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Tomopop Review: FREEing's μ-12 photo
Tomopop Review: FREEing's μ-12
by Chris Seto

In a relatively short space of time, FREEing have established themselves as a solid middle ground manufacturer of figures. They may not be able to match the big boys like Alter, Kotobukiya or their parent, GoodSmile Company, but they have shown the ability to punch above their weight on previous occasions.

Unfortunately, one thing they do lack is consistency. While some of their releases are solid entries, we've also had a fair few duds from them as well. Ones which come to mind are their Blazblue releases. They have already released figures for Rachel Alucard and Makoto Nanaya and they were... how should we say, poor. Rachel came off as emotionless rather than melancholic and as for Makoto... I'll let our Tomopop review spell things out for you.

Then FREEing decided to step into the fray once more for a third release from the Blazblue series and they decided to hit a bit close to home for this reviewer by choosing μ-12 as the subject. Will it suck like the previous releases, or might they actually get it right on the third try? Only one way to find out...

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Tomopop Review: Proplica Sailor Moon Moon Stick photo
Tomopop Review: Proplica Sailor Moon Moon Stick
by Andres Cerrato

You will do just about anything to feel like you're really there. Bandai has long made products to make you feel as if it were real to you and that's their goal with the new Proplica line. The first entry into the new series is Sailor Moon's Moon Stick, which if done correctly, should transform you into a magical girl. Unfortunately, that didn't work for me so I'll have to live with just lights and sounds. Maybe it'll work better for you.

Follow the jump for today's video review of the Proplica Sailor Moon Moon Stick!

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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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Tomopop Review: Devil Survivor 2's Hibiki Kuze Nendoroid photo
Tomopop Review: Devil Survivor 2's Hibiki Kuze Nendoroid
by Rio McCarthy

"Everybody's weak. That's why we rely on others. We live by helping one another. We can say, we need one another. I've been able to survive because I have you and the others."
— Hibiki Kuze, Devil Survivor 2 The Animation

Pop on that bunny hood, and let's listen to some tunes, shall we? Hibiki Kuze is the main character of Devil Survivor 2 The Animation, also just known as the protagonist from Devil Survivor 2 the 3DS game. I'm a pretty big fan of Shin Megami Tensei and their numerous projects, so I was excited to get this guy in my hands.

Take a peek after the jump to see if that excitement still stands after playing around with him a bit!

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Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman photo
Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman
by Tianxiao Ma

Kotobukiya must have hit a winning formula with their Bishoujo figures because they're cranking them out like nobody's business. Well they're cranking them out like it's their own business, because it is - ah you know what I'm trying to say.

This time we go back to the first property to get the Bishoujo treatment: Marvel Comics. I'm sure you're all aware of Bishoujo Spider-Woman by now. From the promo shots, the figure looks like it has a lot going for it. Naturally I was excited to have a sample in my hands.

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Tomopop Review: Bandai's Figuarts Zero Sailor Moon photo
Tomopop Review: Bandai's Figuarts Zero Sailor Moon
by Brian Szabelski

So far, Bandai's put the Sailor Moon license to good use on their S.H. Figuarts line, as they've been very busy churning out the entire cast (sans Tuxedo Mask ... really, guys, come on). However, it's been years since we've seen a new scaled Sailor Moon figure, which makes the release of Figuarts Zero Sailor Moon all the better

My past experiences with the Figuarts Zero line have been relatively positive, but does the first Sailor Senshi from Bandai hold up to those expectations? 

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Tomopop Review: Square-Enix's Play Arts Kai Helena Harper photo
Tomopop Review: Square-Enix's Play Arts Kai Helena Harper
by Scarecroodle

Resident Evil is one of those franchises you'd assume a horror fan would be into, but it's never quite caught on with me. The zombies and assorted monsters are cool, but I've always been turned off by all the convoluted conspiracies (and, at times, also the gameplay). However, I've enjoyed a few of the games and I like many of the character designs like Resident Evil 6's Helena Harper. As such, I was happy to see Square-Enix give the character the Play Arts Kai treatment.

Full review after the jump.

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Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Hatsune Miku Deep Sea Girl ver. photo
Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Hatsune Miku Deep Sea Girl ver.
by Tianxiao Ma

The wait for Good Smile Company's Deep Sea Girl Hatsune Miku has been lengthy, but Good Smile Company at long last has shipped her out. And you know what? I'm not bitter.

I think we all know (more or less) what we'll be getting with this figure. Even after tons of preview galleries and pre-release coverage, this figure still manages to capture my imagination. It really is special, so read on to see why.

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Tomopop Review: Aoshima Haganai NEXT Sena Kashiwazaki photo
Tomopop Review: Aoshima Haganai NEXT Sena Kashiwazaki
by Rio McCarthy

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (or Haganai for short) is an anime series I've actually wanted to watch for quite a while, and after finally having a Sena Kashiwazaki figure in my own hands, I think it's darn near time. This splashy beach figure of Sena is based on Haganai NEXT's view of her, and I think it's safe to say she will end up being my favorite character in the series. I mean.. she plays dating sims. What else do I need to know?

Hit the jump to see how I felt about the figure from Aoshima and FunnyKnights!

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Tomopop Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Generations Metroplex photo
Tomopop Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Generations Metroplex
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

For the longest time Transformers fans wanted two things: New combiner figures and a reissue of Fortress Maximus. The combiner part happened several times over, but has yet to be done in a way that really excites. As for the Fort Max reissue Hasbro said no many times citing safety laws and the massive figure failing drop tests. Takara Tomy, however, was able to make it a reality last year thanks to the much more lenient Japanese safety laws. Fans in the west, hoping for a compromise, begged Hasbro to make a new city-bot that would be just as impressive as Fortress Maximus in both size and features. Hasbro continued to say no, but in reality they were secretly working with Takara to make this guy: Transformers Generations Metroplex. 

This figure has seen four different releases now, each just a little different from the others.We'll be taking a look at the Japanese retail version from Takara Tomy. It's an exciting figure that does nothing but impress every step of the way. So join me after the jump as we check out all of the features in the figure that gave birth to the Titan class figure scale.  

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Tomopop Review: AlphaMax's Sena Kashiwazaki Cow Design Swimsuit Ver. photo
Tomopop Review: AlphaMax's Sena Kashiwazaki Cow Design Swimsuit Ver.
by Scarecroodle

Mooooo-ve aside, cat girls! There's a new (and oddly appropriate) animal-themed outfit in town. AlphaMax's Sena Kashiwazaki Cow Design Swimsuit Ver. may seem an udderly wacky outfit at first glance, but the costume is well-suited to the fetishism of mammary glands.

So how many cow-related puns can I milk out of one review? Find out after the jump!

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Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Akane Isshiki photo
Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Akane Isshiki
by Martin Siggers

It's a lot of fun to follow a figure from genesis all the way to finished product. Good Smile Company's elaborate take on Akane Isshiki from Vividred Operation was one of the first figures I covered when I arrived at the site, and I've kept my eye on her as she's gone from prototype to pre-order and finally to a box sitting on my desk.

Problem is though, while I admired the figure, I was more ambivalent on the show she came from. I enjoyed Vividred Operation's bright, technology infused take on the magical girl genre, but hated its crass, creepy fanservice. I've got a pretty consistent rule that I only collect figures from shows that I like, but that rule can waver occasionally, and this was such a case. Was it the right move, or will I be regretting it?

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