At the time of this post, it's only 15 days until San Diego Comic Con. With time ticking down, you know that there'd be a ton of exclusive announcements and let me tell you, companies have definitely unleashed the floodgates....
While it may take a lot to convince me to cross the border into New Jersey (such as a cousin's wedding), the state certainly isn't without its attractions. Recently this came in the form of the New Jersey Comic Con (NJCC) whe...
If you're anything like me, you may have suddenly noticed an influx of Tomopop editors. It's like, who are these people? Where did they come from? Who do they work for? (Oh, right, us.)
Having learned our lesson from previous recruitment drives, we here at Tomopop can confirm that these writers are actual humans and not a group of squirrels in a trenchcoat pretending to be a man (Fool us once, squirrels, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us). And now that we have all of that convention craziness out of the way, it's finally time to introduce the newest additions to #TeamTomopop.
So let's give a warm welcome to... the new guys! (and gals!). Introductions after the jump.
Let the video games begin: NECA brought a plethora of video game-released collectibles to Toy Fair, in addition to its usual assortment. This included NES decos for some of its previously released figures.
Highlights included an awesome NES Godzilla, Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm characters, LBP Sackboys, and so much more.
It's hard to summarize what a delight it was to look over DST's NY Toy Fair 2015 booth for the first time. Just when you thought you were impressed or excited, there was something that almost blew that out of the water.
The selection included 6-inch Ghostbusters figures, Batman: The Animated Series busts and full statues, Nightmare Before Christmas items galore, a MS Doctor Strange, Justice League Unlimited, and more.
Ultron, Rhino, Wasp, Kraven, Chameleon, Ghost Rider, Hulkbuster Iron Man, and Vision were among the slew of Marvel Legends that Hasbro showed off in its press briefing. It's hard to appreciate the massive glut of figures shown (including some slated waves for guys I thought were MIA) but appreciate them you shall!
MTV News has stolen a sneak peek at DC Collectibles upcoming Batman: The Animated Series collectibles, including a look at character sheets which feature the accessories. It's kind of a big deal.
The reveals include a 24-inch long Batmobile (that's right, vehicle support, baby!) with interior detailing, Bane, the Phantasm (from the first B:TAS film and only one with a theatrical release, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm), the Mad Hatter, and Nightwing. Additionally, we also got a look at the accessories for the previously revealed Scarecrow (and YES, he comes with his walking stick!). All of the figures seem to feature interchangeable hands and a few extras.
The only downside is that the Phantasm will be 2-packed with Batman (which isn't a huge deal if you don't have a Batman from the series). We also don't know what her accessories may be, although I hope that the figure can either unmask or includes unmasked parts. Hopefully they could even pack her unmasked as an homage to the figure which spoiled the frigging movie (seriously, what the hell, Kenner?). The way that the cowl is draped, it looks like the section could be removable, but I expect that we may know a bit more come NY Toy Fair.
All of these figures are slated for an October 2015 release, with the normal figures having the usual US$25 MSRP while the Batmobile will be listed for around US$100.
You don't have to wait for Toy Fair to have all of your biggest Bishoujo questions answered. Kotobukiya has unveiled the full artworks for its Raven and Lady Deadpool at Winter WonFes (Mass Effect 3's Tali appeared as a silhouette). Also on display were painted prototypes for Wasp and the previously revealed She-Hulk.
The full artwork for Raven looks incredible. Almost too good to be true. As if the finished thing won't be anywhere near on par with the sketch. Although one can always hope, right?
For those wondering how Kotobukiya was going to manage a gratuitous ass-shot of a caped character, Raven's cape is clearly to the side so her full ass is exposed. Congratulations, Shunya, you truly do think of everything...
On the plus side, the completed Marvel Bishoujo Wasp still looks really good so I won't give up hope that Raven will translate well. While I look forward to seeing additional images, I'm going to say that Wasp may be among the nicest Bishoujos we've seen thus far. The full illustration that we saw last year neglected to display what the figure would be standing on and, to my surprise, it looks like the character is skipping on water. It's a very cool effect. Kudos, Kotobukiya.
The Lady Deadpool illustration shows that, alas, she will NOT be accompanied by Squirrelpool (although *maybe* they'll add into the base later?). I'm not overly impressed by this artwork, though.
Finally, the display included a no-photo fully painted prototype for the Street Fighter Bishoujo Sakura.
Everybody agrees that magnificent klutz Mako Mankanshoku was the breakout star of Kill la Kill, but now she's getting a bunch of attitude and a whole lot more badass. Good Smile Company revealed that Mako will be returning for a second Nendoroid, this time of her Two-Star Fight Club uniform. This gives our favourite schoolgirl a sneer, a sweet coat and a bunch of weapons to hurl at her enemies and OH GOD IT'S TOO ADORABLE. More details as we get them.
What with figma Link and Nendoroid Toon Link popping up in Good Smile's portfolio over the past few years, it was surely only a matter of time before a full fat scale version of the legendary hero broke ground. And here he is, hot off the presses from Winter Wonder Festival. Made under the Max Factory brand and seemingly based on his Skyward Sword look, it's definitely a dramatic looking pose, although something doesn't quite click about it for me. Still, this is pretty big news. Are you excited readers?
Pre-orders have opened for Square Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Iron Man.
First seen back in October, the VPAK Iron Man has some of a stealth vibe; eschewing the bright, metallic red & gold design widely associated with the character for one with heavier tones of black (which is presumably intentional rather than the accidental over-shadowing so often associated with SE's PAKs/VPAKs). It's a really neat effect that looks like something that Marvel itself could have run with.
VPAK Iron Man comes fully loaded with optional bits including repulsor effects, rockets, and what seem to be stabilizer wings. It's a good amount of stuff, but VPAK Iron Man comes has a sizable ¥12,960 list price. He's slated for a June release.
A few weeks ago I was able to do a story on Minifigures, an England-based website where you could buy celebrity LEGO figures. I was happy to see that Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was one of the figures you could buy.
I became a fan of Queen directly as a result of the Wayne's World movie that was released back in 1992, shortly after Freddie's death from AIDS. I was drawn not only by the large bombastic sound, but also the image the band portrayed, and the creativity they showed. Ever since then I've called them my favorite musical act of all time. To say they hold a special place in my mind is an understatement.
Well, through the magic of Tomopop, I was surprised to have a package delivered to my door with a little friend inside!
This month saw the release of ThreeZero's Tyrion Lannister, which is based on the image of Peter Dinklage in the HBO series Game of Thrones. When it comes to figures based on real people, it's usually a hit-or-miss deal. The sculpting doesn't always quite nail the person's face, depending on which company, or sculptor, is working on the project. With ThreeZero though, you've got a high quality product that is sure to please any Tyrion fan.