Welcome back to the Tomocast! Once again, I'm joined by Andres Cerrato and Rio McCarthy, back from the adventure known as life. Since the three of us have been in the same approximate area in the recent past, we're buzzing wi...
Now, before everyone gets up in arms, this is not intended as a judgement call on those who *do* like them. That's cool! But personally, they've always made me a little uncomfortable, even though we get exposed to an awful lot of NSFW stuff in this job. That's not to say that I can't appreciate a good figure when one shows up though. And from the moment we first saw Kotobukiya's bikini clad Mikoto Misaka (from A Certain Scientific Railgun) I thought she looked fantastic. So what better way to dip a toe into the world of sporty ladies not wearing much?
Crowded Coop's Imps and Monsters line, created by Justin Hillgrove, was one that I had spotted several times in crowded convention halls and online shops, but never really had a chance to get a good look at. The quirky beasts looked playful and fun, but that was about all I knew. Thankfully, I recently had the chance to examine one of the plushes, up close and personal. The toy in question was named Clarence, and I could not have been happier with my good fortune. How happy? Let me count the ways (read on and you can count along with me)!
I, like all rational and reasonable human beings, love Persona 4 with all of my heart and soul. And considering I write for a toy website, it's pretty obvious that I like cute things too. So what happens when Bandai takes the already adorable girls of Persona 4 and makes them extra adorable for their Half-Age Character series? Well, read on to find out!
Last year, I watched as childhood was presented in one product: the Legacy Power Morpher Green/White Ranger Edition. Much like childhood, I couldn't have one. This time it wasn't due to parents who wouldn't buy me such a thing, but because it was an SDCC-exclusive item that cost more money than sense at the time.
Flash forward to later that year and it was announced that childhood was coming again, this time as a Toys R Us exclusive release and at a reasonable price. 20 years is an awful long time to wait but now I finally have it in my hands. Find out if itlives up to my childhood in today's Tomopop Review: Legacy Power Morpher Green/White Ranger Edition!
With the amount of Saber merchandise produced over the years, it's easy to forget that she's not the only character in the Fate series. The selection of collectibles based on the servants has been especially pitiful, with only Rider/Medusa (Fate/Stay Night) receiving a decent number of items. While this trend probably won't change any time soon, at least we've seen a few bright spots like Bandai's Chogokin Archer/Gilgamesh (Fate/Zero).
Gilgamesh is the second Fate character to be inducted into Bandai's Chogokin line, following the series' heroine, Saber (reviewed). Gilgamesh is something of a natural fit for the line as his golden armor makes him a great candidate for having die-cast metal parts. However, is the figure a worthy depiction of the King of Heroes?
It's clearly pirate season at Tomopop. We've just seen Tian take on Alphamax's enticing Velvet Batrass, and now I'm here to take a look at another lady pirate, albeit one considerably more covered up. It's Amakuni's version of Marika Kato, the heroine from the marvelously titled Bodacious Space Pirates. I'm a sucker for a girl with weapons and a nice hat, so let's dig in and find out if I got what I was after here.
I really like the sexy pirate trope, which seems more prevalent in Japanese properties than in the West. When thinking of pirate figures, Mouretsu Pirates' Marika and Queen's Blade's Liliana spring to mind. Alphamax's Velvet has recently joined them, though she lacks the stereotypical frilly coat and pirate weaponry.
Velvet struck me with a combination of a lovely face, nice body, and appealing outfit design. Although I have a few other figures from the Shining series (I'm a Tony Taka fan, what can I say), this is my first Alphamax figure. As such I decided this would make the perfect occasion for a review!
Last time on Figuarts Sailor Moon Theatre, we took a look at S.H. Figuarts Sailor Mercury and declared she was pretty darn good. This time, we have the latest release from that series, S.H. Figuarts Sailor Mars. Of the five Sailor Senshi, I'll have to admit Mars is the one I had the least interest in growing up, perhaps because of her fiery personality. Still, I couldn't turn down the chance to have her alongside the two other Senshi, right?
So does Mars stack up with the previous releases? Hit the jump and find out!
So, there was a little game called Persona 4 Arena last year. Since Persona has become all of the genres, they started to merchandise the series. After several releases of the cast from the fourth entry, the release of Arena gave reason to go back and revisit Persona 3. After the release of D-Arts Thanatos, we arrive at the release of D-Arts Elizabeth.
Is this new D-Arts release worth stepping into the Velvet Room for? Find out in today's review of D-Arts Elizabeth!
Attack on Titan is a show that's taken the anime world by storm. Sadly, I have yet to sit down and watch it myself, but it's definitely on the to-do list! However, I can already tell just from reading a bit about it that Levi would be my favorite character out of the bunch. That snarky look on his face in this figure from Sentinel kind of just sealed that in for me.
Have you been looking to get your hands on a high quality piece based on the show? Well, h0it the jump, check out Sentinel's BRAVE-ACT! Levi below, and see what you think about this one!
One of my critiques with male figures are their boring poses. Like it or not, female figures tend to be posed in a variety of ways to direct attention toward their copious assets. Dudes just kind of stand there, usually with their legs slightly apart and with their hips jutting out. While that works for keeping a figure properly balanced, it doesn't do much to impress. As most One Piece figures are men, I have dozen's of figures that are well sculpted, if not impressive to look at.
One of the characters that deserves better is Sanji. The Straw Hats's chef only fights with his legs, leading to some impressive fights where he's flipping around and doing hand stands to deliver feet into his opponents' face. However, we usually get Sanji just standing around and looking either cocky or pervy. BORING.
Seemingly in response to such complaints, Bandai has released several battler versions of popular One Piece characters. This version of Sanji that I'm reviewing is from that line and boy, am I happy that somebody listened to my complaints. Hit the jump to see why you need this figure in your collection!
The Leo is best known as that mobile suit that never survived. Just one look at the enemy Gundam and the Leo went boom. Thankfully, the Robot Damashii Leo Flight Type is made of stronger stuff that won't allow it to disintegrate just by picking it up from the shelf.
Is the Leo something that you want to add to your army? Hit the jump for today's review of the Robot Damashii Leo Flight Type!