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...
DC Collectibles has unveiled its upcoming DC Comics Bombshell: Stargirl Statue.
Stargirl seems surprisingly at home in the Bombshell line, as evidenced by her Bombshell outfit closely resembling her actual costume. I suppose ...
Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! It's been pretty crazy this past week, what with everyone trying to extend Black Friday and Cyber Monday into more than just a single day. If you looked around there were some good figure deals to be had, though I can't say I found much of interest at major retailers. Seemed like this year the best deals were online. Or maybe that's the same as every year and I'm just so used to buying stuff online that I don't notice anymore. Well, whatever the case, there were some good stuff out there.
This week on LinkUP we've got an unintentionally large number of Nendoroids to talk about alongside some designer figures, prototypes, bots, another Kickstarter, and some superheroes.
If science fiction, fantasy, and other popular media have taught us anything it's that our reality is boring; or, at the very least, boring when compared to the alternatives. One of the more enduring alternatives is steampunk, a retro "future" where technology is driven by steam power with seeming contemporary devices are retrofitted within the confines of these technical constraints.
Given the popularity of the idea, there's been a lot of merchandise produced over the years. Diamond Select Toys has made their own contribution to the subgenre with the Femme Fatales Steampunk Lexi, an apparent original creation who features a design that instantly looks to be at home in a steampunk universe while also being very attractive.
Bandai/Tamashii Nations' S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon has already been reviewed, and it was good news for Sailor Moon fans because she's a pretty nice figure. However, Moon was only the start of the Sailor Moon Figuarts series, and next out of the gate is Sailor Mercury, the brains of the team. This was my first time reviewing an S.H. Figuarts figure for Tomopop, with most of my past reviews being from the D-Arts family. I've not quite been as impressed with those as other poseable figures, and I wasn't sure what to expect with Mercury.
So does Mercury happen to match Moon, though, or is she more like her D-Arts cousins? Hit the jump to find out!
In part one of this feature, I explored some of the creative process behind figure photography. Now that we know how to approach a photo shoot, it's time to start learning about the crucial piece of equipment behind it all: the camera.
Whether it's a cell phone, a point and shoot, or an SLR, you'll need to learn the ins and outs of your camera to get the most out of it. The first step is to get acquainted with the user manual, as it will give you the best info for your specific device. This guide will cover some of the common shooting modes and their relevance to shooting figures, as that will be the starting point for most aspiring photographers.
Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! It's Thanksgiving Day in the States and if you're anything like me you're probably bursting with great food and looking forward to a long tryptophan-induced nap. But while others were slaving over a hot stove I've been busy stuffing this week's LinkUP with all sorts of great stuff guaranteed not to put you to sleep!
This week we've got Japanese Happy Meal toys, plush Christmas ornaments, lots of handmade stuff, several teasers, and more. It's all gravy!
It felt like yesterday when Kotobukiya's Tekken Bishoujo figures were just a nascent product line. The series has filled out quite a bit since it was first announced, and now everyone's favorite fighting Chinese schoolgirl has joined the cast.
My dream of seeing a Shunya Yamashita-designed Yoshimitsu in a skimpy outfit will probably never come true, but I'm content with the Tekken ladies getting the figure treatment. Read on to see how Xiaoyu stacks against the other gals in the line.
Within Universal Studio's catalog of monster films, there are a handful that have seemingly withstood the test of time and have contributed greatly to (or outright provided) the popular image of that particular monster. The Phantom of the Opera (1925/1929), despite its fame, seems to miss that mark presumably because it's a silent film (making it less popular) but also because the excellent stage adaptations have crafted a more enduring version. That said, The Phantom of the Opera (1925/1929) still ranks among Universal Studio's popular monster movies and has seen a plethora of merchandise over the years, most recently in the form of a Diamond Select figure and the Retro Cloth figure that we'll be taking a look at today.
Diamond Select Toys has done some absolutely wonderful things with its Mego-inspired Retro Cloth line. The line manages to capture charm of the original type of figures while providing a nicer quality, more durable item. As such, the Retro Cloth Phantom of the Opera is something far too nice to keep behind the scenes.
Do you ever look at your collection and wish you had a couple more guys around in it? Well, if you do and you like the Tales of series, or JRPG's in general then you owe it to yourself to check out Alter's fantastic line of pretty boys and girls! The latest in this series is a fishy looking old man named Raven. He is handsome in his own right, but Alter did a fantastic job at capturing all of his charming points, good and bad alike!
Hit the jump to read our full review of Alter's "Old Man" Raven
Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! In one week from today we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving here in America and I for one am looking forward to getting stuffed on some turkey! Even though it's a popular vacation week you can look forward to LinkUP returning once again! News doesn't stop and neither do we.
Back to this week we've got a bunch of new prototypes, some designer figures, and some amazing photo galleries and videos!
Action figures tend to be of super heroes and men of myth and legend. Some lives are greater than legends and that can certainly apply to one Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1940-45 and again in 1951-55.
Churchill is considered one of the greatest Britons of all-time, and the 1/6 figure line is born and bred of military men. Dragon In Dream has made their name in making figures of world leaders, those of the past and present including Barack Obama and John McCain.
With such a respected individual as Churchill, is DiD's effort worthy of his legacy? Also, how does the company stack up against other popular 1/6 makers? Find out in today's Tomopop Review of Dragon In Dream's 1/6 scale Winston Churchill!
Space: the final frontier to be filled up on your shelves. These are the voyages of the website Tomopop. Its ongoing mission: to explore strange new toy lines, to seek out new collectibles and new companies, to boldly let you know about really cool stuff.
One such cool line is Diamond Select Toys' Star Trek Minimates series, which recreates the characters and vehicles of the iconic Star Trek TV series in Minimate form. DST has released a few different USS Enterprise sets so far and the one we'll be looking at today is specifically based on the episode, "The Trouble with Tribbles," which introduced the concept of a tribble to both Star Trek and pop culture at large.