Hey everybody, we're back with another episode of the Tomocast! For this episode, I'm joined by Andres Cerrato and Rio McCarthy to talk about our Toy Fair 2014 coverage. We discuss some of the better things to come out of the...
Have you seen Natasha Allegri's Bee and Puppycat show on Cartoon Hangover? Really, you should; it is a stroke of genius. After a wonderfully successful Kickstarter for more episodes, what is next for the mysterious ...
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.
Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! It's been pretty crazy this past week, what with everyone trying to extend Black Friday and Cyber Monday into more than just a single day. If you looked around there were some good figure deals to be had, though I can't say I found much of interest at major retailers. Seemed like this year the best deals were online. Or maybe that's the same as every year and I'm just so used to buying stuff online that I don't notice anymore. Well, whatever the case, there were some good stuff out there.
This week on LinkUP we've got an unintentionally large number of Nendoroids to talk about alongside some designer figures, prototypes, bots, another Kickstarter, and some superheroes.
For those who don't know, Chauskoskis isn't just a designer toy artist; he also does a bit of sculptwork for other artists (and does a great job, I might add), His latest such work is this little pug fellow named Nimbus, crea...
Usually when you think of knockoffs you think of cheap plastic, messy paint, and broken parts. Certainly you wouldn't expect to hear 'better than the original', but that's exactly what Collection Kingdom says they have planned for Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime.
Numerous changes and adjustments are being planned to make a better bot and it's a pretty lengthy list of adjustments.
adjust eye opacity
fix rubbing from the chest screws
fix loose fuel tanks
fix index fingers falling off
realign the chest doors
make the Matrix door easier to open
fix the way the legs close
fix rubbing from the windshield wipers
prevent stress marks on the legs
remove the black hole behind the translucent yellow on his pelvis
prevent sprue marks
They're planning a very no-thrills release of the figure with no box (likely just a cardboard mailer box), no trailer, and just his gun, ax, and Matrix for accessories. He'll be in Japanese colors (photos are of an early prototype) and is expected to be released in December, but nobody seems to know where to order or what the price will be.
I'm not really crazy over knockoffs being done in this manner, but it is interesting that someone found so many flaws in the original that they felt the need to release their own.
The BMOG Kickstarter project website updated recently with new CAD rendered images of their stretch goal sets. If the Kickstarter can reach an additional US$12,000 (for a total of US$31,000) then Featherblight and the Non-Dino team will be added to the campaign for an additional purchase.
Featherblight is a Paraxxoid eagle counterpart to the Augmentoid Ursenal figure that launched the Kickstarter. It can be disassembled into multiple weapons including swords, guns, and rocket launchers. The Non-Dino team consists of members ax Slashback the dimetrodon, ray gun Splashpoint the icthyosour, and "multi purpose" Pterattactyle the pterodactyl.
The project is down to 12 days with only US$6419 remaining before reaching its funding goal keeping it still well within sight of success.
We've known for a few months now that Megahouse was working on a figure of Utena Tenjou from Revolutionary Girl Utena to add to their G.E.M. range, but up until now all we've had to go on was a silhouette. At Megahobby E...
Amakuni and Hobby Japan announced a little while back that they'd be making a figure of the much loved Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail, but we hadn't had a chance to see anything of the actual product until earlier today, when a...
With the big hit that Nendoroid Shimakaze was, it was surely only a matter of time before Max Factory got in on the sweet, sweet Kantai Collection business. And indeed, scans leaked early this morning have showed off a protot...
Anyone who's plugged into the anime toy scene knows how red-hot Kantai Collection is right now. The mobile card battling game that turns battleships into moe girls is one of the most popular properties around at the mome...
One of the latest crowd-funded toys to hit Kickstarter is a real bear. Project BMOG (Bio-Mechanical Ordinance Gestalt) is an innovative building system that combines multiple weapons into robotic animal forms. Using 5mm pegs and holes the parts can be mixed and matched in endless combinations and utilized by any figure that supports the 5mm system.
The first figures looking for funding are the heroic Augmentoid Ursenal and the evil Paraxxoid Mantax. Robotic bear Ursenal can be broken down into four guns, a warhammer, battle-blade, scanner, and bear-head crusher-claw while manta ray Mantax can separate into double-bladed axe-pick and a double-barreled hand-blaster. But you don't have to stop there; with multiple sets you can build as big or small as you want.
If the Kickstarter is successful (and having hit 40% funded in it's first week that seems more than likely) the figure will be sold at retail in black. However, Kickstarter backers will be able to vote on one of five exclusive color options available only to backers: "Arctic Custom" white; "Toxic Spill" fluorescent green; "Protoprimer" prototype gray; "Action Hunter" fluorescent orange; or "Solar Flare" canary yellow. Just like with Transformers repaints over the years, color variations also mean different characters and factions to be announced after the campaign.
Stretch goals have also been announced with more details to follow soon. Like with Ursenal and Mantax they'll consist of a main BMOG and a mini-BMOG made of three parts. The first of the three Notasoars is a Ichthyosaur ray pistol; the other three will be revealed later. We've also been given an early look at a sketch of Paraxxoid Featherblight. Plus one of the top backers being given the chance to design a single piece for the set has chosen to make a replacement head for Ursenal that's something dragon-like. That's under development right now.
Backing options follow quite a range, but as little as US$15 will snag you a Mantax figure in the Kickstarter exclusive colors, a sticker for the figure, and a wallpaper. US$20 scores you an Ursenal in the exclusive colors, sticker, and wallpaper. For a better deal US$30 will get you both Ursenal and Mantax exclusives along with the other stuff. But my favorite deal of all is the US$50 level which will nab you one set of Ursenal and Mantax in the exclusive colors and a set in retail black. If you want to spend more you can also go for the US$90 set which puts you down for two pairs of both colors. Of course there are many other options going all the way up to US$10,000! These are all great and it's nice to save more the more you buy. The prices also include shipping within the US, but international shipping is super cheap.
I'm sure you've already figured out that these figures are designed primarily to interact with Transformers and for good reason. As it happens all three of the lead members on this project have been involved with the Transformers franchise at some point. Project head and BMOG creator Trent Troop has worked on multiple Transformers projects for Fun Publications and Hasbro. Alex Androski, the project's technical engineer, is a former Hasbro employee that worked directly on toys for Transformers Universe and Revenge of the Fallen. The project's lead promotional artist and co-writer, Greg Sepelak, has also worked on multiple Transformers projects for Fun Publications and Hasbro. This is a team that knows their stuff!
I'm sure you can tell I'm pretty excited about this Kickstarter and really want to see it succeed. They're already in talks with interested retailers and with 26 days remaining until the Kickstarter ends on December 13 things are looking very good for this getting funded. Can't wait to see where they go from here!
First off, I'll admit I'm really torn on this now. I absolutely loved the sculpts we've covered previously, but I don't think I'm a fan of these colors... I know it's supposed to be a 'variant', but whether it's the filters o...