Hey folks, welcome back to the Tomocast. In this episode, we learn a very important lesson: do not poke or annoy Andres on a bad day. He'll turn heel on you faster than you can say swerve.
On the toy end of things, we cover t...
The fans spoke (I've personally been shouting at the top of my lungs for years) and the companies did indeed listen: we're finally getting a Mega Man Zero-series in Bandai's S.H. Figuarts line. Capcom Unity has posted some photos of the unpainted prototype which looks as cool as you'd imagine. The images only show the basic figure and his hair, although he'll presumably come with both a Z-Saber and his buster shot gun (unlike his MMX-series counterpart, Zero's arm doesn't transform into a cannon).
Mega Man fans will recall that Mega Man Zero, a sequel/spin-off to the Mega Man X series (itself a sequel/spin-off of the classic series), features a badly damaged Zero waking up in a distant future where X has seemingly become a tyrant who hunts down (or "retires") Reploids who resist his regime. Zero, at this point consisting of little more than a shattered torso, is restored with a new body thanks to the sacrifice of a Cyber-Elf (using them, by the way, will permanently lower your rank in some of the games) and joins the Resistance to fight against Copy-X (and then Doctor Weil in the later games). The franchise consists of four incredibly awesome Gameboy Advance games that were later ported to the DS in the Mega Man Zero Collection (which adds a few new features as well... although it's hard to get used to the change in button layout).
Of course, this won't be the first highly articulate MMZ-series Zero. Kotobukiya produced a PLAMO some years ago which I purchased under the assumption that Bandai would never do a MMZ-series Zero... a purchase which I can now regret. I can only hope that Bandai will follow this one with Copy-X's four generals: Harpuia, Leviathan, Phantom, and Fafnir.
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!
When you show someone a photo, that photo is like a little self-contained reality. So you'd better use the visual elements in that photo effectively to fulfill whatever goal you had while taking it. That's why composition is the heart and soul of photography.
Composition is a vast topic that starts from a few well-known principles. As such you can study it and refine your techniques for a lifetime. It also means you can Google "photographic composition" and find more material than you'll know what to do with. However, applying that information to figure photography isn't always straightforward. In this guide I'll try to demonstrate some techniques that apply to figures, which will hopefully serve as a jumping off point for your own pictures.
If you haven't already, I suggest looking through the previous parts of this series to get caught up on the motivation behind it all, the terminology used, and some basics of camera usage:
Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! This week we're doing something entirely different from the normal LinkUP. Last week we took no prisoners when reporting on Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] which doesn't leave much for this week's LinkUP. I'm not about to let a week slip by without something to read so I think it's time to do another special. Given that a big part of LinkUP is pointing out some of the great stuff done by fans I think now is a perfect time to turn the spotlight on all of you out there.
So join me after the jump as we check out some of the reviews, videos, photo galleries, and creative stuff made by fans, for fans!
DC Collectibles' Scribblenauts Unmasked series was among the most interesting items on display at SDCC last year, partly for being a blind-boxed line. I recently had an opportunity to sit down with DC Collectibles and discuss the line (which is just hitting stores!).
Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! It's been a pretty busy week in all sorts of ways. We're still plowing our way through Wonder Festival coverage with the shadow of Toy Fair looming over us. But outside of that the Olympics are in full swing once again and Valentine's Day is tomorrow, probably the two best events for precious metals. Man, why is the shortest month of the year also the busiest?
This week we've got more galleries, customs, LEGO pieces, and plushies. Follow me after the jump to see it all! Incidentally, I've tried to watch Full Metal Panic twice and still haven't finished the first season...
Hello and welcome back to a very busy Tomopop LinkUP! I suppose that title is worthy of a little explanation. You see, back in the heyday of anime fansubs there was a number of speed subbers that were notorious for their nonsensical translations. In one case a line in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex talking about children being abducted by the mafia was translated as "Are you aware of the frequent occurrences of the mass naked child events within the country?" by a particularly awful fansub group. For a time the phrase "mass naked child events" became a meme referring to terrible translations.
When you think about it, Wonder Festival really is a mass naked figure event. Let's face it, most of the figures we'll be drooling over the pictures of this weekend probably won't be wearing a lot of clothes. And yes, some of them will indeed be naked, or pretty near it, especially if some of the previews in this edition of LinkUP is anything to go by. Plus we've got some other stuff to gawk at like videos, an interview, and various other things all after the jump!
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!
Hello and welcome back to an action packed Tomopop LinkUP. Packed is definitely the right word for this edition as we're looking at probably our biggest LinkUP yet! And no wonder, it's the winter convention season! UK Toy Fair was last week though it was kind of a meh event. In just over a week we've got the first Wonder Festival of the year on February 9 followed by New York Toy Fair launching the following weekend on Feb 16 to 19. I'm sure there's like a dozen more before spring.
And thanks to all of these big toy shows there has been an email tidal wave in our inbox, far more than we've been able to post and there's still more coming in every day. And this is just the stuff leftover from last week! Crazy stuff and there's still tons more coming in every day. It isn't all stuff being prepared for the big events; we've also got some great custom and designer stuff that I'm actually a little sad we haven't had time to post because it's so good! See it all after the jump!
The Mega Man franchise is all about upgrades (often in the form of new abilities taken from defeated opponents) and, when Mega Man X swung around, Mega Man (now called X) got a few fancy new armors ... two of which were made into figures by Bandai. However, X wasn't the only one to see an upgrade in the games as his co-star, Zero, also had an alternate armor and now, thanks to Bandai and Bluefin Tamashii Nations, there's a corresponding figure.
"Black Zero" is a name given to an often irreversible armor upgrade with varying effects throughout the games although (among other things) it usually powered up Zero's attacks. However, like the X4 version, Bandai's D-Arts Black Zero is primarily a cosmetic change as it seems to mostly be a redeco of the D-Arts Zero (Type 2). However, that in no way diminishes how cool the character looks in black.
Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! I know I've complained at least once already about the winter, but when dealing with subzero temps as often as we have this year I think it warrants some additional complaining. They say the best way to deal with the cold is to think about warm weather, but that's just something people from warm climates say.
Still, the Japanese seem to be pretty content with the warm thoughts; just look at all of the bathing suit-clad figures they've been cranking out this winter! I don't even remember the last time I went to the beach; it's been years. My parents have a pool, at least, but I only used it once last year. Man, I need to get more sun...
Anyway, this week we've got more girls in swimwear, oddball movie toys, and even some hand-knit TV toys. Follow me in to the deep end after the jump!