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4:00 PM on 04.18.2014

Tomopop Review: Real Action Heroes Link

I've got a real soft spot for Real Action Heroes Link. Not only because, like many people, I dearly love The Legend of Zelda, but because he was one of the first major pieces of news I covered after I joined the site. As...

Martin Siggers


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1:00 AM on 04.03.2014

Threezero announces Titanfall license

Titanfall is trying to make mech-based games cool again, and a merchandising agreement with Threezero is a pretty good start. They've announced via Facebook that they're working on an Atlas figure. There's no release tim...

Tianxiao Ma

5:00 AM on 03.27.2014

Nendoroid Mako, figma Ryuko now available for pre-orders

Yesterday we had a double whammy of Kill la Kill previews, with both Nendoroid Mako and figma Ryuko going under the cameras. Now, as promised, they're both available for you to spend your hard-earned on. For all the supe...

Martin Siggers



figma Ryuko gets officially previewed, pre-orders open tomorrow photo
figma Ryuko gets officially previewed, pre-orders open tomorrow
by Martin Siggers

You haven't been able to move for Kill la Kill figure news over the past couple of days (Nendoroid Mako was just this morning!), and it doesn't look like the rush is about to slow down, as the figma blog has taken the wraps off of their preview of Ryuko Matoi. We first saw her pop up at WonFes, but this is the first time we've had cameras on her in a studio.

Ryuko looks predictably great, and the preview is careful to highlight some small touches that you might not notice at first glance, like the hidden thigh joints or the way her chest straps can stretch to aid posing. We also get confirmation on the standard three figma faces to be included - happy, angry and in pain.

She's certainly looking sharp, and the best news is you won't have too wait too long to get your order in.  Pre-orders open tomorrow at ¥4,800. Who's buying?

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Hot Toys gets Revengeance with their new 1/6-scale Raiden photo
Hot Toys gets Revengeance with their new 1/6-scale Raiden
by Brian Szabelski

Hot Toys are back at it again, making yet another awesome 1/6-scale figure. This time, they've picked Raiden in his Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance form, and from the photos they've sent us, no detail has been left overlooked. Even the boss himself, Hideo Kojima, is fanboying over Hot Toys' work. I sure don't blame him.

So what does Raiden come with, besides dashing good robot looks? Well, you get his full arsenal of weaponry, including his dagger and long blade; an optional visor part; a pair of interchangeable chest armor pieces; and four different sets of hands, among other parts. There's also a special edition that'll come with a to-scale version of Raiden's Muramasa blade.

You can expect Raiden in the fourth quarter of 2014 or first quarter of 2015; a price is to be announced but I expect to see pre-orders soon. 

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Cu-Poche Mikoto Misaka is the ultimate in pocketable railguns photo
Cu-Poche Mikoto Misaka is the ultimate in pocketable railguns
by Tianxiao Ma

It's been a while since we heard about Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche Mikoto Misaka, but Akiba Hobby has a grand gallery up for your viewing. The articulation of the Cu-Poche design should lead to dynamic poses, which will make up somewhat for the plain character design.

The Railgun heroine will come with two effects pieces to reflect her powers, an iron (sand) sword, teddy bear, variant hair clip, and a handful of expressions on top. It looks like a pretty good package, so I'm looking forward to see what the figure community can do with her.

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Avengers figma Iron Man has us in Mark 7 heaven photo
Avengers figma Iron Man has us in Mark 7 heaven
by Martin Siggers

We've already had the God of Thunder drop in on us, but now it's time for the second in Max Factory's range of Avengers figmas to take flight. Surprising no-one, it's noted beard-and-moustache connoisseur, enthusiastic drinker, and occasional superhero Tony Stark, aka Iron Man.

Iron Man's depicted in his 'Mark 7' armour which he dons in the latter part of The Avengers, a chunky, classically styled suit. No mincing words, this figma looks absolutely stunning. The sharp, clean armour lines, the outstanding red-and-gold-paintjob, the perfectly integrated joints (always an advantage of robotic-style figures)...it's A grade stuff from top to bottom. There's also the tempting option of the 'Full Spec.' version. Exclusive to the Good Smile Online Shop, it adds extra parts to depict his wrist-mounted missiles and rocket backpack, while also including an extra head which shows off the man underneath the machine.

The problem here is the same one which popped up with Thor, which is price. figma Iron Man will cost a breathtaking ¥7,800, while the Full Spec. version clocks in at ¥8,800. No two ways about it, that's a LOT of money, especially for something as small as a figma. It's also worth pointing out that (probably due to licencing issues) they aren't listed on the international GSC Shop page, so you'll have to navigate through the Japanese store. If you remain unfazed, Iron Man lands this August, and you can pre-order him by clicking below.

[ Pre-order regular ver. at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan | Good Smile Company Online Shop (Japanese only) ]

[ Pre-order Full Spec ver. at Big in Japan | Good Smile Company Online Shop (Japanese only) ]

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2:00 AM on 03.11.2014

figma Nagisa Momoe does a lot of things I don't understand

[Update: Added more pre-order links] My total experience with Madoka Magica is pretty much the first episode, so I really have no idea what's going on right now. Clearly this makes me the perfect guy to post about figma ...

Tianxiao Ma

1:00 PM on 03.03.2014

S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon is getting a re-release

S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon was certainly one of the more eagerly anticipated figures of last year, causing a pretty mad pre-order scramble that you don't see too often. It was worth the hassle too as Natalie discovered in her ...

Martin Siggers



Kaiyodo's Revoltech The Bat rises for a preview photo
Kaiyodo's Revoltech The Bat rises for a preview
by Brian Szabelski

The latest addition to the Tokusatsu Revoltech website is a page for the upcoming figure of The Bat. Yep, a poseable figure of Batman's craft from The Dark Knight Rises is coming in June, and it looks as odd at first glance as you might expect. It's also a chance for us to see the figure fully painted up close.

So what accessories does it come with? Well, besides the stand, you get a tiny Batman to sit inside the cockpit. He's not super detailed, just enough so you know that it's the Dark Knight. Kaiyodo's suggested retail price before taxes is ¥4,743 so I'd imagine it'll be a little closer to ¥5,000 at retail. I'm not sure I'm going to pick this one up because it's really for a niche audience (Nolanverse Batman fans), but what about you?

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7:30 AM on 02.27.2014

Avengers figma Thor arrives for previews and pre-orders

They've been teased for some time already, but it looks like we are finally getting those figma Avengers figures. The first Avenger won't be Cap, but rather the demi-deity from Asgard, Thor. Full previews are now out as well ...

Andres Cerrato





Dust off this Real Action Heroes Levi preview photo
Dust off this Real Action Heroes Levi preview
by Martin Siggers

Medicom is spoiling us with Real Action Heroes recently. Rio took a look at the lovely Ryuko Matoi earlier today, so it's only fair I level the battle of the sexes by presenting this equally stunning rendition of Levi from Attack On Titan. The good people over at the Amiami blog had a chance to go up close and personal and show off what you're getting.

With their cool looking uniforms, cloaks, and incredibly elaborate maneuver gear, the Attack On Titan cast were pretty much born to be added to the Real Action Heroes range, and Levi doesn't disappoint, looking just as great as Mikasa before him. Aside from his usual dour expression we've also got...his usual dour expression with his eyes shifted to the right. Yeah, that seems like a pretty big waste, but his third face, bug eyed and ruffle haired, is a great one, so let's let it slide.

Perhaps the coolest detail is that the initial production run will include bonus accessories in the form of Levi's cleaning hat, bandanna and dusters, basically giving you an entire second outfit. That's what I call a tempting pre-order incentive. Levi will go up for order on the 24th, and yes, that's the same day as Ryuko. Lovers of Real Action Heroes, brace your wallets for when the pair arrive in November.

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