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...
Some of the most surprising announcements in recent history have come from Bandai's corner, one of which being that the company would be producing Pokemon characters in its D-Arts line. The subset certainly started strong, co...
Power Rangers Ninja Storm took on a different feel from previous entries in the series. Only 3 main team members at first, a 3D Guinea Pig for a leader, and Disney finally putting together a decent series. Ninja Storm was the series that actually got me to re-watch Power Rangers as it came on, so to finally see S.H. Figuarts being released got me excited. The entire team, minus Green, will be released with the Red Wind Ranger being the first released.
While MMPR Red and Green, White and Armored Red have done well due to solid gimmicks and nostalgia, can the Ninja Red Wind Ranger do the same? Find out in today's review of the S.H. Figuarts Red Wind Ranger!
Krillin is the one who always gets the shaft. Whether its the end of Frieza's horn or his fingertips, things generally don't turn out well for him. With most of the main characters taken care of, twice over in fact, it's time for a DBZ character that is from good ol' Earth. Krillin will be the first Earthling to get a release in the S.H. Figuarts lineup, as no one cares about Yamcha.
Check out the advanced review of S.H. Figuarts Krillin after the jump!
Nisio Isin's Monogatari series has been in a pretty odd place of somehow being both a massive hit as well as a somewhat niche franchise. Despite the anime with no end in sight and a hugely positive critical reception for books and TV show alike, I'm always surprised when I run into another anime watcher who hasn't joined the fold as of yet. Being a recent convert myself, I always say it's only a matter of time.
Despite only sitting down to watch the series some months ago before the recent sequel aired, it quickly grabbed me and it's become one of my favorites by far. Karen is far from the first Monogatari figure I got my hands on because of it, but hopefully she won't be the last. I knew I had to get my hands on her just for the sake of cast completion, but she'd just have to turn out well, right? Let's find out!
Of the many companies we cover on Tomopop, Ques Q is the one that's been eluding my collection the longest. That is, up until earlier this month, I didn't happen to own a single collectible from them (and they've made some fine-looking pieces in the past). As it turns out, the way they'd finally manage to sneak into my collection was through one of my favorite series from the past couple of years, Toradora!, and their take on a swimsuit-clad Taiga Aisaka. Finally, a chance to evaluate the quality of their creations! As well as a chance to perhaps get something nice for my shelves ...
How did the first impressions of Ques Q turn out? Hit the jump and find out.
With Pokémon X and Y being recently released, now seems like an excellent time to review a toy based on the old school legendary pocket monster, Mewtwo. Takara Tomy's Pose Change Stuffed Mewtwo had the right mix of nostalgia and plushie awesomeness that just begged for me to own it. I mean, how cool would it be to be able to pose a plush Mewtwo however you wished, creating all sorts of epic poses? Sadly, Mewtwo didn't do exactly what it said on the box. That isn't to say it was a complete let-down. Far from it, in fact.
Kaiyodo has long distinguished its Revoltech line from the competition by covering darn near everything. Even if you combined all of Bandai's -arts lines you wouldn't come close to the level of variety found within Kaiyodo's Revoltech offerings. Perhaps one of the most surprising selections is Kaiyodo's Takeya Buddhist Statue Collection, which recreates statues of various Buddhist deities... except they're still articulate. Kind of creepy, really.
One of the neat things about the Buddhist Statue Collection is all the variants. Although we'll be looking at a Wood Grain Version of Ashura today, he was also available in a red "painted" deco as well as a bronze edition.
Ever seen a cute girl with a big gun in a game or an anime and thought to yourself, "Wow, that looks awesome." That's exactly how I felt when I first saw the prototype images of Plum's Daiba Kanon and I knew that I wanted to own her, even though I had not played the game she hails from, God Eater 2.
I've never owned a Plum figurine before. There were a few surprises going in to review her, some good and some bad. Hit the jump to read all the details!
Kotobukiya's ARTFX+ line is no stranger to DC's New 52 characters, but it's been fairly male-oriented until now. I believe Catwoman is just the second female character (after Wonder Woman) to join the New 52 ARTFX+ cast.
The main appeal of this figure line is its good quality workmanship at an affordable price. Kotobukiya isn't exactly going balls to the wall with the design, but there are still a few features to Catwoman that I wish would be more common. Read on to see what I think!
Persona fans have had reason to celebrate over the last couple of years, with a number of video game and anime releases bringing the franchise back into the limelight. The new media has been heavily geared toward Persona 4, but Vertex chose a Persona 3 heroine to add to their Dwell line of figures.
This figure shows a slightly older Mitsuru as she appears in Persona 4 Arena. As soon it was revealed, I knew I wanted it. Aside from being a big fan of the franchise and the character, I thought the figure itself looked epic. After shooting this photo set, though, my enthusiasm has been tempered by some serious reservations.
I asked to review Haruka and Kana because many of our editors had expressed a growing apathy for Nendoroids in the past. It's understandable; in fact this is just the type of release that you look at and think "there's another bland Nendoroid school girl." I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could do anything interesting with this type of Nendoroid.
As with Kana, this release is from Gift. Aside from the packaging, it's pretty much indistinguishable from a regular Good Smile Company product. By now you all probably have an idea of what the figure's build quality will be like. But how much fun is it to play with? Read on for my thoughts and photos!
Here we go again. Hasbro is on another mission to make the perfect Transformers construction set. Throughout the franchise's history there have been multiple attempts based around building blocks such as the 2003 Built to Rule line which failed in a year, or the most recent try with Kre-O, which couldn't truly transform, and their Kreon mini figures have proven much more popular. Hasbro is wasting little time moving to their next construction set, selling the new Construct-Bots line as a series of customizable action figures that really transform rather than anything resembling building blocks.
But are they any good? Kinda-maybe, it really depends on what you're expecting to get out of them. Just don't expect much in the way of transformation variety. Follow me after the jump as we explore the ins and outs of one of the latest Transformers series to hit store shelves.