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9:00 PM on 07.22.2014

No assembly required for Kotobukiya's new Yotsuba

It's a well known fact that all decent human beings love Yotsuba&! and therefore should feel nothing but glee when new merchandise is announced. Today it's Kotobukiya's turn to draw out our 'awwwws' as they're puttin...

Martin Siggers




figma Solid Snake sneaks out of the shadows, brings Nendoroid version with him photo
figma Solid Snake sneaks out of the shadows, brings Nendoroid version with him
by Martin Siggers

We'd already known Nendoroid Solid Snake was coming thanks to an announcement at Wonder Festival. Now though it seems Good Smile Company have gone deeper into Kojima territory, as on livestream today it was revealed Max Factory have been preparing a figma version of the grizzled hero.

This is no artwork reveal either. Instead we got a look at a fully sculpted grey prototype that seems pretty close to final, what with the high level of detailing. That's not all though, as we also got to see a fully painted and seemingly complete Nendoroid Snake.

They're both looking really great, with the level of detail on figma Snake a particular eyecatcher. No further details are forthcoming but I'd have to imagine they'll get out soon. The Nendoroid in particular looks preview-ready. We'll be sure to go on high alert for more news.

via [ Good Smile's Twitter / Kojima's Productions Twitter / Figsoku ]

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10:30 AM on 07.03.2014

figma Chariot rides into pre-orders, demands macaroons

One of the many things I enjoyed about the Black Rock Shooter anime was the design of the superbly disturbed original character, Chariot. Though she's been out and about as a Nendoroid, her creepy character design was al...

Martin Siggers



Tomopop Review: Sentinel's RIO:Bone Buster Machine No.7 photo
Tomopop Review: Sentinel's RIO:Bone Buster Machine No.7
by Martin Siggers

While Gainax's seminal mecha show Gunbuster has begun to get a bit more love from the figure world over the years (such as the rather excellent Super Robot Chogokin Gunbuster), it's sort-of-sequel Diebuster has mostly been left out in the cold. It's understandable since Diebuster is nowhere near as beloved as its forefather, but still a shame. So when ever anybody makes figures from the show, my ears prick up. That's why we're here today, to take a look at Sentinel's take on Diebuster's lead robot, Buster Machine No.7. Be warned, spoilers for the show will follow!

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5:30 PM on 06.21.2014

Medicom's Toy Exhibition 2014 reveals new Kill La Kill Real Action Heroes

Medicom's annual Toy Exhibition opened today, and as ever for the company Real Action Heroes were front and centre. There was a good mix of announced, released and brand new stuff on show, with a few first glimpses to hand. P...

Martin Siggers



Good Smile Company unveils Summer Wonder Festival exclusives photo
Good Smile Company unveils Summer Wonder Festival exclusives
by Martin Siggers

Is it really almost Wonder Festival time again? Yes, though it might be difficult to believe, the biannual celebration of all things figure is almost upon us, and as ever headliner Good Smile Company has some neat exclusives to announce. Rather than a long drawn out tease like usual though, instead the company has just decided to cut to the chase and reveal everything all at once. Without further ado then, your WonFes exclusives are...

There are also two event-only charms of Wo-Class, plus the announcement of an online exclusive Ninja Slayer figma, although we've got no more details on that one yet.

As ever, GSC will have a limited quantity of exclusives on the floor (500 for the Dekacchu, 2500 for everything else) but those unable to attend will be able to grab any of the six main releases from the Good Smile Online Shop between 27th July and the 4th August. Any readers tempted to crack open your wallets for these?

[ via Good Smile Company ]

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2:00 AM on 06.02.2014

S.H. Figuarts Michael Jackson up for pre-order!

I've been so excited about so many figures in the S.H. Figuarts toy line, but this is the one that obviously takes the cake for me. We've seen him previously at events, and in scans, but now he's up for pre-order and ready to...

Rio McCarthy

7:00 PM on 05.22.2014

S.H. Figuarts Michael Jackson kicks his way into magazine scans

We first saw him in person at Toy Fair 2014, and now he reappears in the new magazine scans - my most wanted figure of the year - S.H. Figuarts Michael Jackson! The scans show him in all kinds of poses, and it looks like you'...

Rio McCarthy



Twirl your way to pre-orders for Cu-Poche Dekomori  photo
Twirl your way to pre-orders for Cu-Poche Dekomori
by Martin Siggers

After Kotobukiya added Rikka Takanashi to their Cu-Poche line, it was surely only a matter of time before her erstwhile sidekick Sanae Dekomori showed up in the range. Sure enough, the deranged schoolgirl is now available for pre-orders.

When it comes to smaller figures like this a lot of the appeal is in accessories, and a clever add-on can make or break a figure. Kotobukiya have done exceptionally well in that regard. Not only have they produced an adorable looking recreation of Dekomori, they've also included a terrific effects part to recreate her pigtail twirling 'Mjolnir Hammer' attack. Plus that face is just too perfect.

If you've already ordered Rikka then this is pretty much a must have, and at 4,200 she won't break the bank either. Dekomori will arrive in October, hit the links below to get hold of her for your collection.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan ]

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1:30 AM on 05.01.2014

AGP Yamato has a whole lot of guns

Kantai Collection has given us a number of great character designs, but in terms of sheer firepower, I think Yamato wins. It's no surprise that Bandai chose to make her their first KanColle AGP character. The figure look...

Tianxiao Ma

3:00 PM on 04.29.2014

S.H. Figuarts Sadako still creeps me out

I've got to hand it to Bandai. Their expansion of the S.H. Figuarts line is reaching out to some strange places, which includes their rendition of Sadako, from the classic Japanese horror film Ringu. The official S.H. Figuart...

Pedro Cortes



12:00 PM on 04.29.2014

ThreeA's new Tomorrow Kings arrive May 1

ThreeA's latest Tomorrow Kings figures are coming up for pre-order this week, and it does look like they have to hammer out some things ... literally. Kyodasha and Rongu Iku, the two individual figures up for pre-order, ...

Brian Szabelski