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11:45 PM on 05.30.2014

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: Alter's Blazblue -Alter Memory- Mu-12

Wow, I never thought I'd be super excited by a Mu-12 figure, but you know what? Alter has officially sold me on this one! Based on Blazblue -Alter Memory- this Mu-12 looks ready to kick some butt, and has an incredible base m...

Rio McCarthy

8:00 AM on 05.24.2014

Say boo-hoo to this Bloo Superdude figure that never was

I used to love Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends when I was a kid. OK, that's a lie, I was actually in my mid-20s when the Foster's series first hit Cartoon Network in 2004, but it still remains one of my favorite CN origin...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Medicom's new Optimus Prime is a real Be@r photo
Medicom's new Optimus Prime is a real Be@r
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Calling a Transformer a brick is usually used as an insult. It means the figure has a simple transformation and limited articulation. Medicom and Takara Tomy's new Be@rbrick Optimus Prime may have brick in the name, but it's anything but. This figure is the best of both worlds combining an ever popular and fully featured Be@rbrick with a fully transforming Optimus Prime figure. 

What I really like about this figure is that the Be@rbrick form looks identical (from the front anyway) to your standard Be@rbrick with a few extra panel lines in the legs. Bot mode is full of articulation, though the articulation looks a bit restricted in the arms. What I really want to see what kind of design they paint on this guy. I can't imagine them going with just a plain Be@rbrick, I really want it to be an Optimus Prime designed Be@rbrick that turns into an Optimus Prime. 

This is definitely something I want. It fits in well with a long line of bizarre Primes like the recently announced ink pen, ball caps, and Nikes. No word on size and price or even release date just yet, but I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him very soon. I'm pretty happy to see Takara Tomy (and Hasbro) loosening the reins on what they let other companies do with the Transformers license. For the longest time they would let others use the likeness to make figures, but nothing that could Transform until recently. It's all good!

[via 2Chan]

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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

6:00 PM on 05.22.2014

Kill la Kill's Satsuki Kiryuin figure now in color!

Back at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring we saw the unpainted prototype sculpt of Miss Satsuki Kiryuin in her Junketsu costume. Now, we can see her in her full color glory! Well, at least as well as you can in magazine sc...

Rio McCarthy

Sentinel Gives Optimus Prime his mightiest form yet: the pen photo
Sentinel Gives Optimus Prime his mightiest form yet: the pen
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

What makes Transformers great isn't just that they can turn into things, but also that they can reformat themselves. In the older days they'd accomplish this through the use of external computers, but in most modern stories the bots can choose new alt modes and reformat on their own at will. Which means that at some point Optimus Prime decided that for some mission or another it would be pertinent for him to be able to turn into a ballpoint pen.

Of course he's anything but a normal pen, more like the Cybertronian equivalent. Made by Sentinel in a partnership with Takara Tomy this pen probably would't be the most comfortable thing in the world to write with unless you have big metal hands. But the pen mode is hardly the shinning point of this figure, check out the bot mode! Optimus is well represented as a true action figure standing 105 mm (a bit over four inches) and very well articulated with double joints and all. You might not even want to transform him!

No solid release date or price aside from knowing it'll be released this year. Definitely something I'll be looking forward to getting just for that bot mode alone. 

[via Seibertron, the Allspark]

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Check out the first colored pics of MP Bumblebee and lots of new Magnus details photo
Check out the first colored pics of MP Bumblebee and lots of new Magnus details
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Thanks to a new magazine scan from Planet Iacon we're finally getting to see Masterpiece Bumblebee is full color for the first time. He's looking great and while he isn't 100% cartoon accurate he is about as accurate as we're ever going to get. Looking at his car mode it's easy to forget that real Volkswagen Beatles don't look like the squashed version of the original toy and cartoon. It's actually pretty impressive that they managed to keep him fairly in scale in both bot and car mode; all that extra stuff on his back paid off. Of course he'll also come with a fully transforming figure of Spike in his exo suit when he's released in November for ¥6,000.

We've also got a bunch of new shots of MP Ultra Magnus from a bunch of angles and even mid-transformation! He's looking super complex, with tons of folding parts in his legs and body. Even more interesting is confirmation that his cab, which is nearly identical to Optimus Prime, is removable from the trailer. That just adds to my hope that a white Prime figure will will be sold separately later that can be used in its place. It's going to be a long wait for December!

[via Seibertron]

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9:00 PM on 05.16.2014

Hidemi Matsuzuka teases Final Fantasy XII's Fran Play Arts Kai figure

What's that in the mist? My favorite bunny lady in the Final Fantasy universe has arrived in figure form, and I guess it's better late than never. Final Fantasy XII's Fran has been teased out on twitter by Hidemi Matsuzuka, a...

Rio McCarthy

10:00 PM on 05.10.2014

Prototype Nendoroid of Touhou Project's Yakumo Yukari spotted

Over in Tokyo, Japan, fans of Touhou Project are most likely attending the Annual Hakurei Shrine Grand Festival (or the Hakurei Jinja Reitaisai, in Japanese). The event is a mecca for all things Touhou, including merchandise....

Natalie Kipper

9:51 PM on 05.09.2014

Tamashii Summer Collection: Figuarts Zero Sailor Mars and Sailor Jupiter

It was only yesterday when Tamashii confirmed that Sailor Mars and Sailor Jupiter would be joining the Figuarts Zero line. I didn't think we would be seeing those prototypes this soon.Well, here they are! I don't know how I f...

Vanessa Cubillo

9:32 PM on 05.09.2014

Tamashii Summer Collection: S.H. Figuarts Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune

Tamashii's latest event is in full swing and showing off the best they have for the summer. So, of course they have to show Sailor Moon stuff! Yes, on display surrounding S.H. Figuarts Sailor Saturn are prototypes of S.H. Fig...

Vanessa Cubillo

7:00 AM on 05.08.2014

Treasure Festa in Ariake 11: Griffon - Nanoricchi gallery

Griffon Enterprises' Nanoricchi line is fairly new but the chibi figures were still a major presence at Japan's Treasure Festa in Ariake 11. The majority of the figures were revealed back at Wonder Festival 2014 Winter but th...

Natalie Kipper