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Shunya Yamashita's Rei Ayanami goes up for pre-order

Wow, it's been a while since I last saw full blown Evangelion scale figure go up for pre-order. This certainly wouldn't count as a traditional Rei figure since the design has been made over by illustrator Shunya Yamashita. When wa...

 
 
WonFes 2017 Winter photo

Wonder Festival 2017 Winter: Wonderful Hobby Life For You

There were some intriguing Nendoroid and figma announcements at Wonder Festival but the scale figure previews weren't as interesting. Under the Wonderful Hobby Life For You banner, Good Smile Company and associated groups showed off a ton o...

 
 
Bishoujo Wonder Girl photo

Tomopop Review: DC Bishoujo Wonder Girl by Kotobukiya

In just a few short years, Kotobukiya's Bishoujo line has evolved to cover properties from all kinds of entertainment media including games and film. But the brand began with comic book characters, and here we return to its roots with Wonde...

 
 
Tomopop Gift Guide photo

Last minute gift ideas for the figure collector in your life

Christmas (or your winter gift-giving holiday of choice) is almost upon us! While it's fun to give and receive gifts, it can be quite stressful doing the actual planning and shopping. So what do you buy for that special figure collector in ...

 
 
Kotobukiya Spike Spiegel photo

ARTFX J Spike Spiegel goes up for pre-order

One of the most beloved anime series of all time is getting a fitting PVC tribute as Kotobukiya puts their ARTFX J Spike Spiegel up for pre-order! It really is Christmas time! Ever since I started collecting six years ago, Spike Spiegel has...

 
 
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Get a glimpse of the future at MegaHobby Expo 2016 Autumn

It's late fall so you know what that means: MegaHobby Expo time! I'm always hyped to see what kind of new stuff is coming soon (or in Alter's case, much later). Let this be a reminder for all of you to start saving up! Here's a quick rundow...

 
 
NYCC 2016 GSC photo

NYCC 2016: Good Smile Company

Good Smile Company's Mamitan has been hard at work revealing their upcoming figures at NYCC. There are lots of Nendoroids and figmas but I wasn't expecting this many video game figures. The full armor Megaman X Nendoroid has been painted an...

 
 
Max Factory Rin photo

Tomopop Review: Kagamine Rin Tony Ver. by Max Factory

We all know that Good Smile Company really, really loves making Hatsune Miku figures. The world just can't get enough Miku. But what about the other Vocaloids? Luckily Max Factory is throwing us a bone. Over the last few years they've relea...

 
 
Weta photo

SDCC 2016: Weta

I kicked off my tour of Weta's exhibit with their 2017 Ghost in the Shell display. It contained a life-sized replica of an android that I'm assuming will appear in the film. It was reminiscent of the robots featured in Ghost in the Shell 2:...

 
 
Gecco photo

SDCC 2016: Gecco

I wasn't expecting to see many Japanese manufacturers at SDCC due to WonFes, but Gecco was able to attend the show. They had flown under my radar until last year when they announced the Venom Snake and Quiet statues for Metal Gear Solid V. ...

 
 
Yamato USA photo

[NSFW] SDCC 2016: Yamato USA

Yamato has long collaborated with fantasy artists and illustrators for their PVC and resin Fantasy Figure Gallery line. Since the last year they've been working on a series of figures inspired by Greek mythology, based on the artwork of Wei...

 
 
Kotobukiya Kylo Ren photo

SDCC 2016: Awaken to Kotobukiya's new Kylo Ren figure

Kotobukiya announced a new Kylo Ren figure at Friday's Star Wars collectibles panel, and shortly after it appeared in their booth. Although Koto has taken on Kylo Ren in the past, this one's the most dynamic yet. The figure is large scale, ...

 
 
Kotobukiya photo

[Updated] SDCC 2016: Kotobukiya

[Update: Added photos of the Fine Art Statue Vision] I always love seeing what Kotobukiya brings to SDCC. This year we had a few major announcements, so let's kick off with the biggest: they'll be starting a line called "Ikemen" dedicated t...

 
 
DC Collectibles photo

SDCC 2016: DC Collectibles

With movie and TV universes to build, it's no surprise that DC featured Suicide Squad and their TV shows heavily in their merchandising. They'll be adding to their selection of articulated figures with characters from Arrow, Flash, Batman v...

 
 
SDCC 2016 GSC photo

SDCC 2016: Good Smile Company

Good Smile Company doesn't usually do Comic Con as WonFes is usually the same weekend. However it seems like they're starting to stake out some territory at SDCC. Their booth was pretty small and tucked away - not what you'd expect from pro...

 
 
Capcom Morrigan photo

Morrigan changes occupations in this new Capcom figure

Dark Stalkers' Morrigan Aensland has seen a few releases over the years, but I don't remember many wardrobe changes. I think since her main appeal is her sexiness, and her outfit already emphasizes that, there never was a need. That didn't ...

 
 
Max Factory Link photo

Link joins the Wonderful Hobby Selection

Good Smile Company's Wonderful Hobby Selection line is getting a new addition from Max Factory! This time it'll be The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's Link making the transition from artwork to PVC figure. Compared to some of the other ent...

 
 
WonFes Union Creative photo

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Union Creative

Union Creative is a producer partnered with several toy makers, such as Sentinel and Kaiyodo. That means they usually bring a ton of figures to WonFes, so yay for us! While most manufacturers' figures have a decided bias toward female chara...

 
 
WonFes GSC photo

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Good Smile Company part 1

Good Smile Company's Wonderful Hobby Life For You display is like the all-you-can-eat buffet of Wonder Festival. By my quick internet research I estimate they have infinity figures. And I feel like half of that infinite number goes to FREEi...

 
 
WonFes X-Plus photo

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: X-Plus

X-Plus hit WonFes with some big name properties. Right off the bat you have their Godzilla figures, sure to please you kaiju fans out there. If classic anime is more to your taste, they also showed a selection of Dragon Ball Z figures. In t...

 
 
WonFes Embrace Japan photo

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Embrace Japan/Milestone

Man, Embrace Japan has really put out some lovely designs as of late. They're looking to continue that roll with the Diabolus Angelite figure shown at WonFes. Fun fact: this line of original designs has been titled Black Arts Keeper. There'...

 
 
WonFes Alphamax photo

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Alphamax

Alphamax is usually all about girls with clothes falling off their bodies. Well they took it to a literal extent this WonFes with some of the figures from their SkyTube label. I won't focus on the NSFW stuff but Amiami and Dengeki Hobb...

 
 
WonFes Aquamarine photo

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Aquamarine

I don't have much experience with Aquamarine, but the photos from their booth caught my attention. If you're a gamer - particularly if you're into Japanese games - you might recognize the gals in the header image. I picked them out as my tw...

 
 
WonFes Aoshima photo

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Aoshima

It looks like more Kantai Collection stuff is coming from Aoshima, who showed off a few prototypes at Wonder Festival. The biggest crowd pleasers will probably be Shoukaku and her tsundere sister ship Zuikaku. Although it's tough to tell fr...

 
 
 
Bishoujo Ed Scissorhands photo

Bishoujo Edward Scissorhands. Yes, this is a thing.

Yes, I know what you are thinking based upon reading the headline. I know there's rumors for a sequel to Edward Scissorhands, but they can't go in that direction. Yes, it may have been Christmas and I may just have drank a wee bit too much ...

 
 
Buffaloman photo

CCP Muscular Collection Buffaloman comes stampeding through

One of the big men of Kinnikuman's intergalactic wrestling roster can now come home to you with the CCP Muscular Collection Buffaloman version 2.0. This pre-posed PVC figure comes in both regular and special orange colored figures. These ba...

 
 
 
Max Factory Atago photo

Panpakapan! Check out Max Factory's Atago prototype

At the 55th All Japan Model Hobby Show, Max Factory put their next KanColle ship girl on display: the heavy cruiser Atago! This 1/8-scale figure is stunning, capturing Atago's lighthearted personality and beauty. I love the way her hair and...

 
 
Max Factory Hestia photo

Max Factory's Hestia is looking pretty bouncy

I'm sure DanMachi's Hestia is a character in her own right, but the general anime-aware public might know her more for her peculiar fashion sense. Indeed Max Factory's 1/7-scale PVC rendition goes all in on the boob string. Is it a cheesy c...

 
 
WonFes Alphamax photo

[NSFW] Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Alphamax/Skytube

Alphamax (especially with their Skytube brand) tends to be on the racier side of figure manufacturers. They also seem to really like Tony Taka, which can make identifying these figures a chore... Anyway, they brought some real lookers to Wo...

 
 
WonFes Kotobukiya photo

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya was no slouch at WonFes, bringing a spate of ambitious-looking figures alongside their Cu-Poche and Bishoujo lineups. I like that Kotobukiya has produced more and more elaborate designs over the years across a wide variety of pro...

 
 
WonFes 2015 photo

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: MegaHouse

As I comb through all this WonFes coverage, I have to say the showing from MegaHouse feels a little uninspired. Honestly, they've never been a go-to brand for me. I'm never watching my news feeds wondering what they're up to next. If you're...

 
 
WonFes 2015 Summer photo

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Wonderful Hobby Life For You

[ Update: Hobby Search has even more coverage of the WHL4U booth, including more Nendoroids, figmas, and ThreeA figures! ] Wonder Festival has come and gone. While it's odd to me that such a big event is one day only (wouldn't it be awesome...

 
 
Bishoujo Tali photo

Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Tali might as well not be

Artist Shunya Yamashita's trademarks are his cute feminine faces and voluptuous bodies. So if we have someone who's hooded, robed, and masked, it makes me wonder... why put the Bishoujo label on her at all? Indeed, Kotobukiya's Tali figure ...

 
 
Kantai Collection photo

A whole bunch of KanColle stuff went up for pre-order

The Kantai Collection engine is steaming along nicely with five new pre-orders appearing throughout yesterday. Anime fans may not recognize the first two, which would be the Tenryuu-class light cruiseres Tenryuu and Tatsuta. The remaining t...

 
 
 
 
MegaHouse Dark Elf photo

MegaHouse brings the Dark Elf from Bikini Warriors to life

There's something alluring about fantasy dark elves to me... well, the sexy ones at least. MegaHouse and (who else?) Hobby Japan have teamed up to produce another media franchise consisting of under-clothed ladies and a fantasy setting (pro...

 
 
Embrace Japan Chun Li photo

Embrace Japan's Chun-Li figure is ready to hit the streets

Street Fighter is back in a big way, and Embrace Japan is celebrating that with the pre-order of their Chun-Li figure. I have to say, it's... weird. Although the header image isn't too bad, dig deeper through the product shots and you'll se...

 
 


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Tomopop DC Bishoujo Wonder Girl by Kotobukiya"The power of Zeus compels you"

 

Tomopop Cu-poche Friends Alice by Kotobukiya"Going down the Cu-poche rabbit hole"

 

Tomopop Nendoroid Shoukaku & Zuikaku by Good Smile Company"The pride of the 5th Carrier Division!"

 

Tomopop Kagamine Rin Tony Ver. by Max Factory"Pop stars aren't usually this cute"

 

Tomopop Velvet with Cornelius by Alter"A homeless princess and a Tiny Toon"

 

Tomopop Parfom Labrys by Phat Company"Class president or killer robot?"

 

Tomopop SDCC Exclusive Transformers Combiner Hunters"Walk quietly and carry a massive sword"

 

Tomopop Titanfall Stryder by Threezero"The craziest thing I've ever reviewed?"

 

Tomopop Kotobukiya's ARTFX J Cardcaptor Sakura"Nice to see you, good to meet you"

 

Tomopop Transformers Combiner Wars Quickslinger"He may have a new name, but Slingshot is back!"

 

Tomopop Super Action Noriaki Kakyoin Second"Anyone have cherries for this handsome man?"

 

Tomopop Eye Think, Inc.'s BusyBody"A fun animation tool at the tip of your fingers"

 

Tomopop Threezero's RWBY Ruby Rose"Red like roses (and just as sharp)"

 
 
 
 
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