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Tomopop Review: Minifigures.com Freddie Mercury photo
Tomopop Review: Minifigures.com Freddie Mercury
by Soul Tsukino

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!

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Tomopop Review: ThreeZero's Tyrion Lannister photo
Tomopop Review: ThreeZero's Tyrion Lannister
by Kristina Pino

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. 

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DCC's Bombshells Batwoman takes the whole 'bat' thing in a different direction photo
DCC's Bombshells Batwoman takes the whole 'bat' thing in a different direction
by Scarecroodle

Like a bad cartoon pun, DC Collectibles' upcoming DC Comics Bombshells Batwoman re-envisions Kathy Kane as either a baseball player or a bat-wielding vigilante. The figure was recently featured as part of a Bombshells promotional video.

While I like the statue (far more than I thought I would), I don't get why they went with this bland angle instead of doing something closer to the concept art. Is her head not swung around enough for that? All things considered, however, I'd say that DCC hit this one out of the park.

For those wanting to cover their bases, retailers have already begun pitching pre-orders. You can pick this one up from Entertainment Earth for US$100 and get free shipping on your order.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth ]

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Hot Toys are rolling out an Alien-inspired female figure photo
Hot Toys are rolling out an Alien-inspired female figure
by Brian Szabelski

Back in 2008, Hot Toys decided to put together a 1/6-scale figure for their Hot Angel line, the She-Predator Machiko. Based on a character from the Alien vs. Predator comics, it turned out to be surprisingly popular ... enough so that seven years later, Hot Toys have decided to go back to the same AvP well and are pulling out an original female character inspired by the xenomorph. Take that, Kotobukiya!

Hot Toys sent along this image, with the news that they're collaborating with a known Hong King designer for some time on the new character. You can see the sketch off on the left side of the image, but I'm not sure yet who the artist is. The prototype makes it appear as if she'll have some sort of xenomorph-styled hemlet and armor, though what her backstory actually is is a mystery. Any thoughts on the design so far, Tomopop readers?

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Tomopop Original: It's ALIVE! A look at FrankenJoes photo
Tomopop Original: It's ALIVE! A look at FrankenJoes
by Soul Tsukino

I love G.I. Joe figures. I have since I was 7 years old. I got into them largely when Masters of the Universe ended. I watched the cartoon almost everyday and grew up on these figures, so I never developed much of a fandom for the older G.I. Joe of the '60s and '70s, nor was I ever into any of the redesigns and overhauls over the years (Sgt. Savage, Extreme). I specifically look for the figures that were released between 1982 to 1994 (and the few re-releases since 1998). 

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What Toys Are Up To: Penguins in Berlin photo
What Toys Are Up To: Penguins in Berlin
by Martin Siggers

They've been to the city of water, and the land of chocolate and beer, so where would my intrepid penguins and I end up next on our tour around Europe? Well, what better place could there be than the heart of the continent, Germany? Or more specifically, its capital Berlin.

Let's see what our intrepid adventurers could find this time round.

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Party like it's 1991: S.H. Figuarts Yoshi announced photo
Party like it's 1991: S.H. Figuarts Yoshi announced
by Scarecroodle

Yoshi! Everybody's favorite dinosaur plumber's assistant will be joining Mario and Luigi in Bandai's S.H. Figuarts line.

First introduced in Super Mario World, Yoshi would go from being little more than a handy power-up to a fully fledged character in his own right and the star of several Mario spin-offs (usually when both Mario and Luigi were out of commission). While there's no word yet on whether the SHF Mario will be able to ride SHF Yoshi, one can only hope that fans will have the option of recreating scenes from the games.

Of course, this might also leave the floor open for easy re-decos so we could see Yoshi in a variety of colors as possible convention exclusives. Which begs the question: Which color Yoshi is your favorite?

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You'd be crazy to miss these SH Figuarts Harley Quinn photos photo
You'd be crazy to miss these SH Figuarts Harley Quinn photos
by Scarecroodle

New photos of Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Harley Quinn (Injustice ver.) have appeared, courtesy of a listing on the Tamashii web store. The figure depicts the Joker's fangirl/love interest as she appeared in Injustice: Gods Among Us (ps3/360).

Harley Quinn is the third SHF that we've seen from this game, following Batman and Joker, and is by far my favorite. While part of that might be owed to the character design itself, I'm also impressed by Bandai's workmanship and really did two of the optional faces (and two outta three ain't bad!).

SHF Harley Quinn looks to come with her mallet, two handguns, a card, a total of three interchangeable faces (standard, smiling, and... grimacing?), and three alternate sets of hands. Although the character has a knife strapped to her calf (and several more at her hip), it's not listed as being removable despite looking as such.

In other news (on a personal note), I *finally* picked up Injustice: Gods Among Us (Ultimate Edition) and am looking forward to playing that whenever it arrives.

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Break out the dumpsters, Funko to sell Garbage Pail Kids merchandise photo
Break out the dumpsters, Funko to sell Garbage Pail Kids merchandise
by Scarecroodle

There are some things in our childhoods that we love to remember... and also things we're still trying to forget. Funko has tapped into that latter category with upcoming collectibles to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Garbage Pail Kids (albeit "celebrate" is a strong word, usually we "commemorate" disasters).

For the younger crowd who probably missed this fad at its peak, the Garbage Pail Kids were intended as a disgusting parody of the Cabbage Patch Kids (which, I should explain, were a popular line of children's toys that launched some years earlier. The fact that the parody might be more famous than the thing it parodies in no way diminishes its irrelevance). It was awful and completely gross, but in a humorous way that related to young children (unlike the film, which mostly creeped kids out).

Apparently Topps has realized that Garbage Pail Kids has been rotting, absolutely festering, oozing, bubbling, and generally decomposing for thirty years. Funko, perhaps a little woozy from the stench, has opted to commemorate this little bit of nastalgia (pun, not typo) with "a line of GPK toys, figures and vinyl collectibles." My first thought was "Mystery Minis" (a blind-boxed series works well with something that started off as trading cards) although I imagine the selection will also include Pop!s and Wacky Wobblers.

These collectibles are due out in 2015 so you have all of Christmas to start shopping for barf bags.

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Tomopop Review: DST's Marvel Select Amazing Spidey 2 Spider-Man photo
Tomopop Review: DST's Marvel Select Amazing Spidey 2 Spider-Man
by Scarecroodle

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the somewhat lukewarm follow-up to Sony's Spider-Man reboot. The film notably improved on Spider-Man's costume, giving movie-goers something closer to what they were used to, while jumping all over the board with everything else.

Merchandise-wise, however, collector-level offerings were surprisingly scarce. Sure, a few figures popped up in the overly expensive 1/6-scale but, for the most part, the line just didn't get the same big movie treatment as the original trilogy.

Diamond Select Toys, which was unable to get the reference materials to design an Electro figure, wound up releasing a new Spider-Man (based on the ASM2 look) in several different configurations. (Although there was no metallic version like last time.) While the Marvel Select ASM1 Spider-Man was pretty cool, DST apparently decided to go in a very different direction with the "sequel" to its figure. How does it stack up against the previous one?

Full review after the jump.

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Tomopop Review: Hashtag Collectibles' Grumpy Cat puppet photo
Tomopop Review: Hashtag Collectibles' Grumpy Cat puppet
by Natalie Kipper

The internet sure does love cats and I can totally understand the sentiment. Lil Bub, Colonel Meow, and of course, Grumpy Cat (also known as Tardar Sauce) never cease to entertain. Being a fan of said kitties as well as a plush enthusiast, I am naturally on the eternal hunt for good plush representation of the feline celebrities. You can imagine my excitement when I learned that Hashtag Collectibles, makers of my beloved Blobfish plush (reviewed), had made a Grumpy Cat puppet. I simply had to try one out for myself.

Read on to see what I thought of the new toy!

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2015 Snow Bell Miku gets both a Nendoroid and figma! photo
2015 Snow Bell Miku gets both a Nendoroid and figma!
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Snow Miku Snow Bell ver. is cute. Like, beyond belief adorably cute. Way too cute to be left as just a single figure so Good Smile Company and Max Factory are spreading the love. 2015 will be the first year were a new Snow Miku design will be used for both a new Nedoroid and a new figma! Ah, they're so great, and I'm glad we're finally getting a figma that isn't just a repaint of another Miku. Both figures will also be accompanied by their own little Yukine bunny figure.

Details are pretty light at the moment, though I'm sure we won't have to wait too long before we see and learn more about these figures. Of course they'll be available at Wonder Festival 2015 (Winter) on February 8 when we'll all have the opportunity to place an order online! As a special treat they're also adding Snow Bell Miku to the Hatsune Miku Project Diva arcade game. 

[via Kahotan's blog]

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