Due to scheduling difficulties, I wasn't able to get a question post up. My deepest apologies, dearest Tomocast listeners. To make up for it, I brought on a trio of guests that will surely entertain you. To...
The most recent Kahotan preview is Nendoroid Uzume Uno, from the anime Fantasista Doll. While most of you would think I'd go nuts over the tiny hat, there's two little accessories I like better. One is the kissing face U...
We saw her pop up in scans a few weeks back, but now Megahouse's rendition of Morgiana for their G.E.M. range is up for pre-ordering. We also get a proper preview gallery and the revelation that, as was the case with Aladdin, first production run versions will come with a bonus super-deformed figure.
I haven't really changed my stance on Morgiana since we saw the scans, namely that it's a wonderful looking figure ruined by a flat, lifeless face. It's such a shame, since Megahouse appear to have nailed pretty much everything else you'd want, particularly some great swoopy clothing. As it is, I'm having quite a debate over whether to put in an order, even though I love the character. If you're game though, she's ¥8,000, with a release date of May next year.
Transformers Generations Rattrap is a figure that fans have known was coming for some time despite never previously being officially announced. First was a listing discovered in the Walmart computer database, then there was that massive leak on Hasbro's website (see a long, but partial, list of items here). Now the Beast Wars character is finally being seen for the first time and he's looking good!
The new issue of Transformers Collector's Club magazine features the new Rattrap figure on the cover. He's mostly show-accurate, but with a lot of improvements over his original design and figure. I really like how they minimized his 'backpack' and the added realism to his animal parts. Just look at those little rat feet! Judging from his transformation his bot mode will likely be smaller than other Deluxe figures for accuracy.
The figure will likely see release in mid 2014. If the leaked listings are accurate then he'll also be joined by fellow Beast character Tankor at some point.
We learnt that Bandai would be adding Sailor Mercury to the Figuarts ZERO line a few days ago, but we've only had one slightly blurry convention floor photo to go on. Now though we've got a lovely preview gallery of the still unpainted protoype version, which gives us the chance to check her out in more detail.
While the reaction to Figuarts ZERO Sailor Moon was pretty cold I have to say I am digging what we're seeing here. That pose is smart and the water effects, if done well, could really add to the figure. The Dragon Ball Z figures have shown the range can do really great effects parts, so I'll have my fingers crossed. Regardless, seeing her painted up will be the true test now.
We recently gave a first look at what some of the Nendoroid More Pajamas accessories looked like when shown with actual figures. Thanks to yesterday's post on Good Smile Company Lab's blog, there are even more images to share, some showcasing another PJ mold. The previous images we saw only featured the body with the hands resting in front with the legs spread to the sides in a collared, button-down top with long pants. The other one has the figure seated with the legs bent and hands resting on the knees. The pajamas on this body type strike me as more cutesy, with puffy short sleeves and frilly edging on the hems.
From looking at the photos, I'd say that there is a good variety of colors in the accessories, the palette fitting many different character types. Although I am a tad disappointed that there isn't anything for the boy Nendoroids. Maybe those will come later?
Bandai has revealed the next Super Sentai series through a catalog being sent to Japanese retailers. Thanks to images posted over at Japanator we've got our first look at Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger, and more importantly, the first batch of toys.
The big bot this time around is the Tokkyuoh which resembles something like a train yard. He's one of the very few Super Sentai bots that doesn't just snap parts together, but can be transformed from a starting point and without taking off or adding parts. Of course all of his weapons are train themed like the railroad crossing sword. There are even other trains that can be used as weapons as well. It's neat, but I'm not so sure about the use of colors. They're very bright and could have used a lot more black to break it up. I'm sure something better looking will appear later on.
On the human side the Rangers themselves have a very plain look to them; they've definitely gone for something very simplistic. I prefer Ranger helmets when they have mouth plates (sculpted lips optional) and I'm not crazy about the train track wrapped around the helmets so this is hardly my favorite design. The figures indicate that there is a number gimmick built into their helmets that coincide with their weapons. Oh well, their super forms will certainly make for something more interesting.
It'll be interesting to see what Bandai of America decides to do with this series. The US doesn't exactly have a big train culture so the reception to Tokkyuger could be lukewarm. Then again I didn't think the cartoony looking Power Rangers R.P.M. would happen so who knows?
Yesterday, Kotobukiya announced the next figure coming to their lovable Cu-Poche figure line, Idol M@ster's Yukiho Hagiwara. The aspiring pop singer will be shrunk down to chibi proportions, standing at a mere 4 and a half inches tall. Like other figures in the toy line, Yukiho will have 14 points of articulation, allowing for all manner of fun poses. That's not even mentioning her accessories. She will come packaged with a hard hat, shovel, cup of tea, drill, and microphone plus several different facial expressions.
Judging by the photos, the detail in the figure is looking lovely. Yukiho's outfit is colorful and manages to appear lacy at the bottom of the skirt. I also noticed that her hard hat has a wrap-around design on it. Nice touch! Fans of Idol M@ster will surely want to get there hands on this one when she ships in June 2014 (pricing is currently unknown).
You may remember back in August Toys R Us Canada leaked listings for Chinese New Year editions of Optimus Prime and Starscream. The original listings didn't give pictures, but after a few months we've got our first official looks at both figures. Chinese store TMall has a new listing for both figures complete with pictures.
Platinum Edition Year of the Horse Optimus Prime is based on the smaller Masterpiece MP-10 figure. Early reports said he'd be made with gold colored chrome which I wasn't too thrilled with the idea of, but I actually like the way this one turned out. Rather than just swapping silver for gold he now has darker shades of red and black, and ample amounts of black on his joints and sides. It's a nice look. But the biggest change of all is his entirely clear trailer with some translucent blue for good measure.
As I expected the other figure is based on Transformers: Cybertron Supreme Starscream. This time around Screamer is done up entirely in G1 colors. Almost makes him look like the Fall of Cybertron figure. Even though all of the pictures are in Chinese these figures will certainly sell in other places through Hasbro like Amazon, Toys R Us, Big Bad Toy Store like in past year. Kinda want that Prime more every time I see him.
If you pre-ordered or just generally liked Good Smile Company's 1/8-scale Akane who hails from Vividred Operation, then you may want to check out Kahotan's latest blog showing her off.
The most useful bits of her post cover how to attach Akane to her Wanko hover bike and what can be displayed along with her. She also provided a box shot and base shot which is nice to see pre-release. Also of note, Kahotan put a Nendoroid Petit in the bike and a Nendoroid on the bike so everyone can see how big it is.
In all it makes for a good read, and it kind of makes me wish I had pre-ordered Akane for my own collection, but I am saving up funds for my next big hobby investment right now. Did any of you Tomo readers out there order Akane? I bet you can't wait for her to show up!
I like what I see in the sculpt and colors so far, but found the lack of variety a little off putting. Fortunately, tomorrow they will be showing off a new tunic type of pajama so I am hoping to see a little bit more variety. It's not that I don't think the two Milky Holmes Nendoroids they showed off here were not cute or anything, but I consider showing off two figurines with exactly the same bottom half sculpting with some recolors no matter the quality of the sculpt to look pretty cheap. But at least the colors chosen are pretty rich and pajama-like, aren't they?
What do you think Tomopeeps? Am I just spoiled on highly detailed figurines? Am I being too critical? Let me know in the comments.
Miku blizzards are no laughing matter as they claim the lives of dozens each year. The heavy snowfall of holiday Mikus buries sidewalks and even houses. The danger posed by the figma Snow Miku, as seen in Kahotan's preview gallery, as well the Nendoroid Snow Miku may be the most severe in years.
I cannot stress enough how harmfully cute this figma Snow Miku is and, if matters weren't bad enough, it comes with an adorable snowman accessory. I'm shivering already! Snow Miku comes with an optional scarf and alternate mitten hands which are perfect for outdoor snowy scenes (your levels of snow may vary).
Max Factory's figma Snow Miku will be first available through various promos (check out Kahotan's preview for more information) before becoming available to the general public through online orders. Are you guys as ic-ecstatic as I am?
figma Spider-Man is coming out later this month, so the figma blog has a preview of what you'll be getting. Generally I like the aesthetics of figmas, but this is not my favorite figure ever. He's too sparkly and that outfit just looks too busy. Superhero costumes have gotten the ultra-textured treatment for the big screen but I'm not a fan of it on this scale.
The figure comes with a few accessories such as a cell phone, backpack, and pieces to simulate him shooting his webs. As you can see from the gallery, he's also a natural candidate for use with the Nendoroid more suction cup stands.