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DO WANT: September 2014 photo
DO WANT: September 2014
by Scarecroodle

As we move into NYCC and prepare to promptly forget many of the things we wanted in previous months, we here at Tomopop have decided to reminisce about some of the things we were most excited about in September. This includes a few predictable choices and one thing you may not have seen coming.

See our picks below.

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Cowabunga! GSC to produce some TMNT statues photo
Cowabunga! GSC to produce some TMNT statues
by Scarecroodle

Good Smile Company will be producing statues based on fine artist James Jean’s original rendition of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The four statues' bases can be combined to create one large diorama.

Along with the already revealed Leonardo, prototypes for the remaining three turtle statues will be on display at the Good Smile Company booth (#422) during NYCC (which starts tomorrow?! Expect photos!). 

Although I wasn't wowed by the art, the Leonardo sculpture looks surprisingly cool. As such, I'm looking forward to seeing the other statues (especially Donny, who has a great-looking pose in that art). No word on pricing yet (will they be cheap enough to tempt me?), but Leonardo is slated to be up for pre-order in the near future while the others will follow in 2015.

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Pre-orders open for Playstation Optimus, no tv connections required photo
Pre-orders open for Playstation Optimus, no tv connections required
by Scarecroodle

Takara Tomy's hotly anticipated Playstation Optimus Prime is now available for pre-order. The Autobot leader looks even better than the first color images had suggested and even features painted connection ports on his back.

While I'm not sure that I necessarily like Optimus more than the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) Megatron, I find the design quite a bit more impressive the more we see of it. Like many of my colleagues, I also would have preferred that Optimus Prime's alt mode be a Super Nintendo (thus evoking the 16-bit console wars) although I suppose a SNES might work nicer with Soundwave from a logistical standpoint as Laserbeak, Rampage, and so forth could be used as cartridges.

At a ¥10,000 list price, I doubt that I'll bother picking up the Playstation Optimus Prime but I imagine that more eager (and less frugal) fans may jump on these pre-orders

[ Pre-order Playstation Optimus at HobbyLink Japan | AmiAmi ]

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Tomopop Review: Brick Label Masterbrick MB-01 Metalhide photo
Tomopop Review: Brick Label Masterbrick MB-01 Metalhide
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

The great thing about LEGO bricks is that they can be used to build as simple or complex as you want. They're a lot like clay in that sense. Sure, anyone can make a simple LEGO box, or clay flower pot, but in the hands of someone with true talent you get something amazing. Metalhide from Brick Label is that something amazing. They've gone and made something that even Hasbro has yet to do: Take a number of bricks and turn them into a very large and impressive robot that can transform into a vehicle mode without any part swapping or shellparts.

Follow me after the jump to see just what a great imagination and an excellent head for engineering can build!

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Check out Miku's P-p-p-p-pumpkin face in this Nendo Halloween Miku gallery photo
Check out Miku's P-p-p-p-pumpkin face in this Nendo Halloween Miku gallery
by Scarecroodle

Good Smile Company has released an image gallery for its recently unveiled Nendoroid Halloween Miku. Most striking among these images is a rather unexpected display option: a jack-o-lantern mask/face for the diva of all seasons. Anybody who didn't like the vampire fangs on those other faces now has another option.

However, on a more disappointing note, the character apparently isn't a vampire; GSC describes the character as being, "dressed up a cute little devil for Halloween". Wow, buzzkill! Otherwise Halloween Miku comes with an open-mouth face, a smirking face (with one exposed fang), an alternate jack-o-lantern face, that baffling candy cane, and a jack-o-lantern that can be displayed by itself or used as an alternate head for a Nendoroid Petite (as shown with the little Len figure in one of the photos; he's not listed as coming with the figure). Vampire or devil, she's still pretty neat.

Nendoroid Halloween Miku will be on sale for US$45 at a number of American conventions. She was first announced as being on sale at the NY and LA Miku Conventions, but she's apparently making her way to NYCC in October (which makes it even harder to pass her up) and will be at future events as well. If you can't get her there, GSC's online shop will have her available in limited quantities.

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Over-sized Smaug among Funko's new The Hobbit Pop! announcements photo
Over-sized Smaug among Funko's new The Hobbit Pop! announcements
by Scarecroodle

Funko has given MTV News an exclusive first look at some upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies, a selection that includes TWO over-sized Smaugs.

The reveals consist of a 6-inch Smaug, a chase variant of Smaug with yellow eyes (packed 1/12), Tauriel, and Lord Sauron (not shown to scale in header). While the Sauron is cute, both he and Tauriel are completely overshadowed by the "massive" (and massively awesome) Smaug. Both versions of Smaug look great, although I imagine that I might prefer the standard version (as Smaug's actual eyes look a little creepy on that otherwise adorable body). Smaug will be the third over-sized dragon we've seen recently, following the likes of the Magic: The Gathering Pop! Nicol Bolas and World of Warcraft Pop! Deathwing.

These figures are due out in October and, while pre-orders seem to be open for Smaug and Tauriel, I haven't seen any Sauron listings. Tauriel (and presumably Sauron) should run you around US$10 while the over-sized Smaug will be a slightly pricier (but worth it) US$15.

[ Pre-order Smaug (random version) | Tauriel at Entertainment Earth ]

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SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition photo
SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition
by Scarecroodle

SDCC and WonFes may have been almost a month ago at this point, but many of its collectibles are still on our minds. Tian recently posted the top ten things he was looking forward to from these cons and, because I'm far more excitably (and exceedingly less orderly), my own highlights list is nowhere near that short.

See many of my favorites after the jump.

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DO WANT: August 2014 photo
DO WANT: August 2014
by Scarecroodle

With the somewhat unexpected departure of Pedro last month (who we all thank for his years of service and wish him nothing but the best), Tomopop has fallen a little behind in the features department over the last couple of weeks. As such, the month's DO WANT! ran a few days late as I tried to quickly pull things together.

Hit the jump to see me once again host the Monthly DO WANT! feature and, well, to see the editors' wants.

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Tomopop Review: ThreeZero's Atlas Titan! photo
Tomopop Review: ThreeZero's Atlas Titan!
by Chris Seto

Titanfall was meant to be the first really big release for the new generation of consoles. Made by a team which consisted of a lot of people who made the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare games, there was high expectations on this game to give us something which really said that the next generation of console games were here! Well, they failed. But they did give us a brilliant multiplayer-focused game which is fantastic fun to play, it just doesn't scream "next gen".

Though, with such a great sci-fi setting and mecha in the game, it shouldn't be a surprise that companies would want to release figures from the game, and one of the most recent ones was ThreeZero! Like their stablemate, ThreeA, these guys are known for their very high quality releases and their high price tags. We were fortunate enough to get a review sample from them so we got a good look at their newest release. How was it?

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Hello Kitty hits controversy over not actually being a cat photo
Hello Kitty hits controversy over not actually being a cat
by Scarecroodle

Hello Kitty and Sanrio recently made headlines with the "revelation" that Kitty White (the eponymous Hello Kitty) was not, in fact, a cat. The news predictably evoked some pretty extreme reactions ("Hello Kitty is not a cat, Everything is a lie.") as well as a few mocking responses.

The LA Times reports that Christine R. Yano, an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii, was preparing her written texts for the exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum when she was corrected after referring to Kitty as a cat

"I was corrected — very firmly," Yano says. "That's one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty."

This bizarre distinction was widely taken to mean that Kitty White was a human, something that was allegedly disputed by a Sanrio PR rep who clarified: “We never said she was a human.” The rep is described as going on to explain that 'Hello Kitty is a personification or anthropomorphization, basically just like Micky Mouse. No one would mistake the Disney character for a human–but at the same time he’s not quite a mouse. Just like Hello Kitty isn’t a human, she’s not quite a cat either.'

The whole bizarre affair might be chalked up to something lost in translation. The Sanrio reps who spoke with Yano might have felt that the word "cat" was too literal or there may have been some other aspect that was misunderstood. The one thing that should be understood, however, is that all the "Hello Human" jokes fall flat because the "Kitty" in "Hello Kitty" refers to the character's name rather than her species.

For my own part, I'm still going to refer to her as a cat. I'd also like to point out that Disney never tries to claim that Mickey Mouse isn't a mouse.

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League of Legends finally gets a licensed figure in Nendoroid Ahri  photo
League of Legends finally gets a licensed figure in Nendoroid Ahri
by Brian Szabelski

Somehow, Riot Games' League of Legends has had very little in the way of merchandise — especially figures — which is weird, considering its popularity. That's all changed, however, as it looks like Riot and Good Smile Company have come together to produce Nendoroid Ahri.

The popular mid-lane champion is going to be available at the 2014 World Championships in Seoul, South Korea, per the ticket page on Interpark for the event's semifinals. Ahri should be available at the onsite shop, which will be open during the semifinals at Seoul's Olymic Gymnastics Arena on Oct. 11 and 12.

We'll let you know if she becomes available anywhere besides 2014 Worlds, but given GSC's track record of bundling Nendos with limited edition game packages ... I don't have high hopes yet.

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Howard the Duck to join Funko's Pop! line photo
Howard the Duck to join Funko's Pop! line
by Scarecroodle

Marvel's quirky off-beat Howard the Duck, star of the 1986 movie of the same name (as well as his own self-titled comic book), will soon join Funko's Pop! line. The figure is based on the character's recent appearance in the smash Summer-hit Guardians of the Galaxy where the Master of Quack-Fu had a minor yet memorable cameo.

The cameo and figure has once again given hope that fans may someday see a non-terrible Howard the Duck movie (or, at least, a bigger role in another Marvel movie).

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