games as well as a slew of merchandise? Kotobukiya clearly remembers, since they're releasing a Cyandog PLAM...
Nan Desu Kan model show photo
Nan Desu Kan model show

Highlights from the Nan Desu Kan 2013 model competition

Plamo, garage kits, miniatures, and even some papercraft
Sep 20
// Tianxiao Ma
Did any of you Tomopeeps make it out to Nan Desu Kan this past weekend? I drove out to Denver just to burn up some vacation days. While it was a heavily anime-oriented event, there was some stuff for us figure lovers as well....
Gunpla Builders World Cup photo
Gunpla Builders World Cup

Otakon's Gunpla Builders World Cup results, one stop left

No sleep til I actually finish this kit
Sep 04
// Andres Cerrato
Last month, another stop was held on Bandai's Gunpla Builders World Cup. The stage was Otakon and modelers certainly stepped up their games. The Best of Show award went to James Michie and his Master Grade Hi-Nu Gundam, which...
Chara Hobby 2013 photo
Chara Hobby 2013

Chara Hobby 2013: Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt and RG

Heavy guns. Heavier armor.
Aug 31
// Andres Cerrato
The last bit of Gunpla news from Chara Hobby comes in the form of Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt, and Real Grade news. First, new kits are being made of MSG: Thunderbolt, a recent manga set during the events of the One Year W...
Chara Hobby 2013 photo
Chara Hobby 2013

Chara Hobby 2013: Gundam High Grade kits

Build Fighters and the all HG Project
Aug 31
// Andres Cerrato
While the big guys for Bandai have been the Master Grades, there are larger plans for the 1/144 High Grade kits. The upcoming Gunpla Build Fighters will heavily feature the scale and kits will be the backbone of the series, j...
Chara Hobby 2013 photo
Chara Hobby 2013

Chara Hobby 2013: Gundam Master Grade kits

MG Sazabi, Proto Zero, and Astrays
Aug 31
// Andres Cerrato
Chara Hobby 2013 kicked off today for the annual weekly event. As one of the major hobby events of the year, Bandai is bringing their product and showing off all the kits that I'll probably buy in the future. At first, we'll ...

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